New Jersey Action Alert: Help Stop Drone Surveillance, Support A1039

Representatives Daniel Benson, Vincent Prieto, Marlene Caride and Annette Quijano, along with three cosponsors, introduced Assembly Bill 1039 (A1039) in January. The bill requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in most cases. It also includes and outright prohibition on the use of weaponized drones It passed the Assembly on 05-14…


New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill Attacking Drone Spying, 66-2

TRENTON, N.J. (May 15, 2015) On Thursday, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill that would significantly limit drone surveillance in the state, and also serve to thwart one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Representatives Daniel Benson, Vincent Prieto, Marlene Caride and Annette Quijano, along with three cosponsors, introduced Assembly Bill 1039 (A1039) in…


New Jersey Action Alert: Help Legalize Industrial Hemp, Support A2719

New Jersey A2719 would legalize industrial hemp for production within the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same.

STATUS: A2719 was referred to the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee where it must successfully before it can receive a vote from the whole assembly.


New Jersey Action Alert: Help Stop Police Militarization, Support S2364 and S2365

Two New Jersey bills (S2364 and S2365) would restrict the use military equipment by law enforcement in the state. Both have passed unanimously through the state senate (37-0) and through committee in the assembly (7-0) and need your help to get to the governor’s desk. PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS – It doesn’t matter where you live in…


Bill to Nullify Drone Spying Introduced in New Jersey

Add New Jersey to the long list of states opposing drone operations within their borders.  Drone surveillance activity using unmanned aerial vehicles or “UAVs”  has become an urgent issue threatening the right to privacy, recognized by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. Anti-drone legislation recently introduced by Assemblywoman Quijano (D)  and co-sponsored by Assemblywoman…


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.”