RANT: Organ transplants suffer front he lack of a free market

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/27/parents-dying-10-year-old-girl-challenge-organ-donor-rule-blocking-her-from/?intcmp=HPBucket

Parents of dying 10-year-old girl challenge organ donor rule blocking her from lung transplant
Published May 27, 2013
FoxNews.com

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Politicians and bureaucrats make diktats. 

It’s why we should have a marketplace.

May sound ghoulish, but it’s the only fair way to do things.

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POLITICAL: We will never be at peace

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/26/stunningly-breathtakingly-naive-newt-gingrich-really-didnt-like-obamas-terror-policy-speech/

BUSINESS
‘STUNNINGLY, BREATHTAKINGLY NAIVE’: NEWT GINGRICH REALLY DIDN’T LIKE OBAMA’S TERROR POLICY SPEECH
May. 26, 2013 3:22pm
Becket Adams

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Gingrich went on to criticize the Obama administration for ignoring the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized society.

“No one wants to talk honestly about the fact that there is a radical Islamism on offense,” Gingrich said. “It is on offense across the planet…We will never be at peace in the pre-1941 sense that we are not threatened and that we don’t have to actively take measures all the time.”

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If we don’t recognize the enemy and our contribution to the problem, how can we ever have peace?

The R’s and the D’s both support the warfare / welfare / crony phony corporatism. 

You expect them to change?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Stockholm Parking Tickets?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/27/parking-tickets-issued-to-cars-destroyed-in-violent-sweden-riots-conservative-site-posts-proof/

CRIME
PARKING TICKETS ISSUED TO CARS DESTROYED IN VIOLENT SWEDEN RIOTS — CONSERVATIVE SITE POSTS PROOF
May. 27, 2013 7:45am Sharona Schwartz

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For the past week, immigrant youths rioted in Sweden. Riots that included the breaking of windows, rock-throwing at police, destruction of property and burning of cars. Swedish police tell the Associated Press that some 220 crimes were reported to them during the violent rampage.

But instead of cracking down on the perpetrators, authorities were busy issuing parking tickets on cars that were burned by the rioters. The conservative Swedish news site Fria Tider reports that owners of some cars destroyed in the riots were fined for parking illegally, while the Swedish police force described a low-key approach to the rioters themselves. Its reporter caught a parking enforcer in the act of issuing a ticket, and shot a photo, published above the headline “Parking Tickets Issued on Wrecks While Stockholm Burns.”

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Get your car destroyed by lawless thugs and a parking ticket too!

Wonder when it ail happen here?

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INTERESTING: Weigh your choices?

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1868

Inspiration Archives: B. Lynn Goodwin

Lynn is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, former caregiver, and the author of You Want Me To Do What? – Journaling for Caregivers.

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

It’s easy to tell others to take risks. It’s harder to live by that rule, especially if you’re wise enough to consider the consequences. Have faith. Take a leap and trust that someone will catch you.

Weigh your choices.

Don’t hesitate to give to a stranger but don’t give everything away.

Be who you are. Everybody else is taken

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I’m not sure that you can “weigh” choices?

I used to think that way. Even had software, later spreadsheets, later mind maps, all to define the “choosing process”.

Some decisions turned out well; others poorly. It really had little to do with anything.

Like watching poker on TV. The best decision can work out poorly based on luck.

So, like the poker pro, you try to play the odds as best you can and roll with the punches.

A lot of the results depend upon “luck”.

There are really no “wrong” decisions.

Argh! Life is hard and then you die.

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RANT: Memorial Day?

On today, one has to wonder what the Clovers and Sheeple really think.

When we have “Wounded Warriors” on TV begging for 19 bucks a month for aid to the returning WIA … …

When we have a confused unwinnable mission … …

When we have a citizenry uninvolved in the mission … …

When we have not fulfilled the conditions for a “Just War” … …

When we have girls and boys in Harm’s way and it’s ignored … …

… then you have to question just how “grateful” the Nation is!

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GUNS: Evidence for Confiscation

http://lewrockwell.com/orig14/blannelberry11.1.html

Evidence for Confiscation: 5 Examples That Show the Threat Is Real

by S.H. Blannelberry
Guns.com

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Gun control activists do not want to confiscate our guns. Really. Just trust them about it. They don’t. Instead, they just want to pass simple, common sense and reasonable gun laws that have nothing to do with confiscating lawfully owned property. Trust them. They really, really don’t want to take our guns. Really.

As President Barack Obama said on the campaign trail in 2008, “I believe in the Second Amendment. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away … But I am not going to take your guns away. So if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don’t use that one because it just ain’t true. It ain’t true.”

See, it just ain’t true, like the President said. No lawmaker or politician will propose legislation that will confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens. Really. In fact, every gun control supporter is a huge fan of the right to keep and bear arms. Really.

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1. Dianne Feinstein: “Dry up the supply”

2. NY SAFE Act

3. California’s Confiscation Task Force

4. New Jersey Lawmakers: “Confiscation, Confiscation, Confiscation”

5. Missouri/Minnesota Bill

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It’s all about “control” of the Clovers and Sheeple.

http://jpfo.org/

JPFO has a few great articles about the Genocide / Shoah came after “gun control” to make everyone safe. And, the racist origins of “gun control” in the South; the KKK didn’t want anyone who could shoot back!

Argh!

How stupid are we?

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INTERESTING: Blunders? Not so sure about that characterization

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/05/18/oops-5-greatest-scientific-blunders/

Oops! The 5 greatest scientific blunders
By Clara Moskowitz
Published May 18, 2013
LiveScience

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Overconfidence, under confidence, and blind spots.

All human failings.

Not sure if “blunders” is the right word.

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INTERESTING: My restaurant pet peeve

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-obnoxious-things-restaurants-need-to-stop-doing_p2/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=new+article&wa_ibsrc=fanpage

5 Obnoxious Things Restaurants Need to Stop Doing
By: Felix Clay May 19, 2013

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#1. No Substitutions

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Any decent restaurant should allow you to make requests above and beyond the menu. Most restaurants do, in fact. But not all. Some ballsy restaurant owners always seem to pop up here and there to test the waters of human tolerance with their “no substitutions,” insinuating that you ordering food is somehow an inconvenience to them and you better take what you can get with a smile and a 15 percent mandatory tip. So when you want to order the shrimp alfredo but without any garlic because your garlic allergy may causes your eyes to bulge out Total Recall style, you should be allowed to. But this helpful restaurant refuses to alter their menu in any way.

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My pet peeve is to be ignored.

I think every restaurant should have a flag on the table. Put it up and you want attention.

Sad that your restaurant would need such, but most of them do!

Argh!

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RANT: Murder of a Brit

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2329089/Woolwich-attack-Two-men-hack-soldier-wearing-Help-Heroes-T-shirt-death-machetes-suspected-terror-attack.html

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Speaking of gun control, here is the end result of disarming honest men and women: Blood on his hands, hatred in his eyes: 2.30 pm on a suburban high street, Islamic fanatics wielding meat cleavers butcher a British soldier… As we say here in the States: “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” In this case, it was 14 minutes after the first 999 call. A lot can happen in 14 minutes. There is no substitute for an armed citizenry.)

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POLITICAL: WHERE OBAMA WAS DURING BENGHAZI ATTACKS is very relevant

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/19/WH-spokesman-Obama-Benghazi-irrelevant

WH: ‘IRRELEVANT’ WHERE OBAMA WAS DURING BENGHAZI ATTACKS

by BEN SHAPIRO 19 May 2013, 7:29 AM PDT 283

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On Fox News Sunday this morning, White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer was asked by Chris Wallace where in the White House President Obama was during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. “Question,” asked Wallace. “What did the President do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?” Pfeiffer answered, “Look, the President was kept up to date on this as it was happening the entire night, from the moment it started until the very end …. I recognize that there’s a series of conspiracy theories Republicans have been spinning about it since the time it happened.” He then added, “The question here is not what happened that night.”

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So where was he?

We have pics of him in the room when the raid on OBL was happening. 

What was more important?

Remember the Hillary commercial about the red phone ringing unanswered at night.

I think they nailed it!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The IRS is bad but was it to cover Benghazi-gate?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/17/these-are-the-4-most-important-takeaways-from-todays-irs-hearing/

BUSINESS
THESE ARE THE 4 MOST IMPORTANT TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S IRS HEARING
May. 17, 2013 8:16pm Becket Adams

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Ousted Internal Revenue Service’s interim head Steven Miller appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday to testify on his agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

And although a slightly bored-looking Miller spent most of the four-hour interrogation doing his best U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder impersonation (i.e. playing the “I don’t know” game), some important facts came to light today.

Here are the top four most important takeaways from Friday’s hearing [in no particular order]:

4. PLANT CONFIRMATION

3. TREASURY KNEW ABOUT THE AUDIT DURING THE 2012 ELECTION

2. MORE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ON THE WAY

1. WHY DIDN’T IRS OFFICIALS SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THIS EARLIER?

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So, they used the IRS to swing the election!

What was going on in all the other agencies?

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TINFOILHAT: Boston Marathon bombing discrepancies?

http://lewrockwell.com/orig10/lindorff15.1.html

Official Story Has Odd Wrinkles: A Pack of Questions About the Boston Bombing Backpacks

by David Lindorff
WhoWhatWhy.com

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The horrific bombing of the Boston Marathon, to hear the FBI and the Boston Police tell it, is solved: One bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is dead, gunned down by police and then run over for good measure by his fleeing brother Dzhokhar, who was captured a day later in a citywide manhunt, after being hit by a fusillade of police bullets fired into a trailered pleasure boat he was hiding in.

Among the reasons law enforcement sources are so confident they “got” their men were video surveillance photos from a Lord & Taylor storefront area showing the two brothers as they arrived at the finish-line area, each wearing a backpack, allegedly carrying what the FBI now says were two identical 6-quart steel pressure cookers marketed by the Canadian corporation Fagor. Fragments of those pots, which the FBI says were packed with black powder (gathered from a collection of fireworks) as well as nails and BBs, were recovered at the scene.

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You didn’t really believe the Boston fairy tale, did you?

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GOVERNACIDE: Student killed

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/18/report-hofstra-univ-student-was-shot-killed-by-cop-trying-to-rescue-her/

CAMPUS
REPORT: HOFSTRA STUDENT WAS SHOT, KILLED BY COP TRYING TO RESCUE HER
May. 18, 2013 9:47pm Dave Urbanski

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (TheBlaze/AP) — Authorities say a police officer’s bullet killed a New York college student during the response to a home invasion at an off-campus home.

Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said Saturday night that Andrea Rebello was killed by a police officer as she was being held in a headlock by a masked intruder.

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I don’t fault the police officer. He was in a bad situation. It’s only int he movies that the bad guy can get shot and the hostage walks away.

Doesn’t anyone ask why was a repeat violent felon on parole in the first place. And, when he violated his parole, why wasn’t he scooped up?

Then, let’s talk about the “NY Safe Act” and the culture of “Victim Disarmament” that exists in New York, Chicago, LA, and New Orleans.

I don’t KNOW that an armed “good guy” could have changed the outcome. But, could it have made it any worse?

Argh!

Is this an example of “political wishful thinking”?

The world is a dangerous place made even more so when the Sheeple and Clovers forgo their own defense.

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“Victim Disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose 

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RANT: Being philosophical

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates

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Not clear what happens after you’ve had a good wife?

Do you become “philosophical”?

Spouses should die together.

Push off on that proverbial iceberg.

The surviving spouse SHOULD voluntarily throw themselves on the pyre.

Argh!

Grief is a funny thing.

It sneaks up on you when you least expect it!

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SOFTWARE: FINDFRIENDS interesting application

Interesting use for it. 

My friend Pete’s in the hospital in Jacksonville FL.

I know where is phone is!

Laff.

I assume he still has it with him.

So, without bothering anyone, I know he’s still there.

Now if it could just tell me the altitude, I’d know if he’s still in ICU or moved to a regular room.

Laff!

Stalking to a new level.

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FLASH: Where does the buck stop?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/19/white-house-insists-obama-knew-nothing-about-irs-scandal/

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A top White House adviser insisted Sunday that President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups only “when it came out in the news” while Republicans continued to press the administration for more answers.

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Doesn’t anyone think he should have known?

Is the News Media his only information channel?

I’d start asking hard questions.

What are all the other agencies doing?

Shake a haystack and some needles fall out, you can be sure there are MORE in there.

This stuff doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

A national disgrace.

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POLITICAL: We’re losing at asymmetric warfare

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/137474.html?utm_source=feedly

May 12, 2013
More Idiocy on the Idiotic TSA’s Idiotic TWIC
Posted by Becky Akers on May 12, 2013 07:04 AM

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One “consulting engineer in the offshore oil business” writes that “If you want to fly to any offshore oil platform, like in the Gulf of Mexico, you must have a TWIC card just to board the transport helicopter because being on an offshore oil platform requires a TWIC.” So though he only “occasionally attend[s] loading of ships for my job,” he duly “applied for the card, got the electronic fingerprint scan and facial 3-d hologram and the card with my picture and embedded chip.”

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And, what does this prevent?

Argh!

How much does this cost “We, The People”?

The terrorists ties us in knots with lost freedoms and productivity while attacking us with sub $100 pressure cookers.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Pilotless passenger planes?

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/05/11/pilotless-passenger-planes-ready-for-takeoff/?utm_source=feedly

May 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am
Pilotless passenger planes ready for takeoff
in: Alternative Transportation,Analysis,Robots,Science & Technology News

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While everyone seems confident that the technical challenges of such visions can be overcome, there is perhaps one more significant hurdle to overcome – persuading the general public that a plane without a pilot is safe.

On that point, Professor Cummings says the data is increasingly in favour of unmanned systems. “About three years ago UAVs became safer than general aviation, meaning that more general aviation planes are crashing than UAVs, per 100,000 flight hours,” she says. “So UAVs are actually safer than a weekend pilot, flying a small plane.”

That may not be a huge surprise. But what is perhaps more telling is that last year UAVs became safer than highly trained military fighters and bombers. “I knew that was coming, and it’s one of the reasons I jumped into this field and left commercial piloting and military piloting behind,” says Prof Cummings

Yet data may not be enough, she acknowledges. “The reason that you like a pilot in the plane is because ultimately he or she shares the same fate that you do,” she says. “So if the plane is about to go down, you feel better knowing that there is a human in the front seat doing everything that they can to save their own life.”

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Not for me thanks. Let’s have driverless cars for a while to get a future generation ready for these.

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JOBSEARCH: “The Coffee, Meal or Beer Rule”

http://thomsinger.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-coffee-meal-or-beer-rule-of-social.html?utm_source=feedly

Saturday, May 11, 2013
“The Coffee, Meal or Beer Rule” of Social Media
thom singer 

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Not every one of my contacts originally met this criteria, but a majority of those in my LinkedIn and Facebook lists are those with whom I have had a substantial initial conversation. A few got in before I established the policy, and I often make exceptions for meeting professionals and recruiters whose industries practices are to utilize LinkedIn as a way to reach out to people they may wish to do business with in the future.

There are those who disagree with my policy and believe one gains more from linking to everyone, but this has served me well. When I get a request, I will often ask for a personal meeting or a call. If the person reaching out cannot make the time for a chat, I am not sure why they want the connection at all.

My advice to others is to have a policy (even if it is different from mine), and then to be respectful of others who use these tools in different ways! (Lack of respect for those with differing opinions is an epidemic online, and we must get beyond that!).

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I agree one needs rules.

In the early days of LinkedIn, I loaded my address book.

Now I regret that.

Not enough to go back and clean it up, but enough to have printed copy of my connection and disconnection criteria.

I also dislike this new trend on LinkedIn of people saying you have a skill. (Dumb!)

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FLASH: 6 US military and 2 children killed

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/16/at-least-6-dead-after-car-bomb-hits-nato-convoy-in-afghanistan/?intcmp=HPBucket

KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, including six U.S. military advisers and two children, officials said.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Practical Compassion

http://zenhabits.net/compassion/?utm_source=feedly

A Guide to Practical Compassion
By Leo Babauta

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The Practical Steps

So compiling all of the above into some practical steps, here’s how to do compassion:

Be aware of your own suffering. Be willing to face, and accept, the suffering you do on a daily basis. This includes stress, doubt, fear, anger, frustration, disappointment. Watch it happen, and be OK with the sensation. Don’t run from it.

Ease your own suffering. Learn the cause of your suffering. The cause is the ideal you’re holding onto in your mind — how other people should act, how your life should be, how you should be better, how things will turn out, how people will think of you, etc. Let go of this ideal, and you’ll suffer less.

See the suffering of others. Pay attention to the other people in your life, strangers you pass. Notice the signs of their pain, empathize with this pain, understand them because you’ve experienced it too.
Reach out to them, and connect. Ease your own suffering (that comes from seeing their suffering) by reaching out and making a connection. Smile, be open to who they are, let go of your expectations of that person, and just connect.

Share your suffering, and your method. Share ways that you’ve suffered that the other person might relate to, and this in itself will be helpful, because then you share suffering. Then share how you solved it, and that method can then be useful to the other person, if they decide to try it (it’s their choice). Don’t be preachy, just share what worked.

Learn from the methods of others. Just as you share with others your method of easing your suffering, there’s much to be learned from others. If others have solved a problem that’s causing you some suffering, learn how they did it. By sharing with and learning from each other, we can all get better at our methods of compassion.

This is a simple method that I share with you, but it works wonderfully for me. I hope it helps.

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This is a great boon. And, I’m going to try this advice.

Reminds me of an article over on the Lord Acton site about “Effective Charity”.

Have to find that again!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: City of Keene Goes after Robin Hooders

http://freekeene.com/2013/05/12/city-of-keene-goes-after-robin-hooders-in-court-admits-the-amount-of-tickets-issued-are-down-and-robin-hooding-is-legal/?utm_source=feedly

City of Keene Goes after Robin Hooders in Court – Admits the amount of tickets issued are down and robin hooding is legal
May 12, 2013 by James Cleaveland

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The city of Keene has filed a lawsuit (copy here) against me and several other people regarding robin hooding (Respondents). Basically, the city wants the court to issue a “preliminary” and “permanent” injunction “restraining Respondents, or anyone under their direction, supervision, employment, or control, from coming within a safety zone of fifty (50) feet of any PEO [Parking Enforcement Officer] while that PEO is on duty.” Additionally, the city wants to stop us “from video recording, within a safety zone of fifty (50) feet,” and “from communicating with any PEO.”

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This case also validates that robin hooding and all activities performed by people robin hooding are perfectly legal because the city (Petitioner) admits, “Petitioner has no adequate alternate remedy at law.” Further, the city has resorted to a civil case against me and others instead of a criminal one providing more evidence that no criminal actions were committed.

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I can’t wait to get to NH and join the Free Staters.

Gandhi and MLK would be proud of the Robin Hooders. Non-violent non-cooperation civil disobedience.

The “City of Keene”, whatever fiction that means, is getting its shorts twisted in a knot by these folks.

I think the three rules of “resistance” is: non-violent, stay out of jail, and make them hurt. And, if you can get the Sheeple and Clovers laughing at their stupidity.  

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POLITICS: Choose your scapegoats wisely

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/12/curl-watch-out-petraeus-benghazi-scandal/

Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal – Washington Times

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Despite protestations by the White House, this scandal is just beginning. And the White House has picked a very bad scapegoat: the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA follows RFK’s edict: “Don’t get mad, get even.” And when the CIA gets even, it isn’t pretty.

With the White House putting all blame on the agency, expect push back this week — nuclear push back. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the former director forced to resign after a sex scandal, is a dangerous man to the Obama administration. Mad and intent on getting even, he’s already talking, telling one reporter the talking points were “useless” and that he preferred not to use them at all. The floodgates will open this week, and by the end of business Friday, the scandal will be full blown.

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CLOUD: You can’t count on it being there

http://www.chromestory.com/2013/05/scratchpad-is-moving-to-google-keep/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChromeStory+(Chrome+Story)

Scratchpad Is Moving to Google Keep
By Dinsan Francis, 11/05/2013

In a no-surprise-here move, Google has made it official that Scratchpad will be moved to Google Keep. This was an expected change because Google stopped development on the official note taking app Scratchpad a couple of months back.

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Use these things at your own peril. If you don’t own it, then you better be prepared for it to disappear some day. Google Reader going away is a big loss for me.

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