Just like the good ol’ days

Posted on August 8th, 2009 by bile
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Small businesses that received $682 million in IOUs from the state say California expects them to pay taxes on the worthless scraps of paper, but refuses to accept its own IOUs to pay debts or taxes. The vendors’ federal class action claims the state is trying to balance its budget on their backs.

Lead plaintiff Nancy Baird filled her contract with California to provide embroidered polo shirts to a youth camp run by the National Guard, but never was paid the $27,000 she was owed. She says California “paid” her with an IOU that two banks refused to accept – yet she had to pay California sales tax on the so-called “sale” of the uniforms.

The class consists mostly of small business owners, many of whom rely on income from government contracts to keep afloat. They say California has used them as “suckers” as it looks for a way to bankroll its operations while avoiding its own financial obligations.

“Instead of seeking funds through proper channels, the State has created a nightmare,” the class says. “Many of these businesses will not survive if they are required to wait until October 2009 to have these forced IOUs redeemed by the State.”

The class claims the state is violating the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. It demands that California be ordered to honor its own IOUs, plus interest. They are represented by William Audet.

I’m reading about this very same type of situation from back in the 1700′s. Check out Part 2 of Volume 2 of Conceived in Liberty.

Massachusetts government printed money (one of the first in history) to pay debts and then later effectively refused to redeem them for specie. Wonder why the US Constitution says that the states could only coin gold and silver as money? Read this to get an idea.

Interesting interview with Dick Marple on Free Talk Live

Posted on June 16th, 2008 by bile
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Dick Marple was running the FIJA booth at PorcFest this year and on Friday went on FTL to talk about some of the foundations in New Hampshire for jury nullification. The interview starts at about 104 minutes in and goes to the end of the show.

ATF stands for “Always Think Forfeiture”

Posted on March 22nd, 2008 by bile
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) wants 2,000 Leatherman Micra pocket tools. OK, fine. How are they going to be engraved?

ATF-Asset Forfeiture “always think forfeiture”

Golly gee, it’s not like they need any help thinking about forfeiture of our firearms or anything– I mean, it’s been over three weeks since Cav Arms got raised and the warrant is still sealed…..

Anyhow, a $37,460.00 contract (your tax dollars) has been awarded to (irony, anybody?) “Freedom Enterprises” of Spokane, Washington.

For more on the Calvary Arms bust and asset forfeiture:


East Valley Tribune




Just wow. Asset forfeiture is really really nasty stuff and as the government erodes our privacy they give themselves more opertunites to do so.

John Stossel interviews Ron Paul: Part 2

Posted on December 14th, 2007 by bile
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Daily Kos liberals say 1st Amendment does not apply to Libertarians

Posted on October 8th, 2007 by bile
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A blogger at the Daily Kos who calls himself “halfasspete” (a handle which seems appropriate to this columnist), has written an article in which he argues that libertarian activist Pete Jacob, the subject of the article, has “corrupted” the ballot initiative system.

Ol’ halfasspete is incensed that Jacob’s arrest isn’t getting more press saying, “Jacob is one of the key players in the rapidly accelerating movement to pass cookie-cutter, far right bills by initiative and referendum all over the country. Spending caps that kill schools and other vital services, term limits for judges and state legislators, the destruction of land use regulation…and that’s just the beginning.”

Gaming is where the 50 states do their best to keep the Libertarian Party off the ballot, although we routinely succeed in getting on it anyway at great personal cost. Literally 1/2 of the Libertarian Party’s entire national budget gets spent every four years just trying to get on the ballot and deal with the huge mountain of ballot access laws placed in our way. That, of course, leaves no money left over after other party expenses to spend on things like getting our message out.

These stories really need to be heard. You will often hear how 3rd parties never win and that’s because they are too outside the mainstream. Too bad that can’t be verified because of the blatantly bias ballot laws.

Random bill roundup

Posted on June 16th, 2007 by bile
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