Archive for July, 2017

Ozarks Property Rights Coalition to Meet July 27th in Cabool

The Property Rights Coalition will be meeting at El Rancho just east of Cabool on Thursday July 27th at 7pm.

“This month we will have the pleasure of the incredibly knowledgeable Marie Lasater being our guest speaker. Marie is an accomplished journalist, medical professional, natural plant medicine expert, and also the Texas County Coroner”, says Doreen Hannes, co-chair of the PRC.

Marie has recently published I new book entitled “Nature Has More Cures” to complement her first book, entitled “Nature Has the Cure”. Both of these are available on Amazon and Marie will also bring copies to the meeting so attendees may purchase them directly from the author.

“Anyone interested in using the tremendous amount of readily available natural medicines that abound in the Ozarks for addressing ailments or low level medical emergencies should enjoy listening to Marie and finding out what might help them in their efforts to be well”, according to Bob Parker of the PRC.

The meeting will begin at 7pm and is open to the public free of charge. People that wish to attend are asked to come an hour early and enjoy the buffet at El Rancho while visiting with others attending the meeting. Please call (417) 264-2435 with any questions or for more info.

When the government fears the people there is liberty. When people fear the government there is tyranny. Here’s your dose of tyranny from the Trump Administration:

The Attorney General just expanded a scary program that allows police to seize people’s cash and property without arrest or charge
The Attorney General just expanded a scary program that allows police to seize people’s cash and property without arrest or charge

A lot of things were bound to change under the Trump administration. And so far, many of the changes have come courtesy of the Department of Justice. This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator, announced that the Justice Department will expand civil forfeiture programs, which allow law enforcement to seize people’s cash, homes, and other possessions in the name of punishment.

Civil seizure and forfeiture is a very controversial practice.

The procedures were created during Prohibition and regained popularity at the height of the War on Drugs in the 1980s to ensure that no criminal could keep the profits of their criminal activity, which in theory makes some logical sense. You bust a drug dealer, and seize the cash, product, and any possible possessions that came from their drug money pending prosecution as a way to send a message to people to not commit crimes. Depending on your view of crime and effective prosecution, that might seem like a prudent thing for law enforcement to do.

But in practice, it just doesn’t work. Instead, it allows police officers to seize someone’s money, car, or even their home on mere suspicion — in many cases, the person hasn’t even been charged with a crime, let alone prosecuted or convicted. And even if the person isn’t charged with a crime at all, the government keeps those assets.

According to a March report by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, from 2007 to 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration obtained $3.2 billion in cash seizures without filing any charges against the people from whom they took the money. And it’s not easy to get that money back.

Here’s the thing: A lot of times, lower-income people and people of color are the target of criminal investigations. Cash, for example, can be seized during traffic stops that result in no charges at all. And that money could be everything the person has in their checking account. It’s likely not a lot of money, either, but it means everything to the individual from whom it was seized.

The tricky thing about civil forfeiture is that the government not only takes assets without charging people, they also don’t have to make any effort to return the assets. It’s up to the individual, or family, to seek the property’s return. That costs money in legal fees — sometimes more than what the assets are worth — which leaves people who are struggling to make ends meet, feed their children, take care of elderly parents, or even get to work forced to go to the courthouse to take care of their business…..(Read the rest here)

Campaign For Liberty Meeting Thursday Night 7 pm at Don Lupis Mexican Restaurant, West Plains
Come early and eat and visit
No main speaker tonight, instead we will have a spirited discussion of events in the news
·      What is Fake News?
·      Obamacare Repeal and Replace
·      What’s going on in Jefferson City?
·      Have the rules of engagement for our troops changed in Afghanistan? Is Isis on the run?
For more information call 417 264 2435, see you then!

The article below is an excellent overview of how the calculation of your face is being tied to your ability to travel. Don’t worry, there are currently several pilot projects tying your biometric facial recognition to paying for your purchases as well. So that will be on the plate soon enough.

If you detect a bit of sarcasm and disgust in my tone, you are quite observant. Back in 2008, while we fought against the National Animal Identification System up in Jeff City, we also weighed in on a bill by Rep Jim Guest to halt Real ID and biometric identification in the state. That bill went through and FLATLY prohibited the Department of Revenue from collecting any biometric data.

Then in 2011, it came to light that the agent of the state was violating the law of the state and collecting this information anyway. So a bunch of things happened and a special session was called. The legislature then made inquiries and were given information by many people involved with property rights and freedom. After their inquiry, they fixed the law by allowing the DOR to collect the biometric information in photographs. In other words, giving the Department permission to do what they were doing that was in violation of the law passed in 2008. So that is how our representatives “fix” problems like willful violation of the law when it is done by agents of the state.

Also, despite three years of working on a law to prohibit NAIS by that name or any other name, the legislature wouldn’t agree to “or any other program of similar design”. So, we got a law through that prohibited NAIS, and then the USDA changed the name to Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) and currently they are rolling out RFID (radio frequency identification) with enforcement in some states. No worries, it will soon be required in Missouri, too.

So I am not very impressed by the legislature’s ability to see good, proactive and protective legislation through the processes in Jefferson City.

I cannot even count how many times I heard an elected representative in the State Capitol say, “Well, if the feds want it, we have to do it,” to which I replied, “Then why do we even have any state level government?” It would save a lot of money if we did away with that entire payroll if the only reason the State exists is to be the whipping boy of the federal agencies.

Alright. That is enough of my ranting. Without further adieu, here is a clip of the article that spawned my dissertation. You may click on the title to take you to read the entire article.

DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID at Airports for Foreign Travel

By Nicholas West

What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at national airports that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future.

This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

However, these stories were nothing compared to what followed on June 20th when U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing.(Read the rest here)