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Kids Off The Grid

This story came across my radar yesterday.  Having had and raised a child (until age 12, when she passed) any report of possible child abuse, or unwanted children just makes me sick.

So does government abuse of power.

On May 6th, 2015, Breckinridge Co. Sheriff’s officers came to their home, acting on an anonymous tip, and entered their property and home without a warrant and without probable cause. Nicole was at home with the two oldest children, while Joe was away with the others. When the officers left the home, they attempted to block the access road to the family property. Nicole and the two boys got in their car to leave the family property. The got only a short way down the road before the officers pulled Nicole over.

During this stop, sheriffs deputies took their two oldest boys from Nicole’s custody, providing her no justification or documentation to support their action. Nicole was able to contact Joe briefly by telephone, but only for a short period of time, because she needed to use her phone to record the events.

At that point, Nicole had been taken into custody for disorderly conduct (for not passively allowing the Sheriff to take her boys) and resisting arrest. Even though she is 5 months pregnant, she was slammed belly first into the cop car and bruised and scraped on both arms.

Obviously these people loved their children.  But THE STATE decided it knew better how to raise them.

Hitlerjungen comes to mind…

Disgusting…

h/t Zerohedge, Freedom Writer’s Publishing

Eyes In The Sky

The Illinois State Police recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to add “unmanned aircraft” to its list of tools for the next two years. In a statement released to the Sun-Times Media Wire, the police department said that it was intentionally avoiding the word “drone” because “it carries the perception of pre-programmed or automatic flight patterns and random, indiscriminate collection of images and information.”

Because an unmanned aircraft is not a drone.

RIGHT?

Guess it all depends on what the meaning of IS is…

h/t Ars Technica, Freedom Writer’s Publishing

The Universe Plays A Joke On Government

Most of you regular readers know I HATE giving the government money.  Doing so burns my libertarian soul.

I’m still driving Ol'(insert old-timey lady name here), my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue.  Basically, because I’ve no other choice.  And, it’s registration involuntary ownership tax time again.

With the precursor of emissions testing.

(I always stop here to remember how the State legislator who forced through the emissions testing requirement soon left the legislature to work for the contractor who obtained the initial contract.  No dirty politics here, no sir!  :-))

ANYWAY…

I arrive just after the testing station opens and find I’m second in line.  I’m a little worried, as my car sometimes stalls at idle, and sometimes the pollution control gimmick sticks in the engine and dashboard warning lights illuminate.  Getting tested with dash lights on is a no-no!  They’ve not come on in a few weeks, so I feel they are due.

I pull up when ordered, exit the vehicle, the guy does his testing, and she PASSES!

HUZZAH!

I re-enter the vehicle and crank her to start and leave, as instructed…

AND THERE IS A BACKFIRE!  THE TESTING STATION (AND MY CAR INTERIOR) FILLS WITH SMOKE!  But, as the car is running (and there is no obvious fire or dash warning lights), I drive away victorious!

And return home (after depositing appropriate gift funds to cover costs) and pay on-line to obtain my State license tags for yet another two years!

(To those of you who help me pay to keep my car registered and insured – I salute you!)

And to the State, who forces me to go through this nonsense every couple years to extort revenue from me – you already received my salute!

bronx

We Have Met The Enemy…

…or Send In The Clowns!

I cannot decide which meme is better.

There have been many blog postings of late, some of which even on this humble blog, writing of the growth in worldwide anti-Semitism, government-sponsored violence, religion-sponsored violence, massive surveillance, and wholesale Statism.

And there appears to be a modicum of support against such things.

BUT…

There is a tendency to view such things as off-shore.  Somewhere else.  Another countries’ problem.  And to turn a blind eye to our own versions of such things.

Until it’s too late.

Some folks write as if it IS too late.  That civil upheaval is inevitable.  Others clamor for constitutional conventions.  As though people who control such things can keep the outcome constitutional.

And this new world order of constitution will certainly include or delete a second amendment.

Depending on the flavor of the new constitution’s founding fathers.

What to do, what to do.

Sit on our hands and whine?  Join the convention(s)?  Join the revolt?

pogoOr have the decisions already been made for us?  On the dark web.

 

DON’T BOTHER – THEY’RE HERE!

 

 

Whither Jade Helm 15?

Military watchers – from both the Left and Right – have been watching, warning, and expressing (how do I state this with delicacy?):

DOOM!

It has been reported that regular military folks will be conducting a ‘training operation’ in Texas, beginning July 15.  The Texas governor has even ordered the National Guard to observe the ops, just in case things get hinky.

Following the ease with which martial law was imposed on Boston (post the terrorist bombing), some folks are suggesting this might be the next step.

Practicing to handle civilian populus in a hostile environment (Texas versus Massachusetts) should martial law be imposed THERE!

And obvious comparisons have been made comparing The President to some Austrian-born Reichschancellor who engaged in similar behavior!

Operation Jade Helm 15

Much ado about nothing?  Or should we be concerned?

What do YOU think?tin foil hat

h/t Theo Spark, The Political Commentator, Now The End Begins

Bureaucratizilla And Ineptitude

I am continuing to fight a battle with my private health insurer (who provides me with 20% of my disability income) to keep them informed regarding my health status, medical records, whether or not I am employed or employable (I’m not).

Most recently, having turned 62, they have been after me to spell out my daily activities, pain levels, mobility and have my primary physician fill out forms in this regard.

Being a Last Minute Louie™, some of this has taken time, and I’ve been reticent to comply – disliking both the bureaucracy and intrusion.

It came down to the wire, and I sent in the proper letter, and my doc faxed in the required forms.

On February 21!

While they acknowledged receiving my letter, they said they never received anything from the doc – and made less-than-veiled threats.

SO, I took it upon myself to fax in the document.

I should have gone to Kinkos!

It took me two and a half hours to figure out Windows Fax and Scan was useless, and download another ‘free’ program, learn how to operate that, and get the material faxed.

I also sent a paper copy via snail mail – I’m no fool!

AND, of course, they may still decide to stop this part of my disability!

(Query – why, in this age of email attachments do so many places require things FAXED?)

antique fax machine

antique fax machine

PITA, I’m tellin’ ya!

Nixon Redux

It’s been said The Libertarian Party (big L) was started by a number of folks in Colorado in 1971, who were having a political discussion regarding the downfall of The Republic.

Because President Nixon had instituted wage and price controls!  (And took us off the gold standard, furthered the Vietnam War, the draft, and started the EPA?- Guffaw)

Fast-forward to today, wherein Rand Paul is waging a largely one man battle against The Fed™, and now this…

(courtesy of Irish)

It’s Not Your Money – Feds Put Currency Control In Place

This story has been floating around for a few days, now, but I don’t see much coverage of it.  According to The Sovereign Man blog by Simon Black, the DOJ has instituted cash controls that require banks to notify them if anyone withdraws as little as $5000 cash in one transaction.

Assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell gave a speech in which he urged banks to “alert law enforcement authorities about the problem” so that police can “seize the funds” or at least “initiate an investigation”.
As Black highlights, according to the handbook for the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council, such suspicious activity includes, “Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more…”

Imagine going to your local bank to get some cash; for a specific purchase or just because you want to have some cash on hand.  You tell the teller that you’d like to withdraw $5,000 from your account. She hesitates nervously and wants to know why.

You try to politely let her know that that’s none of the bank’s business as it’s your money.

The teller disappears for a few minutes, leaving you waiting.

When she returns she tells you that you can collect your money in a few days as they don’t have it on hand at the moment.

Slightly irritated because of the inconvenience, you head home.

But as you pull into your driveway later there’s an unexpected surprise waiting for you: two police officers would like to have a word with you about your intended withdrawal earlier…

How do you know you live in a police state?  That’s a pretty good working definition right there. 

 MORE AT SILICONGRAYBEARD

for more information here are some additional links provided by blog buddy Leigh
 
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/11/16/the-money-in-your-bank-account-was-stolen-this-morning/
http://www.examiner.com/article/bank-deposits-will-soon-no-longer-be-considered-money-but-paper-investments
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/11/warning-bank-deposits-will-soon-no.html
http://investmentwatchblog.com/nov-16-2014-g20-to-implement-a-new-policy-that-makes-bank-deposits-on-par-with-paper-investments/

In the interest of fairness, one of my jobs during my 21+ year tenure at TMCCC was to research and complete SARs (Suspicious Activity Reports) as part of financial institution law.

These are the reports regarding ‘suspicious’ financial transactions taking place at federally-licensed/insured financial institutions.  At the time, based on a floor of $10K.

Aggregate.

This meant if you did a number of financial transactions involving moving funds around, or large credit card purchases totaling 10K, you would probably appear on the institution’s radar.  And some functionary (like me) would review your accounts, and prepare a report, if warranted.

Of course, 10K (or more) meant a report would be prepared, regardless.  (We did catch some bad guys this way!)

And you and your transactions were duly reported to The United States Treasury Department for further investigation.

Wouldn’t want any money-laundering or tax evasion amongst our citizens, would we?

And now the floor is 5K.  In this economy.

Can’t have the citizenry moving their money around all willy-nilly, now can we?  Because, whose money IS it, anyway?

SERIOUSLY? Part III

My friend Borepatch alerted us to the following:

Spy On Me Barbie®

What could possibly go wrong?

A new “smart” Barbie doll’s eavesdropping and data-gathering functions have privacy advocates crying foul.

Toymaker Mattel bills Hello Barbie as the world’s first “interactive doll” due to its ability to record children’s playtime conversations and even respond once the encrypted audio is transmitted to a cloud server, much in the way that Apple’s Siri voice assistant works.

No word on whether Mattel plans to share suspected Double Plus Ungood Thoughtcrime with Big Brother.

No doubt the software has had extensive security review to make sure it’s not hackable. (snark font!)

SERIOUSLY?
We already have ‘them’ prying into our computer use, email, what we purchase, our jobs, what we watch, how we look when we watch(!), our spending, our gun purchases, and now a toy (that could be a tool) to spy on our children?
I wonder if the little brothers of girls receiving such a gift will nip this in the bud by deftly removing Barbie’s head, as he did with all the others?
Or is the microphone in her torso?
And is GI JOE next?

Protocol

our mastersFound @ Theo Spark

I couldn’t have said it better!

Drug Stores

Remember when we called a spade a spade?  Not pharmacies?

I remember, as a grade-school kid, going into Skaggs Drug and buying CP potassium nitrate in 4 oz. bottles.  No one questioned me.  There were no forms to fill out.  No one asked if I was making rocket fuel or gunpowder from it.  (I was!)

And I still have all my eyes, hands and fingers!

Here it is some 50 years later, and my roommate not only acquired the crud I had (and am finally getting over, thank you!) but it progressed into some kind of respiratory infection.  Antibiotics and numerous pills later, she too is finally getting better.

And one of the medications prescribed was sudephedrine.  You know, the stuff that can be distilled into methamphetamine. 

And I had to present my driver’s license (which they swiped into the cash register computer system) and then sign for it.  For the 12 tablets!

Not only am I annoyed at this invasion of privacy, but for THIS amount?  When the Mexican cartels are buying it by the ton and making meth and exporting it here?

PITA.

The Travis McGee Reader recounts a similar story.  Go there and read it.

The shed a tear for our loss of more freedom, once again.

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