A lil’ Agitating


An individual recently asked me how I thought the government was violating the limitations imposed by our constitution. The following is my response to that question.

The U.S. Constitution and the first ten amendments thereof (commonly called the Bill of Rights) were written in the plainest English possible by this country’s founding fathers. It was never meant to be interpreted by a bunch of cross-dressing, furniture abusers. With this in mind I shall quote parts of it that any individual with a fourth grade education can understand, and provide examples of violations of those parts.

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Religion is perhaps the only Natural Right enumerated in the constitution that hasn’t been trampled; however considering the increasing occurrences of “reasonable restriction” interpretations I doubt it will stay intact for long. This country’s love of democracy, which this country was never intended to be (we were founded as a constitutionally limited republic) and the shamefully more common usage of “diaper head” and “camel F-er” in this country to describe Muslims I give this last remnant of the Bill of Rights less than ten years.
Freedom of speech: I missed “free speech zone” while reading that. Not that I would, but try using the word, fag, or nigger on your local college campus and see what happens.

Freedom of press: Even though Wikileaks isn’t even headquartered in this country, our government has tried repeatedly to shut it down and jail the owners.

Right to peacefully assemble and seek redress: When World War One veterans calling themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force marched to Washington D.C to demand the compensation promised to them they were attacked by our government. These veterans had brought their families with them and “a number” of them were murdered.

Amendment II: 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 American militia was (and still is) composed of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age. The militia of our revolutionary war era was equipped (by themselves) with firearms vastly superior (rifles) to those issued to the regular army (smooth bore muskets) of every nation (including our own) of that time. However now days the general population can’t legally own even the standard issue infantryman’s weapon (a select-fire AR-15.)

I own several weapons that can’t be kept, let alone bared in several states of this union (they are legal here in Montana.) How are those people in California and Washington D.C. to name only two places not having their Rights infringed?

Amendment III: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Soldiers may not be quartered in our homes; however we are being forced to quarter them by money stolen from us via taxes.

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Secure in their persons:

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Secure in their houses: Our government has decided in Section 218 of the PATRIOT ACT that they don’t need a warrant to “sneak and peek”

Secure in their papers, effects: The government has declared that they don’t need any type of warrant to read, or copy any piece of Email, that you send or receive. This also applies to all cellular phone conversations.

Amendment V: No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Ask José Padilla (an American citizen) if he was deprived of his liberty without due process while he was locked up for three and a half years at a military prison even though no charges were filed during that time.

Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

As mentioned above José Padilla certainly didn’t receive a speedy trial, which if I recall correctly must take place within six months.

The Right to a jury trial is perhaps the last and strongest defense we have against this tyrannical government and because of this they have already taken steps beyond secret tribunals to limit it. Today you can be denied a jury for ANY crime that carries a possible maximum punishment of less than a year. You will also be denied a jury for any tax crime even if the punishment could be incarceration in excess of a year. However, the constitution specifically says ALL criminal prosecutions shall have a jury trial.

The true power of this Right is explained here: http://fija.org/

Amendment VII: In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The government bypassed this right (being tried at common law) by declaring that this doesn’t apply unless the twenty dollars are Morgan silver dollars, or older. I’m not kidding!

Amendment VIII: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The definition of excessive is very subjective, however I’ve heard of many cases where I thought the fine excessive. Such as: United States v. Bajakajian, where the defendant was fined over $350,000 becuase he took more than $10,000 out of the United States.

Cruel and unusual punishments: What are the chances of being ass raped while in prison? Like that’s not bad enough what are the chances of contracting AIDS from that experience. I can’t think of anything crueler than dying a slow horrible death from HIV?

Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The constitution was written as a limiting document in which the few allowable powers of the government were enumerated in Section Eight. These powers were described in detail, and were less than thirty in number. They included such things as coining money, establishing post offices and a patent office. This amendment was a further check against the day (that did unfortunately arrive) when the government would try to assume more authority than it was granted. This amendment (and a better educated populace) was responsible for the drafting of the Eighteenth Amendment (prohibition) in 1919. The proof that this amendment is being violated everyday in this country is that a prohibition style amendment was never ratified to make marijuana (and other drugs) illegal, such as they were forced to pass for alcohol.

Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

My own state of Montana about a year ago passed a bill that stated we could ignore federal firearm laws as long as the firearms were built in Montana for Montanans, this piece of legislation was based on the Tenth Amendment. All medical marijuana laws are also based on the tenth amendment. The federal government’s response to these state level laws (raids of California dispensaries, and threats to Montanans) are proof of the violation of this Right.

I think these examples make it clear that the populace of this country live with only a small fraction of their Natural Rights being respected by this tyrannical government. There are many more horror stories about violations of our Rights I wanted to write about but this is already long enough. Feel free to share other examples as replies.

That Time of Year


So TurkeyLurkey fulfilled his purpose, to the tune of thirty three pounds:

Before:

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After (when his name was changed to Turkeyzilla):

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I finished off Thanksgiving by driving the lil’ lady to “The Big City” at midnight to go shopping. We didn’t get back until seven AM this morning. I’m all out of holiday cheer.

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Winter


Winter has finally arrived in The Gulch. I have no complaints, in fact it was such a nice fall it almost made up for the long horrible spring we had. We finished processing the onions and mustard we grew in the garden this summer, and I’m already feeling a longing for the seed catalogs.

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Heat


Nixie (a.k.a. squirt,) our prudish bitch yellow lab is in heat again. We still want puppies, and Rowdy (a.k.a. Booboo) our male lab is more than willing to do his part however, Nixie isn’t interested in anything to do with this process. Whenever Rowdy presses his suit Nixie kicks his ass and he’s too much of a gentleman to do anything except retreat and plan another approach. I was going to muzzle Nixie and tie her to one of our log loft posts, but apparently this is considered “uncool,” at least according to my wife. My friend the breeder whom we got Nixie from suggested we do A.I. (artificial insemination,) and even suggested a vet who has a hot chick tech who would…um, extract the semen. I was informed having a hot chick tech do this is a plus. Anyways, last night at 3AM we were awoken by what I first thought was our Thanksgiving turkey being attacked. I grabbed a flashlight and the large frame Glock to investigate. (I would have preferred The Judge loaded with .410 buckshot but I haven’t installed night sights on it yet.) When I got to the spare goat pen (where the turkey is living out his last days) it was obvious that the noise was coming from elsewhere. I had tracked the noises to the top of the ridge above the pens when the noise changed to a long undulating howl. I recognized the howl as a coyote, but it seemed in pain and not moving. I didn’t have any leg-hold traps set in that area so the only thing I could come up with was the ‘yote had gotten into my root cellar and got stuck. Not wanting to deal with this in the dark, I turned on the flood lights by the pens (incase it was still mobile and hungry) and decided to wait till morning. When I got back to the house I heard another howl, this one reeked of desperation. This was the kind of desperation I remembered from back in my Jr. High School days when my girlfriend told me to get my hand out of her pants. That is when I realized this was just another chapter in the continuing saga of trying to get a litter of puppies.

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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Don’t Name Them


I just got off the phone with my friend Troy. Like many people who have moved to rural areas from more urban environments he purchased some livestock. In his case not only did he get the typical small flock of chickens, but also a pair of turkeys. These turkeys flourished under his careful care until they were too big to get through the coop door. When he told me he was having to shove them in for the night, I mentioned that that might be a sign that they were ready to butcher. A few days later his wife gave me an account of how he went out that night with a chainsaw and enlarged the poultry door for them. A few months later I stopped by his place and saw firsthand what monstrosities these birds had become. They were huge; at least thirty pounds apiece. He didn’t say much when I mentioned that he and his wife sure would be eating good this Thanksgiving. A few days later one of the monsters was killed by a skunk or weasel and he was upset. I figured it was the same kind of concern I get for our surviving birds when a predator has breached our livestock defenses, and gave him some advice on fencing. During the call I just received he asked if I could help him with a problem he was having with his turkey. With Thanksgiving approaching, I figured he was having problems figuratively “pulling the trigger.” This isn’t uncommon even for hardened lifelong ranchers. Every fall, me or another of our hunting crew had to kill our friend’s steer that he butchered every fall, and this man grew up ranching. I offered to go over to Troy’s place and put the bird down for him. He thanked me but said he had grown so attached he didn’t think he could even eat it. Turkey-Lurky is being delivered as I type this. We will keep him penned in the spare goat pen until thanksgiving, when his named will be shortened to just Turkey.

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