The Freedom to Gamble

I don’t follow sports directly; they don’t interest me much. I do follow sports indirectly though, because I follow politics. And anymore nothing is sacred.  So government gets involved in that too. Everything’s been perverted by government involvement. I wrote some time ago about the prospect of a few states bucking the Feds and allowing sports gambling, among them was New Jersey, and the inevitable push-back is underway.

NBC Sports is reporting that a confederacy of professional sports leagues and the NCAA have filed suit against New Jersey, in attempt to prevent the people of the state from gambling there legally. This is a clear example of a concept that Frédéric Bastiat described in The Law, in which one group engineers the legal code for its own benefit.

They, of course, do it under the guise of protecting the sport, but their motive is irrelevant, given that their means relies on State violence to achieve their ends. It’s immoral to coerce non-violent individuals into behaving in one way or another, and coercion is at the heart of every government action.

Of course this confederacy is able to use the government because the law, in Bastiat’s words, has been “diverted from its true mission,” which is protecting property rights, and now “it may violate property instead of securing it.”

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Mothers To Regulators: We Will Not Comply

Risking Jail to Defend Peaceful Voluntary Exchange

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On August 18, 2012 a group of mothers and others, members of the advocacy groups, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day, will take their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to celebrate their right to “voluntary exchange.

By offering raw milk and lemonade for sale or barter, which is illegal in many places, including Washington DC, these mothers and other activists risk criminal charges, and possibly jail. Last August, in a similar protest, three people were arrested for selling 10-cent cups of lemonade.

The lemonade stands and raw milk tasting booths will be set up on the mall at 12:00 noon on the lawn of the Capitol reflecting pool. The approximate location is around 3rd Street Southwest between Maryland and Jefferson in Washington DC.

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Party or Principal: Does It Matter?

R’s or D’s – does it really matter on the federal ballot?

Seriously, no matter which party is in control in DC, the federal government always grows. Agenda 21 was  signed on to by George Bush the first with an Executive Order, followed by Clinton, Bush the second and Obama. Patriot Act under Bush and Republicans, NDAA would never have passed without Republicans, Obamacare Democrats, debt ceiling raised, No Child Left Behind etc. etc. etc. The federal government grows and our freedoms shrink. If we keep thinking that if we send someone new to DC to fix the problems that DC has created, then we will continue to get a bigger and bigger government.

The answer is local not national. Who we elect to state and local offices over the next ten to twenty years is far more important. Whether people want to believe it or not, the federal government cannot and will not reverse its behavior, and the debt is beyond ever paying off. The states will have to step in and hold things together by standing up and saying, “NO!” to the federal government. Virginia has shown the way with their Nullification of the NDAA. Others need to follow.

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My Three Pauls

It is said that the falling off a ladder is less a problem than one’s ultimate meeting with the ground below. So it is with democracy unrestrained by constitutional charter. The absurd debt incurred annually by Congressmen gaming re-election prospects will be less bothersome than the rioting in the streets when China cuts off our credit limit.

Democrats, the party of public dependence, responded in predictably shrill tones to the addition of Paul Ryan to the Mitt Romney ticket. Mr. Ryan’s budgetary proposal is to borrow $300 billion per year to operate the unconstitutionally large National Government instead of $1.3 trillion. My own preference is for Rand Paul’s plan which balances the budget in five years and uproots a few federal departments planted and grown under the liberal fallacy of a Constitution limited only by the whims of the populace.

Even so, I credit Mitt with choosing one of the three Pauls, even if his Paul carries a hedge-trimmer instead of shovel. With half our voting public pocketing one or another government subsidy, it’s a wonder we are not yet Venezuela. At this point in history I’ll take anyone who promises to whittle away at the dependency agenda.

Pragmatic libertarians like me view this is as a two-prong defense of liberty. The Republican presidential ticket, if true to its word, will slow and perhaps arrest some of the growth of the National Government. The longer prong is with the States. When I say States, I don’t mean the liberal miasmas of California or New York, but those hardy States with a citizenry displaying a clear bias for liberty and against the overlords of Washington, D.C.

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Ban the Drones!

This episode is made possible in part by the new Nullification Movie. Now available for order at tenthamendmentcenter.com/movie

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According to BuffaloNews.com – Activists are pushing that city to be first in this U.S. to ban use of drones.

While the city has not been approached by the federal government or any other entity about purchasing drones, about 20 people showed up for a recent public hearing to encourage lawmakers to support a proactive ban.

Earlier this month, Occupy Buffalo and the WNY Peace Center proposed legislation to the Council prohibiting the use and purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles in Buffalo, arguing that they violate constitutional rights and pose imminent danger to the public.

Excerpts from the proposal state that “drones present an unreasonable and unacceptable threat to public safety in the air and to persons and property on the ground … due to limitations in drone vision, capability to avoid other aircraft and adequate control.”

Another part of the proposed legislation reads “armed drones and surveillance drones present an unreasonable and unacceptable threat to the rights of individual privacy, freedom of association and assembly, equal protection and judicial due process …”

Victoria Ross of the Peace Education Project noted that the drones in Buffalo most likely would be used primarily for surveillance, “which means warrants won’t be needed.”

The proposed legislation submitted to the Common Council asks that drones not be purchased, leased, borrowed, tested or used by any agency of the City of Buffalo.

From Bill Greene – author of the Constitutional Tender Act – Peter Schiff has opened a hard-money bank.

In other words, you can open accounts in any denomination you want, whether fiat currency OR gold bullion – whatever you’d like. You can even get a “gold debit card” that you can use anywhere in the world. It’s backed by actual gold, which converts to whatever currency you’re needing at the time you hit that ATM.

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Don’t go down shooting. Nullify!

I hear it all the time, especially from my conservative friends.

The bluster.

The defiance.

The tough-guy edicts.

“They’ll never take my guns!” they declare. “Not unless they pry them out of my cold dead hands.”

But I think Jim Karger got it right in a July 31 column published over at Lew Rockwell.

“And, when I hear this crazy talk, I agree with them openly. ‘You are right. They will pry your gun from your cold dead hands,’ which I often follow with the question, ‘And where will that leave you except face down in a pool of your own blood in the middle of the street, just another dead fool resisting the State?’”

Let’s be brutally honest. If a SWAT team comes rolling down your street demanding your guns, you will either meekly give them up, or you will end up a bloody corpse. Even the well-armed civilian will not win a gun battle with police armed with military style weapons, top-grade body armor and riding in virtual tanks.

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TrapWire: The Federal Gov’t is Literally Watching Every Move You Make

The U.S. government exercises control over a massive and technologically advanced surveillance system that has the capacity to keep nearly the entire population of this country under the watchful eye of government 24 hours a day.

TrapWire is the name of this newly revealed network of cameras and other surveillance tools being utilized by a federal government that is rapidly constructing an impenetrable, inescapable theater of surveillance, most of which is going unnoticed by Americans and unreported by the mainstream media.

Unlike other elements of the central government’s cybersurveillance program, word about TrapWire was not leaked by Obama administration insiders. The details of this nearly unbelievable surveillance scheme were made public by WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group founded by Julian Assange.

The TrapWire story percolated from the millions of emails from the Austin, Texas-based private intelligence-gathering firm Stratfor, published this year by WikiLeaks.

Covering correspondence from mid-2004 to 2011, these documents expose Stratfor’s “web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.”

This coterie of Stratfor co-conspirators are apparently angry about the leaks, considering that the WikiLeaks servers have been under near-constant Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks since the TrapWire revelations began attracting notice of alternative journalists. Some outlets report that the cyberattacks are being carried out by agents of the American intelligence community determined to prevent the full depth of this scandal from being explored by reporters.

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Nullify Now! Pennsylvania Needs Action Today

CLICK HERE – to sign on to our NULLIFY OBAMACARE campaign!


Dear Friends,

The June Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was disappointing, but not surprising.  After all, the Supreme Court is a branch of the Federal Government.  It can surely not be a surprise that nine employees of the Federal Government found in favor of the Federal Government in its dispute with more than half of the American States.

We have good news, though. 

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Where is the Civil Liberties Party?

Recently, I posted an article that was leveled against the 2-party system.  My wife was kind enough to point out that I was much harder on the Republican party than the Democrat party, so with this in mind I decided to attack the question from the other side as well.

For years, the American voter has been sold into the idea that the 2-party system is a method of limiting government. For instance, most people assume (by believing the WORDS that come out of politicians’ mouths, rather than observing their ACTIONS – Perhaps they only pay attention during election time?) that the ‘left’ strengthens civil liberties, and the ‘right’ strengthens property rights. This battle is sold as if respective liberties will steadily advance via this battle! But one has only to look back over the last 30 years to realize of the fallacy of that sale!

Surely the Democrat party is true to their word when it comes to the size of government? For instance, they seem to be almost monolithic in their calls for pro-choice policies. Whenever they’re in power, they consistently advance higher taxes on the “rich.” They also support increasing dependency of the poor on state-sponsored welfare entitlements and are opposed to any policy that will require any responsibility for the individual! In general, they err on the side of addressing every problem of society with more and more government largess. All of these policies are in keeping with their rhetoric. It’s always baffling to me how they can ever be elected after carefully considering these policies, but I guess some people still need a Mommy even after they’ve moved out of the house.

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