Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Observations From the Back Row

Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation


Congress Looks to Rewrite Act That Led to Gibson Guitar Raid
by Audrey Hudson

Lawmakers are reviewing legislation to amend a century-old law that led to a raid by armed federal agents at the Gibson Guitar Company in August 2011 at its Nashville and Memphis factories and, in a separate case, to the imprisonment of two Americans for importing improperly packaged lobsters,,,,, “How can this possibly be constitutional?” …..Federal agents confiscated a half-million dollars worth of property from Gibson Guitar in the August raid, including guitars and computers. The company did not import banned wood products, but is accused of violating a law in India that requires the wood product be finished by workers in that country before it can be exported. …Abner Schoenwetter and David McNab spent six years in federal prison, accused of violating Honduran fishing regulations. The lobsters they received should have been shipped in plastic, rather than cardboard, boxes…. [this] is a frightening example of over-criminalization. ….U.S. importers have been turned into policemen, who are responsible for knowing a myriad of foreign laws that are simply impossible to keep track of,”


A censored race war?
by Thomas Sowell

CommentsWhen two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks -- beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work -- that might seem to have been news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn't…..Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by young black gangs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls or in other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other places across the country. Both the authorities and the media tend to try to sweep these episodes under the rug as well. In Milwaukee, for example, an attack on whites at a public park a few years ago left many of the victims battered to the ground and bloody. But, when the police arrived on the scene, it became clear that the authorities wanted to keep this quiet. One 22-year-old woman, who had been robbed of her cell phone and debit card, and had blood streaming down her face said: "About 20 of us stayed to give statements and make sure everyone was accounted for. The police wouldn't listen to us, they wouldn't take our names or statements. They told us to leave. It was completely infuriating."


Changing the world one city at a time
by Steven Greenhut

Given the nation's deep fiscal problems, many Americans of the Right and Left are so frustrated about the political process that they are jumping on Tea Party buses and occupying city parks. But efforts to reform Washington, D.C., or Sacramento are hopeless, despite those "change" slogans advanced by a president committed mainly to the status quo. If you want to change the world, you need to start in your city. A great example of what agitated citizens can accomplish is taking place in the Southern California city of Fullerton. Three council members are the targets of a recall election on June 5. The effort has gained steam after the Orange County district attorney recently released a horrific 33-minute video of the city's police officers beating a frail homeless man named Kelly Thomas last July. Thomas later died in a hospital.


My Take - Since I am probably perceived (rightly so thank you!) that I am a law and order guy you are probably wondering why I inserted this last article. It is simple...some things are right and some things are wrong...period. Far too many in positions of authority forget that this is 'received' authority. Received from the population to protect...not rule! Far too often this 'received' authority is perceived as personal power that requires no accountability for inappropriate actions. How do these things occur? It occurs when there is either a vacuum in leadership or that leadership is corrupt. Both will create a culture of corruption wherein bestial practices will grow unrestrained.

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