Cops & Firemen

Man charged after mailing in stained parking ticket

A man who received a parking ticket in Bartlett now faces criminal charges after authorities said he stained the citation with human excrement before mailing it back to the village.

Officials said Alexander J. Bailey, 22, of the 6N600 block of Medinah Road in Medinah, was arrested last week charged with disorderly conduct after a village hall employee found brown stains and a foul odor on the ticket and alerted police, authorities said. The original ticket was for $15, Bartlett police said.

Bailey also scrawled a note on the ticket indicating he’d used it to wipe himself, court documents said.

Bailey posted $500 bail and is due back in Cook County Circuit Court on June 11.

CNN poll confirms: Most Americans believe their government is a threat to their welfare

A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken – though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what’s broken can be fixed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.

Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows

[ You allow your police to form labor unions, then think you can ever be free from crime?  Or free at all?  Stupid Merikins. ]

For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.

In its annual report on union membership, the bureau undercut the longstanding notion that union members are overwhelmingly blue-collar factory workers. It found that membership fell so fast in the private sector in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008.

“There has been steady growth among union members in the public sector, but I’m a little bit shocked to see that the lines have actually crossed,” said Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president for labor at the United States Chamber of Commerce.

According to the labor bureau, 7.2 percent of private-sector workers were union members last year, down from 7.6 percent the previous year. That, labor historians said, was the lowest percentage of private-sector workers in unions since 1900.

Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008.

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New speed cameras enrage Arizona drivers

An attempt to introduce UK-style fixed speed cameras in America has ended in a public revolt, with motorists binning speeding tickets worth $90 million (£60 million).

Many Americans regard the speed cameras as an unconstitutional tax collection method and have flatly refused to pay the fines

The Arizona scheme, which was the first statewide effort to bring speed camera enforcement to the US, is now on the verge of bankruptcy and could be dumped.

Many Americans, including judges and elected officials, regard the devices as an unconstitutional tax collection method and have flatly refused to pay the fines, the Times reports.

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Gerald Celente Interview – Words of wisdom

Gerald Celente in Wikipedia

Trends Research Institute

Trends Journal

Here comes “Pinky” for his final disgrace

[ Before making a big mistake, insist that "Pinky" Stout debate Mike Ramos in public and make a recording available on the Internet.  This jerk can hardly tie his shoes.  He was put into office by the military/prison-industrial complex mafia bosses, in an era of secrecy and censorship.  He was chosen for his ignorant obedience.  Let's see how he looks when we can really see him. By the way, MID/PID scum:  You don't run this county any more. ]

SAN BERNARDINO – Former district attorney Dennis Stout says he’s ‘committed’ to winning back his old job.

Stout is determined to root out government corruption…

“During eight years that I was district attorney, we prosecuted over fifty major corruption cases. By the time I completed my second term, corruption in San Bernardino County was pretty much under control. But, during the last seven years, it has reared its ugly head again.”

Stout did not seek re-election in 2002 and was replaced by Mike Ramos.

Stout expects to make a formal campaign announcement within two weeks. (INT)

Story Date: January 6, 2010

White house announces 20 agency open government initiatives

Each of the 20 cabinet departments has unveiled a new open government initiative in response to the directive issued Tuesday by the Obama administration, the White House reports.

“This work represents only the beginning of an ongoing commitment across the Administration to create a culture of openness in government,” the White House stated in its release.

The White House categorized the new open government initiatives according to how they will increase transparency efforts. The Department of Justice, for instance, will begin providing its annual Freedom of Information Act report in a machine-readable format that will allow the public to track and monitor detailed statistics on Freedom Of Information Act requests.

Other agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the General Services Administration and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will make data available to the public for free download for the first time.

Still other agencies will disclose previously unreleased records, though not necessarily online. The Department of State plans to release new data about the conflict in Darfur from 2003 to 2009, while the Department of Agriculture will disclose the nutrition information of more than 1,000 frequently consumed foods.

Not all of the open government initiatives touted by the White House are entirely new however, according to the Huffington Post. The online media outlet reported yesterday that the open government effort announced by the Treasury department includes what it claimed is a “new report” on bank trading and derivatives that has actually been available since 1995.

Anti-corruption Group Discusses Strategy

The new organization dedicated to rooting out political corruption in San Bernardino County held its first public meeting on October 6 in Redlands. The meeting was relocated at the last minute when the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) reneged on its agreement to allow the group to use its meeting room.

The organizers had hoped for eight to 12 people, but were pleasantly surprised when 26 showed up, including one broadcast reporter and Press-Enterprise columnist Cassie MacDuff. MacDuff has since written two columns on the group.

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, October 20, at 6 p.m., in the meeting room of the Denny’s Restaurant located at 1180 Alabama Street, just north of Interstate 10, in Redlands.

Of those in attendance, 23 shared their impressions of witnessing years of various aspects of political corruption in the Inland Empire, although few had ever met each other and almost none had ever worked together.

Although the meeting was set to adjourn at 9 p.m., and the agenda was not completed until 9:45, there were still 20 people networking with each other at 10:45, and there were still ten left at midnight.

While continuing to work under the generic name of the “San Bernardino County Anti-Corruption Group,” organizational names being considered include “Citizens Inspiring Victory by Impeachment of Corruption (CIVIC)” and “Ethics, Truth, and Honesty In the County of San Bernardino (ETHICSb).”

The greatest challenge facing the group is to develop a general plan which unifies all efforts on a countywide level while addressing the diversity of each individual’s need for personal support to deal with the cases of corruption they are most personally troubled by. The group plans to work on both levels, as well as an intermediate level in which individuals from the same community also work on their local issues of corruption.

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10 Steps to End Democracy

Saved from First Time Ignition Interlock Requirements in DUI cases

San Diego Dui Offenders will be spared the requirement of installing Ignotion Interlock Devices in their cars if they are convicted of a first offense.

Governor Swartzenegger signed a bill requiring first time offenders in Sacramento, Alameda, Tuare and Los Angeles counties to install ignition interlock devices.

What is so strange about this bill is that it omits the majority of counties, including San Diego, Orange, Riverside, etc…

We can expect a substantial equal protection challenge from criminal defense attorneys in the counties where this requirement takes effect in January.

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Firepower and freedom

The brilliant thinkers that wrote our Constitution had it right… They had just fought a war to overthrow an oppressive government, and they had won it by having similar technologies to this oppressive Government and tactics more suitable to the type of war they were fighting. These geniuses wrote the Second Amendment to ensure that this balance continued for the future of this great Nation.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

- The Second Amendment to the US Constitution

There is a story from my wife’s family that makes this so perfectly clear…

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Former CBS anchorman, Dan Rather, warns of corporate influence over news

(WMR) — On September 16, Dan Rather, the former anchor of the CBS Evening News, warned that today’s news is shaped by very powerful corporate network owners who “are in bed with powerful political interests” that are influenced by government regulatory interests.

Rather spoke at a National Press Club remembrance of his colleague Walter Cronkite, his predecessor in the CBS Evening News anchor chair, and Don Hewitt, the late producer of 60 Minutes.

Rather revealed that in his conversations with Cronkite, the late anchor also believed that corporate interests were shaping the news to the detriment of objective journalism.

Rather also said that corporations were determining “war coverage of the lack of coverage.” He also warned that there are “too few owners of networks and stations.”

Rather was joined on the stage by fellow former CBS newsmen Daniel Schorr and Marvin KalbBob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation, also participated in remembering Cronkite and Hewitt.

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Return of Stout a good thing?

[ As Mike Ramos cleans the house that this man helped to build, we suspect that his expressed interest in running again is little more than an advance defense against an investigation of him.  Follow Stout at the iePolitics blog.  The military- and prison-industrial complexes of this nation brought us 9/11, the hate of the world and the violation of our own people and their families.  Dennis Stout is their shill in San Bernardino County.  Don't let him rape us again. ]

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Pittsburgh Police: Anarchists attack squad cars at police HQ

Sources indicate nails and screws were forced into the tires on at least a dozen marked and unmarked police cars as well as a number of private cars.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sources say at least a dozen police cars and a number of private cars were vandalized.

Sources also confirm police investigators have substantial information to believe the crime was committed by anarchists in town for the G-20 Summit.

Police detectives took photographs and looked for evidence in the parking lot of police headquarters Thursday afternoon.

The damage was done to the cars’ tires.

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BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

Drugs Won the War

This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s start of the war on drugs, and it now appears that drugs have won.

“We’ve spent a trillion dollars prosecuting the war on drugs,” Norm Stamper, a former police chief of Seattle, told me. “What do we have to show for it? Drugs are more readily available, at lower prices and higher levels of potency. It’s a dismal failure.”

For that reason, he favors legalization of drugs, perhaps by the equivalent of state liquor stores or registered pharmacists. Other experts favor keeping drug production and sales illegal but decriminalizing possession, as some foreign countries have done.

Here in the United States, four decades of drug war have had three consequences:

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New “security” restrictions at Canadian border

Lawmakers in Oregon say No! to Real ID

On Friday, May 29th the Oregon State House passed Senate Bill 536 (SB0536) thanks to organizations such as ACLU of Oregon. The bill “Prohibits state from expending funds to comply with the federal Real ID Act 0f 2005 unless certain requirements are met.” The bill passed by a vote of 39-6. Oregon now joins eleven other states that have already passed laws rejecting Real ID. Ten additional states have passed resolutions urging Congress to repeal Real ID.

The passage of this bill is a good beginning but is not enough. The state of Oregon should reject Real ID entirely, not “unless certain requirements are met”.

What this bill does is prohibit state agencies from spending money to cover the costs of complying with the federal law unless the federal government shares the bill.

The chief sponsor of the bill, Senator Rick Metsger (D-Mt. Hood), says that there are no funds to help states implement the federal law. He also emphasized the serious privacy issues related to the federal law because Real ID would allow DMV to electronically scan and share copies of original identity documents — such as birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards in a 50-state shared database.

“The federal government has not been able to ensure that this new database would be secure against identity theft,” Metsger said. “Maintaining a database of personal information, without the money to implement that or protect the security of our citizens is simply something we should not do.”

By creating a single identification standard it may actually increase the likelihood of identity and asset theft.

So will the state of Oregon comply with the implementation of Real ID if the Feds help foot the bill? That is a very scary thought. Real ID cards are unconstitutional and threatens our personal liberties. It goes beyond concerns about identity theft and money.

The Bill now goes on to Governor Ted Kulongoski’s desk.

To see full text of the bill go to:

Is the California DMV rigging DMV hearings?

I just received a response to a California Public Records Act request I filed about THREE MONTHS ago….

According to the documents, it seems that San Diego DMV Manager Brian Dawson is unhappy that his hearing officers (aka “HO’s” for fun), aren’t summarily suspending all people who challenge the California Department of Motor Vehicles evidence in DUI administrative hearings, as he apparently would like to happen. In fact, it looks like there have been just too many “set asides” for his liking.

Of course, we in the criminal defense community know that most of the HO’s do, in fact, summarily suspend licenses, even when the weight of the evidence is against the Department. So, the fact that Brian Dawson sent a memo out to the HO’s that the few who actually did issue what we call “set aside’s” were derelict in their duties, is astounding and frightening.

Mr. Dawson sent out a “confidential” email to his HO’s telling them he was unhappy with the state of the set asides. That’s what just came over my desk.

Is Mr. Dawson trying to “rig” the DMV hearings? I think the answer is a resounding “Yes.” In fact, in a subsequent memo to the HO’s, he even suggests that the Whistleblower statute might apply to anyone who ID’s the person who originally leaked this info to defense attorneys.

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San Bernardino County Bar Association – Bulletin 09/03

(CA) Medical Marijuana No Longer Grounds for License Suspension

The use of medical marijuana can no longer be the sole grounds for losing driving privileges.

In a policy revision — or clarification, depending upon who you speak with — the state Department of Motor Vehicles has determined, in writing, that the use of medical marijuana prescribed by a physician is to be treated the same as any other prescription medication that may affect safe driving.

The update came about after the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access ( ASA ) filed suit on behalf of a 53-year-old Atwater woman who lost her driver’s license due to her use of medical marijuana.

See also:

DMV sued over medical marijuana

Medical pot user sues DMV to get license back

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DMV sued over medical marijuana

Matt Vaughn, who operates a medical marijuana collective, eventually got his driver’s license and marijuana back after a CHP officer found the drug — for which he had a doctor’s recommendation — in his car.

The lawsuit says patients are unfairly targeted for license suspensions.

The California Highway Patrol officer smelled the weed, searched the car, took the marijuana and pipe and gave Vaughn a sobriety test, which he passed. An angry Vaughn showed the officer his doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for glaucoma. The officer was unimpressed.

“He said, in Glenn County, they don’t recognize those kinds of things,” said Vaughn, 55, who has a long ponytail, mustache and beard. “He was not very friendly about it.”

The 2005 incident cost Vaughn a speeding ticket, his 1 1/4 ounce of pot and his driver’s license — and nine months of fighting the California Department of Motor Vehicles — before he prevailed.

As a result of that and other encounters involving medical marijuana, an advocacy group has sued the DMV, asking for a written policy that says medical marijuana should be treated the same as prescription drugs.

The suit contends that the DMV has a pattern of investigating and suspending the driver’s licenses of people who use pot on the recommendation of their doctors.

See also:

Un-elected, unwanted, unknown, Nazi/Military PIG

Marijuana Vs. Anti-Depressants for PTSD Marijuana Wins Hands Down

Judge Orders Sheriff to Return Marijuana

San Bernardino County accused of violating Brown Act

Temecula Clinic Offers Consultations on Medical Marijuana

County Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Erase State’s Medical Marijuana Law

Palm Springs to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries

Solano County Sued Over Pot ID Cards

Lawsuit filed over refusal to issue medical marijuana card

Medical pot user sues DMV to get license back

Arcata approves medical marijuana guidelines

Scientists are high on idea that marijuana reduces memory impairment

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Hey Kids, Wanna Play Security Checkpoint: The Terrifying Marketing Of Police State Normalacy To Children

When I flew home from Washington, DC after a business trip last week, the TSA agent asked to test my laptop.  I politely asked what they were testing for.  It was just routine she told me.  And she’s right, it has become routine, a much too routine standard operating procedure designed to make us believe that the usurping of our privacy and human rights is normal and necessary if we are to be secure and free.

The obvious irony  is that we are not secure and  free if government agents have a right to violate our privacy and deny our rights without cause.  I considered protesting but I figured that the best outcome of that would be missing my flight, the worst case  being detained incommunicado in an undisclosed location.  The likelihood of a plausible explanation for this sudden interest in my laptop was undoubtedly nil. In other words, whatcha gonna do and TSA knows that.

My youngest son barely has a memory of when you could get on a plane without having to take off your shoes first.  He was in 4th grade on Sept. 11, 2001 and within  days his school was decked out in American flags and “I Support President Bush” signs appeared everywhere.  For him this is normal, the way things are supposed to be.  And that is no accident.

What is particularly disturbing about the normalizing of this notion that it is unpatriotic to question measures that supposedly defend us from acts of terror is the use of entertainment to hawk the message. In addition to the  Disney-owned ABC’s Homeland Security reality show, there is now a Homeland Security television channel on the internet that bills itself as,

(T)he world’s first online, on-demand television network dedicated to homeland security and global development. HSTV is a 24/7 interactive television channel dedicated to producing broadcast-quality video programs on all aspects of homeland security and the role of global development in fighting terrorism.

HSTV is also dedicated to facilitating rapid awareness of new technologies and services, and assisting in the transfer of those technology solutions to the government and critical infrastructure marketplace.

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Breathalyzer Source Code Required for Use as Evidence

Here’s a very interesting case from Florida, where an appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that threw out evidence from a breathalyzer test in a drunk driving case because the manufacturer of the device refused to release the source code and allow defense experts to analyze the accuracy of the machines.

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I am a Terrorist

See also:

Domestic Militarization Comes to San Bernardino County

Patriot Act – The War on Civil Liberties

The Second Amendment Versus The Police State?

Veterans for Peace (VFP) Opposes Combat Brigade’s Permanent U.S. Assignment

Assignment America: Keep juries dumb

Excellent Article on the Corrupt Prison-Industrial Complex

Court Rules Patriot Act’s “National Security Letter” Gag Provisions Unconstitutional

SoCal Martial Law Alerts’ Checkpoint Response Team

How you became the enemy

Banned in 2008

Poll: Less than half say US offers liberty and justice for all

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports indicates that although Americans strongly support the saying of the Pledge of Allegience, less than half of them believe that “the United States is truly the land of liberty and justice for all.”

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Medical pot user sues DMV to get license back

A 53-year-old Atwater woman will file a lawsuit against the DMV for revoking her license because she’s a medical marijuana user.

Her suit seeks to reinstate her license and also affirm that other residents can’t lose the right to drive simply because they use medical marijuana, approved by California voters in 1996.

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