Sheriff's Employee Embezzled Funds in Keeping with the Spirit of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Post Date: 2023-03-01 17:38:57 by Charles_Byrd
Critics of civil asset forfeiture quite rightly refer to the practice of swiping cash and property from people accused (but not convicted) of crimes as "legalized theft." That enrages law enforcement types who insist they're just abiding by the law, never mind that the law is contemptible. But there are times when forfeiture clearly crosses over into outright robbery, such as when John Cox, an Albany County, New York, sheriff's department employee, used seized proceeds to cover his lousy luck with cards or horses. It's simultaneously awful and thoroughly in keeping with the policy of civil asset forfeiture. "The head of the Albany County Sheriff's Office ...
Hester Peirce, Nic Carter: The Government vs. Cryptocurrencies
Post Date: 2023-03-01 17:36:57 by Charles_Byrd
Every Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern, Zach Weissmueller and I host a live interview on Reason's YouTube channel. Today's episode is pulled from our recent conversation about government regulation of cryptocurrency and related matters that we had with Hester Peirce, a renegade commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Depression-era agency whose task it is to supposedly "protect investors," "maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets," and "facilitate capital formation." When the SEC recently fined the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken for supposedly offering an unregistered security, Peirce publicly broke with her colleagues, ...
How social networks became a 'subsidiary' of the FBI and CIA
Post Date: 2023-03-01 17:33:36 by Charles_Byrd
The US Congress last tried to grapple with what the countrys ballooning security services were up to nearly half a century ago. In 1975, the Church Committee managed to take a fleeting, if far from complete, snapshot of the netherworld in which agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and National Security Agency (NSA) operate. Click for Full Text!
Douglas Macgregor: Russia couldn't be Isolated or Defeated From the West
Post Date: 2023-03-01 17:29:54 by Charles_Byrd
Douglas Abbott Macgregor is a retired U.S. Army colonel and government official, and an author, consultant, and television commentator. He played a significant role on the battlefield in the Gulf War and the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Click for Full Text!
Study: Taking Cross-sex Hormones Carries “Substantial” Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:56:44 by Charles_Byrd
Individuals taking cross-sex hormones to relieve their gender dysphoria have a substantially increased risk of serious cardiac events, including stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism, according to a new American College of Cardiology (ACC) study. As the transgenderism phenomenon has exploded, doctors have been prescribing hormone therapy for patients who claim to have a gender identity that differs from the sex embedded in their genes. An ACC press release describing the study notes that recent data suggest about 1 million to 1.6 million people identify as transgender in the U.S. and that hormone therapy use is rising rapidly, especially among teens and ...
White House Waters Down Plan to Restrict U.S. Investment in China
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:54:21 by Charles_Byrd
Has the China lobby scored another victory in the White House? Sources on Capitol Hill and in the lobbying world told Politico that the administration is dialing down an upcoming executive order on China, abandoning plans to restrict American investment in the communist regime and instead focus on transparency. Click for Full Text!
Lightfoot’s Reign of Ineptitude in Chicago Will Come to an End
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:52:53 by Charles_Byrd
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot finished a distant third in the citys mayoral election on Tuesday. The night was won by former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, who garnered just under 34 percent of the vote. Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, who is also a Chicago Teachers Union organizer, came in second with just over 20 percent of the vote. Vallas and Johnson will square off in five weeks, on April 4, to see who will become the next mayor of the Windy City. Lightfoot, the first black woman and openly gay mayor in the citys history, could only manage to secure about 17 percent of the vote, despite being an incumbent. It would seem as if the city werent happy ...
The Jones Act Is Driving Up Prices and Making Crises Worse
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:48:00 by Charles_Byrd
After a recent hurricane, Puerto Ricans desperately needed fuel. Fortunately, an oil tanker was right offshore. Click for Full Text!
Manichaeism and ‘an Ideology of Liberal Empire’ – Biden’s Forever Cosmic War Against Russian ‘Evil’
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:43:48 by Charles_Byrd
Bidens speech at Warsaw, complete with the lighting effects and dramatic backdrop reminiscent of his Liberty Hall speech in which he sought to portray his own domestic MAGA opposition as a grave security threat to America, again resorts to radical Manicheanism to depict (this time) Russia, (the external counterpoint to the related U.S. MAGA threat), as the foundation for the epic battle between light and the forces of darkness. The eternal struggle that persists that must be fought endlessly and won crushingly. Again, as with his Liberty Hall speech, Biden offered no concrete plan. Here in Warsaw, with the sands of time running out on his Ukraine project, and with ...
"It's Effective": NYC Shops Deploy Crime-Fighting Dogs To Deter Shoplifters
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:41:48 by Charles_Byrd
Nationwide retail theft has erupted into a $100 billion crisis. Brick-and- mortar stores have expanded theft-deterrent merchandising strategies to mitigate unprecedented losses for companies. In New York City, 34th Street Partnership, a non-profit retail trade group serving Midtown retailers, hired a security firm that provides K-9 units equipped with handlers, the New York Post reported. Click for Full Text!
Finally: New York Times Admits Biden’s ‘Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs
Post Date: 2023-03-01 16:39:56 by Charles_Byrd
Hundreds of thousands of migrant teenagers are working brutal jobs to pay off their smuggling debts amid President Joe Bidens loose border rules, the New York Times admitted in a February 25 article. Cristian works a construction job instead of going to school. He is 14
Carolina packages Cheerios at night in a factory. She is 15
Wander starts looking for day-labor jobs before sunrise. He is 13, are the newspapers captions of photographs showing young teenagers admitted via the Unaccompanied Alien Child border loophole. Click for Full Text!
Appeals court panel unanimously rules in favor of New York crisis pregnancy centers
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:52:03 by Charles_Byrd
A three judge panel of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of the pro-life Evergreen Association, which operates the Expectant Mother Care and EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in New York City, in an important freedom of expressive association case. U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy Sr. dismissed the case in 2021, but Evergreen appealed and its president, Christopher Slattery brought a civil suit against the state of New York in Northern District of New York in January 2020, Josh Russell wrote. They argued the states so-called Boss Bill of 2019 unconstitutionally infringed on its freedoms of speech and religious exercise
There Has Never in History Been a Greater Need For a Large Anti-War Movement
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:49:51 by Charles_Byrd
Things are escalating more and more rapidly between the US-centralized power structure and the few remaining nations with the will and the means to stand against its demands for total obedience, namely China, Russia, and Iran. The world is becoming increasingly split between two groups of governments who are becoming increasingly hostile toward each other, and you dont have to be a historian to know its probably a bad sign when that happens. Especially in the age of nuclear weapons. The US State Departments Victoria Nuland is now saying that the US is supporting Ukrainian strikes on Crimea, drawing sharp rebukes from Moscow with a stern reminder that the peninsula is a ...
When the Government Makes Poverty Worse
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:48:22 by Charles_Byrd
For individuals struggling to make ends meet, the government might be causing more problems than it is solving. As part of a new report released Monday, a survey of more than 1,000 low- income Pennsylvanians found that taxes are often a major barrier to economic securityranking ahead of more commonly discussed problems such as credit card debt and student loans. Among those surveyed, all of whom have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $53,000 annually for a family of four), the average respondent reported paying $4,575 per year in taxes. Click for Full Text!
FALSE PROFIT: Minister Says Christian Faith Supports Unrestricted Abortion
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:46:52 by Charles_Byrd
This pro-abort argument has never and will never work. Stop trying! Yet another abortion supporter has tried pretending that abortion is in line with the Bibles teachings. He told his congregation that their faith is way too small if they dont support expansive abortion access. Click for Full Text!
Test Before Going Home After OH Train Disaster, Says Safety Expert
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:44:57 by Charles_Byrd
If he lived in the affected area of Ohio around the train derailment and the toxic vinyl chloride spill, leading safety expert Jim Poesl would be doing testing rather than just trusting the government before going home, he explained in this interview with The New American magazine's Alex Newman from the Heartland Institute's climate conference in Orlando. It is hard to know whether it is safe or not based on current data, said the host of Safety FM and Safety Wars who has managed multiple disaster clean- ups. There were no good options to deal with the crisis, he explained. Local governments are in charge of disasters such as this and the federal government is merely to play an ...
Need an Adderall Prescription? Good Luck Getting It Over Telehealth.
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:28:26 by Charles_Byrd
Last week, the Biden administration proposed new regulations on doctors' ability to prescribe certain medications via telehealth, a policy suggestion that the administration framed as necessary to combat the opioid epidemic and prevent unnecessary prescriptions of controlled drugs. However, the proposed change would also make obtaining necessaryeven life-savingdrugs more difficult, especially for those living in rural areas. During the early stages of the COVID pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) temporarily lifted restrictions on doctors' ability to write prescriptions for controlled drugs via telehealth. However, the agency is poised to bring ...
U.S. Drops in Human Freedom Index; Ranks Behind Ex-communist Nations
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:24:42 by Charles_Byrd
In the 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man, philosopher Francis Fukuyama posited that liberal democracy would become the worlds unassailable, default norm. Since then, many would argue, weve gotten much liberalism and the appearance of democracy, but the substance doesnt match the style. And a recent study of liberty in the world vindicates that claim. In fact, finds the Cato Institutes latest edition of the Human Freedom Index, after reaching a high point in 2007 (just before the Obama years, do note), worldwide freedom had been in steady decline. But that has changed: It entered steep decline with the Covid-19 situation in 2020. Click for ...
Virginia Next for Occupational Licensing Reform
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:22:55 by Charles_Byrd
The General Assembly of Virginia this month approved a proposal to recognize out-of-state occupational licenses and work experience as per se qualifications for in-state credentials. To qualify, the applicant must have held her out-of-state license for at least three years and reside in good standing with that state's board. Individuals seeking a Virginia license for a profession that was not licensed in their previous state can qualify with three years of work experience and an examination. Both provisions will, in many cases, allow workers to avoid excessive time and money costs associated with seeking a license in a new state. Click for Full Text!
‘Faces of MAID’ social media campaign opposes Canada’s euthanasia program
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:20:25 by Charles_Byrd
As the euthanasia program in Canada comes under increasing international scrutiny, Canadians living with disabilities are speaking out to show how they have been pressured into assisted suicide or euthanasia. And the hashtag theyre using is starting to go viral. A woman identifying herself as Dr. T kicked off the I Am The Face Of MAID campaign with a tweet arguing that the government would rather kill her than treat her illness. I am the face of #MAID (assisted-death) in Canada. As a single, 50 yr old female with a genetic condition and a disability pension I will only cost the system, she wrote. I would be approved for untreatable pain if I ...
Russia no longer at mercy of global elite – Lavrov
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:18:43 by Charles_Byrd
Western political leaders will no longer have the power to dictate terms to Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. Speaking with the heads of the ministrys regional offices, the diplomat stressed that Russia will now determine its own needs for development. Until recently, a couple of years ago, the external conditions that we needed for development were determined not by us, but by the Western minority, said Lavrov. He added that all the foreign policy initiatives promoted by the so-called golden billion group serve the sole purpose of making sure that the world lives by rules that allow Western elites to continue their colonial policies and ...
Armed Patron Stops Applebees Slasher in Kathy Hochul's Backyard | 2A For Today!
Post Date: 2023-02-28 19:16:06 by Charles_Byrd
This week our 2A For Today Modern Militiaman spotlight is focused on Utica in central New York where we have yet another example of a restaurant patron minding their own business when trouble decided to attempt a hostile takeover! Kathy Hochul claims that these types of defensive saves never happen, but the liberty tree keeps bearing fruit- even in her backyard! Click for Full Text!
Copyright Is the Latest Battle in the War Over A.I.
Post Date: 2023-02-28 18:54:39 by Charles_Byrd
Increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (A.I.) is inching further into the mainstream, and nobody is quite sure what to make of it yet. Students protested after university administrators used the A.I. text generator ChatGPT to craft a statement after a mass shooting. Systems like Midjourney can create pieces of art so sophisticated, they can win awards to the chagrin of flesh-and-blood artists. Now the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) has weighed in on the debate and determined that images produced by A.I. are not copyrightable. Click for Full Text!
OB/GYN says doctors have seen ‘severe complications’ from abortion pill regimen
Post Date: 2023-02-27 17:00:59 by Charles_Byrd
Four national medical associations and four doctors filed a lawsuit in November against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claiming that the FDA illegally approved the abortion pill in 2000, putting the well-being of women and girls at risk. One board-certified OB/GYN is now sharing that she sees complications from the abortion pill on a daily basis. Behind the lawsuit are the groups the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and the American College of Pediatricians. AAPLOG board member and CEO-elect Dr. Christina Francis told Newsmax that she has seen firsthand ...
Hungary to Send Delegation to Sweden, Finland Over NATO Bids
Post Date: 2023-02-27 16:59:26 by Charles_Byrd
The head of Hungarys ruling party in parliament said Thursday that Budapest is sending a delegation to Sweden and Finland to discuss their NATO bids. Hungary and Turkey are the only two NATO countries that have yet to approve of the two Nordic nations joining. Prime Minister Viktor Orban previously said his country supports Sweden and Finland joining the alliance, and Hungarys parliament is set to start debating ratifying their memberships next week. Click for Full Text!
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