CBS Tampa Bay: “Police in Florida busted a game of mahjong in Florida at a condominium clubhouse. The group accused of the crime: four women between the ages of 87 and 95.
examiner.com: “An article in The Daily Caller “White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda” could have been an April Fool’s joke, but sadly it is not. It seems of all of the issues facing our country and the world today, climate change stands at the top of the list as the most serious threat to humankind. New EPA regulations seek to reduce methane gas emissions from cows by twenty-five percent by the year 2020, labeling it an extremely potent greenhouse gas (if you are married you know what they mean). Taking this issue as seriously as the EPA demands we do, perhaps we should look at exactly what the (un) intended consequences of the new regulation would achieve: Reducing methane gas emissions by twenty-five percent would force farmers to reduce their livestock by twenty-five percent.”
Washington Examiner: “President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it ‘violates the separation of powers’ by encroaching on his presidential authority. ‘[T]he power the bill purports to assign to Congress to sue the President over whether he has properly discharged his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed exceeds constitutional limitations,’ the White House Office of Management and Budget said”
Fox News: “Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists”
A federal law called the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle prohibiting the “taking” of eagles. The term “take” includes killing an eagle. See 16 U.S.C. 668c; 50 CFR 22.3. The civil penalties for violating the Act include a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year in prison. Second convictions have a penalty of a $10,000 fine or up to two years in prison. Killing an eagle can also be a felony with a fine up to $250,000 or two years in prison. Fine double if the killer is an organization.
Although killing eagles is a crime ignored by President Obama and Eric Holder you better not kill a duck without a permit or you may be prosecuted. Obama’s Department of Justice chartered a helicopter to fly over land in North Dakota looking for dead ducks. The federal duck police spotted two dead ducks in a pond on land owned by Oilman Bud Brigham, the head of Brigham Resources. The ducks had drowned in oil run off ponds. The feds charged Bud with crimes and prosecuted him. If convicted he could have been imprisoned for up to six months for each death.
The judge threw out the case as absurd. He said the federal duck police were trying to criminalize the following activities that result in dead ducks: driving, owning a building with windows. farming and owning a cat.
See “Oil Companies Prosecuted for Avian Deaths but Wind Companies Kill Birds With Impunity.”
American police have become militarized and have lost the concept of reasonableness. Nothing illustrates this point better than the outrageous raid carried out by 13 law enforcement officers at the St. Francis Society Animal Shelter in Wisconsin. The legalized thugs served a search warrant on the animal shelter because it had taken in a motherless young deer. The July 9th raid was the result of two anonymous tips that the shelter had a baby deer, which caused the full weight of the law to rain down on the do good animal society.
The offense? Possessing wildlife without a permit. The animal cops acted as judge and jury put little “Giggles” the fawn into a bag and took the little animal from the safety of the animal shelter and killed the innocent little thing! The animal shelter was across the street from the Illinois state line. The deer was a resident of Illinois because it had been found by Illinois residents who brought the animal to the St. Francis Society. Instead of extraditing little Giggles back to its state of birth where the St. Francis Society had found a permanent home for it the animal police murdered the fawn. According to Jennifer Niemeyer, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources local warden supervisor, Wisconsin law requires the DNR to euthanize animals “because of the potential for disease and danger to humans.”
For more see “Baby Deer, ‘Giggles,’ Killed After Raid On St. Francis Society Animal Shelter,” “Armed agents raid animal shelter for baby deer” and “Wisconsin DNR defends removing fawn from shelter, killing it.” In the latter article the DNR says it took Giggles because the St. Francis Society didn’t have a permit for the deer. If that is the case, why didn’t DNR just send one civil servant to the animal shelter and say “Please complete this application for a permit for Giggles?” Instead, the DNR sent 13 armed thugs to terrorize the animal shelter people so it could kill the deer for its own good.
Former President Ronald Reagan said “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
USA Today: “The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents . . . . Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies.”
The days when the United States was subject to the rule of law are gone. The federal government breaks the law with impunity and the President, the Department of Justice and Congress does nothing.
No Criminal Charges Filed by Justice Department after $1.2 Billion Stolen from MF Global Investors, but It is Prosecuting Woman Who Alledgedly Harassed Whales
Did you know the Department of Justice has the whale police? I didn’t until I read this story called “Corzine Steals Billions Sans Charges, Errant Whale Watcher Faces Prison.” Instead of prosecuting the people who stole money from MF Global investors or the people in the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco who approved and carried out the Fast & Furious plan to violate federal criminal law and sell guns to the Mexican drug cartels, the DOJ is wasting taxpayer dollars prosecuting a woman investigated for harassing whales. Yes, really.
“marine biologist and whale watching ship captain Nancy Black faces 20 years in prison, not for ‘harassing’ whales (which believe it or not is a crime), but because she has been charged with lying to Justice Department prosecutors investing allegations that some of her crew members whistled at a whale to keep it hanging around their boats. . . . Section 1001 charges are both entirely discretionary and subsidiary to any primary charges, making every indictment an act of selective prosecution. In fact, Section 1001 prosecutions are so selective that primary charges are not even necessary, meaning you can go to jail even if there is no underlying crime. Ask Martha Stewart about that.”
Title 18, Section 1001(a) of the United States Code states:
“whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.”
The reference above to Martha Stewart refers to the fact she was investigated for possible insider trading, but was never charged with that crime. Instead, she was charged and convicted of the felony of lying to federal agents.
CBS Tampa: “A 10-year-old child was arrested and charged with felony burglary after stealing a bicycle while leaving his tricycle at the scene of the crime in order to get away successfully.”
ABA Journal: Halloween can be fertile ground for lawsuits.
There have been suits over neighbors’ Halloween displays, suits over haunted house injuries, and suits claiming sexual harassment due to remarks about Halloween costumes, according to an article in the New York State Bar Association Journal.
Cases from the last several years include:
• A Florida woman sued her neighbor for defamation, harassment and emotional distress because of Halloween decorations that included an insane asylum sign that pointed to her yard and a fake tombstone with an inscription she viewed as a reference to her single status. It read, “At 48 she had no mate no date/ It’s no debate she looks 88.”
• A man who created tombstones lampooning his neighbors filed a First Amendment suit against police for asking him to take them down. One of the tombstones read: “Bette wasn’t ready, but here she lies ever since that night she died, 12 feet deep in this trench, still wasn’t deep enough for that wenches stench!” The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the police officer was entitled to qualified immunity.