Saturday, March 14, 2015

My View On: The War On Drugs

The 60’s will go down as an era known for heavy drug usage by the young baby boomer generation. Most of the younger folk did it because everyone else was doing them. Some of the most successful baby boomers today will admit to the fact that they tried some form of drug on different occasions (just ask any president we have had in the last 20 years). Marijuana was the drug of choice, but some went beyond what the plant could provide and experimented with psychedelic drugs such as acid and mushrooms. Ask any baby boomer and they will hold very little regret for their actions. They claim it was a phase they went through to express their new age of youth and of course protest against a loose cannon of a government that almost led us into nuclear war. Today’s generation is viewed much differently in the context of drug usage. It is usually the baby boomers that are stereotypical of the millennials when it comes to drugs. Marijuana users are viewed as “stoners” and those that use more powerful synthetic drugs are “junkies”. These modern day judgments spring from the so called “war on drugs” that our government has been waging the last 50 years. The ongoing campaign funded by billions of tax payer dollars has been making drug users out to be the bad guy, regardless of the type and quantity of drug they use. All of this has been happening while the corporate funded prescription drug trade has been growing exponentially with no oversight in its effects on people.

The so called war on drugs has criminalized and incarcerated more people than any other crime in the history of man. Our prisons, local jails, and probation system are clogged up with drug offenders and so called traffickers. The war on drugs lay claim that the high level of incarceration and probation monitoring is necessary for the safety of the American people. The inner city black guy doing 3 years for a few grams of cocaine is considered a danger to people around him. The college kid caught with 5lbs of marijuana was “trafficking” the drug and is being kept off the streets from selling such a dangerous plant to high school kids. The truth of the matter is the war on drugs is far from a war, but rather a scheme in place to keep police, lawyers, judges, and ultimately the corporate driven prison industrial complex in place and running strong. Think about it – if not for the war on drugs millions would lose their jobs. There would be no need for so many police and corrections officers. The courts would need to cut their case load in half. Government employed case workers and drug rehabilitation centers would be out of work.

Are drugs bad? According to the war on drugs that question is simple to answer as it will always be a resounding ‘Yes’. But the mass of people who use drugs recreationally function normally in society. They hold jobs and raise a family. There are those who abuse drugs and clearly have issues that need to be addressed. There are also those that use and sell drugs that are associated with other high crime activities and gang involvement. But for the most part, the majority of drug users are doing no harm to others or themselves. The popular drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, are generally used recreationally and pose no risk to others in society by those that use them. Their affects are on par with that of alcohol, which itself can lead to abuse issues, yet there is no “war on alcohol”. Someone caught with a stash of drugs is automatically guilty and made a felon by the state. That person becomes one more statistic for the suit and tie politicians to use as an example that their war on drugs is working. Little do they care that they just ruined someone’s life over a product grown from the very earth we stand on. They have no proof that they saved anyone from harm or that they made society safer to be in. All they can stand there and say is that they made another criminal out of someone and that there is one more body that can fill their prison system.

The worse types of drugs happen to be the ones most can acquire legally. The prescription drug market is fueled by big insurance and pharmaceutical companies with very little government regulation. Thousands of different drugs are being thrown at people, some with serious side effects. A lot of these drugs are also very addictive, way beyond that of any street drug. People are hooked on these drugs and doctors continue to write prescriptions for them, all while being pushed by greedy corporations and ignored by the government. There is no war on these type of drugs. The government claims they monitor the actions of the companies producing these drugs and are aware of the consequences of some of their products. The FDA is a puppet organization that claims to exist for the safety of people, yet allow very addictive mind altering drugs to be released to the market with no explanation for the end consequences. They allow drugs with a side effect list that spans multiple pages to slip through the cracks. Yet our government spends ridiculous amounts of our tax dollars on some war on drugs to stop people from using recreation drugs that mostly come from plants and have very little side effects. It is all a farce.

Many states are waking up to the possibility that marijuana could simply be legalized and no more people would be incriminated from using it. But there is a very big catch to this new found idea. The states see legalizing marijuana as a way of making more money than incriminating people ever will. The states will simply control the distribution of marijuana and tax every ounce that a person buys. There of course would still be consequences if someone were to continue to grow their own. In the end it is still a win-win situation for the states, while recreational users will have to pay much more than what they currently pay. Drugs will always be an attack vector for government to not only criminalize people, but to squeeze them for every cent they can. They know drugs, like any other thing in life that people can get attached to, are a way to gouge people because they know they will always want and need them. I say we continue to fight against this war and let them lose.

My View On: Taxes

After the Revolution, Americans embraced a new country that was created on the basis of small government. As such, the need to tax the people never became an issue, the federal government made enough income from land sales and tariffs to operate. As the country grew, so did it's infrastructure, which was mostly privately owned. The development of the automobile fueled a revolution in the creation of roads and bridges across America. As the automobile boomed in popularity it became apparent that dirt roads running across a back 40 were no longer plausible. The state and local governments took on the responsibility of building and maintaining the new paved roads. At first the solution to pay for these roads would be to charge those that use them, but that became very cumbersome. In the end the people agreed that taxation at the local level was the best solution. Taxation is a necessary evil for the expansion and maintenance of infrastructure that the public use, but have become more of a revenue for public governments that have out of control spending.

The federal government operated with very little cost for many years following the revolution. It was not until the new founded need to go to war arose that the federal government started to triple in size year after year. The law makers new that the current source of revenue was not enough to fund the government. The income tax was the solution put on the people. It was not well received and came with many false promises. The income tax is still in operation today and brings in billions of dollars to keep our bloated government running. From the local all the way up to the federal level, taxes continually rise year after year. It is very rare to see a tax bill fall in a new year. Some states even implemented tax caps to attempt to keep themselves from increasing taxes too much in a new year.

People don’t realize how much of their income actually goes toward some form of tax on them. They look at income and property taxes exclusively because they tend to be the largest. There are taxes people pay that they do not even know exist. To describe just how much we get taxed it is best to walk through a normal day to day routine of the average person. A person will get up to prepare to work an 8hr day, 3 hours of which go toward state and federal income taxes (if you live in a state with income tax). They will drive to work on roads that are funded by some form of property tax. Their car runs on fuel that costs up to 30 cents per gallon in just taxes. The vehicle itself was taxed upon purchase. The insurance company charges a tax for “law enforcement and safety”. The lunch you bought at a fast food joint was taxed and the people who made it were also taxed for their work. The provider of the cell phone you just used attaches multiple different state and federal taxes to the bill. Stopped and got beer after work? There is an alcohol tax imposed. Craved a cigarette? Over half the pack was state imposed taxes. After a long day of work and paying taxes you decide to sit back and watch some television. There is a tax attached to the cable bill every month. The athletes and actors pay millions in taxes. The networks also pay in to taxes. Cannot forget about the corporate sponsors, they too pay taxes. As you turn in for the night you click off that light that draws power and you probably already guessed it, there is a tax on that as well. I am positive I missed a few different sources of taxation. But you get the gist!

Taxes have went from a necessary income source to fund infrastructure to a pot of money that governments of all different sizes dip into and spend uncontrollably. One solution is to pass a law that requires a certain percentage drop in taxes each year for a set period of time. Unfortunately politicians don’t even have a spine to implement such measures. The only other solution is a total economic collapse where all levels of government are absolved. This solution is looking to be where we are headed.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mourning for All

I am sick of this sympathy we have for cops in this country. I do not condone death on anyone and I feel all deaths should be treated equal. Cops know that the job they perform is dangerous. So when a cop is killed on duty we should not be forced to grieve for them simply because of their title. People who work much more dangerous jobs and die as a result of it are never mentioned on the news. People don't go change their Facebook profile picture to an airplane when a pilot dies, so why do they do it when a cop dies? I don't see sports reporters wearing an iron workers union hat every time one of their people die on the job. Cops work a dangerous job, but there are much more dangerous jobs out there. If tragedy strikes and a cop dies, while very unfortunate, it is the facts of life.

[via Karl Denninger, http://market-ticker.org]
 
Here are the facts.  There were 126 on-duty deaths reported among all officers in 2014.  There are approximately 1 million sworn officers between federal, state, county and local government entities (and another couple of million employees who are not sworn; that is, they are not officers and do not have arrest powers, such as dispatchers and clerks.)

This is a rate of fatality of 12.6 per 100,000.  Sounds bad, right?

Wrong.

If you’re a logger, you have a fatality rate ten times that of a cop.

A fisherman?  Almost time times — 117 per 100,000.

A pilot?  53.4 per 100,000.  Yes, really — it’s about four times as dangerous to fly a plane or chopper than be a cop.

The guy who puts your roof on?  40.5 per 100,000 — about three times as dangerous.

How about iron workers — you know, the guys who put up the buildings you work in?  Yeah, those dudes.  Three times the risk of a cop in dying, most from falls, being crushed by heavy materials or welding accidents.

Your garbage man has a risk of death twice that of a cop.  Why?  He gets hit by cars or crushed by heavy equipment (yes, it would suck to get caught in that trash compactor in the garbage truck!)

How about the lineman that repairs your power lines?  Slightly less than double the risk of a cop, and of course the means by which they die are falls and electrocution, mostly.

Truck drivers?  Close to double the risk, most from traffic accidents.

Farmers?  Same risk, roughly; getting caught in a combine is a ****ty way to die.

Or you could just be a construction laborer.  Your risk in that profession is materially higher than that of a cop (17.3 .vs. 12.6) as well but nobody cheers for you.  Never mind that without said laborers you wouldn’t have a house or an office to work in.

So let’s cut the crap, eh?  Being a cop isn’t particularly dangerous as occupations go.

Sworn officers are in fact officers of the court.  Lying is unacceptable among both them and any organization that represents them.  That means this butt-clown as well as the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in NYC and Patrick Lynch, their President.  Pathological liars are worthy of the middle finger, not respect, no matter who they are.

Further, these organizations are not going to get any sympathy from me as long as we have cops arresting anyone for “DUI” when they choose to sleep off their alcohol in a parking lot rather than drive, nor are you going to get to claim “valor” without a loud pushback from people like myself as long as there is even one cop who reaches a settlement for his alleged attempt to create pornography with the intended target being solicited as a means to void an alcohol possession citation.  That’s official corruption and if I pulled something like that I’d be prosecuted instead of being able to slough off the “settlement” on the taxpayers of the town.

NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

So either 94% of the stops and summonses were never justified in the first place, in which case the entire NYPD is nothing more than a band of felons committing armed robbery by the tens of thousands a week or this “action” constitutes acting as an accessory to crime after the fact.

Either way these are not cops they’re crooks.  In either case every single one of these “officers” deserves to be arrested and thrown into prison for decades; odds are it’s the first of the two possibilities, by the way, which means that this “action” is as close as you’re going to get to an admission of tens of thousands of armed robberies committed by the cops each and every week.

If law enforcement officers want respect they can start by deserving it and that means cutting the crap — including false claims of “outrageously dangerous” working conditions that in fact are less hazardous on a statistical basis than the guy who picks my household trash, an immediate and complete cessation of false arrests on bogus charges and full prosecution of each and every member of such an agency who is alleged to have abused someone in the line of their duties.

Let me know when that happens and at that point my middle finger will be retracted — but not one second before.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Un-American




There will be more people attending and watching NFL football games this Sunday than the total number who went to vote on Election Day. There will be more people who will get up at the crack of dawn and go shopping on “black Friday” than those who got up and voted. This is the new reality we live in America. Americans much rather enjoy their entertainment and spend money they do not have than go do the one deed that the founders fought so hard to establish. Voting is, or should I say was, the most American thing one could do. We wake up every day in the greatest country known to man and we have a choice regarding who represents us to keep it that way. But we have swayed so much off the beaten path that voting is considered a waste of time because of the system of political parties that are in place. Many people simply do not vote because they feel all politicians are the same and do nothing to represent them. Unfortunately this logic is what political parties want you believe. Low voter turnout paired with political party followers who do vote are the deciding factor in modern elections. I am here to tell you that if you do not vote you are doing more bad than good.

“Voting is a waste of time” is a common answer I get when I ask my fellow citizens if they voted. Their reasoning is sound when you consider political parties have been the downfall to our system for a long time now. But what gets me is the lack of understanding people have when it comes to voting. They are brainwashed into thinking they only have two choices. They believe that when they go to the ballot box they are forced to choose a ‘D’ or an ‘R’. But it makes sense when you consider the commercials and advertising is all focused around two people that continually bash one another. Millions of dollars from big corporations and rich donors are poured into the two party candidates. What people are missing is the exposure of the so called “third party” candidates who are also running for election and whose names will be on the ballot. These candidates are everyday people like the rest of us. They are not mega rich elites who are backed by a big corporation with their own interests. They work normal jobs and live normal lives. They run because they are like the rest of us and want to change things to better us, not corporations and governments. 

I have given up on the two party system years ago. I have always supported a “third party” candidate and will continue to do so as long as I can get out and vote. But it amazes me that those that vote with the status quo view me as an enemy. Both sides hate me because I am supposedly taking away votes from their candidate. I do not vote a “third party” candidate because I am trying to sway an election. I choose not to vote for someone who is the lesser of two evils. I used to be a Republican, but since the Republican Party has shifted away from their Conservative roots, they are no different than the Democrats they run against. Essentially both parties are the same and share a common interest in being in it for themselves and their corporate donors. They have no interest in helping us little people who continue to lose on a daily basis. I have supported Libertarian candidates for many years now. Again, the Libertarians share my beliefs and I vote for them for that reason, not to take votes away from either of the two party candidates. Do I support everything a Libertarian candidate may represent? Of course not, but at least they stick to their beliefs and not change because some big money donor influences their interests. The same goes for other “third party” candidates. I do not support the Green party because they tend to be very left swing socialist for my taste, but I respect someone who votes for them over some two party sellout. 

I cannot tell someone they have a duty to go out and vote (even though they do). But I will do my best to educate people on the election process and to show they truly do have a choice. There are a lot of good people who run for election that consider it a blessing to even get a few thousand votes when it is all said and done. But it is us that can give them the votes to win. The average American adult male can name most of the players on their favorite football team, but not be able to name all of the candidates on their town’s ballot. They know their team because they watch it every weekend. So how do we get them to know their candidates? Well they should use the power of the internet, but unfortunately that may not strike their interest. I fault the media for this problem more than anything. They focus on the big name candidates and constantly air their commercials, yet leave out the good guys. I hope someday our own law makers can change our election system to be fair for all candidates. A system where there is a cap on the amount of money each candidate has, or better yet equal share amongst all. A system where debates are required whereby all candidates have an equal say on their goals. Where they can sell themselves to the American voters. A system where no matter how rich a candidate is or how much corporate interest they may spark, they have no more of an advantage over anyone else. But for now it is up to us to find the good guys on our own. Unfortunately as we are forced to continue to do that the two party system will continue to dominate.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Copf*cks Strike Again


 

Well another day another shooting of an unarmed man by a copf*ck. I am very vocal about my hatred of law enforcement. I do not have anything against the individual person. As a matter of fact I have found most cops that are in normal dress attire and "off duty" to be decent people. The problem is once that uniform is on and they are doing their "duty" their personal side completely disappears. Now I can also admit there are some good cops in uniform that do good deeds, but for the most part cops are power hungry, crooked, macho wannabe soldiers. Their job title gives them almost any kind of power they desire. They can pull anyone over for any reason at anytime. On top of that they can give you a ticket for almost any number of laws at their disposal. To make matters worse they can make any attempt to violate your 4th Amendment rights by demanding a search of your vehicle. They can violate your 5th Amendment rights by demanding identification or face arrest. Essentially with todays police presence everyone is capable of being a criminal and if an officer sees fit to carry out his "duty" he will be sure to get you.

Not wearing a seatbelt? Well you could be shot by a copf*ck on the spot! Some people are defending this officer saying the individual should not have gotten out of his vehicle. Just to clear things up this guy was out of his vehicle before the cop even showed up the scene. He was not being pulled over he was already parked. Furthermore, he went into his vehicle to get his ID after the cop asked him to do so. So are we now supposed to put our hands up every time a cop stops us. They say it is good practice to place your hands on the steering wheel when a cop stops you, but it is not law and no one is forced to do so. Finally, this man was black and the cop was white. It is no coincidence that this occurred the way it did since white cop on black citizen shootings are getting worse. This man was by no means a thug. He was very polite even after he was shot. He has a job and what appears to live a normal live of an every day American. He handled himself very well. I can't say I would do the same and if armed I most likely would have shot back at the cop in sheer self defense.

This cop deserves to not only lose his job but also become a felon and serve time for attempted murder. No one is above the law and that includes cops. Until the next incident...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

No one needs a sniper rifle to kill a deeyaah!!

And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions

So some dude goes and takes out a couple cop fucks with a bolt action rifle and now there is a call for restrictions on them. These so called "sniper rifles" are dangerous and as such should be heavily restricted from "civilian" use. Lets completely disregard the fact that rifles are used in less than 700 murders a year. Ironically that figure includes "assault rifles" which the AK-47 falls under, a rifle this dude ditched as he went into hiding. No one needs a sniper rifle to kill a deeyaah...end the madness now!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Those Tax Dollars Pay...

We live in a country where working class people are forced to pay taxes. Those tax dollars pay....
...politicians to pass mostly nonsensical laws that only serve a purpose to suck money out of us
...police to enforce those useless laws "for the people"
...an attorney that works for "us" to prosecute the "law-breakers"
...a government appointed attorney to defend the "law-breakers"
...a judge to carry out the "due process of law" - aka pay your fines or else
...to "rehabilitate" someone sent to jail for "breaking the law"
...benefits to the "law-breakers" when they get out of jail because they can't find a job

You see the term "We the People" really does mean something. We bitch everyday about high taxes and fines "they" force "us" to pay, yet we are the only ones that can stop it. By simply not paying our taxes we will bring this corrupt system to its knees. It only takes 10% of the middle class to accomplish this. Will you sacrifice what you have to do it?