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Fancy Name for Theft

”civil asset forfeiture”

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.


The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

Or she didn’t make $10,000 to deposit…

The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

…the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal structuring case.

The whole thing is worth a read for other examples of whom they “caught” doing perfectly legal things with their own after-tax dollars.

How can WE The People stop this over-reach?!?

On Thursday, in response to questions from The New York Times, the I.R.S. announced that it would curtail the practice, focusing instead on cases where the money is believed to have been acquired illegally or seizure is deemed justified by “exceptional circumstances.”


“Reminds »

One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing at a camp site and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, “Good morning, Ma’am, what are you doing?”

“Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”)

“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.

“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing, I’m reading.”

“Yes, but you have all the equipment, for all I know you could start at any moment, I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”

“For reading a book?” she replies.

“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her again.

“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing, I’m reading.”

“Yes, but you have all the equipment, for all I know you could start at any moment, I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”

“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.

“But I haven’t even touched you,” says the Game Warden.

“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know, you could start at any moment.”

“Have a nice day, ma’am,” and he left.


Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist…

Always on the prowl to ensure everyone’s civil liberties get unionized, the ACLU has determined that targeted Internet ads are racist and threaten Equality™ on teh Interwebz.

Because decisions about which advertisements to display are in some cases based on data about race or factors closely linked to race, we are in danger of segregating the consumer experience on the Web…”

Certainly a Fairness™ issue for the ages. People who like to buy different things get targeted for ads to buy different things. How dare those racist KKKorporations not advertise crochet sets and cat scratching posts to people who follow 50 Cent on Twitter! We must stamp out the scourge of Internet Ad Inequality now! This exacerbation of White Privilege via the micro-aggressions of segregated ads subtly presented to us by Google and AdChoices cannot be tolerated.

No Popups, No Peace!


Cultural Ref

Quote O Teh Week

In going through my mail, I am always amazed at how many people seem to think that a series of unsubstantiated pronouncements constitutes an argument.




tonight’s CDC PSA

The guidelines call for greater restrictions on movement for those at high risk, such as health care workers who had an accidental needle stick while treating an Ebola patient. Those people would be told not to use public transportation for 21 days, the incubation period for Ebola. People would also be at high risk if they cared for an Ebola patient at home in Africa without wearing proper protective equipment.

According to the guidelines, those at high risk would be allowed to leave their homes, such as to jog in a public park, but would not be allowed to attend “congregate gatherings,” such as a baseball game.

People who fall into the category of “some risk” for Ebola — such as a health care professional who worked in a West African hospital but who had no specific, unprotected exposure to Ebola — should be closely monitored, with their temperatures taken twice a day, Frieden said…

Frieden quoted from a landmark study of Ebola that shows it’s not highly contagious in the early stages of disease, and it doesn’t spread through casual contact. Among family caregivers who lived with Ebola patients and took care of them, for example, only 16% became infected. Among household members who didn’t provide direct care, none of the 76 people studied develop Ebola.

There’s a “low risk” category too for health-care workers who’ve treated an Ebola patient here in the United States instead of in west Africa … like, say. the two nurses in Dallas who contracted the disease from Thomas Duncan. Surreally, the first two confirmed cases of Ebola transmission inside the U.S. are being relegated to the category of least plausibility by the CDC, even though the agency’s taken a beating over the last few weeks for seemingly underestimating the risk to doctors and nurses.

…And while the disease typically dies on surfaces within hours, research has discovered it can survive for more than seven weeks under certain conditions.

During tests, the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) found that the Zaire strain will live on samples stored on glass at low temperatures for as long as 50 days…


We. are. allll. gonna. die ! (again)

So, it’s too late to do anything but KYAG.

An asteroid, only discovered on Saturday, will be passing uncomfortably close to Earth on Monday, Oct. 27, as reported in an article published by Science 2.0 on Oct. 26. The asteroid, designated as 2014 UF56 by NASA, is about the size of a small house and would do considerable damage if it struck the planet. Apparently, the chances of that happening are small, but, considering this object has only been known of for a few days, it’s possible there hasn’t been enough time to ensure it will pass safely. [more]

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna put on my Nikes, lay out in the iHammock, extend my middle finger defiantly towards the heavens, and wait for the Mothership™.

However, if this one doesn’t work out, be not discouraged.
There’ll undoubtedly be more surprises in our lifetimes.
Nature’s an uncaring, dangerous b**ch … and a real tease.

(What? Well, yeah, I would, but I haven’t bought my Halloween candy yet.)
I apologize to you Porch Minkees™ who are disappointed that all of my previous “We are all gonna die!” posts have come to naught. One of these days, I might be right; and I want to be able to say, “I told you so.”
[fires at blank target, draws circle around bullet holes, *tadaa!* bullseyes!]



plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it…

shooting the messenger

Bullshit doesn’t translate very well in any language………

Finish your assignment! »

racism racism update

You people are too stupid and incompetent to run your lives or even vote !
So, uhm, vote for me.*

~ vid ~
Meanwile, back out my way …

Attorney General Eric Holder has waged a litigation war against voter-ID laws as well as state efforts to reduce early-voting periods and eliminate same-day voter registration.

At the preliminary injunction hearing … in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, the government produced Professor Charles Stewart of MIT’s political-science department. [W]hen Stewart was asked why he believed that eliminating same-day registration (which only eleven states have) was discriminatory, he said that same-day registration provides “a mechanism and a time that’s well situated for less sophisticated voters, and therefore, it’s less likely to imagine that these voters would — can figure out or would avail themselves of other forms of registering and voting” ….

And who are those “less sophisticated voters” who can’t “figure out” how to register to vote? They “tend to be African Americans,” according to Stewart. He added that “people who register to vote the closer and closer one gets to Election Day tend to be . . . less-educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs.” Stewart said that these voters “tend to be African Americans.” Of course, the voter-registration data in North Carolina directly contradicts this, since Stewart was forced to admit that blacks in North Carolina actually “were registered at a higher rate than whites” before Election Day in the 2012 election.

Stewart leveled the same type of criticism at a measure to reduce the number of early-voting days. African Americans would be deterred from voting, he said again, because they are “less sophisticated voters.” He denied that he was racially stereotyping blacks — even when he said that they have a harder time figuring out how “to navigate the rules of the game.” He admitted that he did not survey black voters in North Carolina to ask them “directly about understanding the rules of registering and voting.” [i.e it must be true, because it needs to be true for Progreality to make any sense at all]

Stewart is the same expert the DOJ used in its unsuccessful 2012 challenge to South Carolina’s voter-ID law. There, he testified that the law would have a “disparate impact” on black voters. But a federal court was not persuaded by his “expert” testimony, and the law was subsequently implemented without any of the problems predicted by Stewart. [strike one]

Back in North Carolina, Stewart was further embarrassed when he was forced to admit during cross-examination that, in testimony in another lawsuit, challenging Florida’s reduction in early voting days, he had predicted a “disparate impact” on black voters and his prediction there, too, turned out to be wrong. [strike two]

The NAACP’s expert was another professor, Barry Burden, of the University of Wisconsin. Burden claimed that blacks and Hispanics are less able “to pay the costs of voting” because of the “stark differences between whites, on the one hand, in North Carolina and those of blacks and Latinos in North Carolina.” By costs, Burden was referring to “the time and effort that a voter has to put in in order to participate.” That includes “locating the polling place, getting the right paperwork, understanding who the candidates are, becoming informed.” From his testimony, it was clear that Burden did not think that blacks and Hispanics have the same ability as whites to accomplish basic tasks such as locating a polling place, filling out a one-page voter-registration form, and learning what issues candidates support or oppose.

In all of their analyses, neither expert bothered to compare voter registration and turnout across states. As Thomas Farr, representing North Carolina, pointed out in his cross-examination of Burden, had they done such a comparison, they would have had to explain how the “Obama campaign was able to achieve high black turnout in Virginia comparable to North Carolina.” Virginia has neither same-day registration nor early voting. [strike three]
[yeah, way more]

Progressivism and the current DoJ not only insult minorities, they are racists; and they insult everyone’s intelligence. Well, okay, everyone’s intelligence except Progs’, I guess.

You know, Progspeak (BTF): »
* But if you don’t, that’s okay, we have ways of casting the votes that you should have cast.