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Due process?

Friday, June 10th, 2005

In Tennessee, a 60 year-old man recovering from cancer smoked marijuana to alleviate the pain and depression. He has since been arrested and had his money and cars seized and a lien placed on his house. All this without due process of law, which is blatantly unconstitutional. The fifth amendment states that no person shall […]

Due process?

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Egalia reports: A family member just had all his money and cars seized for the marijuana tax; they put a lien on his house. He was busted over the weekend here in Nashville for a few baby-sized plants and a small amount of commercial weed. For this, they say he owes almost as much as […]

6 wacky laws in Tennessee

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

A list. No mention of TN’s tax on illegal drugs that you cannot pay. Or the stupid “send a drug addict to jail because she got knocked up” law.

A militia

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

In Mexico, local groups have had enough of the drug cartels (and also probably the police, since it is Mexico) and are arming up: An audacious band of citizen militias battling a brutal drug cartel in the hills of central Mexico is becoming increasingly well-armed and coordinated in an attempt to end years of violence, […]

Land of the free

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Drug checkpoints in Michigan: Motorists driving on expressways around Flint are getting surprised by a stunning tactic that the Genesee County sheriff has been using to fight the flow of illegal drugs — one that legal experts said will not withstand a court challenge. Emphasis mine. Despite its illegality, they do it because there is […]

Faster and furiouser

Friday, September 30th, 2011

A brief timeline for Gunwalker Obama evades questions from latino media. Informants not only used tax payer money to buy guns for cartels, they also bought drugs.

Obamacare costs me money

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We have one of those flexible spending accounts. The deal with those, roughly, is that the money you put in the account isn’t taxed and you can spend it on health care related things. Things like medicine, co-pays, and other things. Well, thanks to Obamacare, you can now use it on less: Section 9003 of […]

Libertarianism, property, and choice

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Tom has another discussion wondering why the Libertarian position on property rights trumps the civil rights act: So why do libertarians (Paul is only the most recent, but far from alone in doing so) pick on something as taboo as the Civil Rights Act? Because it’s an anathema to their political philosophy. Simple: because property […]

Free Icecream: Not Free Enough and Wrong Flavor

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Apparently, folks who wanted free federal healthcare for everyone are upset that, to get some kind of reform, concessions had to be made. Like not giving free federal healthcare to everyone. Here’s an idea: Allow importation of drugs; let folks buy coverage across state lines; allow those who purchase their own insurance to get the […]

Where Great Britain Used To Be

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Via TP, the police raid and crack open thousands of safety deposit boxes. That place is done.

How about for politicians?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Bob: Drug tests for welfare recipients. What a great idea. And I know that being a fair and non-vindictive sort, West Virginia lawmaker Craig Blair will also start demanding drug testing for everyone who receives government handouts — from tax breaks to bailouts to states that take more from the federal tax system than they […]

SayUncle: Supreme Dictator

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Via Wachel (who also fisked her own post) and Phelps, comes a fun game: Suppose you were elected Temporary Supreme Dictator of America. What are 10 laws you would pass/repeal or government programs you would create/tear down? (Assume that you are in office for however long it would take to do these things and that […]

How politicians try to solve problems

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Drugs continue winning war on drugs In Chicago, some idiot named Robert Fioretti wants to ban little plastic bags because that’s where drug users put drugs. In other news, that’s what the Uncle family puts carrots, school lunch items, small gun parts, and all those extra rubberbands in.


Thursday, December 20th, 2007

The NRA-ILA notes: Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa) and Zach Space (D-Ohio), have introduced H.R. 4900 the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007.” The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena. This bipartisan bill is a vital step […]

Camp Perry travel

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

I read the newspapers from Texas to Ohio when we go up and back. I start with the Tyler and Dallas, pick up Texarkana and Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnatti, Toledo, Columbus and then reverse. Half the stories are about the government doing MORE and the other half griping about the high taxes, corruption […]

Immigration Bill

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I guess I should comment on it. Congress is at record disapproval and intent on making it worse. As far as I can tell, no one supports this bill except politicians. And, in true politician form, they feel the need to overhaul the entire thing in one fell swoop, as opposed to incremental changes. This […]

Blount Mayor to Citizens: STFU

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham continues to be uninterested in what the citizens have to say. And has, in fact, been outright hostile: Mayor Jerry Cunningham apparently believes he must vilify those who disagrees with him. This kind of arrogance towards citizens is inexcusable and can not be tolerated by the citizens. Here’s a letter […]


Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Radley is tracking botched police raids so I don’t have to. Unclear on the concept: Polcie in Arizona raided the home of a 73-year-old man with Alzheimers this week. The flash grenade they deployed during the raid set the home on fire, and burned it down. No one inside heard a police announcement, though the […]

Senator McCain doesn’t understand the InterWeb

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Sometimes when someone tries to do something good they get confused and screw up something else. This is often referred to as the law of unintended consequences. Case in point would be Senator John McCain’s new bill to crack down on child pornography on the Internet. No one wants child pornography on the Internet but […]

More Kathryn Johnston Fall Out

Friday, December 1st, 2006

From the AJC: During the four-hour-long meeting, the crowd — which at times swelled to more than 300 — angrily recounted stories about drug raids into their homes when officers knocked down doors, armed with warrants that were unsigned. They also demanded to know why the officers involved in Johnston’s death were still being paid […]

Museum Exception

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

An NFA weapon (a machine gun that I presume was not registered) was taken in a drug raid. After the raid, police turned it over to a museum. I wonder how that is? An NFA weapon that is unregistered is contraband and cannot lawfully be transferred. David says: I think there is a museum exception […]

Sorry about the door, here’s $10,000

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

WBIR: Dennis Smith and his wife, Kristie Dawn Smith, had just put their five-year-old son to bed in July 2002 when three men burst into their mobile home near Tazewell, demanding to know where the drugs were. The demand was specific — 116 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine and the Smith’s meth cookers. They didn’t have […]

Well, which is it?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Bill, on the overturning of Tennessee’s illegal drug tax, notes: Although a judge has ruled that the Tennessee law requiring drug dealers to pay state taxes on their cocaine, marijuana and other illicit drugs is unconstitutional, the state says it will continue to collect the tax because the ruling applies only to one individual alleged […]

I see that’s going well

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

So, I let this lefty libertarian start blogging here and apparently some folks took offense to that. Not sure why. All he did was introduce himself and post a cool pic of an explosion. Then he was pounced on. Sort of uncalled for, if you ask me. If you disagree with someone, that’s cool. Let […]

Disregarding due process is profitable

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Michael Silence notes: Tennessee’s tax on unauthorized substances such as cocaine and marijuana and some alcoholic beverages brought in more than $1.7 million in its first year, according to revenue officials. The tax, which is modeled after a 13-year-old North Carolina tax aimed at fighting illegal drugs, has resulted in $1,714,565 in collections and nearly […]

Brady Bunch Opposes Alito, Water is Wet

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

The Brady Bunch released a presser opposing Alito’s nomination: Judge Alito’s nomination poses serious dangers to the safety of our communities, our families, and our children, as evidenced by his troubling dissent in U.S. vs. Rybar, 103 F.3d 273 (3rd Cir. 1996). In that case, Judge Alito argued that the federal machine gun ban amounted […]


Monday, December 19th, 2005

Apparently, the news flying through blogland this weekend was this study by a UCLA political scientist, which says, shockingly, there’s a bit of a leftward slant to the media. Even though there is such a slant, it’s merely a lean to the left. My take on the media is pretty simple. I don’t find them […]

Michael Moore is not your friend

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

No one likes to be fooled. When Michael Moore’s first film “Roger and Me” came out I was fooled like many people were. I fell for the Michael Moore shtick. Back in 1989 when “Roger and Me” came out it was difficult to do any fact checking. Never having seen Michael Moore I did what […]

Happy Independence Day

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Reader Tim Sheehy wrote this and I said I’d publish hit so here you go. This 4th of July be sure to: Buckle your seatbelt, Behave for the traffic cameras, Patiently wait at the sobriety checkpoints and hold your tongue if you feel the police officer at that checkpoint is too inquisitive, Don’t light up […]

This just in

Monday, June 6th, 2005

WATE reports that Lawyers say Tennessee’s illegal tax law is ripe for abuse: Defense lawyers say a new law allowing authorities to tax illegal drugs allows officials to bully people not convicted of crimes into paying thousands of dollars. Tennessee’s Department of Revenue has collected nearly $400,000 in taxes. Another $$11 million in taxes have […]