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Via Brock Townsend:

How Government Stifled Reason’s Free Speech

Via The Last Refuge

For the past two weeks, Reason, a magazine dedicated to “Free Minds and Free Markets,” has been barred by an order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from speaking publicly about a grand jury subpoena that court sent to subpoena demanded the records of six people who left hyperbolic comments at the website about the federal judge who oversaw the controversial conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.Shortly after the subpoena was issued, the government issued a gag order prohibiting Reason not only from discussing the matter but even acknowledging the existence of the subpoena or the gag order itself. As a wide variety of media outlets have noted, such actions on the part of the government are not only fundamentally misguided and misdirected, they have a tangible chilling effect on free expression by commenters and publications alike.

Yesterday, after preparing an extensive legal brief, Reason asked the US Attorney’s Office to join with it in asking that the gag order – now moot and clearly an unconstitutional prior restraint – be lifted. This morning, the US Attorney’s Office asked the Court to vacate the order, which it did. We are free to tell the story for the first time.

More @ Reason

Happy Independence Day, June 4!

july-4-removedThe United States Embassy enjoyed its annual 4th of July celebration on Thursday, June 4, one month early, in order to respect the upcoming Ramadhan month, which will begin on June 17 and last for one month.

US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake and US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian presided over the festivities, which involved brass band renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya.

In a mind-boggling gesture of official Obama Government dhimmitude, the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia celebrated our sacred Independence Day holiday on June 4, so as to avoid any conflict with the month-long Ramadan celebration. Read the whole thing in the Jakarta Post HERE.

(from Old NFO)

Other reporting on the Internet indicates this was NOT done due to pressure from the Indonesian government, but simply logistics with accommodating Ramadhan.

I don’t know about YOU, but this makes me physically ill!  An embassy is defacto national territory of the nation represented.  To change our national traditions on our territory, so as not to offend, is just political correctness over the top!  –  Guffaw

Our Tax Dollars At Work


Good thing they haven’t anything to worry about in California, like corruption, drought and deficits…

h/t David Hardy

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…


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.


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

h/t Ars Technica, Freedom Writer’s Publishing

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

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction

And certainly more disturbing!

Long-time readers of my blog may recall my mentioning the television show Chicago PD, wherein the fictional detectives of the CPD Intelligence Squad sometimes sequester persons they have arrested detained kidnapped and subject them to torture to obtain information to convict them, and/or locate other crimes/criminals.

Certainly not in accordance with current civilian criminal law procedures.  Do we remember Escobedo?  Miranda?

I pooh-poohed the program, another in the long list of shows from the Law & Order producers, as highly fictionalized.


Then comes this news…

Yesterday (March 1, 2015), ABC7 Chicago released a fact sheet from the Chicago Police Department on the Homan Square facility. There have been recent claims that the police department is operating a “secretive facility in Homan Square on Chicago’s West Side where criminal suspects are denied basic rights.” The Chicago Police Department is denying any alleged abuse of suspects, saying the lack of signage on the building is because Homan Square is the “base of operations for officers working undercover assignments.”Source:
REALLY?  Our own little Lubyanka Prison in America’s Heartland?
Of course, I’m certain everything is on the up-and-up with this facility, and that there are no other such places in New York or Los Angeles.  Or Middle America U.S.A. (sarcasm)
Let’s see.  We have ‘Star Chamber’ courts (FISA courts).  Persons can be detained without knowing where they are, or access to legal counsel, and subjected to extra-legal interrogation techniques.  Apparently now at both the federal and state levels.  We can be molested while traveling to determine if we are impaired, or our citizenship status, or if we possess any kind of weapon. (Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol).
And now THIS!
h/t Glenn Beck

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Brock Townsend shares with us:

I came across this article today, entitled Are Militias a Menace?  It mainly focuses on pro-government militias during times of civil war abroad, however, there are some very important takeaways from this article.  To wit:

The distinction between “gang” and “militia” — ties with the government

Unlike rebels or criminals, whose actions are necessarily illegal and opposed by the state, these groups enjoy semi-official or informal ties with the government.

Liberal use of state-backed militias (i.e., “gangs”) to abuse the populace and disabuse themselves of the blame

Their statistical findings (published here and summarized here) show that the appearance of militias is strongly correlated with violations of human rights, particularly when governments want to maximize harm to civilians while minimizing blame for the action of armed groups that are, ostensibly, “free agents.”

More @ Guerrilla America  (end)

In other words, the SPLC can s*** it!
And don’t even get me started on the Fast & Furious government-gang thing!

Red Light – Green Light

red lightRemember that game growing up?

John Lott gives us yet another perspective:

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Chicago Tribune delivered the “first-ever scientific study” of the nation’s biggest camera program. Researchers commissioned by the paper found little or no safety benefit: Mid-intersection “T-bones” declined, but rear-end collisions sharply increased as drivers slammed on the brakes to avoid a ticket. Most damning, the Trib cited the city’s “long-standing reliance on using the lowest possible yellow light time” to maximize revenues even at the cost of encouraging more accidents. . . .

Apparently, the message is getting out as the company that have made these cameras are slowly exiting the business.

With Redflex losing money in North America, its Australian parent company recently instructed him to “de-risk the business” by diversifying into electronic toll-taking and traffic management. Nonetheless Mr. Saunders remains keen to rescue the reputation of photo enforcement, even if that seems like a Hail Mary at this point. . . .

My ex lived in Philly for about 10 years, and they had a government contractor maintaining the traffic signals so poorly that both turned green.  And her new car was totaled.

And there was no one to answer for it from the government works.

Yes, my friends, government works for the common good!

NO…stop a minute!


Due Process

from Alphecca

The Washington Post has been running a very good series of investigative reports on how police departments around the nation have been seizing billions of dollars from often innocent citizens without charging them with any crime. That link takes you to the first installment. On the side, near the top, are the links to the other five pieces. It’s time for Congress to address this issue nationally. Somehow, I doubt that Republicans will allow that.

I’ve been concerned for years about how The Federal Government (through the IRS) can garnishee, attach, freeze, steal assets in advance of due process.  Then it’s up to the poor object of these seizures to fight to get said assets back!

Seemed kind of ass-backwards to me(?)

Now (or perhaps for some time) police departments are engaging in similar behavior!

I’m reminded of a local tale (from the 70’s) in this area, wherein a guy made a police report subsequent to a business burglary.  And reported the losses to his insurance company.  Later, he found some assets in the rubble he had previously thought stolen, and attempted to amend his report.


As he sat in the middle of his printing business, watching agents remove everything, crying, he asked one, “Why?”

“Because we can.” was the terse response.

What is it Lord Acton said of government?  Absolutely.

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