The Vandals Arrive

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 28, 2011

Not long ago, it was common to hear of people "taking money out" of their homes. It was as if those houses were equipped with magic ATM consoles through which some portion of their inflated market value could be transmuted into cash.

Many houses of that sort have since been repossessed and are the property of banks. And now an increasing number of foreclosed houses aren't fit for resale because thieves have literally been taking money out of them by cannibalizing their copper plumbing and wiring.

A leading symptom of America’s economic collapse, notes Taki’s Magazine, is the “unsavory assortment of human buzzards, scavengers, pack rats, hyenas, and scroungers … who busily pick apart the remaining sinew and marrow from [America’s] bones…. All across this once-fair and now-mottled land, faded emblems of a vanished industrial base—manhole covers, oil tanks, steel beams, aluminum bleachers, fire-hydrant control valves, sewer grating, plumbing pipes, rusty stoves, and any public monuments that appear to contain copper—have been showing up at scrap yards and sold for a fraction of their value….”

The Visigoths haven’t invaded, but the Vandals are already here. Such is the state of late imperial America.

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

Once Again: If You Don't Despise Prosecutors....

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 27, 2011

The worst thing that can possibly happen to a parent is to lose a child. Atlanta resident Raquel Nelson suffered that unfathomable loss on April 10, 2010, when her four-year-old son was struck and killed by Jerry Guy, a hit-and-run driver who later admitted that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and painkillers. Guy was sentenced to five years in prison, then released last October after serving six months.

Mrs. Nelson, on the other hand, could spend up to three years in prison for jaywalking – a violation that, owing to the depraved creativity of an utterly sadistic prosecutor, has been transmuted into three separate offenses, including second-degree homicide by vehicle. In other words, the mother who lost a child was convicted of being an accomplice in the crime committed by the man who killed that young boy – because she, like practically every other pedestrian who used that intersection, crossed at a location that was more convenient than the officially designated walkway.

Again it must be said: Any decent person who doesn’t despise prosecutors simply isn’t paying attention.

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

Criminalizing the Maternal Instinct

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

July 26, 2011

For several horrible minutes, Tara Keener thought her 5-year-old son may have been dying. After depositing the Kindergarten-age child on a school bus, Tara heard several of the other students shouting that the youngster wasn’t moving, and that they couldn’t wake him up.

Tara did what any conscientious parent would do: She vaulted aboard the bus to check on her son’s condition. As an emergency room nurse, she was qualified to do so; as a mother, she had the right and duty to do so. Tara’s son, as it turns out, was merely sleeping – and she may go to prison for a year, and be hit with a $2,500 fine, for a purported offense described as “unlawfully boarding a school bus.”

Tara was initially told by the State Police that she wouldn’t be charged. But the Perry County District Attorney – being a prosecutor, after all – isn’t going to miss an opportunity to impose a punishment of some kind for an act no reasonable person – and few unreasonable ones -- would construe as a crime.

Tell me again: In what sense is this a “free” country?

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

Making Felons Out of Foodies

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

July 25, 2011

The federal Food and Drug Administration recently dispatched an officious letter to Diamond Foods informing them that the walnuts sold by that company have been categorized as “drugs.” This is because the company’s advertising emphasizes the documented health benefits of walnuts, which are rich in Omega-3 oils and other vital nutrients.

The FDA recently deployed stormtroopers to seize a large quantity of elderberry juice from a winery in Kansas. This armed robbery was supposedly justified, once again, by advertising that emphasized long-recognized health benefits of the product. This publicity, insisted the FDA, turned the product into a “dangerous drug.” Wydlewood Cellars, which produced and marketed the beverage, had complied with orders to change the claims on the label – but this wasn’t enough to placate the FDA’s food Nazis.

Michael R. Taylor, the former corporate attorney for Monsanto who is now the Obama regime’s food czar, has defended armed raids against Amish farmers and others who sell raw milk.

People who support the War on Drugs should understand that if the State can regulate what we choose to ingest, it won’t stop at narcotics. The Regime is making felons of foodies.

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

The Robbers Who Presume to Rule Us

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 22, 2011

If you steal a dollar, you’re a thief. Defraud a business partner out of a thousand dollars, and you’re an embezzler.

Seize homes from hundreds of thousands of people through bogus foreclosure proceedings, and you’re a member of the politically protected banking elite. Plunder $16 trillion, and you’re the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The first-ever audit of the Federal Reserve has revealed that at least $16.1 trillion was disbursed to domestic and foreign financial institutions between Dec. 1, 2007 and July 21, 2010. That amount represents the dollar value of the wealth stolen by the Fed as it created what it calls “money” out of the ether, thereby directly diminishing the purchasing power of everything honestly earned and saved by the productive population.

This world-historic larceny was supposedly undertaken to address the global financial crisis. As a wire service account of the findings observes, “the Fed mostly outsourced its lending operations to the very financial institutions which sparked the crisis to begin with….” Many of them are among the guilty parties seeking immunity from prosecution for fraudulent foreclosures on struggling American homeowners

The unpleasant, unalloyed truth is that we have robbers for rulers.

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

Once Again: Restore the Right to Resist

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 21, 2011

Marco Sauceda of Lufkin, Texas, did nothing wrong. Yet the mentally handicapped 30-year-old was pepper-sprayed, shot with a pepper-ball gun, and severely beaten by nine police officers in his own home after they mistook him for a robber. Now he’s going to jail for 30 days and will have to pay a $500 fine for the supposed crime of resisting arrest.

County Attorney Ed Jones insisted that the case had to be taken to court because “the statute says that you do not have the right to resist the arrest. We were going to try the case no matter what.”

The jury had the right, the legal authority, and moral duty to nullify the application of that statute. Instead, they convicted him and told the trial judge, Derek Flournoy, that Sauceda “has been wronged” and asked him to display leniency. The Judge didn’t agree, lecturing Sauceda that “I don’t agree you are a victim in this case” and insisted that when the terrified man hid in a bathroom he “put … the officers in harm’s way.”

This case illustrates perfectly the imperative need to restore statutory protection for the right to resist unlawful arrest.

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

When City Hall Becomes a Third World Junta

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

July 20, 2011

It seems like a spectacle out of a Third World dictatorship: A frail woman addressing a public meeting is set upon by police, who tear away the microphone, seize her in a painful compliance hold, and drag her off to jail.

The top elected official orders the police to stand down and leave the woman alone. The Town Council, on the other hand, votes to silence the woman, and the police carry out that decree.

This videotaped outrage happened on June 28 in Quartzsite, a town of about 3,600 in western Arizona. Two years ago a retired engineer named Ed Foster was elected mayor and pledged to clean up municipal corruption. An impasse developed between two factions – the mayor and most of the city’s police force, on the one hand, and the Town Council, Police Chief, and a rump police force, on the other. The city government has announced a state of emergency and discontinued public meetings.

In a fashion reminiscent of a Third World junta, the Town Council’s power depends not on the written law, but the loyalty of men with guns. We can expect similar spectacles to play out elsewhere as the economy – and civic amity – continue to degenerate.

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

Of Motes and Beams, Mosques and the Fed

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 19, 2011

The Federal Reserve – a criminal syndicate engaged in government-licensed counterfeiting and fraud -- profits from government profligacy: For a fee, it prints the money spent by the government, and its member banks charge interest on the money they lend to the government.

The monetary inflation thus created steals the value of everything Americans earn and save. This has created the world-historic crisis of debt and insolvency that is literally tearing nations apart – and threatening our own society as well. In terms of the damage already done, and the ruin that lies before us, the Fed is a far greater engine of destruction than radical Islam.

Republican President aspirant Herman Cain is a former official of the Federal Reserve System. He insists that he is proud of his supposed service, and that the Fed is an institution worth preserving – even as it destroys what remains of the American middle class. At the same time, Cain is making opposition to Islam – not merely to Islamic terrorism, but of the constitutionally protected freedom of Muslims to gather for peaceful worship – a centerpiece of his campaign. How can this be anything other than cynical, opportunistic scapegoating?

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

Pimps, Perverts, Panderers, and Mass Murderers: UN "Peacekeepers" At Work

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

September 2, 2011

A 2010 diplomatic cable to Washington from the U.S. embassy in the West African nation of Ivory Coast described how UN “peacekeeping” troops blackmailed children into performing sex acts in exchange for food.

The communique, which was obtained and published by the WikiLeaks whistleblower group, described how UN blue beret troops from Benin enticed girl children to perform sexual acts in exchange for basic necessities of life.

This is hardly a unique or even isolated case. In fact, in the absence of other intelligence it would be possible to follow the movements of UN troops by simply watching out for a sudden and otherwise inexplicable spike in child prostitution rates.

Former high-ranking UN aid official Andrew Thomson points out that blue berets cynically call such exploitation of children “emergency sex.” While singularly efficient at such abuse, blue berets are notoriously unsuitable for the task of protecting the innocent from genocidal violence. Thomson summarizes the matter with admirable concision: "If blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run…. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs."

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

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

August 16, 2011

Anthony and Chrisianna Smith may be unpleasant company, but they aren’t criminals. Yet through the intervention of a police officer they wound up in jail in Foley, Arkansas, charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and second-degree assault on an officer.

Officer Caleb Bibby encountered the couple at a Wal-Mart. According to a spokesman for his agency, Bibby was doing a “walk-through” in order "to create presence and let the owners and customers see [him] out and about.” The Smiths saw the officer and began to berate him, which is obnoxious and unnecessary – but it isn’t a crime.

Bibby maneuvered them outside and called for backup, and insisted on arresting Anthony. The man refused to go, insisting that he wanted to go home. At that point Bibby had no reason to continue the confrontation – but he did. . He eventually assaulted Anthony with his taser – a brand-new toy recently purchased by the department. Meanwhile another officer tackled Chrisianna from her blind side, an assault on a querulous but defenseless woman that hardly leaves the officer covered in glory.

One key difference between peace officers and law enforcers is that the former, unlike the latter, don’t go out of their way to manufacture trouble.

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

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