Support Your Local Gang-Banger

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 21, 2012

Seven members of the street gang unit for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have been suspended for alleged involvement in a street gang calling themselves the “Jump-Out Boys.”

A document describing the group’s recruiting standards and code of conduct “explains that deputies earn admission into the group through the endorsement of members,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Members earn a special tattoo, described as “an oversized skull with a wide, toothy grimace and glowing red eyes,” wearing a bandana imprinted with OSS, a reference to Operation Safe Streets….”

After the gang member is involved in a shooting, the tattoo is modified by the addition of a plume of smoke rising from a revolver grasped in a bony hand – an embellishment compared by one department source to a celebratory “high five.”

The Jump-Out Boys aren’t the only police gang in the LA Sheriff’s Department. Members of the “3,000 Boys” gang, which draws from jail guards are given membership tattoos as a reward for breaking an inmate’s bones. Another gang called The Vikings has existed for decades; in fact, the chief deputy is a member.

Groups of this kind are embedded in police departments nation-wide – a development that should alarm, but not surprise us.

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

The Bandits of Bernice, Oklahoma

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 18, 2012

Bernice, Oklahoma has a population of about 500 people. Unfortunately, some of them have given themselves the title of “government,” thereby claiming permission to steal from the others – and from anyone who happens to wander into their area of influence.

Bernice is bisected by Highway 85A. Although the village doesn’t have a stoplight, the speed limit suddenly drops from 55 to 45 miles per hour -- which means it has become one of the country’s most notorious speed traps.

State law limits speeding tickets to $50. For years, however, Bernice has charged as much as $545 for an individual ticket. An audit by the state government documented that over the past five years, it collected more than $300,000 in ticket revenue, kicking back about $5500 a month to deputies from a nearby sheriff’s department who were contracted to write the citations. On May 14, the town council passed a measure refusing to grant refunds to victims of the illegal ticket scheme, thereby laying claim to more than $100,000 in illegally collected revenue.

The same clique has ruled that local citizens have no right to participate in town council meetings.

Never forget: No government is too small to become an undisguised tyranny.

 

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

Selling Drugs is a "Crime"; Being an Informant is a Sin

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 17, 2012

In the summer of 2011, a college libertarian activist in Pennsylvania named Stacy Litz was approached at a meeting by a man named Paul. Litz had stupidly started a retail narcotics business, and Paul thoughtfully introduced her to a friend who was interested in buying some drugs.

Paul was an informant, of course – a drug offender trying to buy leniency by sending others to prison. His friend was an undercover police officer. After they had snared Miss Litz, she and her ex-boyfriend were pressed into service as informants as well.

Through text messaging, Litz and her ex-boyfriend arranged several drug buys with friends. One of them resulted in an early morning SWAT raid.

Litz has been charged with thirteen felonies. Three others are now facing a similar array of charges and the prospect of years in prison – for conducting commerce in substances that are admittedly harmful, but doing so in a way that didn’t injure anybody but themselves.

Of all the stupid choices Litz made, the most immoral was to become a government informant, a role in which she helped facilitate drug offenses under government supervision.

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

When Did Police Become Profane Gang-Bangers?

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 16, 2012

Recently released video captured by Fullerton, California surveillance cameras last July 5, shows officer Manuel Ramos, an exceptionally well-fed Fullerton, California police officer, assailing Kelly Thomas — a much smaller homeless, schizophrenic man — with profane abuse, eventually snapping on latex gloves and threatening to “f** you up.”

Contrary to the much-repeated claims of the Fullerton Police Department, Thomas at no point presented a threat to anyone, especially the girthy, heavily armed Ramos whose voice and mannerisms were those of a sadistic bully. He also emits a steady stream of profane abuse that is more typical of a high school thug than an adult peace officer: He order Kelly to get on his “f**king knees; after he is joined by several other cops who beat and taser Kelly, he orders the victim to put his hands behind his “f**kig back.”

There are countless examples of the vituperative use of that vulgar term – and similar profane expressions -- by police officers beating and otherwise abusing helpless, unarmed citizens, often on the thinnest of pretexts. Likewise, it has become common for police to display elaborate gang tattoos and exhibit the behavior of gangbangers.

How long will we endure this from people who supposedly are paid to protect us?

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

Private Bullying is Wrong; Public Bullying is "Statesmanship"

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 15, 2012

By embracing the bizarre social artifact called “same-sex marriage,” Barrack Obama rallied the cultural revolutionary movement and reaped a huge fundraising windfall from Hollywood. A complimentary part of his political strategy was to assail Mitt Romney, by way of media surrogates, as an anti-homosexual “bully”; this was done by retailing half-century-old gossip regarding cruel pranks Romney allegedly pulled as a teenager in prep school.

The same media organs studiously ignore the lawless cruelty and sadism displayed by the supposedly compassionate Obama, who continues to dispatch jackbooted Federal operatives to raid medical marijuana clinics, and is conducting an ongoing slaughter of innocent people abroad by way of drone-fired missiles. Mitt Romney may well have been a prep school bully as a teenager; Barack Obama is a practicing mass murderer and sadist today.

[Ironically, in their eagerness to advance the Obama White House's culture war narrative, the architects of mass opinion are missing (or ignoring) elements of Romney's record that bespeak a capacity for authentic cruelty — such as his call to "double Guantanamo," his casual approval of imprisoning handicapped people who use marijuana for pain relief.]

Bullying is perfectly suitable as public policy – provided that it is directed at politically appropriate targets.

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

Woman Blinded for "Contempt of Cop"

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 11, 2012

Thanks to police officer Enoch Clark, Beaumont, California resident Monique Hernandez will never see her ten-year-old daughter again.

On February 21, Clark conducted a traffic stop involving Hernandez, who was suspected of drunk driving. When Clark attempted to handcuff her, Hernandez resisted. The officer responded by using a JPX device – a firearm that uses a gunpowder charge to fire a stream of pepper spray at roughly 400 miles an hour. The JPX weapon is designed for use at a distance of 6 to 15 feet. Clark fired it into Hernandez’s temple from a distance of roughly ten inches, blowing apart her right eye and leaving the left with severe, irreparable damage.

Hernandez was taken to the hospital and never charged. Clark’s attorney insists that the attack was necessary “to gain compliance and in defense of his person.” Following an investigation by the county Sherriff’s office, a grand jury indicted Clark on four felony charges. The officer, a former spokesman for the local police union, was placed on administrative leave -- which is to say that he was given a paid vacation.

The killing and maiming of unarmed, non-violent offenders will continue – and escalate—until we severely rein in the police.

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

Inventors and Entrepreneurs Defect from the USSA

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 14, 2012

As a child living in Brazil, future Facebook co-founder Eduaro Saverin – along with his family – was targeted by a gang that specialized in kidnapping wealthy people for extravagant ransom. Saverin and his family immigrated to the U.S., where he eventually went to Harvard and became a billionaire.

Recently, Saverin announced that he was repudiating his U.S. citizenship and moving to Singapore. As was the case when he was a teenager, he is fleeing an even more vicious gang of extortionists – the government afflicting our nation, which is seeking, by way of the legalized theft called the capital gains tax, to steal more than $600 million that Saverin has earned.

Speaking on behalf of the collectivist parasite class, columnist Farhad Manjoo of Slate accuses Saverin of crass ingratitude, insisting that he owes “everything” to the country in which his talents were allowed to flourish. Like all collectivists, Manjoo dishonestly conflates the country with the degenerate political class that presumes to rule it. Like extortionists of every variety, he insists that it is just and moral to seize wealth at gunpoint, saying that seizing $600 million from Saverin is “more than fair.”

Saverin is just one of hundreds of innovators and entrepreneurs fleeing the socialist monstrosity that America has become.

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

The Secret to a Successful Racket

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 10, 2012

How many Americans are able to retire at 50 – or younger? Lt. William Gardiner of the Washington State Highway Patrol retired at 50 last year after pulling in a salary of $163,000 in 2010. That figure was plumped up with $14,750 in overtime benefits.

Police union contracts generally dictate that pensions will be calculated on the basis of the salary paid in the last pre-retirement year. This is why police officers generally claim extravagant amounts of overtime just prior to retirement – much of it based on stressless duties such as monitoring road construction or security for sporting events and concerts. Gardiner, however, got a touch too greedy, claiming 482 hours of overtime. If he had reined in his rapacity just a bit, he most likely would have avoided trouble.

Three police officers in El Paso are in similar trouble for overtime-related fraud dating back to 2009. One of them retired at age 43. El Paso, like most major municipalities, receives multi-million-dollar federal traffic enforcement grants, which are used to fund seat belt checkpoints and pay the overtime benefits of police assigned to traffic patrol.

Lt. Gardiner and his counterparts inEl Pasoapparently forgot that the secret to running a successful racket is to avoid being conspicuous.

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

Kicking and Handcuffing Pregnant Women: It's "Within Policy"

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 9, 2012

After her brother became embroiled in a child custody dispute that involved the police, Raven Dozier tried to calm him down. When officers used a Taser on her brother, a weeping Raven demanded to know why the use of a reliably lethal weapon was necessary.

This brought Raven – the young mother of a toddler – to the attention of DeKalb Officer Jerad Wheeler, who kicked the unarmed and helpless woman in the stomach. He then arrested the woman for obstruction. Fortunately, the staff at the DeKalb County Jail wasn’t willing to incarcerate a woman who was nine months pregnant.

A photograph of Raven taken after Wheeler’s assault displayed a huge bruise across her abdomen. In his report, Wheeler claimed that he was dealing with an “aggressive” woman and that he used “a front push kick to the abdomen, as [I] was taught to do at the academy.”

The department insisted that Wheeler’s assault was “within policy.” The same officer once attacked a 53-year-old woman trying to help her young grandchildren following an accident – another crime found “justified” by his superiors.

About two weeks after the attack, Raven gave birth to a now-four-month-old son, Levii, via emergency C-section. That beautiful child is a survivor of a prenatal assault by a uniformed bully.

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

Stealing Your Land -- Then Punishing You For Complaining

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

May 8, 2012

Confronting the loss of his business through the institutionalized theft called “eminent domain,” Norfolk, Virginia resident Bob Wilson, owner of Central Radio Company, erected a large protest sign on his property – and now faces threats of fines of $1,000 a day for protesting.

The Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment Authority has seized more than 100 homes and businesses in an eminent domain rampage conducted on behalf of the State-funded Old Dominion University. The tract where Central Radio is found hasn’t been thus designated, but it sits inside several parcels that have been condemned – so the land-grab soviet has announced its intention to confiscate that property as well.

In protest, Wilson hung a 375-square-foot banner on the side of his building: “50 YEARS ON THIS STREET; 78 YEARS IN NORFOLK; 100 WORKERS; THREATENED BY EMINENT DOMAIN.”

City inspectors issued a summons for violating a municipal ordinance that supposedly limits signs to a size no larger than 60 square feet. Yet in the same neighborhood can be seen much larger signs advertising Old Dominion University – the corporate benefactor of the Norfolk land grab.

If the state can seize your property at gunpoint, you have no rights it is required to respect.

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

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