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Creeping Tyranny

Posted in America, Tyranny on January 31, 2014 by desertdweller

Don’t expect to wake up one day and find we’ve emerged from the sunshine of liberty and stepped into the fog of tyranny.  The transition will be subtle.  The Overton Window will shift to tyranny as the public, with the aid of media, popular culture and those in power row forward.

President Obama seems aware of this concept, with claims of Executive Authority (over the authority of Congress), and now this.

President Barack Obama used his time on a Google hangout Friday to say he wants to push ahead with some version of net neutrality regulations despite an appeals court ruling this month that struck down the existing Federal Communication Commission regulation over Internet providers.

He said that the government has to respect the court’s ruling “initially,” but that there may be other avenues for government regulation.

[Emphasis mine.]

Just what “other avenues” are considered in the Constitution?

Can’t think of any.

Tyranny of the State – MD Police Stalk and Stop Tampa CCW holder

Posted in 2nd Amendment, Tyranny on January 21, 2014 by desertdweller

The probable cause for the stop is unspecified.  Presumably the police see the Florida plate, run it and see the CCW flag on the response.  In Maryland that must be probable cause for a stop and search.

Trouble, in fact, was the last thing on his mind a few weeks back as the Filippidises packed for Christmas and a family wedding in Woodridge, N.J., so he left the pistol locked in the safe. The state of Florida might have codified his Second Amendment rights, but he knew he’d be passing through states where recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms have been met by hostile legislatures and local officials.

“I know the laws and I know the rules,” Filippidis says. There are, after all, ways gun owners can travel legally with firearms through hostile states. “But I just think it’s a better idea to leave it home.”

So there the Filippidises were on New Year’s Eve eve, southbound on Interstate 95 — John; wife Kally (his Gulf High sweetheart); the 17-year-old twins Nasia and Yianni; and 13-year-old Gina in their 2012 Ford Expedition — just barely out of the Fort McHenry Tunnel into Maryland, blissfully unarmed and minding their own business when they noticed they were being bird-dogged by an unmarked patrol car. It flanked them a while, then pulled ahead of them, then fell in behind them.