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    Jack Oldson 3 years 45 weeks ago Page Robert Kaercher
    Enjoy seeing people wake up... especially when they wake up all the way!
  • Mark Davis's picture
    Mark Davis 3 years 45 weeks ago Page Mark Davis
    The first question was "Who do you like in the GOP race?" and Hank answered emphatically "Nobody." He later said Herman Cain makes more sense than the others "Right now." and was later prompted to comment about his previous support of Palin to which he said "Did I." So he clearly stated that he didn't support any of the "GOP field" and later gave non-committal off hand comments after prompts on two persons of which one is running. This will help his career more than hurt it. Country music fans like their singers to have some balls, at least those of the male variety. Hating Obama is a good start on the road to hating the state. When more people figure out that our problems are systemic and not due to personnel issues, support for the state will fade quickly. Anarchy is a Big Tent and Obama haters are welcome to come learn about the alternatives outside the mainstream organs. I'm just trying to help them.
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    donjuancho (not verified) 3 years 45 weeks ago
    The Spinnerians
    Page Leonidas
    I doubt bad cops (sorry for the redundancy) read this forum.
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    Gwardion 3 years 45 weeks ago Page Mark Davis
    I find it interesting that so many people, including Democrats, automatically assume that Obama would be the Hitler. Why is it that even his supporters automatically assume he has to be the Hitler in the analogy? I find it is very revealing that anyone that hears that analogy automatically assumes the Obama-Hitler connection. Why couldn't Obama be the Netanyahu?
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    rita 3 years 45 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    Oh, please! The "drug threat"? If the Russians think that eradicating the crops of desperately poor third-world farmers would end the "drug threat," why didn't they do it? Obama is, indeed, the leader of the world's most dangerous criminal organization. More dangerous than any drug; more violent than any drug cartel. They CREATED the "drug threat;" the drug threat makes them strong. It defines them; it justifies their existence.
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    mikehauncho 3 years 45 weeks ago Page Mark Davis
    I don't know if Hank is that black and white but the hitler remark was blown way out of proportion compared to the current rhetoric used today and he certainly did not deserve to get canned for it.
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    Mitrik_Spanner 3 years 45 weeks ago Page Mark Davis
    Wait a minute! Hank did say he likes Sara Palin. And that Herman Cain is the candidate he likes best in the current contest. He shot his career in the foot with the Hitler remark and proved he's a Obama hater and not much more. A tempest in a teapot.
  • Leonidas's picture
    Leonidas 3 years 45 weeks ago
    The Spinnerians
    Page Leonidas
    I know, but hope springs eternal. If they have any sense of self preservation, they will act to rein themselves in.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 3 years 45 weeks ago
    The Spinnerians
    Page Leonidas
    Leonidas your piece was great until this part: "Cops, end the childishness. Fix yourselves. Do it now. If we have to do it for you, you are going to wish we hadn’t." Reformist claptrap. State employed security agents are gonna be goons. Period. That is just the nature of that kind of beast. That's reality.
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    Suverans2 3 years 45 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    In reply to: 12-Year Olds in CA Can Be Vaccinated Without Knowledge or Consent of Parents, I asked the the question that no one likes the answer to, "And, who is subject to this law?" Here, in this lead-in, we find the answer. "Lawmakers in Louisiana have effectively banned its citizens from freely using..." Which is why I do not consent to be a "citizen", i.e. a member of any of their body politics.
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    donjuancho (not verified) 3 years 45 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Sorry, double post.
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    donjuancho (not verified) 3 years 45 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    I was a little disappointed in this. The interviewee obviously hasn't thought out his position. I don't see how this is productive.
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    KenK 3 years 45 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    This just doesn't seem healthy. If you kill animals for yourself you know it's fresh and can appraise the natural condition of the animal and not have to wonder what's happened to it while it was lying beside the road for a few hours, days, or whatever. There are easier ways to save money on food.
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    livefreeretiree (not verified) 3 years 45 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    An excellent perspective is explored when one exposes the ad-hoc nature of statism... a concept I expounded upon in this piece, "History's Most Elaborate Ad-Hoc Hypothesis": http://strike-the-root.com/historys-most-elaborate-ad-hoc-hypothesis
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    AlephT 3 years 46 weeks ago Page Michael Tennant
    Nice writing Michael and you're right, we don't need to kill anyone to save thousands lives but for me, there are times that we need to sacrifice in order to reach our goal, which is peace. I know that it'll be hard to attain but as long as there are people who believes that there will be peace on earth, I am not losing my grip. Saddam Hussein is just a man like us. We both live on the same planet, we breath, we eat, we need shelter and so on. The only difference is our view and principles. He's actually an icon for some and I don't wonder why there are people who even kidnapped his Egyptian look-a-like to earn from making a sex video.
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    buzaman 3 years 46 weeks ago Web link Michael Dunn
    Keyword Search: "Official", Check. Keyword Search: "Informant", Check. Drink!
  • Suverans2's picture
    Suverans2 3 years 46 weeks ago Web link strike
    And, who is subject to this law?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 3 years 46 weeks ago
    A Dangerous Precedent
    Web link Don Stacy
    More of the "if we just followed the Constitution" claptrap. No system of statism will have a good result. I'm surprised STR posted this at all.
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    suzeikew 3 years 46 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    Isn't that what "Occupy Wall Street" is all about?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 3 years 46 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    Well Mike that's just what states do. Feds busting people's chops for alcohol taxes goes all the way back to the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s.
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    DennisLeeWilson 3 years 46 weeks ago Page Scott Lazarowitz
    As Paul said: "...The real difficulty, post-crash, will not be martial law, but keeping economic life going. The way to do that is form associations with the more worthy of your neighbors, business associates and relatives." For those interested in HOW such associations MIGHT be created, I recommend the Covenant of Unanimous Consent. tinyurl.com/Galts-Oath-and-the-Covenant For more detail regarding the Covenant, see articles at tinyurl.com/Covenant-of-Unanimous-Consent Dennis
  • Samarami's picture
    Samarami 3 years 46 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Attention all you Lone Wolfs: Those who present the greatest threat to you and those you love are now targeting anyone with the cajones to disagree with establishment thinking. If you are an individualist you might be -- might well be -- a "terrorist". I like the way Justin illustrates the ignorant buffoons: "...the lunk-headed cluelessness which dominates the FBI’s corporate culture..."
  • Persona non grata's picture
    Persona non grata 3 years 46 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    Revolt slaves, revolt!
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 3 years 46 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Bummer. She should look into solar panels, a windmill or a generator. Just to tide her over. The utility bureaucracy has no real incentive to move fast on clearing this up sadly.
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    livemike 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    Yeah this sort of insanity has been around since Wickard v. Filburn in 1942. Thank you Roosevelt.
  • Persona non grata's picture
    Persona non grata 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    Fuck the government!
  • Samarami's picture
    Samarami 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    Rita, you got that right. Sam
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    rita 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    Duh.
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    Samarami 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Marc: Constantine was the first Christian Roman Emperor. .... He imposed a head tax throughout the empire payable (every four years) in gold and silver coin only. Constantine also crowned the first pope who was crowned (previous popes were not crowned). He crowned Sylvester, which was prelude to and eventually became known as "The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation", The First Reich. The German word for Empire is "Reich". Most of us know of and have studied to one degree or another The Third Reich under Adolf Hitler. But few of us have studied or given any thought to The Second Reich. Or The First Reich. Or what conditions would need to be in place for The Fourth Reich to come into fruition. An observer today can look at the American Reich and understand that in our lifetimes (I'm 75) we've seen this nation deteriorate into the most egregious police state on earth -- more prisoners behind bars per 100m population than any other nation on earth, or in the history OF the earth. Leaving undeclared wars for another topic, we see a U.S. "president" who deems it prudent to assassinate U.S. citizens on his say-so -- no due process of law. And it is not going to get any better under more religious "presidents" and/or congress critters. Hang onto your hats, mates. Sam
  • Samarami's picture
    Samarami 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Tony: Is God an anarchist? Your typical Christian-Zionist (sic) neocon will balk at the suggestion. But if God is love, how can He not be an anarchist? It's important to remember that most of us had to come out from under a host of fallacious ideology before we ever landed on this web site. Anarchy does not come easily. With that, my answer (for what it's worth) is "yes". From everything I can see objectively -- not colored by preconceived religious and/or political emotional ideology -- there is nothing in Hebrew scripture to indicate otherwise. Of course that's assuming "Hebrew scripture" is the final word on Deity, which ignores all Islam, Buddha -- and how many other religious movements larger than those subscribing to Hebrew scripture. The Book is a Testimonial to anarchy as we generally understand it (although the word is never used or implied). From stem to stern it is an admonishment to eschew political entanglement. That's why it's such a hoot for me to stand back and watch political types -- right, left, across and hold -- getting themselves stirred up in promotion of or opposition against war or abortion or same-sex "marriage" or other state machinations. Sam
  • Tony Pivetta's picture
    Tony Pivetta 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Interesting take on the Garden of Eden account! My lifelong interest in matters of faith and state notwithstanding, I was not familiar with it. It makes sense, though, especially in light of I Samuel, Chapter 8: "Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full to those who were asking him for a king. He told them: 'The rights of the king who will rule you will be as follows: he will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses, and they will run before his chariot. He will also appoint from among them his commanders of groups of a thousand and of a hundred soldiers. He will set them to do his plowing and his harvesting, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. "'He will use your daughters as ointment-makers, as cooks, and as bakers. He will take the best of your fields, vineyards and olive groves, and give them to his officials. He will tithe your crops and your vineyards, and give the revenue to his eunuchs and his slaves.'" There's also St. Augustine's *City of God*, in which this Doctor of the Church likens kingdoms to "great robber bands." He goes on to write: "A fitting and true response was once given to Alexander the Great by an apprehended pirate. When asked by the king what he thought he was doing by infesting the sea, he replied with noble insolence, 'What do you think you are doing by infesting the whole world? Because I do it with one puny boat, I am called a pirate; because you do it with a great fleet, you are called an emperor.'" Is God an anarchist? Your typical Christian-Zionist (sic) neocon will balk at the suggestion. But if God is love, how can He not be an anarchist?
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    rita 3 years 47 weeks ago
    Illegal Lemon Tree
    Web link Michael Dunn
    "I would expect these actions against someone running a drug house . . . " The lemon tree lady says it all. If they can take my stuff they can take yours too.
  • Samarami's picture
    Samarami 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    If one is to ascribe credence for the Hebrew Book it becomes obvious The Creator, in admonishing the first human beings to abstain from the "...fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil...", was in fact warning them away from faith in political authority. Throughout that book the term "fruit" as coming from a "tree" or "vine" is analogous to "works (authority) of men" (the authoritarian sense has no adequate equivalent English translation that I know of). This holds true in all the dozens and hundreds of versions and translations of that all-time best selling Book. The analogy is used many times throughout the Book. My understanding of the metaphor is this: The Creator is quoted as instructing them, "I am offering you government OF The Creator, BY The Creator, and FOR the people!" The Law was later inscribed upon two tablets of stone as a contract between The Creator and the family of Israel. Well, along came the first recorded smiling, waving gangster we know of today as a "politician". The translation "serpent" is grossly inaccurate -- the Hebrew would be more like "whispering enchanter". That political shyster was easily able to convince that very first woman and her man that The Creator had lied -- that he (political authority) could offer them government "...OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people!" (Lincoln plagiarized at Gettysburg) That Book is a chronology of the desire on the part of human beings to be ruled by human authority ("...we will have a king..."), and the results thereof. I believe we are about at the end game of the storyline of the Hebrew Book. The "protesters" have no idea what the protest is about -- their "demands" appear to be for "the hair of the dog that bit us." Voters have no idea for whom or why they vote. The depredations of unfettered agents of state appear to have finally resulted in the squandering of the productive efforts of the people who have craved to be ruled -- and who have provided legitimacy to those parasites of state. Total economic collapse appears to be in the offing. None of them see, as we here at STR see, the incestuous relationship between "Wall Street", "giant corporations" and "Our Country" (the ancestry of that first recorded deceiver), that has given rise to the debacle now upon us. The enormity of the truth is incredible. Sam
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    Tony Pivetta 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    I have a problem with force, period. Government by definition refers to the entity in society enjoying a legal monopoly on the use of force. Mixing anything with force--even freethinking, godless humanism (e.g., the Soviet Union)--is a bad combination. Ask the 20 million or so Christians who perished in the gulags.
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    Marc 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    How true. If you literally reversed all of Christ's teachings it would more closely approximate the madness swirling around in the head's of those Christians who who have made careers out of attempting to influence government policies - particularly those relating to foreign and military affairs. Let's travel back in time to the very first instance of Christianity melding with state. Constantine was the first Christian Roman Emperor. One would assume a new era kinder, gentler, more compassionate authoritarianism during his reign. Well, not quite. He imposed a head tax throughout the empire payable (every four years) in gold and silver coin only. Since the Roman Empire had been in serious decline for over a century not many people had any gold or silver coins. Fathers were forced to prostitute their daughters or face the consequence of possibly getting beaten to death by Roman soldiers. He eventually disbanded the 25,000 soldiers comprising Rome's Praetorian Guard and moved the capitol to Constantinople. Rome was left just another defenseless town on the Italian peninsula, a shadow of its former self. I personally have no problems with any religion so long that it does not mix with government. Government = force and religion + force is usually a bad combination.
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    Mitrik_Spanner 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    The Occupy Wall Street protests seem to be a kind of left counter weight to the fascistic wing of the American statist culture. Too bad both sides are mired down in kooky ideas.
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    KenK 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Bon vivant and literary poo-bah Dorothy Parker said upon hearing news that taciturn former president Calvin Coolidge had died replied: "How can you tell?" Same here. We've lost so much personal freedom just in the last decade or so that it is hard to not feel that we are not that free any more even using a relative comparison with the condition our liberty as of 2000.
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    KenK 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    Citizenship bestowed by a state entity is meaningless (or should be) to those who fancy themselves anarchists and who routinely denounce states and statism and all their emanations. Stripped to its essence what we have here is a situation that merely constitutes a large scale gang war. The two gangs (the USG, AQ) kill each others members. Live by the sword die by it too.
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    Peter McCandless 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Westernerd
    Excellent piece. Yes, many of "greatest generation" sacrificed to fight aggression overseas only to institutionalize more of it here. Excellent point.
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    KenK 3 years 47 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Laughable. The only two on this list that I've read are *Nickel & Dimed" and *BNW* and I can't see how given our societal condition presently that they would be the least bit controversial. I suppose the know-nothings will always find something somewhere to bitch about though.
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    jd-in-georgia 3 years 47 weeks ago Page Westernerd
    This is a great article. Just this past week, Jessi, a girl under our guardianship, had just written a paper on the perils of social promotion. Social promotion is where one is pushed through the system so that they will graduate with his or her peers, regardless of their level of intelligence. I was genuinely touched that a public school teacher cared enough to challenge a student to voice her opinion on the bogus nature of public education.
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    John deLaubenfels 3 years 48 weeks ago
    The Oldest Institution
    Page Paul Hein
    Excellent column. What I've seen of today's youth does not lead me to optimism, however: most seem to believe that goodies dispensed by government are their birthright. What is today's equivalent to the ritual of initiation into manhood, with its attendant acceptance of self-responsibility (and therefore at least minimal self-governance)? So-called "young men" today area mostly just overgrown boys, still accustomed to suckling off a parental and/or government teat. I sincerely hope I'm being too pessimistic!
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    Samarami 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Also, about 7 paragraphs down I was attempting to imbed in "Income" the following link: http://usa-the-republic.com/revenue/true_history/Chap4.html Klutz, klutz, klutz.
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    Samarami 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    The link that was supposed to be embedded in "strong lullabies" in the above response is as follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqsT4xnKZPg Being dumb and clumsy in using html can sure screw up the continuity of a decent essay, can it not??? Sam
  • Samarami's picture
    Samarami 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Discussions of this type insult the intelligence of all free-thinking sovereign states. That would be me. However, I secretly fear that I have precious little intelligence left to insult. To become free I proclaim one must recognize a critical but basic fact: that all agents of all government -- ALL -- have one primary set of purposes: to conceal, to confound, to perplex, to cover-up any semblance of truth. Anywhere. All the time. Throughout all of history. http://www.ozarkia.net/bill/anarchism/library/TaxationisRobbery.html http://mises.org/easaran/chap3.asp Anything that could be detected by the unwashed masses as malfeasance on the part of "My Country" must be quashed early-on by soothing, yet strong lullabieshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqsT4xnKZPg. They can even, for instance, be led into war while standing in awe at various state-sponsored parades and/or "motorcades". And they should be encouraged to clap wildly when the king ("president", lovingly referred to by press types as "potus"; or "prime minister") rides by. I won't even discuss here the unbelievable "security precautions" expended to protect his uneasy head -- and with what the sovereign state understands his or her head SHOULD ride uneasily. And never question the nakedness of his or her "highness". Income is never defined by law. Thousands upon thousands of pages are devoted to coming to a non-defined entity referred to as "adjusted gross income". But all functionaries of all courts in all lands under all circumstances will "rule" their various equivalents to "The-Sixteenth-Amendment" are valid. Well, wouldn't you? If you were collecting a handsome income and bestowed with the "power" of appointment as a Supreme-Court-Judge??? (I suspect also under penalty of death if the truth were known). Probably, without doubt, next to the hastily and stealthfully enacted "federal reserve act", the most gigantic swindle known to man. And don't forget state wars, the most egregious and deadly swindles of all. Ask me about it. So "we" are supposed to argue and wag our fingers and tongues and express opinions and write legislators and get all worked up over a huge packet of sloganry like "fair share". Arguments such as the one this guy Obama is now presenting are nothing but distractions. You and I are being robbed. The more we comply, the greater the robbery. Sam
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    Samarami 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Government by its very nature is criminal. If you cannot grasp that basic truth you will be whanging and whaling back and forth in the center of the court forever -- never advancing toward the goal (freedom). Always lamenting that you "should" have a right to this or a right to that. Agents of state (that would include the little "judge" quoted in the "ruling") will not and cannot grant or protect rights. Ever. If you allow them, they will certainly take away what you thought of as "my rights" (often they do that even when you do not "allow" them -- tried boarding a commercial airline lately???) Robert Higgs wrote an interesting essay: http://www.independent.org/blog/?p=6334 But in it he committed one fatal error -- he slipped and used "my rulers" once (but, after rereading the piece I see he put "our" in quotes the next time: "our" rulers). I'm convinced that if you continue to use such descriptors you will never achieve genuine "freedom". If I cannot define the problem, I'll remain IN the problem, and the problem will remain WITH me. I am a sovereign state. I pledge allegiance to no flag. Although I am a sportsman (probably in better physical condition than 98% of all the other 75 year-olds in my city), I refrain from attending episodes called spectator sports. My main reason for that is by avoiding such places I don't have to deal with the embarrassment of having patriots hiss and chastise when I refuse to engage in state worship and remain seated while some nerd chortles a poorly-written "anthem" that is billed as "national". In cases where I am chaperone to grand-kids or where I have kids in the game and can't avoid it, I take that opportunity to go to the men's room. I suspect I am going to live to see the day, and this at once saddens but again encourages me, when impending world economic collapse will engender massive black markets and total ignorance of edicts of state. All state agents will be rendered impotent. The only thing keeping them strong today is "voluntary compliance" by state subjects, a first class sham. All ignorance is NOT bad ignorance. Sam
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    KenK 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    About the only good thing you say about this device is that it's better than a rubber bullet in the eye or a broken bone or internal trauma from being slammed to the ground by a water cannon. It is a serious escalation up from tear gas though. I hope the media keeps reporting on this lawsuit.
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    Suverans2 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    “no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;” “no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;” “no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice…” ~ Attributed to: Wisconsin Judge, Patrick J. FIEDLER Anyone, what are "Plaintiffs"? Black's Law Dictionary (c.1991) begins it's definition with, "A person..." Would that be an "artificial person", or a "natural person"? Artificial persons. Persons created by human laws for the purposes of...government, as distinguished from natural persons. ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 113 NATURAL PERSONS. Such as are formed by nature, as distinguished from artificial persons, or corporations, formed by human laws for purposes of society and government. Wharton. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), pg. 802 Remember, "that which one creates, one controls", or, to be more specific, "one has a just claim to control". PERSON. A man considered according to the rank he holds in society, with all the rights to which the place he holds entitles him, and the duties which it implies. … Persons are divided by law into natural and artificial. Natural persons are such as the God of nature formed us; artificial are such as are created and devised by human laws, for the purposes of society and government, which are called “corporations” or “bodies politic.” 1 Bl. Comm. 123 ~ A Dictionary of Law [Black's Dictionary of the Law, 1st Edition], pg. 892 [Emphasis added] Body politic or corporate. A social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen covenants with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. Uricich v. Kolesar, 54 Ohio App. 309, 7 N.E.,2d 413, 414 Again, we must ask, are "citizens" created by "human laws" or by "nature"?
  • Samarami's picture
    Samarami 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    Reason, once looked upon as libertarian in content, has joined the family of governmentalist advocates of The Beltway. Follow the money. Sam
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    Samarami 3 years 48 weeks ago Web link Westernerd
    Suverans2 has been "training" me to use HTML. I flubbed the link to CERN on the above post: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/About/Structure-en.html Sam