Monthly Archives: July 2013

Guilty Even When Proven Innocent

The Zimmerman trial came to a conclusion this week with a very predictable verdict of not guilty. To anyone that had taken the time to look at the case objectively, this could not have come as a big surprise. The facts of the case undeniably showed that Zimmerman did not commit second degree murder, and the prosecution never had a shot of proving that he did.

So, if the facts show Zimmerman to be innocent of the charges, why is the government still trying to find some way to re-try him on trumped up charges? The Department of Justice has gone so far as to set up an e-mail account to solicit “tips” from the public on ways to bring Zimmerman up on civil rights charges [1]. Not only are they trying to skirt the Double Jeopardy clause in the constitution, they are also using the Zimmerman trial to go after stand your ground laws, which weren’t even a part of the case. Our illustrious Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech to the NAACP stating that people who are being threatened have a “duty to retreat” [2], which means he thinks the only option for people being robbed or attacked should be to run away and hope for the best.

Just what is going on here? Does anyone really want to live in a country where the government can just keep retrying you until they get the verdict they’re looking for? Do you want to live in a city were a mugger can press charges against you if you defend yourself?  Does anyone actually believe that a home invader will wait nicely while you call the police to protect you and your property? Of course, the answer to all these questions is no.

Whether or not you believe Zimmerman to be a criminal, don’t let our leaders use this case to trick you into giving up your safety.

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Corruption, Government


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Rolling in Their Graves

Two Hundred Thirty Seven years ago, the Founding Fathers declared the independence of the American colonies from Great Britain, citing the tyranny of the King and the injustice of rule without representation, and making the declaration to the world that they valued their liberty more than their lives. They left us with a legacy of freedom, and they did everything in their power to ensure that our government would not turn into a tyrannical replica of the kind from which they had so recently been severed. Throughout the years, countless men and women have dedicated their lives, and laid them down when necessary, to safeguard our liberty and to ensure that our ideals continue in the future.

When I think of the sacrifices that our forebearers have made on our behalf, I can’t help but wonder if they would be pleased at the way we are treating their legacy. How would Thomas Jefferson feel about the government’s surveillance and record collecting citizen’s communications without probable cause? Would George Washington have approved of an Internal Revenue Service that used its near-limitless power to discriminate against the political enemies of the current administration? Would the Continental Congress have been willing to declare independence if they could have foreseen a future where the government they would create would someday seize journalists records and threaten to try them for espionage, or kill citizens without due process using unmanned drones?

I sometimes imagine, if the founding fathers were before me today, how I would explain the current state of affairs to them, and I feel a deep and abiding shame that we, as a people, have allowed the development of a government so similar to the one from which they fought to gain their independence. During this Independence Day season, pause from the fireworks and BBQs to remember the cost of liberty, and that it will not endure forever if not maintained.

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Corruption, Government


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Corny As Kansas in August

In case you are unaware, there is a controversial federal mandate that requires a percentage of ethanol to be added into our fuel supply, meaning that every time you go to buy gasoline, it’s watered down with ethanol.  Last week, a bi-partisan group of senators introduced a bill to repeal this mandate in its entirety [1], and if you’ve ever wanted to be a positive influence in your government, here’s your chance. Write to your senators and urge them, in no uncertain terms, to support this bill. Ethanol is not good for engines, lowers fuel efficiency, is expensive to produce, and has led to higher food and fuel prices, and may be more polluting than traditional gasoline [2].

Ethanol is made from corn, and humans use corn as a food source and as food for livestock. When tons of corn are being turned into fuel, less of it remains to be used as a food source, and so prices for corn and corn products go up. Farmers must pay more for livestock feed, which drives up the prices of meat and dairy products.

Ethanol is less efficient than gasoline. The more ethanol that is in your gas, the lower your gas mileage will be, even if your car is designed for ethanol additives [3]. It is also ruinous to older cars and small engines, to the point where using gas with a high ethanol content voids the warranty on your mower or other small engine machines [4].

Giving control of the mandate to the EPA just made it worse. The EPA, as it is wont to do, just keeps raising the ethanol requirements that refiners must add to US gasoline, and selling “renewable fuel credits” to refineries, who then pass the cost down to the consumer [1]. I’m all for finding new energy sources, but adding ethanol to gasoline just isn’t working. Don’t forget to write your senator.

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Environment


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