Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maryland Police State Pt 2

In Maryland, you don't have the right to protect yourself from the police.   Commentary Magazine, has  an excellent article on this topic....but  more importantly, you don't have the right to record the police on video when they violate your rights...think about that.  In Maryland you don't have the right to due's the police's "word" against yours.  Without video tape/recording, who's word do you think a jury will accept?  Yours?  don't bet on it
On Saturday, Yvonne Nicole Shaw, 27, was arrested by sheriff's deputies in Lexington Park, Maryland. According to the Southern Maryland News, Shaw was cuffed and booked for recording deputies who had come to an apartment complex in response to a noise complaint. Sheriff's Cpl. Patrick Handy's report explained that Shaw was standing about 12 feet from him, and that Shaw "did admit to recording our encounter on her cell phone for the purpose of trying to show the police are harassing people."

This is after Anthony Graber was arrested for recording a police office (who was OFF DUTY AT THE TIME) with a helmet camera...admittedly Mr. Graber was being monumentally stupid for popping "wheelies" while exceeding the 75 mph speed limit...but still, having a pistol drawn by an off-duty cop, who doesn't show a badge is a rather harrowing experience.  One that I wouldn't wish to experience. 

But here in the People's Republic of Maryland, you don't have the right to video the police while they violate your rights...Just go to the Preakness, if you piss off the cops...they'll use whatever force they think is necessary to subdue you...then arrest the guy who video's it...

Here's the money quote: 
"Do me a favor and turn that off. It's illegal to record anybody's voice or anything else in the state of Maryland."
It's not true, but that's the position of the police in this state.  You don't have the right to take video of them while they violate your much for the right of due process...much the less the 1st amendment...
No one expects what they say to a cop during a traffic stop to be private. But consider how this affects the way Maryland cops and prosecutors are interpreting the law: When a cop pulls you over or detains you for questioning, he—the public servant with the badge and the gun—retains a right to privacy for the entire encounter. You don't.

Of course, it's OK for the Police  to beat the shit out of you...but you're violating "their civil rights to video them while they beat you up."

G-d forbid that you should do so...
Maryland law enforcement officials were nationally embarrassed by the videotaped beating of Jack McKenna. McKenna, a student at the University of Maryland, was given an unprovoked beating by police during student celebrations after a basketball game last February. McKenna would probably still be facing criminal charges and the cops who beat him would likely still be on the beat were it not for several cell phone videos that captured his beating.
This is what happens in the People's Republic of Maryland if you have the balls to challenge the police with their brutal go to jail and have to spend your hard savings to prove you are innocent...because in the People's Republic of Maryland, you are guilty until...someone comes up with video evidence showing you're innocent...which makes them guilty...

The FCC wants to "save" journalism, except that journalistswho aren't part of the government's propaganda machine won't be much for freedom...of anything. 

This country was founded on the basic idea that anyone with a printing press was a that EVERYONE has one...means that only those whom the government permitted to...publish, either video or printed words...

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