A lesson from Lysander Spooner. Send this to your child's electronic device as an educational opportunity.
"But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat. The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful “sovereign,” on account of the “protection” he affords you. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave."
The reader may have noticed that the Sentinel's version of this story did not contain the sentence used by KKCO: "She [Carolyn Linderholm] reportedly helped with Birgfeld's Models Inc. escort business. " Personally, I thought 24 hours of community service is much too light a sentence under the circumstances. Also, notice the difference between the emotionally neutral photograph KKCO used and the obviously biased photo the Sentinel used. The latter makes the accused look very sinister, thereby gravitating toward robbing the accused of a constitutionally genuine presumption of innocence. When asked by a friend of mine what would be different this time around, unnamed prosecution personnel said they would do nothing different and that the first mistrial was just the result of a "bad jury". So -- are we supposed to keep trying the accused until we get a "good jury"? Heretofore, I hadn't fully realized that guilt or innocence was a political decision dependent upon the voting process of 12 people. The problem with letting politics enter into a jury decision is that the legal standard is "beyond a reasonable doubt". That means that even one lone juror who cannot decide "beyond a reasonable doubt" should not be cajoled, coerced, and otherwise pressured, manipulated or intimidated into violating his or her conscience out of fear of being demonized as a "bad juror" by his or her peers, the prosecution or the press. Let's do try to get these sacred truth-oriented principles clear and correct, boys and girls. Considering that the contemptuous outburst appears to have been most likely made by a fellow prostitution colleague, and considering the fact that former DA, Pete Hautzinger, did not even choose to prosecute the case, (ostensibly because prostitution is an assumed risk which makes proof beyond a reasonable doubt much more difficult), it has the effect of creating an appearance of a calculated manipulation designed to facilitate a guilty verdict outside the boundaries of procedural due process. IMO, that deserves more than 24 hours of community service. It looks like the contemnor lucked out. Thankfully, the jury apparently did not hear the manipulation. Hopefully justice, whatever that may be in this case, will prevail. www.nbc11news.com/content/news/404181506.html... See MoreSee Less
Listen to the globalist scumbags like David Cameron whine! From the talk string: "Populism is not extremism. By its very nature, it is middle of the road. Calling Le Pen a right wing extremist is nonsense. She is a patriot who believes in defending the values of France, the values of western liberal democracy and the people of France. She believes that people who want to go and live inFrance should subscribe to French values and not subvert the French way of life. Not long ago that was considered desirable, now they want to criminalise you and call you an extremist." ~ M "'I still believe it would have been better for Britain to remain inside the EU.' Better for who exactly? Obviously not majority of Britains." ~ noneofyourbuiz "Up with Le Pen, up with Hofer in Austria, down with the whining Lefties!" ~ Realist "France needs Le Pen just like America needed TRUMP! Otherwise the Frogs can run up the White Flag and be a caliphate in 30 years!" ~ Right "Today promoting common sense policies is considered "far right" by the corrupt media ...how infuriating!!" ~ Well Armed Lamb
Britain's former premier said Saturday the election of France's Marine Le Pen would be a "big body blow" for Europe, saying he hoped for the victory of a mainstream party. David Cameron said the recent rise of "anti-system, populist" and "quite extreme political parties
Well idn't dat just special?! The talk string is very demonstrative of the Great Disconnect: "Just once I would like to see Pelley or any of his proteges punched hard right smack in the face. Liberal puke fraud journalists." ~ Jetpack "These people are not to be believed. The party leadership despise anyone calling themself a Republican that they don't own and control. They will use Trump when they can to advance their own agenda, and undermine anything else he tries to do -- they're in business for themselves, and he isn't one of them." ~ Bisley_45 "Pelley is nothing more than a hack for the DNC. Totally biased, liar. Trump should blacklist him." ~ TrumpWillHelp "Ryan needs to go. He played Brutus. Caesar lived. There's a price for attempting to remove a leader." ~ Sheik-Yerbouti "This Scott Pelley filth, that got EVERYTHING wrong about the election, now thinks he is in a position to lecture the guy that WON. They will not ever get it. They are not capable. Nothing but Democrat toadies. That is all they ever were." "His Democrat overlords are near the historical bottom of political power in the US. Obama has lost over 900 Democrats in state legislatures, but this pompous moron thinks he should be lecturing Republicans. Doesn't get any stupider than Democrat useful idiot Scott Pelley." ~ Obvious To Most www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-house-speaker-ryan-donald-trump-scott-pelley/... See MoreSee Less