…A couple of weeks ago I ran a post, Do You Ever REALLY Own Your Home, in which I challenged the assumption that you actually enjoy true ownership, in the traditional sense. I cited limited property use restrictions, heavy economic use restrictions, the potential for legal attachment, and increasingly burdensome property taxes as factors eroding true homeownership. Today I want to focus a factor that puts even more extreme limits on home ownership – homeowners associations, or
HOAs. And more specifically, why you should avoid buying in HOA neighborhoods…
The events of the past five or six years have demonstrated to America that the FBI is no longer the unbiased law enforcement agency it once was. Between the Hillary Clinton investigation-in-name-only, the Crossfire Hurricane hoax, the targeting of Americans as domestic terrorists, and playing three blind mice with the Biden graft machine, the bureau’s issues can’t be ignored any longer. If we don’t take corrective action soon, the FBI will finish its transition from law enforcement to being a political functionary advancing the interests of one party…
Former President Donald Trump told Fox News’ Mark Levin on Saturday he is concerned that under President Joe Biden’s policies, America as it once existed is on the brink of being permanently altered and not in a good way.
Trump joined Levin to discuss his new book, “Our Journey Together,” which contains hand-selected photos of him and his family during his four-year term.
Levin speculated to Trump that Biden will become the worst president in the country’s history, even as other critics say they believe Biden’spolicies so far have contributed to an economic downturn that is worse than what the country faced under Democratic President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s.
Trump told the host that Biden, for instance, has already departed from a previous executive order he signed banning Marxist critical race theory from the federal government.
“If you look, President Obama was very divisive, but people were quieter about it. They didn’t want to insult him, but he was very divisive,” Trump said.
“But the Biden administration is far worse. In fact, I noticed the other day where Obama said ‘this is very dangerous; all of these — you know, what they’ve done. It’s too much for him,” he added.
“But when they look at his top economic people are looking at this inflation, and they’re seeing these bills that are being passed for trillions and trillions of dollars where it’s like throwing money out the window,” Trump continued, a possible reference to how Obama-era economic officials like former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers have been warning against actions taken by some of Biden’s Democratic officials.
“These are Obama people telling Biden people ‘you can’t do this, -‘ but they push forward anyway. Let’s see what happens,” Trump said.
Stephen Lara dedicated 20 years of his life to serving this country as a United States Marine. This father of two served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, risking his life to protect a political system only to be chewed up and spit out by that very system when he returned. Because this system is set up to extract revenue through various means of extortion and theft, when armed agents of the state robbed Lara of his life savings on the side of the road, everything they did was considered “legal.”
In February of this year, Lara was driving from Texas to California to visit his two daughters who live with his ex-wife. He had committed no crime, police had no probable cause for which to pull him over, he had had broken no traffic laws, yet still, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer decided to initiate a traffic stop.
This wasn’t an ordinary traffic stop that would end in a small extortion via citation, however. No, this was legalized road piracy in which police would steal an innocent father’s life savings.
As the video below shows, after Lara was pulled over, the cop who detained him actually complimented his driving. This psychopath, who was about to rob a man of his life savings was cordial and nice as he carried out his roadside theft.
Lara was completely honest with the officer and told him that he had a large sum of cash in his car because he had withdrawn his cash from the bank. He actually had the receipts from the bank to prove this, yet the officer claimed something nefarious was afoot and he called in his fellow officers to separate Lara from his life savings.
Because they can’t simply take the cash for themselves, these thieving road pirates have to go through a federal procedure via the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) known as “adoption.” If they steal his life savings in the name of the DEA, the DEA will “adopt” the money and then kick back 80% of that money back to the department through a program called “equitable sharing.”
“Adoption,” as the Institute for Justice points out, is a process by which federal law enforcement agencies can take over a seizure by state and local law enforcement. If the federal government is successful in forfeiting the property, its “equitable sharing” program guarantees the state or local agency that seized the property up to 80% of the proceeds for use in the agency’s budget.
It literally creates an incentive for cops to steal money from innocent people like Lara.
Since Lara had committed no crime, the officers on the scene needed to manufacture a reason to steal his life savings, so they called in a drug dog to smell Lara’s cash.
In fact, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that government does not have probable cause to seize cash from individuals based only on a drug-detection dog’s reaction; stating specifically that the majority of money in circulation has drugs on it.
But court precedents and ethical enforcement of the law apparently mean very little the road pirates who targeted Lara that day and when the drug dog alerted to Lara’s cash, the officers used this a reason to steal an innocent man’s life savings.
As he had committed no crime, after they robbed him, the officers left Lara on the side of the road with nothing — not even enough money to get gas to make it home. Lara had to ask his brother to wire him money just so he could make it to see his daughters.
It would take Lara the remainder of the year to get his money back, only after he sued the DEA in federal court. Even though he’s gotten his money back, however, Lara is going to continue to fight and the Institute for Justice is helping him wage his war.
As the IJ reports:
When we learned he would be getting his money back (filled with joy), he told us, “This isn’t over.” And it isn’t. At the same time we filed in federal court, we also filed a major constitutional challenge in state court. Our state case aims to make federal adoptions impossible in Nevada as violations of the state constitution’s guarantees of reasonable seizures supported by probable cause and due process of law—not based on mere suspicion or for the financial benefit of the seizing agency. If we are successful, it will be the first time a state court has struck down federal adoptions. And a victory will take the profit motive out of roadside seizures.
[…]those in power still approach the C-word with trepidation and censorious intentions. Public mentions or allusions to Christmas have indeed been shunned or avoided in recent years, fromLuton councilbanning Christmas trees in 2006 in favour of ‘Harry Potter-themed’ events, to a company handling UK cinema advertising banning a pre-Xmas Church of England campaign to promote the Lord’s Prayer in 2015.
Now, in the latest development, it was revealed this week that aninternal EU guide‘for inclusive communication’ recently said that all correspondence should replace the word ‘Christmas’ with ‘Holiday times’. The guide also featured other prohibitions, such as on using gender-specific titles to address people. It has now been withdrawn.
These ongoing episodes aren’t reactionary fairy-tales. Politically correct interventions have been going on for years, long before ‘woke’ became a controversial adjective. And just because ‘political correctness gone mad’ became a dreadful cliché, as ‘woke’ has become…
Protect the NHS is just an empty slogan – more useful would be to slash its business rates, as we do for private hospitals masquerading as charities – seems counterproductive for taxpayer money to go into paying for business rates on NHS properties
Worshipping the NHS has been one of the most bonkers religions of our times, fostered by the royals and the political elite. But why do people step on the bandwagon? This is a service which for the most of us is not free and is awful, what is there to worship?
What is so shocking is that neither those great brains in sage, nor the government and their civil servants foresaw any of this. Many, many people including the 40,000 doctors and scientists that signed the open letter told them that the cure was worse than the disease. Sage and government? The blind leading the blind.
Waiting lists!A friend of mine went to a hospital in the south of England for a minor surgical procedure. She was put in an orthopaedic ward and there was no one in it except herself. We are told there are all these people on waiting lists for hips and knees. Why are they not having their operations?
Amazing thatmost GPs surgeries in our area will do anything to keep you out, expect when the Government are paying them to jab you.Then it’s pack them in and queue them up outside whatever the weather.It’s all about the money and covid is the gift that keeps giving to those in the know!!!
My friend died in October. She had been ill for at least 6 months but the GP would only give her phone appointments. They also would not send her for an MRI. Her husband paid for a private scan (which she was given in just a few days) and it revealed she had bone cancer and there was nothing they could do. Now [[[they]]] aregiving GPs £15 per covid booster jab on top of their already 6 figure salaries and not seeing patients! It is outrageous.
It was always a stupid slogan.What were we protecting it from? Work?While those on the covid front line have done stirling work, those dealing with most of the things it normally deals with have been virtually redundant.Just look at GP’s, many have hidden from the very people whose health they are supposed to safeguard. The NHS is unfit for purpose if it can’t deal with anything out of the ordinary and money isn’t the cure.
I’ve done my bit for everyone else for the past two years. If the NHS still can’t cope after having so much time to recouperate, then heads of management (and possibly higher up) should definitely roll.