Category Archives: Statism

Man faces 75 years for taping cops

The State of Illinois is fighting to put a 41 year old mechanic behind bars for the rest of his life because he videotaped cops. Michael Allison faces five charges of eavesdropping, each carrying up to fifteen years in jail. He refused to cut a deal with prosecutors, because he does not believe he committed a crime.

Unfortunately, the video footage shot by Allison isn’t available, because it was confiscated by cops. News coverage of the story, however, is available in these clips from NBC Channel 2 of Wabash Valley. The ACLU is defending the man, who says he has never been arrested or accused of a time. Similar charges have been dropped or reduced in other states.

 

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Food Police

In a nation of fatties, you’d think the food police would have better things to do than raid natural food stores. Apparently not, at least in LA County.

Drudge links to this story from Natural News, which describes an armed raid by local and federal government agents on a food co-op selling raw milk and cheese. Four agencies conducted the raid on Rawsome Foods, took the owner into custody and destroyed private property, but never produced a warrant according to the news source.

Read the story for details. If all happened as being reported, this is a distrubing example of government overreach into the lives of citizens. The entities and officials involved should be investigated and if appropriate, subject to disciplinary action or some other form of sanction.

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Dr. Coburn on the health care vote

United States Senator and practicing physician, Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), on the Senate’s health care vote, in today’s lineup at Real Clear Politics:

Voting Against Government Run Health Care

Dr. Coburn has always been a man of principle and passion, and he pulls no punches as he starts this piece:

“This vote is indeed historic. This Congress will be remembered for its arrogance, corruption and stupidity. In the year of 2009, a Congress ignored the coming economic storm and impending bankruptcy of our entitlement programs and embarked on an ideological crusade to bring our nation as close to single-payer, government-run health care as possible. If this bill becomes law, future generations will rue this day and I will do everything in my power to work toward its repeal. This bill will ration care, cut Medicare, increase premiums, fund abortion and bury our children in debt.”

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More praises for Dear Leader

The unsettling sights and sounds of youth, coached to sing praises to the national leader, continue to emerge. Big Hollywood publishes eleven new videos, available on YouTube, of schoolchildren of various ages performing various compositions in honor and adulation of Barack Obama.

There is something truly disturbing about this. Any time organized choruses of school children sing praises about the head of government and head of state, it evokes a certain dystopian feeling.

Here’s the thing: what makes dystopias so intensely, psychotically suffocating is that most of the people believe what is happening is good. There is a moral, and more importantly an emotional consensus, or perceived consensus, in favor of contemporary societal developments. All manner of tactical feel-goodism is employed to advance the interests of the power structure – or, society, in the minds of supporters.

We read a fiction story or we study any number of examples in history where whole nations or cultures were lead astray or began to walk down the path of their destruction. It is so obvious to us as the reader or viewer what is happening. It was likewise so for some people in the situation in question.

But for too many others, they were part of the masses that made it possible. That allowed it. That coached children to sing the leader’s praises. That questioned and criticized others for questioning and criticizing the leaders.

The singing needs to stop.

Here is one of the many videos available:

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The end of American exceptionalism

America has always been unique among nations. No longer. The historical uniqueness and greatness of the United States lives on only in history books; her present exceptionalism only in the hearts of those who love the idea that has always been her.

Lest you think this a dour overstatement of fact, consider today’s announcement from American car-manufacturing icon General Motors.  Entering bankruptcy, the company intends (see Reuters) to make a quick sale of remaining healthy assets to the federal government. This on top of already extensive involvement by the same, including loans and credit lines, strategic decision-making interference, and layers of wide-ranging, draconian regulations.

The government, already owners of an increasing share of large corporations and entire industries, could own much of what is now GM.

President Barack Obama (www.barackobama.com)

President Barack Obama (barackobama.com)

America is supposed to be a land of “free markets and free people,” to borrow a phrase from the Wall Street Journal. The world doesn’t need another European economy, and to get an idea of where America is headed if we continue to head down this road of socialization, just look at the political, economic and cultural stagnation that now mires that continent.

Where does it all stop? It doesn’t, in Obama’s mind. Think about that until the next time you visit this blog.

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The language of government

Peggy Noonan has an interesting piece on one of the by-products of big government: the dead, deadening language of bureaucracy; the official, bland, gray utterances of the sprawling state that increasingly infect our daily lives.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (a career politico) gets special attention. The new head of the massive Department of Health and Human Services, Sebelius has no academic or professional background in the health or science fields. But she speaks officialese like a pro.

The trend can be absurd to the point of amusement, but there’s a few serious things going on underneath. Here‘s the piece. Enjoy.

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Tax day brings tea parties

On April 15th, chances are there is a “tea party” where you live.

While the impulse behind the demonstrations are conservative, the events seem to also be attracting at least a certain amount of moderate and independent citizens turned off by the massive expansion of government in the last several months.

In the Kansas City area, there are at least two tea parties tomorrow. The one I would like to attend – a dubious proposition, given visiting family, but I may try to make part of it – is at Johnson County Community College from 6-9pm. The other is at Liberty Memorial at 4pm.

Info on JCCC event here, and Liberty Memorial event here.

These should be big events, let’s hope they are a success.

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