Well… yeah… that’s exactly what it is

Posted on April 8th, 2009 by bile
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On the way out of the office, reported on the elevator info monitor, was a news report on Rod Blagojevich and how he was accused of running “state government as a criminal enterprise.”

Isn’t that like saying water is wet?

Then again… it really is a cheapshot at real criminal enterprises. Those guys are at least honest with regard to their role. They know and admit they are thieves, extorting people and damaging property. The bureaucrats… not so much.

My Liberty Forum Report

Posted on March 12th, 2009 by bile
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March 11 2009

by Szandor Blestman

I had the good fortune to be able to spend the weekend of March 5th – March 8th of 2009 attending the Liberty Forum in Nashua, New Hampshire which was put on by The Free State Project. To say I was energized and excited by the happenings there would be an understatement. Words can not begin to describe the feelings I had as the weekend progressed. I felt welcomed, accepted and embraced by all those in attendance. Never before in my life have I experienced so many people that felt the same way about freedom as I do all gathered together in the same place.

I drove from the Chicago area to Nashua to attend this event. The total drive time was a little over 17 hours one way. I would have flown, but I didn´t want to put up with the TSA and all their dictates. Sorry, but I want to be able to keep my shoes on and drink bottled water when I travel. I could have taken a train, but I didn´t. I wanted to drive. It had been a long time since I´ve taken a road trip. The forum made it worth the trip.

I could talk about the liberty luminaries that gave their speeches. I could talk about how great it was to hear these personalities in person. I could talk about the individual speeches by people like Adam Kokesh from Iraq Veterans Against the War and how great and emotional his presentation was. I could talk about how awed I was to be in the presence of Mary Ruwart (one of my personal heroes) and how exciting it was to be able to speak to her one on one even if it was just for ten minutes. I could talk about how inspiring it was to listen to Will Buchanan tell of his adventures on his Walk for Liberty across America and to discuss freedom with him and his lovely wife Brooke at a round table luncheon.

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Proposal Would Require Gun Owners To Carry $1M Insurance

Posted on February 25th, 2009 by bile
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Illinois could be the first state to require gun owners to take out a million-dollar insurance policy – if a proposal in the state legislature becomes law.

The bill in a state House committee would require any registered gun owner to have $1 million in liability insurance to cover damages due to negligent or willful acts with the weapon.

Kevin Martin, executive director of the Illinois Insurance Association says he’s never seen such a plan like the one sponsored by Rep. Ken Dunkin, a Democrat from Chicago.

Martin says the unprecedented measure seems to be simply a deterrent to gun ownership.

And, he says it would also be a risky policy because there are too many unknown variables in underwriting something like that.

Despite the fact that the bill would mean more business for his clients, Martin says insurers usually have strong reservations about proposals to mandate coverage.

Representative Dunkin did not return WBBM’s calls for comment.

That’s a great trick Rep. Dunkin. By that logic they should also require insurance for all aspects of one’s life. Especially with regard to vehicles. No more requiring insurance just to drive. You must have it to have a car.

Pushing crime to the suburbs, watching you while you piss in your backyard: Chicago wants cameras on every block

Posted on February 21st, 2009 by bile
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Mayor Daley has argued that security and terrorism won’t be an issue if his Olympic dreams come true because, by 2016, there will be a surveillance camera on every street corner in Chicago.

But even before that blanket coverage begins, the “Big Brother’’ network is being put to better use.

Call takers and dispatchers now see real-time video if there is a surveillance cameras within 150 feet of a 911 call, thanks to a $6 million upgrade to the city’s “computer-aided dispatch” system.

When live video appears, call takers can pan, tilt and zoom those cameras to get the best possible view of a crime or disaster scene.

“As a first responder, I can’t tell you how important it is to have a set of eyes on an emergency scene prior to your arrival. The valuable information they provide from the camera network can ultimately mean the difference between life and death,” said Ray Orozco, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

“Whether you send one ambulance or three, two squad cars or four, it all depends upon the information we are able to gather from the 911 caller,” said Orozco, a former fire commissioner.

During a December test, live video was used to catch a petty thief in the act of sticking his hand in a Salvation Army kettle outside Macy’s on State Street.

But, the crime-fighting potential is “limitless,” said Police Superintendent Jody Weis.

“You know what the suspect’s vehicle might be. It can give us instant leads. . . . We may get some information from that where we may not even respond to that location. We could actually get ahead of it and go to a place where that vehicle maybe was last seen or the individual might be running to,” Weis said.

And, “If we can warn our officers of any dangers they’re facing ahead of time, it’s a tremendous advantage.”

Although the city’s vast surveillance network includes cameras installed at private businesses, universities and homes, Orozco said civil libertarians have nothing to fear.

“We do not and we will not take access to any camera inside of a building,’’ he said. When the city accesses private cameras, workers only see “what you would see if you were sitting on a park bench in front of that building,” he said.

In 2004, City Hall used a $5.1 million federal homeland security grant to install 250 cameras at locations thought to be at high risk of a terrorist attack and link them and 2,000 existing city cameras to the 911 center.

Chicago then launched “Operation Virtual Shield,’’ by linking 1,000 miles of fiber cable to a unified “homeland security grid’’ — complete with hundreds of additional cameras and sensors to monitor the city’s water supply and detect chemical and biological weapons.

On Thursday, Orozco refused to say how many cameras are currently linked to the 911 center. But, he reiterated Daley’s earlier promise.

“We’re going to grow the system until we eventually cover one end of the city to the other,” he said.

Takes access of private cameras? If the government has control over them when they feel like it they aren’t private. Cameras (and mics) inside buildings are exactly what we need. Inside the government buildings where the bureaucrats decide how to further encroach on our rights.

“Limitless”? What’s limitless is the governments ability to abuse any power delegated to them.

Rick Santelli calls for Chicago tea party

Posted on February 20th, 2009 by bile
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Privatizing an airport: fascism, not capitalism

Posted on October 1st, 2008 by bile
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Midway Airport is poised to become the first large privately run hub airport in the country, officials said Tuesday, after an investment group bid $2.52 billion to win rights to a long-term lease.

Almost all commercial airports in the United States are owned and operated by local or state governments, and Midway is no exception. But Midway is eligible for leasing because the city applied to the F.A.A. to take part in an experimental program begun about 12 years ago to explore privatization as a means to generate capital for improvements.

Congress has allowed the agency to permit up to five airports to take part in the program, and if the Midway deal is approved, it will be the first.

Airports in the program are subject to the same federal oversight as public-use airports.

“As the first privatization of a major American airport, this transaction will provide unprecedented benefits for the traveling public, the airlines and the taxpayers of Chicago,” Mayor Richard M. Daley said Tuesday at a news conference here. “For the traveling public, the lease will mean the benefits of a world-class airport operator whose airports have been acclaimed for the range and quality of their amenities and service.”

This isn’t a priviatization as in a capitalist private institution is “priviate.” This is corporatism. The lease is owned by a company which now has a monopoly on that service an a particular area. They are also under the thumb of the federal government so they’ve just privitized the gains. In this case this priviatization may lead to a better result if completely cut from local interference or money. If they are being paid by the government in any way they will likely ripoff the taxpayer.