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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Boycott Oklahoma

At some point in the not too distant past the state legislature of North Carolina passed a law that infuriated the majority of the citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika.  Or at least the media portrayed the  law as being offensive to the majority. I don't know whether it is or it is not but it makes sense to me that most folks would find the new law offensive because we live in a post-Christian society that hates the God of the Bible and His perfect and holy moral law.
The new law passed in North Carolina declared that men are not permitted to use the public bathrooms and locker rooms designated to be used by women.  I assume that vice versa was included in the law as well, although I have not heard of any women who want to go into the men's room.  Apparently it struck nobody as strange or odd that a state would need to pass a law requiring men to do something that everyone in the universe except for a small group of perverts already understands to be proper.  From the day we all become sexually aware we understand that men and women should not be sharing bathrooms or locker rooms or showers.  The fact that I am even writing this stuff is the best proof of how far we have degenerated from biblical morality.
After the law was passed the moral paragons who lead and rule over us pronounced their outrage at the legislature, people and arbitrary geo-political boundary known as North Carolina.  Politicians want North Carolina to be subject to a complete loss of federal funding until the law is changed to permit men to use women's locker rooms.  Other career politicians want to send in the National Guard and force women to share their toilets and showers with men.  The social luminaries known as celebrities, musicians and sports figures who guide us along the way also weighed in with their opinions on the matter.  Concerts were cancelled, sporting events had their venues changed to locations in other states and Hollywood intellectuals informed those of us who believe men should not use women's bathrooms that we are Neanderthals deserving of death.  I guess tolerance only goes one way these days.
Cries arose from all quarters of this country calling for a total boycott of all things North Carolinian.  It is imperative, so I was told, to bring the sub-humans of North Carolina to their knees because of the biblical position they have taken on public bathrooms and showers.  Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, something truly subversive and immoral was going on.  Let me tell you about it.
According to a story found here,  "You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture. That's where police can seize property and cash without first proving a person committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting them, as long as they suspect that the property is somehow tied to a crime. Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money on prepaid cards. It's called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and OHP began using 16 of them last month.... 'We're gonna look for different factors in the way that you're acting,' Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. 'We're gonna look for if there's a difference in your story. If there's someway that we can prove that you're falsifying information to us about your business...If you can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we've done that in the past,' Vincent said about any money seized."
Did you get all that?  The story as written above does not tell the whole story.  The "prepaid cards" referred to also include debit cards that many people use to access their bank accounts.  In other words, you could be pulled over by an Oklahoma state trooper and suddenly find that your bank account has been emptied.  The State Patrol of Oklahoma gets to keep 7.7% of all the funds they confiscate.  They use those funds to throw parties for themselves and treat themselves to expensive retreat vacations.  Talk about a perverse incentive!
Civil asset forfeiture was already immoral and this new law takes the principle behind that corrupt and immoral idea to another level of debauchery.  Imagine a scenario in which you find yourself pulled over by a jack-booted thug in Oklahoma.  You were not doing anything wrong and you were not violating any traffic law.  When you ask him why he pulled you over he tells you that he thought you were swerving and he wanted to make sure you were not drunk or texting.  At home you have a bank account with twenty or thirty thousand dollars in it.  He tells you to hand over your wallet and he takes every card you have in it out and scans it through his ERAD device.  When he discovers you have $30,000 in savings he asks you why it is there.  Your wife has already been removed from the car and taken to a separate location where she is being interrogated about the joint savings account.  You can't tell the cop that it is none of his business as that would be a suspicious act and allow him to confiscate the money.  You can't tell him you just want to have that much savings because he can't understand why anyone would want that much savings and you have just committed another suspicious act if you tell him so.  Finally you tell him you are thinking about buying a new car for cash.  He does not consider that to be suspicious and he walks back to his patrol car.
As you were floundering for an answer that would allow you to keep your $30,000 your wife was being interrogated in a similar fashion.  In desperation she finally said the money was savings for a first class cruise to Hawaii she was planning on taking with you.  When the two cops consult with each other they discover that your stories don't square up and they confiscate your $30,000 and there is not a single thing on earth you can do about it.  You were guilty of no crime.  You did nothing giving the cops probable cause to detain you.  You were not arrested.  The only thing you were doing was driving on a road in Oklahoma while you had money in the bank.  The 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, a decrepit and archaic document from the history of the SDA, has been effectively abolished.  You have no security in your papers, possessions and person.  The state can do what it wants with you and your property at will. 
The fascist patrolman quoted above said, "If you can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you."  So much is wrong with that statement it is hard to know where to start to criticize it.  Why the citizens of Oklahoma, and the rest of the SDA for that matter, are not up in arms about the use of ERAD is inconceivable to me.  You are pulled over without just cause.  You are deemed guilty until you can prove yourself innocent.  Your money is considered to be state property until you can come up with some story that will satisfy the lying thieves who are attempting to rob you blind in order to be permitted to keep what is yours.  The new law in Oklahoma that allows and mandates the use of ERAD is unconstitutional, unethical, immoral and unbiblical.  Oklahoma is a "bible-belt" state, why are the citizens of that arbitrary geo-political boundary not up in arms at what is happening to them?
I have decided that I will, insofar as I am able, never visit Oklahoma again.  I hope you will do so as well.  My goal is not to punish the sheeple living in that state.  My goal is to avoid having my savings stolen.  It is far too risky to travel through Oklahoma and I hope all of you who love freedom will avoid going there if possible.  I have a suggestion for you.  Why not vacation in North Carolina this summer?  It is a beautiful state with gorgeous mountains.  Mt. Mitchell is a favorite place of mine.  Maybe I will take a road trip, go around Oklahoma, and stop in North Carolina for a couple of days where I promise to engage in the horrendously offensive practice of using bathrooms designated exclusively for men.  

Update:  June 17, 2016

A reader of this blog sent me a Fox News report that contradicts some of the things I have written above.  I suspect the Fox News report is accurate.  Here is some of what it says, "The card readers, which are said to be used in at least 25 other states, have reignited debate over civil asset forfeiture -- a legal tool used by police and prosecutors across the country to take millions of dollars in cash, cars, homes and more every year."  Apparently Oklahoma is not the only state that has abolished the 4th Amendment.  I don't know what the 25 other states are but avoiding all of them probably makes no sense.  The article went on to report, "On Monday, Oklahoma authorities also held a press conference to dispel rumors about the devices. 'We can do nothing with someone’s bank account. We can do nothing with someone’s debit card,' said Oklahoma Highway Patrol chief Col. Ricky Adams."  
On the other hand, the article also reported, "Oklahoma State Sen. Kyle Loveless, however, said he has major concerns over the system's use and the potential for abuse. 'The manufacturer in its patent and promotional videos said it can get information from any card with a magnetic strip,' Loveless told FoxNews.com. 'The issue is if it can take money from one card, it can take money from any card.'"  So there you have it....conflicting opinions about what ERAD can do.  I report, you decide.

3 comments:

  1. Welshy,

    It is absolutely incredible, almost unbelievable, how immoral the government has become. I can assure you that I will never travel in Oklahoma nor will I drive near Deming, NM, where I can be pulled over without cause to have my orifices probed for drugs.

    Though not directly related to your posting of today, let me describe a situation I’ve found myself in. I own a house in which my in-laws live. Yesterday they received a letter from a government office stating that they were illegally storing “trash/rubbish” on their property and that if it was not removed within nine days they would be fined $150 and possibly imprisoned for one year. My mother-in-law called to inform me of the letter and I assured her it was just a scam … until I received an identical letter, as the owner of the property, which was indeed official and valid.

    During the last heavy snow a branch broke off of a tree in their back yard. Mata, my hairy little wife, went over when the snow melted and helped her mother cut the branch up and stack the pieces in a neat pile along their fence. The pile is eight feet long, three feet high and four feet wide and is visible to only one neighbor, if they were to use binoculars to peer through the leaves of our tree. Apparently someone called the government office to report that we were committing the crime of illegal “trash/rubbish” storage. A government inspector responded to the report by trespassing on my property, peaking through the slats in the fence into the back yard, and agreeing that a crime had been committed.

    Interestingly, my request to know who filed the complaint was denied. Also interestingly, my request to receive a copy of all the laws I’m required to obey to legally maintain the property was denied. Thus, I’m left with the situation where an unknown person can file a complaint with the government over any aspect of my property they want to, knowing they will receive the backing of the government in forcing my compliance to their demands. Oh, I don’t want to forget to mention that for any additional "violations" during the next twelve months, the government won’t notify me of the complaint, they’ll just fine me $999 each time for being a serial violator and possibly imprison me for a year.

    Lancelot Link

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    1. Mr. Link:
      Long time...no hear. Good to have you back.
      Busybody neighbors are a scourge upon this post-Christian country and you, unfortunately, have to bear the brunt of their business-minding. I imagine they have justified their actions as being consistent with loyal, patriot Amerikans who believe the most noble thing they can do is turn you into government agents for fines, incarceration and, if you put up a fight, death.
      Now I wonder if your government provided trash collector will be willing to pick up the pile of sticks when you place them on the curb or will it require you to take them to the government approved dump and pay a fee for their removal?
      MW

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    2. Welshy,

      Although the dimensions of the pile sounds like a lot, it really consists of only three spindly branches. Once broken into smaller pieces, which will take maybe ten minutes, they will easily fit into one 30 gallon garbage can.

      Lancelot

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