POLITICAL: The “fruit of the poisonous tree”

Monday, October 20, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/10/andrew-p-napolitano/in-the-american-kangaroo-court-system/

Parallel Reconstruction
By Andrew P. Napolitano
October 9, 2014

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Nevertheless, the NSA’s agents and lawyers felt it necessary to concoct this groundless, disingenuous and fictional legal distinction in order to persuade the FISA court that it is legally acceptable to permit untethered spying so long as the fruits of that spying are not used in criminal prosecutions. Curiously and naively, judges of the FISA court bought that argument.

So, what happens when the spying uncovers ordinary criminal behavior unrelated to national security? In order to keep its hands clean, so to speak, the NSA sends that evidence to the DOJ, whose lawyers and agents in cahoots with the NSA then concoct an explanation as to how the DOJ came upon the evidence. Of course, that explanation curiously and carefully omits the mention of domestic spying. DOJ lawyers know that if the beginning of the process of obtaining evidence is found to be unconstitutional, then the evidence itself can be useless in court.

This is what lawyers and judges call the “fruit of the poisonous tree.”

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This is deceptive, unlawful and unconstitutional behavior by the Executive Branch.

It undermines the “Rule of Law”.

And the fact that it was done by BOTH the R Bush and the D Obama demonstrates that there is little difference between the D’s and the R’s.

At the very least, there should be dismissals and pardons for ALL defendants who were unfairly convicted. 

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Marriott is now in my list!

Monday, October 13, 2014

http://readwrite.com/2014/10/04/marriott-nashville-opryland-jams-wifi-internet-wtf

How This Hotel Made Sure Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Sucked
Caught by FCC for Wi-Fi jamming, Marriott’s still not sorry.
Adriana Lee
ADRIANA LEE 20 HOURS AGO

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According to the FCC, Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center intentionally used Wi-Fi jamming tactics on its own guests. The interference made it impossible for people to use their own personal hotspots, leaving Marriott’s costly Wi-Fi as the only other option. In response to the investigation, the hotel agreed Friday to pay a penalty of $600,000 and promised to stop its signal-blocking activities. 

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Sorry, but there is no excuse for this.

I’m going to write them an complain.

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POLITICAL: Ebola epidemic will spread by air travel?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/10/11/4-reasons-ebola-cant-be-stopped/

 

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The United States and Canada are still allowing air travel from the nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia where the Ebola epidemic is centered.

The Ebola patient who died in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, had flown from Liberia. About 150 people each day fly from those three countries to the US. South Africa and a host of other African countries have closed off flights from the three West African countries, but the United States and Canada have not.

The most likely way Ebola could spread on planes may not be from contact with passengers, but from waste on planes. Some airliners are now so filthy and unsanitary that cabin cleaners at New York’s LaGuardia Airport walked off the job, The New York Daily News reported. The cleaners are angry because of the danger of potential exposure to Ebola.

“I have to deal with vomit, feces and a lot of chemicals, without proper equipment,” cleaner Johanna Cruz told The Daily News. “They give us gloves, but they might as well be made of paper because they rip so easily.”

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Sorry, but it’s just stupid to NOT shut down air travel.

And, it’s not unreasonable to quarantine travelers.

This poor soul flew while infected and did NOT show symptoms until after he was here.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Switch all pension plans to defined-contribution!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

http://www.economics21.org/commentary/wake-call-public-pension-systems

A Wake-Up Call for Public Pension Systems
Jason Russell | 10/03/2014 |

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For decades, public pension systems have been doling out more than they take in. Labor unions have stymied reform efforts, but the latest estimates of the public pension gap may finally serve as a wake-up call.

A new study from Moody’s Investors Service, the bond credit rating business, reports that the level of unfunded liabilities for the 25 largest state and local U.S. public pensions is now more than $2 trillion. The gap is more than three times higher than it was just a decade ago.

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No one wants to see pensioners live poorer lives, caused by broken promises and bankrupt pensions. The public pension system’s integrity must be protected with common-sense reforms that acknowledge the reality of the constantly growing pension gap. The ideal reform for struggling pension systems would be a switch from defined-benefit to defined-contribution pension plans.

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For the various Pepuls Republiks of Nu Jerzee, Nu Jerk, Taxachusetts, Kalifornication, and Flori-Duh, it’s too late.

The Teachers Unions, the politicians, the bureaucrats, and Crony Capitalists control the Gooferment.

Best possible outcome for the poor and the taxpayers is that these “disaster zones” go broke. Like Detroit.

Withdraw your consent by leaving these “theft zones”. 

Expect the worst.

Buy a mini bond, you must be out of your mind.

Even a silver coin will preserve your wealth better!

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POLITICAL: If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let you do it

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

For immediate release
October 1, 2014

Libertarian Party submits statement in opposition to Oregon “top two”

Vote NO on Oregon Measure 90
Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark submitted the below statement in opposition to Oregon’s “top two” ballot Measure 90 for inclusion in the state’s voter pamphlet.

The pamphlet is being mailed to each voter household in the state in advance of the November election.

Vote No on Measure 90

Oregon 2014 Statewide Ballot Initiative

Measure 90 takes away your choice.

Imagine a store where you can buy Coke, Pepsi, juice, energy drinks, water, and many other beverages. But you go back to the store in November and can only buy Coke or Pepsi. Or, even worse, only Coke and Diet Coke. You don’t drink soda, but that’s all they have because Coke and Pepsi were the most popular beverages earlier in the year.

You wouldn’t put up with a store that didn’t let you buy juice because it wasn’t one of the top two beverages. Why put up with it when choosing political leaders?

How much choice do you have when the only two candidates on the ballot in November are two Democrats, two Republicans, or one of each?

That’s what happens in California and Washington where only two candidates on Election Day is the law. General elections have only two candidates, often from the same party: two Democrats or two Republicans!

Robber barons in the 1800s passed laws to give themselves an economic monopoly. They used laws to corner the market, raise prices and rake in lucrative profits — without competition getting in their way.

Proponents of Measure 90 want a political monopoly. They want to shield their favored candidates — usually incumbents — from competition. They want to pander to their special-interest pals — without political challengers getting in their way.

Proponents claim Measure 90 will increase voter turnout in primary elections. But after California passed this law, the 2014 primary election had the lowest voter turnout in history.

Measure 90 greases the skids for incumbents and multi-millionaires while practically outlawing grassroots candidates who offer voters fresh choices from new political parties, Democratic and Republican challengers, independents, and write-in candidates.

Many measures could substantially improve voter participation, but Measure 90 will make things worse. It hands elections to incumbents, millionaires, and elites while silencing the voice of everyday workers, taxpayers, and citizens.

Vote No on Measure 90.

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Why bother having more than one name on the ballot at all?

Tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture

Thursday, September 25, 2014

http://www.cato.org/blog/california-gives-inspectors-new-power-menaces-more-unlicensed-contractors-jail

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 11:36AM
State Inspectors Get Run Of California Worksites—At Business Groups’ Behest
By WALTER OLSON

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How could the California legislature have unanimously (as it did) passed a measure curtailing property rights by giving more state inspectors access to places of labor against owners’ will? Simple: it was framed as a pro-business measure. Among its backers were the sponsoring Contractors State License Board and such groups as the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Association, the electrical contractors, the landscape contractors, the plumbing and heating contractors, and so forth. 

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Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture!

It’s all about reducing competition.

That’s the first rule of Crony Capitalism: payoff the politicians and bureaucrats and keep competition out of the marketplace. 

Argh!

Maybe it’s just me.

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POLITICAL: No R should mention the word “impeachment”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

http://brooklyngopradio.blogspot.com/2014/09/has-brooklyns-anti-obama-graffiti.html

Has Brooklyn’s Anti-Obama Graffiti Writer Gone Too Far?

So today during work, I get a call from my family about – of all things – how more Anti-Obama / Anti-Dem graffiti keeps popping up all over our Sheepshead Bay neighborhood. You may have seen my prior posts here and here about…

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Unfortunately, someone doesn’t realize the political realities of life.

Impeachment is the tool of the MINORITY party to remove a President that will hurt the party in the mid-term elections. Example, Nixon’s resignation.

No R should mention the word “impeachment” unless there is an R in the White House. (IMHO)

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