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Phoenix Police Raid Blogger’s Home

April 3rd, 2009

http://carlosmiller.com/2009/04/02/phoenix-police-raid-home-of-blogger-whose-writing-is-highly-critical-of-them/

I reiterate my previous statement regarding police. Bad/corrupt/evil police officers make up only a small percentage of most police departments. Its the other cops that worry me because they not only don’t take action to stop this behavior, but often times actively cover it up under the pretense of brotherhood.

Citizen Review Boards help keep departments in check. It sounds like Phoenix should look into it.

Count Down to Disaster

October 8th, 2008

There are several steps needed to turn a country on itself, much like Germany did in the 1930s. Below is a few of the steps necessary:

  1. Disarm the citizenry – typically under the guise of safety
    Current United States Gun Laws
  2. Label a portion of the country’s citizens as enemies of the state – like the Jews were labeled in Nazi Germany.
  3. Enjoy Hostile take over in the name of security and government sponsored prosperity

Well, we are now on our way to #2. “Maryland Police Label Protesters as Terrorists.”

I have spoken at length with certain friends about how this country would unite to eliminate “terrorists” within our own country. How, with the proper marketing, we could use our military forces on ourselves, something that spits in the face of freedom and what this country is built upon. Its scary how close we are to this…

Photo Ticket Cameras to Track Drivers Nationwide

September 17th, 2008

The Newspaper.com has an article regarding traffic cameras being used to track drivers nationwide. I guess its time to roll back the clock to 1984 and then take out the battery. I for one, recommend we all start wearing helmets while we drive, so that the cameras can’t tell who is ramming the cameras. I like how they are selling it.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety – Ben Franklin – 1775

I think I’m going to be sick.

Excessive Force

September 16th, 2008

Apparently, illegally selling securities means that the FBI SWAT is needed to demolish your house using a HUMVEE and flashbang grenades.

http://www.thedowneypatriot.net/view_full.php?article=0000003058

Don’t you feel safer? Couldn’t they have just knocked on the door? This guy wasn’t a killer drug dealer. He peddled a Ponzi scheme (who’s knocking on Social Security’s door?). What if they had the wrong house? This is ridiculous.

Motley Crue and Drug Use

August 21st, 2008

Mises.org has a great write-up on drug legalization. Vedran Vuk does a great job spelling out the current legal and nonlegal costs of doing drugs. He demonstrates that the legal costs of doing drugs is significantly, if not overwhelmingly, lower than the nonlegal costs of doing drugs. The illegalization of drugs introduces violence to the drug scene, something unneccessary and costly to our society.

Bottom line: Rehab and responsibilities are far better for society than prison and the police state.

Feasibility of a Privatized Police System

August 14th, 2008

We already have a private sector version of our local police department. Recall that the police have two main roles; crime investigation, and crime prevention (although its been demonstrated they can’t completely fulfill this role, and what they can costs an outrageous amount of tax dollars). We, the private sector, through the sheer existence of two industries, private investigators and security firms, have demonstrated the complete lack of fulfillment of either goal of our local police department. Since, we the market, have demonstrated that police departments are replaceable, lets hypothesize the outcome of a privatized police industry:

Private investigators are called to investigate robberies, murders, rapes, etc. They collect evidence, eye witness accounts, and submit cases to the district attorney. Only crimes with victims are investigated. Victimless crimes like prostitution and drug sales go uninvestigated. A limitation of this would be if you saw your neighbor’s house getting robbed, or your neighbors were domestically disputing (beating one another), you would either be forced to address the robber or domestic disputer your self (and your Colt .45), or call your own PI.

Another impact would be the lack of traffic violations. There would be no more speeding tickets.  This is a very interesting concept. Speed limits exist to “reduce” the number of collisions in an area. I argue that speed is less of an issue than lack of attention, but no radar gun can detect lack of attention. And as it turns out, even with speed limits, we still have collisions. So, only violations of another’s rights are punishable offenses. It is not illegal to speed. Its illegal to crash into someone else. When some one rear-ends you, you call your PI, or handle it yourself.

To address the second goal of police departments, we have security guards. For those of us too delicate to protect ourselves (yes, I am mocking that demographic), you may hire all sorts of guardians, whether its electronic (security systems like Brinks and ADT), security with whistles, or armed guards like at the bank. Either way, you get to decide the degree of protection you want and how you want to administer it. You have organizations competing to get your business, better evidence collection methods, cheaper evidence processing methods, better service, faster response.

Some people will claim, but what about the poor? Well, for those of you not familiar with the poor, they rarely get police response anyways. What do you think the response time is of a robbery in a project or ghetto is? Often times its never. With today’s system, we all pay for crappy coverage. This proposed system allows everyone the opportunity to get great coverage, not just the rich like today.  Additionally, when there is not government claiming to help the poor (because they are only claims, rarely results), we, the market, establish organizations to help the poor. Ever heard of the Salvation Army?

I realize the Left is busy throwing a hissy fit right now because everyone deserves what only the rich can pay for. The Right is also busy throwing a hissy fit because how else could they enforce hurtful, draconian drug laws and other moral legislation? This plan will never happen until I start my own town.

I ask you to submit both intended and unintended consequences below. I warn you, your ignorance will be exposed, so expect it.

Police use GPS to Track Citizens Unconstitutionally

August 14th, 2008

The Washington Post has an article exposing how police are illegally tracking “suspects” using GPS devices. To summarize the article. The police are too lazy, lack the evidence, or like to lead the charge to a police state (I vote all three) to obtain a warrant to use these devices. If they had enough evidence to get a warrant, then placing the is both cost and time effective. However, the police don’t care that we live by the rule of law. They have drank the coolaid. They will do what ever it takes to “protect” us from ourselves.