Friday, February 28, 2014

The Supreme Court just made it easier for the government to take your assets before you even go to trial

The Supreme Court just made it easier for the government to take your assets before you even go to trial 

With charges looming, the Kaleys sought an estimate from their lawyers of how much mounting a defense would cost. The answer: $500,000. (That figure may seem high, but sadly the government agreed it was reasonable.) The Kaleys took out a home equity loan and used the $500,000 to purchase a certificate of deposit, which they planned to spend on lawyers.

Then came the grand jury indictment and with it a nasty surprise: an order freezing essentially all their assets, including the CD that was meant to pay their legal bills. The only assets exempt from the order—Kerri’s retirement account and their children’s college funds—weren’t enough to cover the $500,000 estimate. And if the Kaleys liquidated those funds, they’d have owed $183,500 in tax penalties. The bottom line: They could no longer pay for their lawyer of choice even though, as the government agreed, that’s what the Sixth Amendment right to counsel protects.

Obamacare: Now Appearing On Your Restaurant Bill

Obamacare: Now Appearing On Your Restaurant Bill

That the bulk of Americans (especially those 4 million whose insurance policies have recently been cancelled as a result of the ACA) have to pay more for healthcare as a result of Obamacare, is now largely accepted and well-known. But did you know that the cost of Obamacare is slowly metastasizing to other places? Such as your restaurant bill.

Several restaurants in a Florida chain are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare. Diners at eight Gator’s Dockside casual eateries are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15 cents on a typical $15 lunch tab. Signs on the door and at tables alert diners to the fee, which is also listed separately on the bill.

Feds seize gold coins worth $80 mln from Pennsylvania family

Feds seize gold coins worth $80 mln from Pennsylvania family

A federal judge has upheld a verdict that strips a Pennsylvania family of their grandfather’s gold coins — worth an estimated $80 million — and has ordered ownership transferred to the US government.

Judge Legrome Davis of the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a 2011 jury decision that a box of 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle coins discovered by the family of Israel Switt, a deceased dealer and collector, is the property of the United States.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spy Agency’s False Flag Operations Exposed by Snowden leaks

Spy Agency’s False Flag Operations Exposed by Snowden leaks


The document, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations,” reveals shady practices like using “honey traps” that may start as Internet dating, but the PowerPoint also points to in-person meetings to discredit the subject.

Other findings include “false flag” operations (undertaking malicious actions and making it look like the work of a group they wish to discredit), the application of social sciences like sociology and psychology to disrupt and steer online activist discussions, lure targets into compromising sexual situations, deploy malicious software and virus and post lies about targets in order to discredit them.

Supposedly Fiscally Conservative Republicans Make Exceptions For Defense Spending

Supposedly Fiscally Conservative Republicans Make Exceptions For Defense Spending

Some supposedly fiscally conservative Republicans are upset that the Obama administration has proposed that Department of Defense spending for fiscal year 2015 be limited to roughly $496 billion.

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), said that the Obama administration’s plans to cut the defense budget were “disappointing,” and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that the proposed defense budget would put the U.S. military’s ability to protect American interests abroad, provide a deterrent to attack, and provide security for allies at risk.

Former Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) issued a bizarre statement in response to the proposed budget, saying that it is being cheered by our enemies and that small cuts to our vast defense budget will “decimate our military capability.”

Lawyer Releases Video Of Man's Death In Police Custody

Lawyer Releases Video Of Man's Death In Police Custody




Cops Shoot Family Dog Just Because

Cops Shoot Family Dog Just Because




“Surrender Your Firearms,” Connecticut Tells Unregistered Gun Owners

“Surrender Your Firearms,” Connecticut Tells Unregistered Gun Owners

“We are returning your application for [an] assault rifle certificate and/or [a] large capacity magazine declaration because it was not received or postmarked prior to January 1, 2014 as required by law,” the notice states.

The letter breaks down the gun owner’s “options,” including surrendering their firearms and magazines to the police, selling them to a gun dealer, removing them from the state or rendering them inoperable.

Because these owners attempted to register their guns and accessories, the state can now prosecute them at will because they know exactly who they are.

But when it comes to the vast majority of gun owners who did not register at all, Connecticut lacks clout.

Last month it was revealed that out of the over 2.4 million high-capacity magazines in Connecticut, only 38,000 have been registered.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - Barely Balanced

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - Barely Balanced



Barely Balanced performance at The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.




Nintendo Power Advance, Issue Number 4

Nintendo Power Advance, Issue Number 4




Monday, February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis dead at 69

Harold Ramis dead at 69




Connecticut gun owners revolt

Connecticut gun owners revolt

State law enforcement officials are now in the difficult position of dealing with one of the most widely flouted laws since the end of the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit and Prohibition. If it’s really serious, the state will have to find space to imprison 300,000 residents for the next five years.

The first article of the Connecticut Constitution couldn’t be more clear. “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state,” it says.

Busybodies at the Capitol in Hartford decided that “every” doesn’t really mean every, and it banned the semi-automatic rifles that would be most useful in defense of the state. As of Jan. 1, owners of arms that have a menacing appearance had to submit registration paperwork to the state.

Only about 50,000 did so. There’s no way to know how many “assault rifles” remain unregistered, but the best guess is that the new “gun safety” law instantly created 300,000 felons.

State: Flaming water in Dixie, LA not caused by drilling company

State: Flaming water in Dixie, LA not caused by drilling company



Samples were collected by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation under the supervision of the Office of Conservation. Geosyntec conducted testing of the samples. Their analysis, along with the Office of Conservation’s investigations of water well drilling records, local geology and DEQ 2002 findings in a similar situation in that general area indicate that the most likely source of the methane is the lignite interspersed in the aquifer sands of the area.

The TSA is looking for Bitcoin

The TSA is looking for Bitcoin




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Child Gunned Down by Cop for Answering Door Holding Wii Controller

Child Gunned Down by Cop for Answering Door Holding Wii Controller




Fourth Georgia hospital closes due to Obamacare payment cuts

Fourth Georgia hospital closes due to Obamacare payment cuts

Because the Affordable Care Act’s authors believed they’d forced all states to implement the Medicaid expansion, Obamacare vastly cut hospital payments, the Associated Press reports.

The Supreme Court ruled that states could reject the Medicaid expansion in 2012, as part of the decision that upheld Obamacare generally. Since that decision, the Obama administration has so far instituted 28 unilateral delays and changes to the health care law’s implementation without congressional approval…

Contempt Charges Filed Against Dad Who Defied Gag Order to Tell Daughter’s Heartbreaking Story

Contempt Charges Filed Against Dad Who Defied Gag Order to Tell Daughter’s Heartbreaking Story

“I need to save my daughter. It’s not this court house. It’s not the state of Massachusetts,” he said at another point in our interview. “If we don’t do something, she is going to die.”

The injunction preventing the Pelletiers from talking publicly about their daughter in the context of the case was issued on Nov. 7, 2013, according to WTIC-TV. The gag order was issued after the media investigation by WTIC’s Beau Berman.

The Dragon Festival - Jousting

The Dragon Festival - Jousting



Jousting at The Dragon Festival in Melbourne, Florida.




Monday, February 17, 2014

At the Fed, The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

At the Fed, The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same



Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen testified before Congress for the first time since replacing Ben Bernanke at the beginning of the month. Her testimony confirmed what many of us suspected, that interventionist Keynesian policies at the Federal Reserve are well-entrenched and far from over. Mrs. Yellen practically bent over backwards to reassure Wall Street that the Fed would continue its accommodative monetary policy well into any new economic recovery. The same monetary policy that got us into this mess will remain in place until the next crisis hits.

Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don't Find the Drugs They Were Looking For

Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don't Find the Drugs They Were Looking For 

Deputies approached the house, and what happened next is where things get murky. The deputies said they announced their presence upon entering and were met in the hallway by the 80-year-old man, wielding a gun and stumbling towards them. The deputies later changed the story when the massive bloodstains on Mallory’s mattress indicated to investigators that he’d most likely been in bed at the time of the shooting.

Investigators also found that an audio recording of the incident revealed a discrepancy in the deputies’ original narrative: Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to “Drop the gun” prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to “Drop the gun” occurred immediately after the shooting.
When it was all over, Eugene Mallory died of six gunshot wounds from Sgt. John Bones’ MP-5 9mm submachine gun. When a coroner arrived, he found the loaded .22 caliber pistol the two deputies claimed Mallory had pointed at them on the bedside table.

Mallory had not fired of a single shot. The raid turned up no evidence of methamphetamine on the property.

Daily Show rips Obama and Democrats for being so corrupt

Daily Show rips Obama and Democrats for being so corrupt




Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Over 40 people in steampunk garb (Victorian dress meets sci-fi/time traveler) were turned away from the Westfield Plaza Mall in Carlsbad on February 9 -- mall security told them to leave because they were breaking the mall's "code of conduct."

 The code states that "wearing apparel that disguises, obscures or conceals the face" is not allowed.

 Lisa Vaca, one of those costumed, stated, "Since none of us had any part of our faces obscured, we respectfully pointed it out to the three security guards, and then their new reason for asking us to leave was a mix of 'this is private property so we can refuse entrance to anyone,' and 'a group of this number needs to call ahead first to get permission,' and, our favorite, 'recently we had a big problem with a vampire group who showed up here....'

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Dragon Festival (1)

The Dragon Festival (1)



@ The Dragon Festival in Melbourne, FL




US DROPS TO 46TH IN PRESS FREEDOM

US DROPS TO 46TH IN PRESS FREEDOM

The Index, published Feb. 11, shows that America now ranks number 46, below countries like South Africa and France. The Index has been published annually since 2002, but the 2014 ranking for America marks one of the most significant declines ever reported.

According to Christophe Deloire, the Reporters Without Borders Secretary General, the World Freedom Index is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure.

Investigative journalist James Risen believes the Index rightly shows the drop in American journalists’ freedoms due to crackdowns on reporters and whistleblowers and the efforts of the Obama administration and the National Security Agency to limit the amount of information America has concerning the “War on Terror” and other subjects.

“I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States modern history,” James Risen said.

Saving the Villa of the Mysteries

Saving the Villa of the Mysteries




GOP leaders help Senate pass large increase in debt limit

GOP leaders help Senate pass large increase in debt limit

Congress approved a massive increase in the federal debt Wednesday, but only after Republican leaders linked arms and jumped together, helping Democrats pass a plan that will let President Obama borrow as much money as needed to cover federal obligations over the next 13 months.
The vote was about as dramatic as they get.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, held out for 40 minutes before casting the key vote to break his fellow Republicans’ filibuster. His top lieutenants then followed suit, clearing the way for a final vote to approve the debt ceiling increase.

Monday, February 10, 2014

This is why the CBO’s deficit report is bad news

This is why the CBO’s deficit report is bad news

In fiscal years 2014-2015, the deficit does indeed fall; it’s expected to drop another $36 billion next year. In 2016, though, things change: from then on, the deficit skyrockets, growing by an average of $66 billion a year.

Over the next ten years, just the interest on the debt will grow to 1.3% of GDP, nearly quadrupling.

The reason? While federal revenues are expected to grow in sync with GDP, spending growth is projected to far outpace GDP growth.

US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

Two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists’ predictions of breakout growth in 2014. The global economy is showing signs of slowing—again. Manufacturing has slumped. Fewer people are signing contracts to buy homes. Global stock markets have sunk as anxiety has gripped developing nations.

The Congressional Budget Office foresees growth picking up through 2016, only to weaken starting in 2017. By the CBO’s reckoning, the economy will soon slam into a demographic wall: The vast baby boom generation will retire. Their exodus will shrink the share of Americans who are working, which will hamper the economy’s ability to accelerate.

At the same time, the government may have to borrow more, raise taxes or cut spending to support Social Security and Medicare for those retirees.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Hardcore Computist, Issue No. 24

Hardcore Computist, Issue No. 24


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Health-care law will prompt over 2 million to quit jobs or cut hours, a CBO report says

Health-care law will prompt over 2 million to quit jobs or cut hours, a CBO report says

More than 2 million Americans who would otherwise rely on a job for health insurance will quit working, reduce their hours or stop looking for employment because of new health benefits available under the Affordable Care Act, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

The findings from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revived a fierce debate about the impact President Obama’s signature health-care program will have on the U.S. economy.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nintendo Fun Club News, June/July 1988

Nintendo Fun Club News, Issue Number 7, June/July 1988


HOUSTON – Child Protective Services Is Being Ordered To Stay Away From A Child

HOUSTON – Child Protective Services Is Being Ordered To Stay Away From A Child



After 18 months in a CPS overseen group home 14-year-old Christianne ran.

”The case worker called (her) mom and said she ran away, but you find her, you can keep her,” said Julie Ketterman, the Brown’s attorney.

That is exactly what her mother did. After Brown found her daughter and made sure that she was safe, her attorney went to court turning the tables on CPS asking for a protective order against Child Protective Services, because of what allegedly happened when Christianne was in CPS’s care.

“She was beat up quite a bit. There was the running away. She has braces and the wires were literally falling off of her teeth,” Ketterman said.

In August of this year the Brazoria County court ruled in her favor granting a protective order saying:

“(CPS) engaged in conduct constituting family violence and good cause exists for issuance of a protective order…in best interest of the child.”

The drug war works its way into your pants

The drug war works its way into your pants

You may have read about the recent cases in New Mexico in which routine traffic stops degenerated into cavity searches, forced enemas, and even an involuntary colonoscopy. The man who was subjected to the latter (he got the other stuff, too) recently settled with Hidalgo County and the city of Deming for $1.6 million. That money will come from taxpayers and insurance, of course, not from the deputies who put him through it. (Police officials still insist the deputies did nothing wrong.)

Hidalgo county is now fighting two other lawsuits by people who say they were subjected to unlawful cavity searches. Another woman is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a cavity search agents performed on her, also in New Mexico. And today the A.P. is reporting on yet another lawsuit related to cavity searches, again in Hidalgo County. And there may be more on the way

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Compute!, April 1988

Compute!, Issue Number 95, April 1988


Monday, February 3, 2014

Vermont becomes twelfth state to introduce legislation to banish NSA

Vermont becomes twelfth state to introduce legislation to banish NSA

Vermont is now the 12th state with legislation to take on NSA spying.

Last Tuesday, Rep. Teo Zagar (D-Windsor-4-1), along with co-sponsor Reps. Susan Davis (P/D-Orange-1), Patricia Komline (R-Bennington-Rutland) and William Stevens (I-Addison-Rutland) introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act to prohibit any state support of the NSA.

Based on model legislation drafted by the OffNow coalition, House Bill 732 (H732) would make it state policy to “refuse to provide material support for or assist or in any way participate in the collection of a person’s electronic data or metadata by any federal agency or pursuant to any federal law, rule, regulation, or order unless the data is collected pursuant to a warrant that particularly describes the persons, places, and things to be searched or seized.”

State of the Union Promises Millennials the Short End of the Stick

State of the Union Promises Millennials the Short End of the Stick



It’s easy to lampoon the State of the Union address. A speech full of pomp and circumstance but relatively devoid of specifics is difficult to take seriously.

Few can see through the charade more clearly than younger generations. Marketers and ad execs know that traditional TV marketing techniques are ineffective with Millennials, so it’s obvious last night’s promises are liable to fall particularly flat with 20-somethings.

Young people today face a government that is more bloated, more invasive, and less efficient than ever. Tuesday night’s speech promised to continue this status quo.

NYPD Officer Brings A Gun to a Snowball Fight

NYPD Officer Brings A Gun to a Snowball Fight