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Where Has The Republic Gone?

Long time passing…

The Gunner’s Blog recently mused on the very principles which The United States was alleged to have been founded.

And how they largely no longer exist:

America? It is gone.

My America, the homeland I honored as the highest expression of freedom’s ideals, is no more. Limited government and sweeping individual liberty are things of the past. So is the business environment that sometimes allowed little David companies to become giant killers. We are burdened by taxes, by rules and red tape and the odious creed of political correctness.What happened was that people abandoned God and good as their guiding lights. America has never been a very religious country, but for a long time the cultural influence of Christ’s gospel was felt–honored only partially and quite inconsistently, but present none the less and tacitly accepted as a good thing. Now, though, some even openly call the gospel a bad thing. Few ever consider looking to it for moral guidance. This moral end-swap has left us without moral guidance. What we have instead is the desire to impose moralisms, often invented ones, on other people.So the country that started out with people promising freedom to their neighbors in return for their own freedoms–their neighbors as themselves–now has become a hive of busybodies. Everyone thinks ‘there oughta be a law’ and oddly enough it is always other people’s behavior they think it about. The idea that you create freedoms by imposing laws is entirely backwards. The word ‘freedom’ is appropriated and misused in arguments for restrictions, probably because it is traditionally a popular word in American politics. But it would seem we have forgotten what the dictionary says it means.As I read the history books, great nations do not end in sudden cataclysm but decline slowly into folly and despair. They end not with a bang but a whimper. Where once proud Romans stood, illiterate peasants tended olives and vegetables through the long Dark Ages. The great overarching lesson of history is that people fail to learn the great overarching lesson of history.
It’s George Santayana all over again!
And, I HATE having him quoted to me, and to have the quote be correct!
(PS – this is my 2000th post!  Thank you for stopping by – Guffaw)

Canine Of Interest!

Some time back, I wrote regarding the cat, and her predilection to walk, stand and suddenly change direction in front of a cripple (THIS cripple) whilst I trying to descend the staircase.  Or walk anywhere.  I came to the conclusion that she was trying to murder me, and, that if I were found at the bottom of the stairs, she should be considered a feline of interest!

Of course, as she has gotten older (and larger – resembling an 18″ long beanbag) these attempts have lessened.

Lulling me into a false sense of security, as though I’d been forgotten.

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Nothing could be further from the truth.

Enter into this equation the puppy dog.  Now just over a year old, a wiggly, wriggly, jumpy, licky, all manner of puppy.

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False sense, I’m tellin’ ya!

The other day, in a surprise search of her kennel, THIS was discovered:

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(For the uninitiated) a shiv!  A makeshift knife, manufactured through gnawing on a piece of disposed-of plastic cutlery.

Of course, she denies any complicity in the making of this implement, and continues to be all licky.  As if she and the cat aren’t in this together!  (She LOVES the cat!)

SO, if I’m found at the bottom of the stairs with such an implement imbedded in me, you know whom to question – both the cat AND the puppy!

I’M WATCHING YOU!

(Seriously, pets are the greatest!  Just ask Brigid.)

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?

Alien Power

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Remember Black Power? Now we’re facing Alien Power. Forget Obama’s executive orders. Without going through the immigration process on the books, an illegal does not become legal, even though Congress buries their heads. Ohio’s Attorney General, Jon Husted, warned that issuing social security numbers to illegal aliens can [likely will] affect the integrity of our elections. While the SS number doesn’t make it legal to vote, it makes it easier to vote illegally. In Obama’s DREAMer amnesty, reports are that 90,000 received a social security number, which suggests that the 5+ million illegals Obama is planning to amnesty, have a better than good chance of receiving the same benefit. Since Obama’s late 2014 amnesty announcement, no one knows how many social security IDs have been issued. The Senate has been forced to ask, and are still awaiting an answer.

I was taken to task recently when I was debating another libertarian the proximate reason for The Affordable Care Act was not universal health care, or even health care for the disenfranchised, but rather another block removal in the Jenga that is Cloward and Piven.
Above represents yet another block.
Increase the pressure on goods and services provided by government, while simultaneously powering-down the legitimate electorate’s ability to respond to said pressure.
The President didn’t just say transformation, he said leveling the playing field. 
You know, like the end of a game of Jenga?
h/t Brock Townsend

Drug Test Those Immoral 1%-ers!

 

Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-D)And The Vietnamese Do Turn Out And Vote” called for drug testing Americans who inherit substantial legacies from their parents. In speaking at a committee hearing on March 18, the California Democrat said that Americans who receive government subsidies such as food stamps already submit to drug tests and thus reasoned that the “lucky” inheritors of wealth should do likewise. “What work requirements are there to inherit up to $10 million tax free?” she asked a witness. “Why is that [a single mother] should be drug tested, which is an unrelated requirement to receive food assistance, to make sure that her family has enough to eat,” asked Sanchez. “And people who are lucky enough to inherit millions of dollars are literally required to do nothing to get the federal tax benefit with their inheritance?”

More @ Spero News

Yeah, those 1% folks, yatta, yatta, yatta…

I wonder if millionairess Senator Nancy Pelosi will submit to a blood test?  Or Secretary of State Heinz Ketchup?  (Or is that Catsup?)

If the argument were people who make millions from the government coffers (e.g. corporate welfare) I might agree with Rep. Sanchez.  Good for the goose, and all that.

But private monies within inheritances?  Does she think the government owns that money?

h/t Brock Townsend

‘Insurrectionist Imagery’

The Dutchman sayeth…

Just when you think the government-monopoly-of-violence advocates of CSGV can’t get any any loopier.

CSGV condemns ‘insurrectionist imagery’ of civilian standing up to Chinese tanks

Well, I say, God bless the “insurrectionists.”

You know, it is perhaps not so very strange how CSGV is managing to ignore the armed civil disobedience movement. You would think that it would fit right into their meme. It must take mighty self-discipline to ignore us on the fund-raising level because they are abjectly frightened to give us publicity on the strategic level — for the “I Will Not Comply” movements in the various states are achieving their worst nightmare, nullification of all their collectivist appetites for other people’s liberty, property and lives.

Think there isn’t an equivalency between socialism communism and gun government control?
Think again!
tankCSGV – The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc., and other monikers.)

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?

MORE Transparency

This time at a STATE level!  By FEDERAL officials!

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found 44 cases of illegal aliens voting in Ohio and could find more but federal officials refuse to hand over crucial data.

Husted’s investigation used Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle data to cross check voter rolls.  However, for a match, the BMV record must be self-identified as a non-citizen.

It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?
h/t Brock Townsend

Protocol

our mastersFound @ Theo Spark

I couldn’t have said it better!

More ‘Transparency’

Yeah, right.

President Obama promised us the the most transparent administration, ever.

Yeah, not so much.

I’ve been reading some news accounts proclaiming (at the time) that Obama would be so much better than President Bush at responding to Freedom of Information Act requests…

Then, I saw this:

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.

That pretty much states all you need, although it might behoove you to go to the link.

So Bush AND Obama – peas in a pod?

At least as far as openness is concerned.

Not that we believed Bush to be terrific, and Obama to be less than terrific…

What has happened to The Republic?

Sad, really.

h/t Theo Spark, USA Today

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