UPDATE (1605 PDT): Wandering the webs when we encountered a photo essay of/babble on where we'll be taking a cigarette break during our expedition.
|Yes, near the fountain. DO NOT ASK US FOR A CIGARETTE, EITHER!!!|
|Yes, near the fountain. DO NOT ASK US FOR A CIGARETTE, EITHER!!!|
|The eyes follow you around the room.|
Still, officials of East Point declared the day a success. Nobody was arrested and nobody was seriously injured, they said.Dep't. of Dependence & Entitlement: Stuff from hud.gov reprinted, for the detail-oriented.
|(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)|
Foaming of the first water. Superfluous snark would only ruin the magical legalism. Pictures, however ...By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press Writer – Thu Aug 12, 12:23 am ETCOLUMBUS, Ohio – They call themselves sovereign citizens, U.S. residents who declare themselves above state and federal laws.
At the heart of their belief system: The government creates a secret identity for each citizen at birth, a "straw man," that controls an account at the U.S. Treasury used as collateral for foreign debt. File enough documents at the right offices and the money in those accounts can be used to pay off debt or make purchases worth thousands of dollars.
"These people really seem to feel that filing certain kinds of legal papers that are connected to their theories will somehow also magically have the power to alter relationships and grant things that otherwise would be unobtainable," [Barkun] said.
Martin Smith, 48, a civil engineer in Carthage, Mo., lost $8,000 to a father-and-son company in Columbus called Liberty Resources that pitched a method to eliminate credit card debt based on a theory that national banks aren't authorized to issue credit.
"We just became convinced that each of the parts of the puzzle that Liberty Resources ... was telling us existed would work," said Smith.
Jim Jarvis is Ohio coordinator for the Restore America Plan, which shares similar beliefs with the Guardians group. He maintains the country has lacked a legitimate government since Congress failed to adjourn properly in 1861.
The people who are crazy, he says, are those who won't do the research to find out what's really going on in the country.
In a 2003 document Jerry Kane filed in a county recorder's office in Ohio, he said he was not a "Fourteen Amendment Citizen." Many sovereign citizens believe the 14th Amendment created a new class of citizens, people who had no constitutional rights but were instead slaves to the government, according to Mark Pitcavage, investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League.
McBride, the jailed sovereign citizen, came across anti-government beliefs while in federal prison in Michigan on a 1992 cocaine importing conviction.
Over the years he developed his own tenets, including a revised history of the United States that says the country was secretly organized as a general post office in 1789.
He dismisses any accusation that the programs he pitched were fraud, arguing he's not subject to the laws of the U.S., which he calls a corporation along the lines of a car company.
"General Motor's laws don't affect me because I'm not an employee of them," McBride said. "Same with the state of Ohio and the United States."
Today, McBride is headed back to federal prison after prosecutors said he cashed bogus checks and refused to cooperate with his parole officers following a 2004 bankruptcy fraud conviction.
|In this July 2, 2010 photo, a store front housing a business operated by James T. McBride, a member of the Sovereign Citizens movement, is shown in a shopping plaza in Columbus, Ohio. McBride runs a business from this location providing information about his anti-government views in exchange for donations.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)|
[Section Eight] is a welfare-state relic. Housing policy expert Howard Husock at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal exposed the entitlement failure several years agoWe just bet he did.
Oh, imagine. "Cash money." That's what the coloreds say, you know. (We're lost as to "crowded together on the streets." Does she mean crowding together? Do crowds make her nervous? Or just more than two Others crowding any given location?) Give you a delicious little frisson there? One is never so alive as when menaced by Mooching Peggys, is one? And don't think they aren't menacing! Mme. Malkin goes on w/ three paragraphs from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of which indicates that fights broke out in the crowd of thousands, some of who'd been waiting for two days. The last paragraph is police porn, w/ this sentence tossed in: "Firefighters and EMTs were attending to people who were overheating in the sun."Remember Peggy the Moocher, the Obama supporter who couldn’t wait for her government savior to usher in the Age of Bottomless Household Entitlements?
Now, imagine thousands of Peggys crowded together on the streets demanding their cash money.
The Times report, however, descends into a kind of "liberal" media known-nothingism when it comes to how this became a controversy, suggesting that "a combination of arguable naïveté, public-relations missteps and a national political climate in which perhaps no preparation could have headed off controversy." This is a remarkable formula that manages to place the blame everywhere except where it belongs -- on a right-wing smear machine that went into overdrive in an effort to portray Rauf and Khan as terrorist sympathizers, an experience no one outside of contemporary partisan politics could have possibly been prepared for. The conservative media lied about the location of the project, they lied about Rauf's background, they lied about the project's funding, they lied about when the project would be built, and they lied about Rauf's political beliefs. And it would have been one thing if it had just been a small group of people lying, but they had an entire cable news station to lie for them, and politicians who were willing to amplify their smears. This controversy isn't about the "political climate." It's the fruit of a conscious, deliberate, and sustained effort.Damned vicious Liberal Bible & its false equivalence.
|Who invited her?|
|New look for the bunker? Note absence of irritating humanoids.|
|Ginkgo gash more visible cropped.|
After more than six years of carving up and flushing what used to be referred to as the California Dream, the Governor has looked around at the wreckage and decided to float the story that it wasn't his doing. Many have obediently picked up the narrative and amplified it through the press and online. The story, as set out, for instance, in the New York Times, goes: the Governor is a real independent, neither a rabid left-wing Democrat nor a salivating Tea Partier and, therefore, no one loves him any more. Somehow, even as he stands in the rubble of California, Arnold has spun this to be a good thing, when, instead, he is an embodiment of what Texas gadfly Jim Hightower meant when he said, "There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos."Spotted at me.