Mercy is for the Strong; Stern "Justice" is for the Weak

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

February 3, 2012

Shannon Jones, a former judge in Tennessee’s Crockett County who pleaded guilty last fall to federal drug charges, was given the most lenient sentence imaginable – six months in prison, three years of supervised release, a $100 assessment fee, and $3,300 in restitution to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Jones was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Had he been an ordinary citizen as opposed to a member of the local elite, the 41-year-old attorney would most likely spend the rest of his life in a cage.

In Tennessee, possession of more than half a gram of methamphetamine is a Class B felony that can result in a prison term of up to 30 years.

During his January 26 sentencing hearing, Jones described himself as a victim of his addiction who considered it a “relief” when his activities were discovered.

Of course, if Shannon Jones had been a truck driver, a fry cook, a farmer, or someone not wired in to the political class, he would be treated as a criminal menace to society, rather than someone with an addiction that should be dealt with chiefly through medical intervention.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Is Your Body Federal Property?

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

February 2, 2012

Taking the collectivist logic of prohibition and food regulation to its logical conclusion, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that adult stem cells are federally regulated drugs. In principle, this means that an individual’s body, for regulatory purposes, should be considered federal property.

Last August, the FDA filed a motion for summary judgment in a federal court battle with a Colorado health clinic offering a non-surgical treatment for people suffering from joint pain. The procedure uses samples of bone marrow or synovial fluid extracted from the client, from which adult stem cells are cultured. Unlike embryonic stem cell harvesting, this process does not involve injury of any kind to another human being.

As the Alliance for Natural Health points out, the FDA’s central claim in the motion for summary judgment is that an individual’s stem cells “are drugs and therefore fall within their jurisdiction.”

“The implication of the FDA’s interpretation of the law, if upheld by the court, would mean that all food, drugs, devices, and biologic or cosmetic products would be subject to FDA jurisdiction,” the group concludes.

If government has the authority to regulate what individuals choose to consume, each individual’s body is in some sense State property – right down to our stem cells.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Prohibitionists: Determined to "Protect" Us to Death

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

February 1, 2012

Before March 2011, the manufacture, sale, and possession of a form of incense called “Spice” was legal in the State of Idaho. Then the legislature, always eager to expand the power of the government and constrict personal freedom, enacted a measure designating it a drug.

Just a few weeks later, the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force conducted a Spice raid on smoke shops in Coeur d’Alene. In the following October, police in Boise arrested four people for possession of Spice. In late January, Idaho Falls Police arrested 11 people who ran a licensed business called Incense Inc.

Dutifully performing their role as government stenographers, the Idaho Falls NBC affiliate gloated that while the business could shut its doors to the public, “they couldn’t shut out the law,” and insisted that the city is “a little safer” because of the arrests.

Like many other common products– including cleaners, magic markers, and various aerosol sprays – Spice can be used as a mood-altering substance.  Immediately after the legislature banned Spice, an alarm was sounded that use of bath salts as a drug substitute had spiked – thereby offering the prohibitionists another target.

Every prohibitionist measure expands the realm of state-licensed violence. Prohibitionists are determined, quite literally, to protect us to death.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Yes, Park Rangers Now Have Portable Torture Toys, Too

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 31, 2012

Gary Hesterberg of Montara, California was assaulted with a lethal weapon on January 29 while walking his dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

“I heard what I thought was a pistol shot,” recalls eyewitness John Barlett, who was walking his dog nearby. “[Hesterberg] let out a cry of agony as he fell on his back.” The attack, although painful, wasn’t fatal.

When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived a few minutes later, they arrested the victim. This is because the assailant was an unidentified Park Ranger who shot Hesterberg with a Taser. The victim was charged with the spurious offenses of failing to obey a supposedly lawful order, having his dogs off-leash, and providing false information to the snitty little martinet in a Ranger costume.

Last December, the National Park Service took control of the dog-walking area and imposed a leash requirement. When Hesterberg was accosted by the Ranger, he demanded to see her credentials; she refused that authentically lawful order. He told the functionary either to cite him or release him, and when the Ranger insisted on wasting his time he left – only to be shot as he departed.

Hesterberg didn’t commit an actual crime – but in our increasingly totalitarian society, he didn’t have to.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Once Again: NEVER Call the Police

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 30, 2012

Police Officer Ladmarald Cates was one of two Milwaukee cops who responded to a 911 call from an anxious single mother whose home had been vandalized with a brick. After arranging to be alone with the woman, he raped her.

Following the assault, the woman ran outside, alarming Cates’s partner, who – in the interest of that all-important consideration, “officer safety” – called for backup. The rapist hurried out of the house and grabbed the victim by the waist, causing her feet to strike his partner. This permitted the officers to arrest the horrified woman for “assaulting an officer.” She was taken to jail and held for 12 hours before receiving medical aid. After the hospital visit, she was sent back to jail for four days before being released without charges.

Although the victim’s accusation was substantiated by medical evidence, the DA refused to prosecute. The department’s Internal Affairs section confronted Cates – a repeat offender – with DNA evidence, and arranged to fire him for “idling and loafing” on duty. If the victim hadn’t persisted long enough to see Cates convicted on civil rights charges, he would have found employment in another police department.

In the name of all that is holy – never  call the police.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

The Police: Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make, They're Watching

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 24, 2012

With the help of federal subsidies, police in East Orange, New Jersey have created a system of immersive surveillance that appears to be modeled after the totalitarian “pre-crime” system depicted in the sci-fi film “Minority Report.”

Officers remotely operating any of the street’s plentiful surveillance cameras can “paint” suspicious targets with a directed light beam up to a city block away. Patrol cars are likewise equipped with cameras that scan the license plates of all vehicles and have access to detailed databases containing personal information on drivers, and that are cross-referenced to various “watch lists.”

“The message to criminals is: The police are observing you, the police are recording you, and the police are responding,” states East Orange Police Chief William Robinson. Of course, police in East Orange — like their counterparts elsewhere — are most likely prepared to arrest any citizen who observes, records, and responds to criminal abuse by police officers.

Meanwhile, the NYPD is working with the Pentagon to deploy a series of body scanners that can subject all pedestrians to virtual strip-searches.

Those who presume to rule us no longer bother to pretend as if they care about the Constitution.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Newt Gingrich: "Presidential" in the Worst Sense of the Expression

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 23, 2012

Bill Clinton cheated, stayed married, and wagged a finger at his critics as he was impeached. Newt Gingrich cheated, ruined two marriages, demanded an “open marriage” from his second wife, waggled his jowls at CNN correspondent John King,  then went on to win a resounding victory in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary.

Gingrich, who was of draft age during the Vietnam War, married one of his high school teachers and claimed multiple draft deferments while conducting a series of extra-marital affairs. At one point he told an acquaintance that his first wife wasn’t pretty enough to be First Lady, so he arranged to divorce her while she was recovering from exploratory cancer surgery. He then married his then-current mistress, to whom he was married when he became House Speaker in 1994. Shortly after rising to that position he began an affair with the woman who would become his third wife, eventually divorcing his second wife after she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

On the eve of the South Carolina Primary, Fox News analyst Keith Ablow, a consulting psychiatrist, insisted that Gingrich’s sociopathic behavior displayed a set of traits best described as presidential. Given the depravity of the regime that rules us, Dr. Ablow might have a point.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

"Support Your Local Police"? There aren't any "Local" Police Anymore!

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 20, 2012

Los Angeles resident Shawn Nee, an amateur photographer, was accosted by sheriff’s deputies while taking photos of subway turnstiles. Because Nee was doing nothing illegal, and the deputy had no business harassing him, the shutterbug quite properly told the officer to mind his own business.

This prompted a smug extortion threat from the uniformed bully:

“You know, I’ll just submit your name to TLO (the Terrorism Liaison Officer program). Every time your driver’s license gets scanned, every time you take a plane, any time you go on any type of public transit system where they look at your identification, you’re going to be stopped. You will be detained. You’ll be searched. You will be on the FBI’s hit list.”

This is a perfect snapshot of the so-called “local” police at work, using the threat of all-encompassing, Soviet-style harassment to browbeat an innocent man into surrendering his constitutionally protected rights.

In principle, and increasingly in practice, every police department and Sheriff’s Office in this country is part of a seamlessly integrated totalitarian homeland security apparatus. How can we support our local police when truly local police no longer exist?

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

 

Cops: They Lie All The Time About Nearly Everything

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 19, 2012

Brian Hitchcock won’t be going to prison for the supposed offense of being rear-ended by Hermosa Beach Police Officer Anthony Parente last June.

The motorcycle cop had pulled behind Hitchcock at a stoplight; when the light changed, he pulled in even tighter and inexplicably hit his siren and running lights. When Hitchcock reflexively stopped, Parente plowed into the back of the BMW. The officer was thrown head-over-heels, landing in the backseat of the open convertible with his boots sticking in the air. Horrified, Hitchcock scrambled to help the injured officer, who requested his radio, and then called in the report “Officer down.”

Although the LA County DA’s office found no evidence that Hitchcock was to blame for the accident, Parente’s colleagues conducted a month-long investigation into the driver seeking evidence of “anti-police bias.” One detective lured the victim to a lunch for what was described as a friendly chat – which he secretly recorded in the hope of capturing an incriminating remark. The police then attempted to have the middle-aged man prosecuted for assaulting Parente with a deadly weapon.

Four eyewitnesses testified that Parente had caused the crash, and the cop’s on-board video recorder conveniently malfunctioned. The charge was dismissed – but only after a lying cop and his buddies put an innocent man through hell.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Government Employees!

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

January 18, 2012

“This is a Glock Forty,” explained DEA agent Lee Paige while lecturing an audience of about fifty students on gun safety. After dry-firing the handgun, Paige informed the gathering, “I’m the only one I know professional enough to carry this Glock Forty” – and then immediately shot himself in the left foot.

Attempting to salvage some object lesson from his foolishness, Paige attempted to handle another gun – which prompted the schoolchildren to plead with the dangerously inept government employee to put the weapon down.

The videotape of the April 2004 incident in Orlando was turned over to the DEA. Shortly thereafter it leaked onto the internet, prompting Paige to file a lawsuit against the agency. That lawsuit was dismissed on January 17.

“As a result of the disclosure … by the DEA, Mr. Paige became and is the target of jokes, derision, ridicule and disparaging comments,” protests the lawsuit. “As a result of the notoriety arising from the disclosure of the videotape, Mr. Paige is no longer permitted or able to give educational motivational speeches and presentations.”

This is exactly as it should be: Paige earned every syllable of ridicule he has experienced, and should never be allowed near firearms again. Then again, the same is true of most government employees.

 

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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