Everything in America
Has Become a Crime
The more totalitarian a country becomes, the more 'laws' it passes.
Just because something is law does not mean it is right or ethical!
Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns. But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things?
Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society. While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom. Business thrives when people feel free to live and work. When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down.
That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now. As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.
We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days. It is getting absolutely ridiculous. Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.
That is a sign of a very, very sick society. Either we have a massive crime problem or the "control grid" that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.
But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?
Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days. The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for....
#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's email.
#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers. So what was her offense? The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn't clean up.
#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.
#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.
#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolinawas actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.
#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly. For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.
#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10" and “I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.
#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.
#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.
#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school. It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.
#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.
#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free. So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.
#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention. Now it may get you locked up. About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicagowere taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.
#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.
Only in America…
Herrin - An Illinois woman recently found herself under arrest and put in debtors' prison over an unpaid $280 medical bill she didn't even owe in the first place.
Breast cancer survivor and Herrin, IL resident Lisa Lindsay had received a $280 medical bill by mistake according to the Daily Mail. However after inquiring about the charges Lindsay was told she didn't have to pay but somehow the bill still made its way to a collection agency.
Thinking the matter was put to rest, the southern Illinois teaching assistant surprisingly received a visited from Illinois state troopers one day and was promptly taken from her home in handcuffs and whisked away to jail.
After all was said and done the arrest ended up costing Lindsay more than $600 in total after legal fees were added to the original amount.
"I paid it in full so they couldn't do it to me again," said Lindsay.
Cases such as Lindsay's are becoming increasingly more common across the country with one third of the fifty states currently allowing debtors to be imprisoned for the inability to pay their debts.
Why in the world would anyone approve of the police arresting ordinary Americans for such things?
It seems like ever since 9/11 the whole country has gotten "security fever".
Suddenly we need to "get tough" on everyone.
Yes, crime is making a comeback, but once upon a time the police in this country were able to handle crime quite well and be courteous and helpful to ordinary citizens at the same time.
But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.
It does not have to be that way.
The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country and many of them are deciding that they simply do not want to spend their tourist dollars here anymore. That is not a good thing for our economy.
As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.
America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.
That is no longer true.
Free or Low-Cost Legal Resources
Unfortunately, our national motto has become When in doubt…sue!Ours is the only country that has never implemented tort reform, meaning anyone can sue you for almost any reason and it will cost you – even you’re innocent!
It’s been estimated that we pay on average 25% more for goods and services (especially true for the health profession) because of government regulation and legal costs.The vast majority of the TV lawyer ads seeking plaintiffs for their class action lawsuits result in nearly zero money for the plaintiffs and plenty of bucks for the lawyers.Indeed, the lawyers who sued big tobacco companies on behalf of states, reaped millions for themselves and for the states; however, the states promised to spend the windfall on education programs…in actuality, only one state did as it promised taxpayers.The other 49 simply blew the money on pet projects.
With the average lawyer charging nearly $200 an hour, it’s not hard to see how one can quickly go broke or become bankrupt when embroiled in any kind of legal action.
Institute for Justice
Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As our nation's only libertarian public interest law firm, we engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government--like the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, and the right to free speech, especially in the areas of commercial and Internet speech. As Wired magazine said, the Institute for Justice “helps individuals subject to wacky government regulations.”
Simply put, we challenge the government when it stands in the way of people trying to earn an honest living, when it unconstitutionally takes away individuals' property, when bureaucrats instead of parents dictate the education of children, and when government stifles speech. We seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.
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Honda Sued Over Hybrid Mileage Claims
When in doubt, sue - Sometimes a good thing…
Heather Peters, a former corporate defense attorney, is urging other disgruntled Honda customers to opt out of a class action lawsuit over the mileage claims, and seek a larger payout in small claims court.
She launched a website "Don'tSettleWithHonda.org" with the intention of taking her legal fight viral.
Peters said claimants could be awarded up to $10,000 in small claims court, as opposed to the $200 in cash and a rebate of $500 to $1,000 toward a new Honda vehicle that will be awarded in the class action settlement.
Small claims court is for the little guy and one doesn’t require the services of an attorney to file such claims.Maximum award amounts range from a paltry $2,500 in AZ to as much as $10,000 in CA.Below you will find additional resources to make use of.
Guide to maximum amount you can sue for in small claims-State by State breakdown
Small Claims Frequently Asked Questions
Use the court form "SmallClaims Writ and Notice of Suit," JD-CV-40. Type or neatly print your information on the forms. ... Where do I go to file a smallclaims case? www.jud.ct.gov/faq/smallclaims.html
Free PDF general guide to filing a small claims suit
Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.
The Three Liars of Society
There is no longer any stability in our legal system. Once our nation shifted from Natural and Common Law ideals to those of Political Law, no one can predict from one administration to the next what is permissible and what is not. Most recently, this, along with our uncertain tax laws has caused uncertainty among business leaders which prevents them from hiring.
Most larger businesses know doing business in America is a joke due to its constant court ordered mandates, unlegislated bureaucratic rules and other constant changes. In short, we’re always in a state of flux which causes turmoil in the markets.
Political law has also kept our God given rights in a state of flux. The government seems to think they grant us permission to travel, to do business, to write, publish or speak. Government at all levels is quick to deny those rights on the slightest, unfounded whim since 911 and the creation of the unPatriot Act.
America is the most heavily regulated society on earth and it’s been reported state lawmakers issue some 200 million laws every ten years. Collectively, we have more than 500 million laws, something no rational society can keep up with, but then again, our government is no longer rational.
As I write this a MI prosecutor has filed charges again a man for looking at his wife’s email without her permission. If convicted of this non-crime, he faces up to five years in prison and the flatworm of a prosecutor will get on TV in her indignant manner and chastise anyone who dare dream of performing this felonious act.
The legal system has ruined this country and discouraged business and job growth. There are many firms who will not do business in America because of our out of control legal system. No doubt you recall the time when all the states got together with a big law firm to sue Big Tobacco with the promise the proceeds would benefit children’s education. With one exception, 49 state governments lied to the American people and of course, the lawyers got rich and the states blew their ill-gotten gains on pork projects. You cannot trust a government based on political law.
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes
In any new branch of commerce when he knows not
That his plans may be rendered unlawful before they
Can be executed? --James Madison
The American Trial Lawyers Association is a very successful lobbying group. As a result of their efforts, we are the only country in the world which does not have tort reform, a very costly mistake for American jobs. It also adds costs to everthing we purchase including our auto and homeowner insurance...estimated at 25% in higher prices.
When in doubt…Sue! The American National Motto
In the previous issue I wrote there are two basic laws. Allow me to remind you of what they are:
>>Do all you have agreed to do.
>>Do not encroach on other persons or their property
Since the 1930s, America has been falling into the Dark Ages of law. Laws vacillate in the wind, according to the whim of whichever party is in office. Politicians of both parties have sought to make us more of a democracy rather than a republic and this is something our founders absolutely warned against as majority rule is dangerous. Any sociologist will tell of the bandwagon factor which influences how people vote. Rarely does the individual look at the long term effect of any law and its true cost to society. Marijuana laws are a good example. No one ever got ‘juiced up’ on pot and went on a crime binge. History is filled with examples of folks who got drunk and committed crime, yet pot is bad and offenders fill our jails and penalize our community resources.
The Three Liars of Society include >Legislators >Lawyers and >Lobbyists. No other group in history has done more damage to our Bill of Rights and Constitution.
As far as I’m concerned, Washington has sold our Liberty Bell for scrap. Instead of common sense or common law, prosecutors and politicians now use the blackjack approach to hijacking our rights and undermining our system.
Protection of the innocent is no longer a concern. The law is strictly a punitive tool to enforce whichever behavior is no longer in vogue. In recent years just about everything has come under attack, from gun ownership and tobacco use to wearing a seat belt. Most of the time, it’s not for public safety, it’s to put more cash in government coffers.
As citizens, these government agencies and prosecutors are supposed to be working for us. When they don’t perform, they need to be removed from office. Most of them seem to have forgotten they took an oath, perhaps they need a strong reminder.
Natural law and common law are superior to political law and was made famous prior our American Revolution by Rev. Jonathan Mayhew. Political law is arbitrary.
The vigor of Mayhew’s sermons established his reputation. It was published not only in Boston, but also in London in 1752 and again in 1767. In Boston, John Adams remembered long afterward that Mayhew’s sermon, “was read by everybody.” Some would say later that this sermon was the first volley of the American Revolution, setting forth the intellectual and scriptural justification for rebellion against the Crown.
Natural law or the law of nature has been described as a law whose content is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere. As classically used, natural law refers to the use of reason to analyze human nature and deduce binding rules of moral behavior.
If our country were under external attack, we’d all race to the rescue. Why aren’t we defending our freedom and rights from these domestic political terrorists?
In the US the sanctimonious maxim that “Ignorance of the law is no excuse’ puts every citizen at risk. This notion may have been a sound rule in simpler times, when the catalog of offenses was limited to traditional offenses…but it’s a sinister joke when applied to the 6 foot long shelf of criminal codes at the federal and state level. Moreover, no one today can rely on a straightforward meaning of the law as they have become twisted, subject to the whims of whichever prosecutor is in office becoming utterly arbitrary and deliberately unclear! In many respects, these prosecutors would be considered traitors under Colonial law.
I’ve included a link below to legal resources that are either free or low cost and which cover many areas of law. Although geared primarily to MI contacts, many of the resources lend themselves to folks in any state…use this as a starting point.
Pro Bono Legal Services
The odds of never facing legal action are not in your favor, after all, our country is run by lawyers and the American Bar Association is a big time Washington DC lobbyist.
Despite that, there are many lawyers willing to work on a pro bono (free) basis and you can find links to various services (even state by state listings) at the American Bar Association site.Keep in mind, many of these groups have income level criteria.You can also contact your state bar association directly (online search or use the blue pages of most phone directories.
Legal Services Corporation is a collection of more than 250 government supported local offices that provide free legal services in their area.Over 5000 attorneys and paralegals are available to individuals and families that are under certain income limits.To find an office near you, call them at: 202-336-8800 or check their site:
lsc.gov/fundprogram.htm provides a state by state listing…or try the blue pages in your local phone directory.
Have your civil rights been violated?The Rutherford Inst. Defends people who have been denied civil and human rights without charge.Parental rights, sexual harassment, religious freedom, civil rights are among the areas they cover.
www.rutherford.org or call 434-978-3888 in Charlottesville, VA
If you belong to a union, national trade association, fraternal organization or other national group, you’ll find they offer free or lower cost legal referrals.Keep in mind too that paralegals can offer services at much lower costs.For example, need a simple divorce or bankruptcy?Most paralegals charge about $200 and will offer filing assistance (but no legal advice).Use your local Yellow Pages to locate one in your area.
Just Answer.com allows you to ask general legal questions online without charge. Visit:
Judge Joe Brown – my favorite judge (I get a kick out of him) offers a variety of free legal stuff at his site.Visit:
Pre-Paid Legal Plans
There are a number of firms offering these plans and some employers offer them as a benefit.Most often, this is a good idea because all it takes is one visit to a lawyer to recoup your membership investment.Most offer a variety of plans and often include identity theft protection programs as well.It’s a form of insurance and as such, read through the offers carefully.For instance, if you have no minor children, you probably don’t want coverage for support or custody issues.
Here are a few you can review (I’m not affiliated with any)
Additional thoughts and resources:
Finally, if you want to do your own skip-tracing, background searches, etc.
This is a useful site to use: