Posted by revkharma on May 8, 2015
OK, this is one of the things that has ground my gears for years.
The famous hoary old quote trotted out whenever the libs disagree with something a libertarian or conservative says in public that ”offends them”
Immediately they say,(harumph, harumph) “Well free speech is all well and good, and we all know that there is a First Amendment.
BUT….. We all know that YOU CAN’T YELL FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER”
Then the speaker smiles smugly like the Church Lady, and sits back. The argument is over, and I win! So SHUT UP they explained.
OK, so the quote is not in any law, but was part of an introduction by Justice Holmes in a 1919 court ruling.( US. V Schenck) In that ruling they said a pamphlet against the draft that contained the phrases ‘Assert Your Rights” and ‘Do not submit to intimidation”
Pretty mild stuff, eh?
What is even more interesting is that the entire decision was OVERTURNED IN 1969!!!
(Brandenburg v. Ohio)
The ruling reversed a previous Supreme Court decision setting a new precedent for the “clear and present danger” standard in First Amendment cases. The Court now held that a person’s words were protected as free speech as long as they did not directly incite unlawful action
Court held that all speech,including inflammatory speech, such as in this case by the KKK, is protected under the First Amendment, unless the speech is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action. The link must be there, the speech MUST directly result in the violent action.
So, next time someone says
Well, we ALL know you can’t shout Fire in a theater and gives that stupid look, the best reply is:
“Oh? What about Brandenburg v. Ohio?
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Posted by deaconkharmafuture1 on May 6, 2015
So, I receive an email begging for support for Trey Gowdy. I am wondering if he is in some strange recall election or some other election cycle I didn’t know about. After reading this long breathless email about how Hillary is going to defy the Benghazi committee I am told that my signature on a petition could make all the difference. Further down, that little Washingtonian Gem appears like Sally Struthers asking “wont you please help?” With their cup out for some spare change, they ask for 25$ or more. Whatever I can spare, they say. Since my response was bounced from the sender address, I’m assuming it’s some sort of “Bot mailer” (firstname.lastname@example.org), I’d like to pen a sort of open letter response. Here goes:
First, thank you so much for considering me when sending your informative emails. However, please allow me to retort. What exactly will my donation accomplish? Does Trey Gowdy somehow gain prosecutorial power? Can he subpoena Hillary with this money? Perhaps he can gain access to her server with this money? Perhaps my signature will make all this possible?
As with the IRS issue, I feel you folks are simply giving us bread and circus. No change is actually intended or desired, with the exception of possibly things changing hands. After a lifetime of evidence, I now believe that Republicans don’t want to see a change of anything in Washington but who has the power. Recent examples alone should make anyone with an ounce of reason realize this. Gowdy voting for Boehner for speaker is exhibit ”A.” What change did we see from this? The same guy that rolled over for the current administration was left in place. Continued Republican caving and rolling over after sternly worded but empty threats and promises is Exhibit “B.” Worse, Republicans have proposed legislation neutering their treaty approval authority that was firmly ensconced in the Constitution of the US. Let us call that exhibit “C.”
While as entertaining and satisfying as it is to watch Trey Gowdy holler, fuss, and berate, committee chairmen, members, and those called to testify, it is still only a show. No legal teeth, no real punishment, and certainly no change will come of these proceedings. At the end of the day this show accomplishes as much or less than watching an episode of Jerry Springer. Ultimately the show was interesting, shocking, and terrifyingly humorous that folks get away with what they do, but at the end there is no real resolution. No problems have been solved, they have just been put on display for folks to shake their head at. The outcome, as always proves inconsequential to my life, my well being, and worse does nothing to resolve the ills plaguing our once great nation.
So back to my signature and donation: thanks, but no thanks. Jerry Springer passing around a collection plate at the end of his show is what your email equates to. Please lose my email and don’t ever breathlessly email me asking for a signature or money. We all know neither will do a damn thing to fix what you guys are all party to.
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Posted by revkharma on December 4, 2014
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that he plans to request federal funding for body cameras. It’s unclear whether Obama, who has made the most high-profile push for body cameras, will get congressional support for his proposal.
If the Mayor of NYC feels that his police department needs to have their every move and interaction with the citizens of NYC recorded to prevent allegations of misbehavior he and the taxpaying residents of NYC are welcome to pony up their own cash to pay for it. The use of ‘federal funds’ in reality money confiscated from American Taxpayers around the nation, including from here in South Carolina, should be barred. There is no compelling overriding national interest. The police department of the City of New York may very well be one of the best in the world, But they are NOT the responsibility of the citizens of any other city in the nation.
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Posted by revkharma on November 9, 2014
We have seen a new name floated for AG, Loretta Lynch is a prosecutor from NY.
Without question, she will be biased and partisan. That is part of the deal with this administration.
A few questions should be asked, in my opinion.
1. Do you support the current goals and plans to administratively refuse to prosecute immigration crimes, and will you support executive amnesty?
2. How will your deep ties to the Clinton Administration and your representation of Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Whitewater investigations affect your objectivity?
3. If presented with information and evidence which implicates those who preceded you in this office in potentially illegal or unconstitutional acts during the gun walking, or IRS investigations would you be willing to prosecute such former administration actors?
4. Will you state now, for the record, that you support a fair and neutral application and interpretation of EEOC and 14th amendment issues, and agree to follow truly race blind policies and practices while conducting the business of the United States as Attorney General?
5. What is your position on and interpretation on the Second Amendment?
Think anyone in either party would have the C O Jones to ask those questions during confirmation hearings?
If so, think there is a chance in hell of getting any of them answered?
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Posted by revkharma on November 5, 2014
Most people I speak with, friends and customers, seem to be of a mindset that we are at a crisis point. Financially and on other ways, i.e. immigration, Ebola, international conflict most seem to think we are on the brink catclysm.
However the power brokers in DC, and the media elite act and speak as if there is no crisis, that the great danger has been obviated and we are growing and succeeding.
The difference, I think is exactly the DC connection. Those in DC, and those connected to it are in a truly different world. Washington has just been the beneficiary of the largest tax revenue ever received in the history of our nation. Government, the source of their power, revenue and livelihood has grown vastly more in size and in power and reach into the lives of those who are now no longer merely constituents but increasingly serfs of the rulers who occupy DC.
Of course, they think there is no crisis. The central power has grown, the revenue received by Leviathan flows steadily and with greater volume that ever before.
Those on the bottom of this pyramid are increasingly crushed by the burden of providing the revenue to maintain the lifestyle of their rulers.
Average Americans are working more, (note the vastly improved worker efficiency ratings in the last decade) and working harder than ever before and yet reaping less and less from their labor as their income stream is diverted to fulfill the goals and promises of a ruling class that is increasingly detached from those whose wealth they plunder.
One of the major themes economists have pounded again and again is that inflation has been almost non-existent during the current administration. This is technically correct.
The dirty secret is that the Treasury Department and the BLS calculate inflation only after REMOVING the prices of food and fuel.
So, if you don’t have to go anywhere, or eat anything, inflation is manageable.
When Obama took office, the press were beating up on the previous administration because he had ‘permitted the price of gasoline to skyrocket”. We were paying $1.89 per gallon then. We are currently celebrating that gasoline has dropped to at or below $3.00 per gallon in many years.
So, individuals are indeed being squeezed. Yet the ruling clique in DC continues to crow that they have made life better for us and they have fixed the problems.
Well, I guess if you live in a protected velvet lined castle, insulated from the effects of the destructive policies you repeat over and over I guess you would eventually believe there is not a dangerous world out there.
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Posted by revkharma on August 12, 2014
As the Obama Administration muddles through one more vacation, they take some military action which is completely representative of the entire regime and it’s mindset.
In a story posted to Stars And Stripes Lt. General William Mayville says the following:
“We assess that U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL’s operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances toward the province of Irbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL’s overall capabilities or its operation in other areas of Iraq and Syria,”
So, we will send our military to make lots of noise and flash, but the administration knows, in advance that is all for appearance, and no long term effect. They seem to believe that there are no real enemies which require engagement and long term attention.
Time and again this regime ‘pivots’ and applies a ‘laser like focus’ to a new issue, a new geopolitical crisis, only to move on once the headlines shrink away and the network cameras are pointed into another direction.
They believe their own hype, and are confident that we are in a ‘post-modern’ world. The US secretary of state blusters that the Russian leadership simply will stop, because ‘One simply does not do that in the twenty first century’.
You see, they just know more, they are better, they are undeniably more moral than any previous administration, or the hoi polloi over which they must rule.
Obama and his team simply imagine because they think it, because they want it, the world will bend to conform to their statements and judgments. ISIS is ‘The JV team’ and not worth attention.
Syria will comply with Obama’s demands, because they simply must.
This regime believes their own hype and acts as if all the evil in the world will stop merely because they will it. They act as if there are no bad actors on the world state, and if only John Kerry can get a ‘sit down’ then every tyrant and dictator will see the inherent wisdom of his words and follow the lead of Obama the Great and Powerful.
Recently I came across something written by WH Auden, which I think poetically reflects my thoughts better than my ramblings above.
So an age ended, and its last deliverer died
In bed, grown idle and unhappy; they were safe:
The sudden shadow of a giant’s enormous calf
Would fall no more at dusk across their lawns outside.
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the slot had vanished from the heath;
A kobold’s knocking in the mountain petered out.
Only the sculptors and the poets were half-sad,
And the pert retinue from the magician’s house
Grumbled and went elsewhere. The vanquished powers were glad
To be invisible and free; without remorse
Struck down the silly sons who strayed into their course,
And ravished the daughters, and drove the fathers mad.
We cannot simply ignore evil, it will not vanish simply because we ‘don’t believe in it anymore’.
Another shorter quote which I also believe is appropriate may be more familiar.
In the words of Louis XV:
Après moi, le déluge
Keep the Faith!
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Posted by revkharma on July 31, 2014
Most of us are aware of the recent outbreak of the ebola virus in Africa.
Three countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, seem to be the cradle of the most recent outbreak and it has been spreading.
Recently the top doctor treating and managing the patients ( there is no cure, and the disease is roughly 60% to 80% fatal) has contracted the disease, and died from it.
Today the Peace Corps has announced it is evacuating all volunteers from the affected area. Missionary groups have also begun to withdraw their members as well.
The dangers are so real that some humanitarian organizations are pulling out to protect their own.
Samaritan’s Purse — an international evangelical Christian humanitarian agency — and the missionary group Serving in Mission have recalled all nonessential personnel from Liberia.
The Liberian Assistant Minister of Health has publicly stated the following:
“Our government has declared this now as a humanitarian crisis that is above the control of the national government,”
With all of that as prelude I now must ask the following questions.
Why is our President now pledging to go forward with a meeting of African Leaders?
The CDC in Atlanta has sent a plane to Liberia to bring infected Ebola patients back to the US for treatment. This is the same CDC that recently admitted to having lost several dangerous infectious agents and discovering hidden caches of small pox which was thought to have been destroyed decades ago.
What is the benefit?
Our southern border is being overrun with tens of thousands of migrants many of whom carry and are actively infected with contagious diseases which have not been seen in the US for a generation. Variations of diseases are being brought into the US for which our medical system is woefully unprepared.
I truly have no answer. None. But I truly believe the questions MUST be asked.
Keep the Faith!
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Posted by revkharma on July 31, 2014
I will guess, however, that this will not get much media coverage.
Allison Lundergran Grimes running for senate from Kentucky. (Guess which party has nominated her)
“The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in,” Grimes was quoted as saying.
Perhaps as bad, it appears no one from the Lexington Herald Leader, the paper which interviewed her, bothered to correct or even notice her dopiness.
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Posted by revkharma on June 20, 2014
It was all a political ploy!’
According to Jay Starkman, writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Sixteenth amendment was merely a trick, employed to allow the Congress to pass an excise tax on business.
The Senate boss, Finance Committee Chairman Nelson Aldrich, together with President William Howard Taft concocted a compromise to stop the income tax bill that the House had passed. Congress would immediately pass a 1% “excise” tax on corporate income over $5,000—in effect the rich were being taxed. As a further sop to income-tax advocates, Aldrich would sponsor an income-tax constitutional amendment.
Aldrich was quite candid about his scheme to block the House bill that had been passed, declaring to the Senate: “I shall vote for the corporation tax as a means to defeat the income tax.”
But of course it was not something which those who imposed it had any desire subject themselves to :
After the tax law was passed, judges embraced it—for everyone else, just not themselves. Judges across the land proclaimed that the Constitution prohibited diminishing their salaries (and those of the president and state employees) through taxation. They emphasized the point by issuing court rulings in their own favor, excusing themselves from the tax. This lasted until the Depression, when the force of public opinion essentially shamed them into relenting. Under a law passed in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt became the first president subject to the income tax, but he refused to pay an increased rate that he helped enact in 1934. FDR insisted on paying the lower 1932 rates.
Now they just use the IRS to attack enemies and destroy those who oppose them.
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Posted by revkharma on June 20, 2014
Feb 13, 1913 The United States ratified the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Since that time what was introduced as a way for the wealthiest among us to pay a little more (sound familiar?) has grown and expanded beyond all imagination. Here is a graphic to illustrate:
(Source for this can be found here)
Additional outrage can be gleaned from such things as this:
(Found on Politico)
Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles.
As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.
“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?
Today during a hearing Paul Ryan in questioning IRS commissioner John Koskinen stated the following:
You demand that taxpayers present seven years worth of information, yet you can’t maintain six months worth of employee emails?
All of this (and much much more) brings to mind only one question:
It is time, if not well past time, for the IRS to be abandoned. It is time to repeal the 16th amendment and dissolve and destroy the Internal Revenue Service and all the dangerous and repressive government coercion it represents and creates.
Time after time, republicans and democrats have used and abused the power of the IRS to compel and control others to advance their own power.
It’s time. NOW.
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