Weed Welfare – Today’s Quote

Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine…

Berkeley California City Council Member Darryl Moore via Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients « CBS San Francisco

Andrew’s Note:  Weed Welfare…now free marijuana is a right too?

Policing for Profit – Today’s Quote

Civil forfeiture is when police and prosecutors seize property, cars or cash from someone they suspect of wrongdoing. It differs from criminal forfeiture cases, where prosecutors typically must prove a person is guilty or reach a settlement before freezing funds or selling property. In civil forfeiture, authorities don’t have to prove guilt, file charges or obtain a conviction before seizing private property. Critics say it is a process ripe for abuse, and one which leaves citizens little means of fighting back.

via Policing for Profit? Lawmakers, advocates raise alarm at growing gov’t power to seize property | Fox News

Civil Forfeiture – Today’s Quote

The civil forfeiture law — if something so devoid of due process can be dignified as law — is an incentive for perverse behavior: Predatory government agencies get to pocket the proceeds from property they seize from Americans without even charging them with, let alone convicting them of, crimes. Criminals are treated better than this because they lose the fruits of their criminality only after being convicted.

Dr. George Will via The heavy hand of the IRS – The Washington Post

The Epidemic In West’s Neighborhood – Today’s Quote

When I revisit my neighborhood in Atlanta, I see the blight facing most urban neighborhoods: Section 8 housing, food stamps, EBT card signs, and the breakdown of the family. Of all the consequences of the Great Society programs and the War on Poverty, intended or otherwise, the destruction of the black family has been the most disastrous. More than 70 percent of black children are born outside of marriage. That is an epidemic.

Former U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West from his new book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom

What’s This Strange Looking Rifle?

Strange Looking Rifle

What’s this strange looking rifle?  It’s nothing more than an AR-15 (same caliber(s), same ballistics) with a strange stock, no pistol grip and no flash suppressor…but that makes it legal in New York.  Silly NY politicians tried to ban rifles that looked scary to them even though they weren’t any more dangerous than the typical hunting rifle…read more at the National Review Online.

Looks like a Frankenrifle but you can still see the beauty of the AR-15 in there.

Laws Which Cannot Be Enforced – Today’s Quote

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Albert Einstein

RIP Incandescent Light

RIP Incandescent Light

Madison on Obamacare – Today’s Quote

The Affordable Care Act

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be to-morrow.

President James Madison

Affordable Care Act Complexity

Affordable Care Act Complexity

About All I Would Ask – Today’s Quote

…I don’t believe that the GOP or the Dems or the president can actually ‘create’ jobs…

The best they can do is encourage an environment where people who might be willing to assume the risk of hiring other people are more inclined to do so. That’s what I’d like them to do.  And to the extent that either party would ever listen to a guy that used to have a show on cable TV — that’s about all I would ask of them…

Mike Rowe proving that all television personalities aren’t undereducated buffoons via Mike Rowe’s Non-Partisan, Full-Throated Defense of Self-Sufficiency and Hard Work May Be the Best Thing You Read All Day

Tools of Tyranny – The IRS

If we don’t want a future U.S. government to become tyrannical we must work every day to limit the creation of government powers, laws, regulations and departments with the potential to be used as tools of tyranny.  The tax collector has been an unfortunate but necessary fixture in society for thousands of years and will continue to be so.  The power to tax is necessary (but certainly not at the levels we’ve chosen the past few years) but is also ripe for abuse and is definitely a potential tool of tyranny.  Let’s not forget that one of the rallying cries that created our nation was tax related… “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

I must admit that when the cries of unfair treatment from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by conservative nonprofits was raised during the election I discounted them as oversensitivity encouraged by election year politics but as it turns out there was preferential treatment for non-profits which espoused views similar to President Obama’s.  It seems that organizations ‘friendly’ to the incumbent President weren’t selected for additional scrutiny but organizations with ‘patriot’ or ‘tea party’ in the title were.

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