POLITICAL: The Ron Paul Curriculum and Gooferment Skrules


26 Reasons to Adopt the Ron Paul Curriculum Today (Not Next Term) . . . and 4 Not To

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There are 26 reasons why this curriculum is what your teenage children (or grandchildren) need . . . starting today.


Reason #1: This curriculum helps you pass on your most important inheritance: your worldview. It is the only video-based, self-taught, reading-intensive, writing-intensive, online homeschool program that provides a systematic defense of limited government and the free market economy. I call this the freedom philosophy.

All of the other reasons are secondary to this one . . . even my 100% money-back guarantee. The war for your children’s minds begins early, but it becomes a high-stakes battle in middle school: sixth grade. Here, the textbooks begin the process of defending the modern state — the state which provides “free” education. Here is where millions of parents lose the battle. College is merely the “mopping up” operation. Before I get to the other reasons why your children need this curriculum, I want to go over the basics.

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As you all know, I hate the Gooferment Skrules. Not just paying for them, but the “model” or meme of them. 

The “American Gooferment Skrule” System is a direct lift of the Prussian (German) system to create cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite. 

Question: Where do politicians and bureaucrats send there children?

Answer: Not to a Gooferment Skrule! Jimmie Carter, for all his flaws, sent Amy to “public school”. Ever hear of her again. But, I’m sure you’ve heard of the other President’s children!

So here’s a resource. Even if you don’t do the whole home school thing, then maybe you do it “after skrule”.

When I was in Good Shepherd, the Jewish kids — a few in the Catholic School with me and the ones who went to public school — would go to “Jewish School” from 3PM until 7PM during the school year and all day during the summer. Any wonder why they excelled?

YMMV and that’s why I have zero children.


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SECURITY: A “stuck backspace key”? You’re joking!


Justice Department’s IG report disputes Attkisson’s computer-intrusion allegations
By Erik Wemple January 29 at 2:30 PM

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Lastly, Attkisson reported to the OIG that a “suspicious” cable was attached to her Internet Service Provider’s connection box installed on her house. She opined to the OIG that perhaps this cable was being used to “tap” her house. Further investigation by the OIG revealed that the cable was a common cable used by the provider and could not be used to monitor or otherwise affect the phone or internet service at her residence.

And in response to Attkisson’s videotape of an alleged hacker deleting content from her computer screen, the report says that the activity was caused by “the back space key being stuck.”

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Pardon my French, but are you <synonym for the act of procreation in real time> kidding me.

I bought and read her book.

How can they comment on the “suspicious cable” when it was removed by person or persons unknown?

Unless they have the cable.

Then the question is HOW did it come into their possession.

And, really, a “stuck backspace key”, seriously. That’s the story they are going with?


Someone should be in jail. 

Correction, lots of someones!


Maybe that’s what caused the Target breech, the SONY leak, and global cooling / warming?


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POLITICAL: Civil Forfeiture is Fourth Amendment violation


The Business of Civil Forfeiture
Posted on January 6th, 2015

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Black Asphalt lets its 25,000 users compile and share detailed data on private motorists—whether they’ve done anything wrong or not—including addresses, social security numbers, information from traffic stops or interrogations, searches, etc. Information is shared informally without official oversight, and many of the reports end up in federal fusion centers where they can be shared with law enforcement agencies at all levels.

Desert Snow encourages users to provide data about their traffic stops by offering rewards and incentives. The more data an officer enters, the more rewards he earns. Desert Snow also holds an annual competition to recognize officers who have seized the most contraband. Top earners (to borrow a term from The Sopranos) are honored at Desert Snow’s annual conference.

The system appears to work. According to The Washington Post, police officers affiliated with Desert Snow reported seizing $427 million from traffic stops over a five-year period. In fact, Desert Snow’s methods are so lucrative, company personnel have even gotten in on the act. Last year, the Caddo County, Oklahoma, district attorney’s office contracted with Desert Snow employees to conduct interdiction operations on state highways. Working with local police officers, Desert Snow employees seized more than $1 million over six months. The firm retained 25 percent of the haul under the contract terms. Fortunately, the scheme was shut down after a local judge got wind of it and threatened to jail the Desert Snow employees who were involved.

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So how do “We, The Sheeple” stop it?

Change the channel to sports, miss universe, or some other “circus”!


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RANT: When did “corporate america” change?

When did “corporate america” change into the uncaring ruthless quarterly profit beast it’s become?


Code of Conduct for the U.S. Fighting Force

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Article IVa. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

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This seemed so natural from my early days at AT&T.

When I was being managed, my supervisors were evaluated on how well they “developed” me.

When I was promoted to “management”, a full 50% of my evaluation was on how “my” people were progressing towards THEIR stated goals. Note: Not my goals for them or even the company’s goals for them.

Then came Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA!


As a young “fat old white guy injurer”, I was aware of the changing landscape when I was in ingineering skrule.

Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation were big Engineering firms. But, we were warned against going to work for them because they were rumored (later sued) for dumping engineers out the door every five years to hire younger and cheaper engineers.

Out of this came the ERISA and the “five year pension vesting” rule.

This set off the “turnstile effect”. Every five years, people would move on to better jobs regardless if they wanted to or not. Collect those pensions.

At the same time, corporations began to shift from “Personnel Departments” to “Human Resources”.

And people became as expendable as pencils and screw drivers.


Didn’t take very long for the “humans” being resourced to adopt an adversarial attitude towards their employers.

Took me a while to lose my AT&T trained behavior that I trusted my “leadership” to be my advocate. 

That happened the first time I was “downsized” out of a job. 

Luckily, I had the experience of taking a “golden handshake” from AT&T. So I dove right into the process. It didn’t hurt that they had to keep me on for six months to “transition” and “knowledge transfer”. (I learned from my exposure to the IEBW Union workers in NYC that one NEVER EVER tells anyone EVERYTHING that you know.)

After that experience, I never truly trusted a manager or a leader. Many of who were “good guys”, but one has to recognize that there are factors beyond their control. (Like the one job where the day I started, my new boss, his boss, and his boss’ boss were all nuked. For six weeks I was reporting to the CEO’s secretary with absolutely NOTHING to do.)

So, in my working career, “Corporate America” has morphed into “Crony Capitalism”, where politics, image, and political correctness have replaced results, honesty, and integrity.

It’s very sad,

I weep for the youngsters coming up behind us for the environment they are getting into.

Hence my constant preaching — save your money, don’t accumulate bad debt, be in your own business — which you are anyway — even if you’re a full time employee, and try to find 10 part-time jobs or 10 distinct income streams where the loss of any one doesn’t put you at risk of having to live in cardboard box.


Dona Nobis Pacem and “Bon courage a vous tous”

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MEME: The Concorde Fallacy


What Target Did Right in Canada
By Jim BlasingameGrowing Your BusinessPublished January 23, 2015FOXBusiness

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This story isn’t to call attention to the many things Target did wrong, but rather to highlight the one thing they did right: They did not become victims of the Concorde Fallacy.

In 1956, the British and French governments, along with aircraft and engine manufacturers, began the process of building a supersonic airliner. From the start the Concorde was plagued by prohibitive budget overruns. In fact, long before the wheels came up on the first commercial flight in 1976, the partnership knew the venture would never sustain itself financially. And yet they couldn’t bring themselves to shut it down.

By the last Concorde flight in 2003, the Anglo/French misadventure had become so legendary that evolutionary biologists coined the term, “Concorde Fallacy,” as a metaphor for when sticking with a troubled project costs more than starting over with a new alternative.

Ego and sovereign pride by the Concorde partnership caused the willing suspension of economic reason. Plus they failed to apply the lesson of sunk costs, which is that, “Any decision to continue a financially unviable project shouldn’t be based on what has already been spent.” In a small business, it might sound like this, “We’ve got too much invested to stop,” or “We just need to work harder.”

Pride can be productive or it can be a problem. Consider this handy admonition a mentor once gave me that I have named the Concorde Question: “Do you have a fighting chance or just a chance to fight?”

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This is the best formulation of the problem of “sunken costs”.

Unfortunately, everyone, EVERYONE, thinks about the sunken cost, the lost opportunity, and looking bad.


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POLITICAL: Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ‘529’

Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ‘529’ College Savings Accounts

The Obama administration said it would drop a controversial plan to raise taxes on so-called 529 college-savings accounts, after the proposal sparked widespread criticism over its potential impact on the middle class.

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday called publicly on the White House to withdraw its plan. Calls also were coming privately from leaders of the president’s own party.

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What took them so long?

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RANT: Diktats and immunizations


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It’s time in Illinois to pass a law that denies access to any school or any public space to families who decline to immunize their children. There should be no “personal belief waivers” ever for immunizations.

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Take a look at Texas and “Gardisal” http://truthaboutgardasil.org/ AND you may wish to temper that particular “rush” to judgment.

(For the record, I am not anti vaccines. I am however for calm and reasoned discourse about them.)

We need more SCIENCE and less MARKETING . We need more EDUCATION and CHOICE; less PROPAGANDA, YELLING, and DIKTATS.

Parents don’t want sick children. And, vaccines have issues and risks.

That doesn’t mean ZERO vaccinations; nor does it mean dump them ALL into EVERY child regardless.

One size doesn’t fit all.

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TAGONIST: Police makes civil asset seizures


Cities Budget Civil Asset Forfeiture As Part of their Funding
By Martin Armstrong
Armstrong Economics
November 22, 2014


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Since 2009, Washington, D.C. officers have made more than 12,000 civil asset seizures under city and federal laws, according to records and data obtained from the city by The Washington Post through the District’s open records law. Half of the more than $5.5 million in cash seizures were for $141 or less, with more than a thousand for less than $20. D.C. police have seized more than 1,000 cars, some for minor offenses allegedly committed by the children or friends of the vehicle owners, documents show. Any excuse to simply rob the people is in full bloom.

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You decide: Good Cop or Bad Kop?

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POLITICAL: Ignored Heroic Military


The Unquestioned, Ignored, Heroic Military
Lucy Steigerwald

What with its title, “The Tragic Decline of the American Military,” Atlantic Monthly’s January-February cover story at first blush appears to be a thoughtless pro-military screed. But in spite of that headline, and the cover asking “Why Does The Best Military in the World Keep Losing?” it isn’t a bad piece at all.

Author James Fallows isn’t making any edgy arguments here. He’s actually painfully pragmatic as he spells out the declining skills of military leadership due to politics. More interesting for readers of Antiwar.com, however, is Fallows mentioning the strange, thoughtless respect for the military that now permeates the American public.

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The “young” easily buy into the nationalistic propaganda and “answer the nation’s call”.

Having done the oligarchy’s bidding and serving as “cannon fodder” for the military industrial complex that Ike warned us about, they return damaged.

(Remember the Prussian education system — that the USA imported hook, line, and sinker — had as its SOLE purpose was to create cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite!)

And, “the Nation” turns a collective “blind eye” to their situation.

Remember Heinlein’s Starship Troopers’ universe? One does not merely have the right to be a citizen and vote by virtue of what Heinlein called the mere accident of birth; rather, one has to earn this right through Federal Service that tested one’s ability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the polity. Bet not a lot of vets would vote for all the undeclared wars the USA has been in since WW2?

That’s what “We, The Sheeple” have allowed the Gooferment’s politicians and bureaucrats to do in their name.

The response to this movie, and other of its ilk, is a recognition of exactly who the “bad guys” are in this morality play — the nation’s “leaders”.


That’s why deflate-gate and all the other petty “news” is created — to distract us.

The pretty magician’s assistant or the matador’s cape.

Be distracted at your own peril.

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Patriots coach says he doesn’t know how balls were deflated
Jan 22, 10:59 AM (ET)

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he doesn’t know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl.

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I believe him.

(Until there is evidence otherwise.)

Solve it like the two children splitting a sandwich.

One cuts; the other picks.

So the NFL sets the specs for the balls and the teams exchange game balls.

End of problem. No muss. No fuss.


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INTERESTING: Magnesium An Invisible Deficiency


Magnesium: An Invisible Deficiency That Could Be Harming Your Health
By Joseph Mercola Mercola.com
January 20, 2015

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Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys.1 If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame.

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Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, headache, nausea, fatigue, and weakness. An ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to more serious symptoms, including:

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“Numbing and tingling”

Wow, Our Girl has that. Might have I “saved” her by magnesium. SOB!

And, I have “numbing” and no trots. Maybe I need more?

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RANT: The State of the Union is propaganda

The State of the Union is propaganda.

The President panders to the left; the response panders to the right.

Proposing more taxes and more spending is a loser. With the R’s in control of the House, I’d be ASTONISHED if any new or increase in taxes passes.

In actuality, the deficit and the debt as a percentage of GDP has improved slightly. No thanks to anything the Gooferment, politicians, or bureaucrats did.


The “unemployment rate” as pushed by the elite and the lapdog media is a joke. Look at the participation rate. Look at the disability rolls. Shadow Stats says that U6 is 23%. That’s one out of four territory. Black youth unemployment is 50%.

Time for some changes in the District of Corruption and it’s not increasing taxes!


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GOLD: Switzerland portends Chinese action?


Will China Pull a “Switzerland” on the US Dollar? (Video)

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In his first Schiff Report video of the year, Peter Schiff explains the Swiss news that rattled the foreign exchange markets this week. Peter had predicted that Switzerland would eventually be forced to drop its euro peg, just as he’s been warning that countries like China will be forced to abandon their ties to a weakening US dollar. If investors don’t want to experience even worse losses than Europeans were hit with this week, they need to start preparing for a dollar crisis. Gold has performed very well this year, even while the US dollar and stock market moved higher, which Peter sees as an indicator that a new bull trend has started in precious metals.

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Poor people in China subsidizes the American dollar.


Clearly, this is going to mean more inflation.

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RANT: Jane Fonda unrepentant hence unforgivable


Jane Fonda draws protesters at Maryland appearance
Published January 18, 2015Associated Press

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As well she should. Unrepentant hence unforgivable.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Obama to Propose Tax Increases

WSJ: Obama to Propose Tax Increases on Investments, Inherited Property

President Barack Obama will call on the new Republican-led Congress to raise taxes on investments and inherited property and to create or expand a range of tax breaks for middle-income families, laying out an opening position in a debate over taxation that both parties see as a potential area of compromise.

Mr. Obama will outline the measures in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He will propose using revenue generated from the tax increases–which would fall mainly on high-income households–to pay for a raft of new breaks aimed at boosting stagnant incomes for low- and middle-income households.

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What an idiot!

Do you want less investments?

Do you want fewer family farms?

Do you want smaller inheritances? 

Tax something and you get less of it.

AND, the “fat cats” will still figure out loopholes.

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest.

Shrink the bloated Federal Gooferment.

Reduce taxes on EVERYONE!


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ADMINISTRIVIA: Change is the only Universal constant


Looks like I’ll be “unemployed” at the end of February.

That’s why last week and this week’s issue is and will be a little thin this week.

Working on my future plans.

Rest assured, my Jasper Jottings addiction will continue.


“Change is …”

“Change is NEVER good.”

“The only universal constant isn’t Pi π, or Euler’s number e, or even Pythagoras’ constant √2 — it’s change!”

(That’s a “Ferd-ism” as captured and collect by one of two my summer interns in 2012. A “disrespectful” lad with a good sense of humor. He survived my “supervision” and went on to gainful employment despite my warped advice.)


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: WSJ NEWS ALERT: Justice Department Kept Secret Telephone Database

WSJ NEWS ALERT: Justice Department Kept Secret Telephone Database

Justice Department Kept Secret Telephone Database
The U.S. Justice Department secretly kept a database of U.S. calls to and from foreign countries for more than a decade, according to a new court filing and officials familiar with the program.

The revelation of another secret government database storing records of Americans’ calls came in a filing in the case of a man accused of conspiring to unlawfully export electronic goods to Iran. A Drug Enforcement Administration official said in the filing that the agency has long used administrative subpoenas, not federal court orders, to collect the metadata of U.S. calls to and from foreign countries “that were determined to have a demonstrated nexus to international drug trafficking and related criminal activities.”

The document doesn’t identify the countries or say how many countries were involved.

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[JR: I guess another Gooferment overreach and violation of the Fourth Amendment.]

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INTERESTING: How to Avoid Hitting Animals While Driving (Without Putting Yourself In Danger)


Bottom line: Don’t swerve except for a moose. (No word about Shriners, Eagles, or other fraternal organizations)!

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HARWARE: IPHONE5 IOS8.1.2 active “screwy”



Magically “Do not disturb” was set.

Also, Message Version 8.0 (4725) on Mac OS X 10.1.1 (14B25) stopped echo text messaged received on my IPHONE.

It’s like everything in Apple land has “lost their minds”.


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RANT: ShadowStats says 23% unemployment rate


John Williams (shadowstats.com) on the December Payroll Jobs Report and Unemployment Rate
By Paul Craig Roberts
January 13, 2015

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When the headline unemployed [U.3 measure] become “discouraged,” they are rolled over from U.3 to U.6.  As the short-term discouraged workers roll over into long-term discouraged status, they move into the ShadowStats measure, where they remain.  Aside from attrition, they are not defined out of existence for political convenience, hence the longer-term divergence between the various unemployment rates.  Further detail is discussed in the Reporting Detail section.  The resulting difference here is between a headline December 2014 unemployment rates of 5.6% (U.3) and 23.0% (ShadowStats). [The U.6 unemployment rate containing the short-term discouraged workers is 11.2%.]

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Why would anyone believe anything the Gooferment says?

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GUNS: The bias against guns


The bias against guns: What the media isn’t telling you
By Dr. John R. Lott Jr.Published January 09, 2015FoxNews.com

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Weren’t these stories equally newsworthy? To save a stranger, a permit holder stood up to four attackers. Without the pastor’s concealed handgun permit, there could have been a mass shooting in a crowded church. That would surely have gotten massive national news coverage, but the pastor stopping the attack wasn’t considered a story.

The lopsided coverage gives Americans a skewed view of guns.

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I can’t find another similar case of a child accidentally firing a permit holder’s concealed handgun. For decades, there have been millions of permit holders. Today, there are 12 million. It will probably be a very long time before there’s another case like this.

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Unfortunately, despite the family’s claim to the contrary, the extremely rare tragedy with Veronica Rutledge likely arose because she stored her gun improperly.  If she had a semi-automatic pistol, as some reports indicate, it would have been impossible for a two-year-old to have the strength to pull the slide back on the gun to chamber the first round. If she had a revolver or most pistols, it seems exceedingly unlikely that child would have switched off the safety.  Thus, she had either already chambered the first round in the gun herself and/or switched off the safety,  thus negating the gun’s safety features.

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When I read the report, I knew that it would “lead the bleed”.

And, equally as well, I KNEW it was a “User error”.

Guns just don’t “go off”!


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Photography is Not a Crime PINAC hotline 305-900-3069


NJ Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera as “Evidence” After Cop Veers Off Road
Posted by: Carlos Miller in January 10, 2015

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A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday after refusing to hand over his video camera to a cop, who insisted he needed it as “evidence,” even though case law makes it very clear that citizens do not have to give up their footage unless their camera was used in the commission of a crime.

You would think a detective from the prosecutor’s office would know better.

But then again, cops make up their own laws when trying to protect their own.

After all, the so-called evidence demanded by detective Dave Margentino from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office involved a fellow cop who had veered off the road in a single-car accident, needing to be airlifted to the hospital.

Andrew Flinchbaugh, 23, was video recording the aftermath of the accident, standing well out the way of police and rescue officials, recording the victim being loaded onto the copter as well as the copter taking off.

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No wonder inmates in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee are fleeing the state at the first chance they get.

 Call the Photography is Not a Crime PINAC hotline 305-900-3069 from your phone.

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NJ Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera as “Evidence” After Cop Veers Off Road


A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday after refusing to hand over his video camera to a cop, who insisted he needed it as “evidence,” even though case law makes it very clear that citizens do not have to give up their footage unless their camera was used in the commission of a crime.

You would think a detective from the prosecutor’s office would know better.

But then again, cops make up their own laws when trying to protect their own.

After all, the so-called evidence demanded by detective Dave Margentino from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office involved a fellow cop who had veered off the road in a single-car accident, needing to be airlifted to the hospital.

Andrew Flinchbaugh, 23, was video recording the aftermath of the accident, standing well out the way of police and rescue officials, recording the victim being loaded onto the copter as well as the copter taking off.

HARDWARE: LIVESCRIBE still not recommended


I’ve been using it primarily for work to move meeting notes from paper to email.

  • the capacitive top’s rubber falls off; sometimes the whole top is lost
  • the quality of the writing that comes from the pen is poor at best
  • the recognition of handwriting to text has never materialized
  • the integration with EVERNOTE is worse with the new pens versus the old versions
  • the opening of a new volume is cumbersome at best
  • the iPhone client is annoyingly slow
  • iPhone client forwards the notes as a jpg 

As soon as I can cost effectively move to either the Samsung Note or the iPhone6+ with the handwriting recognition, I will.

This then goes in the technology dust bin of mistakes.

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FACEBOOK: I like Varney & Co but … …

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt)


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(1) I miss the Varney “rant” that used to occur at the end of the program.

(2) How about a inet version that cuts out all the market checks and “filler”? Just the guests and opinions. I work for a living and can mostly only watch at night. I’d even watch ONE of each commercial. When I watch live, I really hate the same commercial played several times during the show.

(3) Don’t take so much time off. When I was off, so were you. Schedule you vacation better. (Laugh!)

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