Speeding is a Capital Offense

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Did you know that the penalty for speeding is death?

It is something to think about as we head into the Farce of July and the sickly celebration of the freedoms we lost a long time ago. Among these, the right to not be shot to death in the streets over traffic offenses.

Yes, really.

A couple of years ago, the nine Judge Dredds who quite literally are the law – by dint of decreeing what the law is, as opposed to what the Constitution actually says –  ruled (a most appropriate term) that if a speeding motorist flees from an enforcer of the law, that enforcer is empowered to execute him. (News story here.)

The case at issue was Plumhoff vs. Rickard.

Back in ’04, a Memphis, TN law enforcer named Vance Plumhoff tried to pull over a white Honda driven by the now-deceased (via-Plumhoff) Rickard for the egregious offense of driving with one headlight out. Rickard attempted to flee – a not unreasonable act these days, given forced enemas and anal probes (also ruled “constitutional” by The Nine Dredds), the planting of drugs and trumping-up of evidence, wood shampoos, Tazerings and so on.

A chase ensued.

Eventually, Rickard’s car was cornered – and even though all that had transpired thus far was some illegal high-speed driving – by both parties, it’s important to point out – when Rickard “refused to surrender,” Plumhoff fired his gun at him three times.

This frightened Rickard.

For unfathomable reasons, he imagined his life to be in danger. He thus hit the gas and attempted to get away – whereupon Plumhoff emptied his semi-automatic pistol’s magazine (12 more shots) into the bodies of both Rickard and his passenger, both of whom were rendered immediately “compliant” – and very dead. Of a piece with the summary execution of Miriam Carey – do you recall? – who was gunned down in living color and with her baby in the passenger seat, just a hop skip and a jump away from the den of the Nine.

And, of course, Philando Castile – executed by a law enforcer named Geronimo – who “feared for his safety” after Castile explained he had a legal firearm (and permit) on his person. Castile didn’t even commit a moving violation. He was pulled over because the enforcer thought he looked like another person who had apparently committed a robbery.

Postmortem, Rickard’s daughter sued Scharfuhrer (sergeant) Plumhoff for using excessive force. The Nine ruled not so. Scharfuhrer Plumhoff acted “reasonably,” they concluded.

Herewith the reasoning of The Nine, in the words of America’s very own Roland Freisler, Samuel Alito:

“It is beyond serious dispute that Rickard’s flight posed a grave public safety risk, and here the police acted reasonably in using deadly force to end that risk.”

But what constitutes a “grave public safety risk”? Pretty much whatever the law enforcer says – no, believes – it is.

We live in the Era of Officer Safety, an offshoot of the broader Safety Cult.

A moment’s hesitation or questioning of barked orders amounts to “resisting” and a “threat” to “officer safety.”

It is more like a challenge to their authority – which is the real issue, never spoken but understood by everyone.

This bears keeping in mind as we approach the Farce that is the Fourth – and the checkpoints that will be peppered across the land of the “free” to make sure everyone is “safe.”

Note that in this Plumhoff vs. Rickard case, as in so many similar cases, no one was harmed. Except of course for Rickard. According to Alito and the Nine,  the possibility (however theoretical) that “someone” might have gotten hurt constitutes sufficient justification to kill the offender.

This means you. And me.

Unless you are one of the Unicorns who never “speeds” – and so never “poses a grave public safety risk” – as all “speeders” do, we are constantly assured.


In my own state of Virginia (and several others) it is “reckless” driving – by definition, under the law – to drive even 1 MPH faster than 79 MPH.  Even when the posted limit is 70, as it is on many Virginia highways.

And “reckless” driving surely qualifies as a “grave threat to public safety.” If not, words have no meaning. 

Of course, 81 on the highway (posted 70, everyone driving at least 75) is as “reckless” as Rachel Madow is feminine.

And yet, the hapless victim faces the Hobson’s choice of pulling over – and being cow-belled with what are arguably “excessive bails and fines” – forbidden by the Constitution but approved by the Nine – or doing the not-unreasonable thing and attempting to get away, per Rickard.

Either way, the sentence could very well be . . .  death.

There is a very real threat to our safety posed by law enforcement, which has all-but-been-given official license to kill for whenever they ululate the magic words, Officer Safety.

It is not merely tempting to hit the gas and make for the next exit ramp, it is arguably reasonable. But then you have become a “grave public safety risk.”

Catch 22.

It is interesting to note that it is never considered a “grave public safety risk” for the state’s praetorians to speed nor to let loose a fusillade of gunfire in public. Apparently, it is impossible for a law enforcer to drive too fast, or recklessly. And the state’s praetorians always hit what they’re shooting at. Yes?

Well, no.

Rickard’s hapless passenger, for instance.

Judge Dredd is no longer a comic book character. His signature line – “I am the law!” – is now our officially approved reality.

Times Nine.

Enjoy the Fourth Farce. Hopefully, in the safety of your home.

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  1. Americans are so fearful, brainwashed, dependent, or ignorant that they think like children and justify every law and overlook every abuse carried out by the government. They believe government workers are kind gods who can do no wrong. Americans feel that the government can run their lives better they can and that safety is more important than freedom. Americans think hating tyranny means that you are a traitor.

    Americans are so fat, degraded, and drugged up that they eagerly allow themselves to be molested to ride a bus, offer their fingerprints to get a driver license, and open their bags to be searched so they can ride a subway.

    If Americans are asked about the US debt, they respond that it doesn’t matter because it is not real money and doesn’t need to be paid back. Americans don’t mind having their faces scanned for a facial recognition database. Americans think that they live in a free country if they can get away with breaking laws. Americans say the police should be allowed to shoot unarmed people in the back. Americans believe people should be jailed for filming public buildings. Americans think endless wars are fine because US bombs are just gathering dust. Americans support government secrecy because the USA has enemies. Americans think taxes create more jobs than the free market can. Americans think government workers deserve high wages because they work hard. Americans think the economy should be destroyed to save the environment. Americans say that regulations encourage people to start companies. Americans think everyone accused of crimes are guilty. Americans say people should be in prison to keep the unemployment rate down. Americans would rather increase punishments for victimless nanny state laws instead of repealing them. Americans think the desires of neighbors are more important than the rights of property owners. Americans believe the government owns everything because the government is the people. Americans think billboards should be banned to protect the scenery. Americans want protesting to be outlawed because protesters might break windows. Americans think forcing people to stand for the national anthem means freedom. Americans think people are helpless so they need the government to force them to do everything.

    When asked about gun control, Americans say it’s needed for safety. If asked about free speech, Americans respond that no one should be offended. Americans think Muslims don’t have religious rights because Islam is not a religion. Americans say asset forfeiture is fine because the police have been doing it for years. Americans defend NSA wiretapping because it’s just metadata. Americans believe TSA groping is good since they have nothing to hide. Americans say torture is okay because other countries do it. Americans even say the Bill of Rights should be abolished because George Washington owned slaves!

    The US is so degraded now that any Americans who oppose wars, debt, and tyranny will be called traitors, nutjobs, racists, Communists, or Fascists.

    The collapse of the USA is disgusting and shameful.

    Those who still support the government are just tools for the elites.

    The US deserves everything coming to it.


    • Do you think we really deserve this? For the most part, we were not asked, the Working Man is so busy keeping this country going we don’t have time to dabble in politics.The current POTUS is apolitical, perhaps this is a good thing( more than likely a disaster.)

  2. Why such policies you might ask? Who benefits? Read this manifesto and see!

    The Bankers Manifesto – United States Bankers Magazine 1892.

    We the bankers must proceed with caution and guard every move made, for the lower order of people are already showing signs of restless commotion.

    Prudence will therefore show a policy of apparently yielding to the popular will until our plans
    are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized

    Organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and we must take immediate steps to control these organizations in our interest or disrupt them.

    At the coming Omaha convention to be held July 4, 1892, our men must attend
    and direct its movement or else there will be set on foot such antagonism to our designs as
    may require force to overcome.

    This at the present time would be premature. We are not yet ready for such a crisis. Capital must protect itself in every possible manner through conspiracy and legislation. The courts must be called to our aid, debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.

    When, through the process of law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of the government applied to a central power of imperial wealth under the control of the leading financiers.

    People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. History repeats itself in regular cycles. This truth is well known among our principal men who are engaged in forming an imperialism of the
    world. While they are doing this, the people must be kept in a state of political antagonism.

    The question of tariff reform must be urged through the organization known as the Democratic Party, and the question of protection with the reciprocity must be forced to view through the Republican Party.

    By thus dividing voters, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us, except as teachers to the common herd. Thus, by discrete actions, we can secure all that has been so generously planned and successfully accomplished.

    The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called ownership is only by virtue of Government, i.e., law, amounting to mere user and use must be in acceptance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State.

    The plan is to control all resources, human and natural. The control is not by elected public officials, but by our self-appointed oligarchy. There are no reservation of rights. Treaties and international
    organizations will direct and control the policy, strategy, programme priorities and eligibility criteria relating to access to and utilization of resources in each member country.

    The Revised Bankers’ Manifesto of 1934

    Capital must protect itself in every way, through combination and through legislation. Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible.

    When through a process of law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of wealth, under control of leading financiers.

    People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an IMPERIALISM of capital to govern the world.

    By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd. Thus by discrete action we can secure for ourselves what has been generally planned and successfully accomplished.

    Our power increases proportionately to the common misery, it is not by chance that millions of Americans have lost their homes during the tenure of the current President of the United States. [FDR]

    Journal of Woodrow Wilson written near the end of his life –

    I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men.

    We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated
    governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion
    and duress of a small group of dominant men.

    Declaration of Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. prior to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act:

    The Federal Reserve Act, Dec. 1913 establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs the Bill, the invisible government of the Monetary Power will be legalised. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency Bill.

      • The words are all Wilson’s. They’re from his 1913 book – The New Freedom by Woodrow Wilson. (Revised several times until 1916.)

        They’re not direct excerpts. Various passages are combined to fit an narrative of the Populists and Greenbackers.

        I agree his having regret is not credible. He regretted the things he criticized. But always saw the Federal Reserve Act as a remedy.

        In his book The New Freedom: A Call For the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People, chapter 9, Woodrow Wilson cites most of this. However the sentence, “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country.” is something WW said elsewhere.

  3. Not to disagree, but could you tell me what other states have that stupid 80 MPH flat line for reckless driving that VA does? I don’t know what they are and I want to do my best to avoid those states.


  4. Hey Eric,
    You were right, this one even attracted a couple new “Clovers”, and an old one, to boot! I think your comments sections are getting to be 3 times the length of your articles. Nice to see that your topics generate so much dialog and interest! You should be getting paid by the paragraph for all your responses, lol!

    • Thanks, amigo!

      I really enjoy the comments, too. I think they are generally top drawer (Clovers excepted) and one of the major draws of this site.

  5. I never found out what happened but the following is an account of my experience in B.C. Canada and that seemed to me to have shaken up the judge quite a bit. It may well work as well in the US because the serious underlying issues are the same.

    A couple of years ago a friend contacted me in Victoria, Canada from Johannesburg in South Africa. He had been away on business and had forgotten about a certain speeding ticket that he had received in Victoria some 18 months earlier and had wanted to challenge on constitutional grounds.

    He asked me to attend the scheduled Court hearing for him to explain his absence to the judge and to ask for an extension until he returned to Canada.

    The Crown Prosecutor was quite hostile, however, and wanted a default judgment for failure to appear. The matter had already been put over twice before and a constitutional challenge to a speeding ticket would likely have appeared as nothing more than a stalling tactic to those in nominal law enforcement.

    The judge asked me if I had any information or knowledge of the substance of my friend’s constitutional argument. He seemed to sense (quite correctly) that I might be the source of my friend’s position. I replied:

    “Well your Honour, it is the policy of the Crown that drivers are encouraged to exceed the posted limit by a reasonable amount in the interests of traffic flow.”

    He repeated my words back to me but stopped short after the words “reasonable amount”. After about a two to three second pregnant pause, I repeated the whole sentence:

    “It is the policy of the Crown that drivers are encouraged to exceed the posted limit by a reasonable amount in the interests of traffic flow.”

    Again he repeated my words but again stopped short after the words “reasonable amount”.

    I did not directly answer the judge’s question about the nature of my friend’s constitutional challenge.

    But what I did say is legalese for: The Crown’s administration of the Motor Vehicle Act is technically defined as racketeering. It is pure “bait and switch”, wholly fraudulent, and theoretically beneath the dignity of “Her Majesty” to engage in. They induce you to exceed the posted limit by a reasonable amount, but then charge you with exceeding the posted limit, period.

    It is theoretically a valid defence to plead adherence to administrative policy regardless of what the law is. Both systems are based in English law so it ought to be the same in the US.

  6. >It is interesting to note that it is never considered a “grave public safety risk” for the state’s praetorians to speed nor to let loose a fusillade of gunfire in public.
    Maybe not, but the laws of nature do not care who you are.
    F = ma, everywhere, for everyone, and energy is always conserved.

  7. Well we have the “Law “( applies to us ) and the “Laa” ( applies to professional courtesy and prejudice)
    Let me tell you what the Law did to me in OL’Virginny , I was tooling up I 64 , trying my best to get home , with some stuff in the back( wedged in and secured with elastic tie downs( I lost a piece of a plastic shelf and Lawn chair out the ) Back and a Hispanic Lady who was so close She couldn’t miss the stuff , ran through it. Other concerned minorities started blowing their Horns and pointing, I turned back at the next intersection and ( at great risk to life and limb and cleaned the road up and took my insurance info to the Lady who couldn’t miss my plastic and lawn chair) she was taking all kinds of pictures and wasn’t off the road very good.There actually wasn’t any obvious damage to the car. anyway I got all that straightened out and was preparing to leave then “Super Trooper ” pulls in behind Me and sits in His car ( it was hotter then Heck that day) He start giving me a ration about how I didn’t have my load secured I mentioned I had it bound with elastic cords and He said no traffic Judge would believe that, so finally His attitude changed a little and He checked the ticket box so I could pay the $100 or so fine by mail or phone rather than having to run 200 miles back to traffic court .
    Maybe if it happens again, I won’t be the nice Guy and come back and stand good for the perceived damages and cleaning the road up( Hey fellows the law works for the law abiding !)

  8. We should all take traffic tickets as seriously as the police, going to court and fighting every one of them, calling up lawyers on our cell phones if we get pulled over and generally making a “federal case” out of any police activity in order to clog up the system. Then maybe they’ll see how ridiculous the idea of speeding is. Yes, it will cost money to get lawyers involved, but I’ll bet if there’s a call center full of 1st year law grads getting paid a few bucks to represent you and at a minimum log the interaction with the police it might start to be a deterrent. They are betting on the fact that we don’t want to deal with the hassle, and so they make it very convenient to plead guilty and go on your merry way. But we can all find a few minutes out of our busy schedules to at least show up in court and try to plea bargain at least. And I’d be happy to have a lawyer on call/retainer at a reasonable rate just in case, just like insurance but something you might actually use someday.

  9. I’m north of 65….white as Hell….ain’t poor….never been arrested in my life….worst and last ticket I ever got was speeding, and that was about 40 years ago. I’m so boring, I’m invisible.

    I used to pay not a whit of attention to copping, but no more. I can’t stand the sight of them. I want them to stay away from me and my family. They represent nothing but trouble, especially for those of us that are doing nothing wrong. Every one of them is just another Dennis Rader waiting to blow.

    When they lose people like me, they have a real problem.

  10. Once again, illiteracy abounds among the Supremes.

    They collectively have shown that they can’t read the aforementioned statements in our own Constitution. They have now sanctioned any activity by the Praetorians in the name of saaaaaaaaaaafe-ty. How the heck can “public safety” exist if individual safety does not?

    I guess that ubiquitous phrase, “To protect and serve,” doesn’t mean what it says any more.

    And the value of human life keeps going down, since the Praetorian didn’t have to pay out anything to the next of kin.

    It’s no surprise that people fear the Praetorians more than ever.

    “When the government fears the people, you have Liberty. When the people fear the government, then you have Tyranny.”

    • Oh, and they fear us just as much as, if not more than, we fear them. Watch a trooper with a pulled over “speeder” and you see him in full body armor, unlocking his sidearm as he approaches the stopped car. He’s trained to fear us by the rulers who fear us.

      Security theater at the airport isn’t about protecting the flying public, there have been hijackings, many ending badly, long before 9/11. But because the 9/11 hijackings ended in federal buildings and financial centers being damaged it meant no more freedom for us. That one was a little too close to home for the bureaucracy.

      People protesting their lot in life is just fine by them until they get too close to city hall. If they loot a Korean deli, well sucks to be that guy and he probably deserved it anyway. They put up with the Occupy Wall St Communists until they outlived their hygiene and weren’t cute anymore. Then out they go!

  11. Eric Peters your an idiot. Quit defending the reckless criminals. You must have gotten a few tickets eh. Every one of your articles regarding law enforcement are garbage. I do find your technical automobile articles good though.Clover

    • Joe,

      “Your (sic) an idiot” isn’t an argument.

      Before you attempt to construct one, you might learn the difference between your and you’re.

      Apparently, government schools have done their work. You haven’t mastered fifth grade grammar and you revere law enforcement.

    • Smiley, a “criminal” is one who violates mala in se laws and no one defends those actions which actually cause harm to others.

      But one who does not obey mala prohibita laws is not a criminal because no harm is done to others. He is simply one who does not recognize the “authoritah” of the busy bodies whose insatiable lust to control others is intolerable for any free man.

    • “your an idiot”

      As far as I’m concerned, these three words have achieved the status of an Internet meme.

      It’s a 100% reliable indicator that one is in the presence of a member of the Idiocracy.

  12. Speaking of “Capital Offenses”, I still remember when it dawned on me that the list of such offenses was endless. Case in point: Spitting on the Sidewalk. Ticket issued, ticket ignored, police visit, confrontation, gun fire, death sentence ! This insight came to me before I was forty years old.

    Before I was thirty, I had signed one of those checks to Uncle Sam, redeemable with my life, to protect and defend the US Constitution against all aggressors, foreign and domestic (US Army).

    Police have no duty to protect or defend us, yet I was required to provide that service for them. But I could be executed by the cops for expectorating on the side walk. Now, fifty years later, I realize that I put my life on the line for the very debauched situation we now see in public safety, and in borders, language and culture.

    As I look at WW II, and previous such events, I frequently wonder if those MEN would have done their duty if they knew it would all be thrown away by their very children and grandchildren.

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ?

    • Paraphrasing Walter Sobchak, Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism at least it was an ethos that doesn’t put up with savages raping their women.

      If the men laying buried at Normandy and elsewhere in Europe have not realized the folly of their deaths up to this point they most certainly will when the savages eventually get around to kicking over the crosses marking their “ultimate sacrifice” for TPTB.

  13. Just want to wish every “patriotic ‘Merican” a “Happy 4th of July”! May it be US amerika’s last birthday, you saps.

    • The United States was dissolved on December 26, 2019. It was a result of the ratification of the Twenty-Eighth amendment by nearly three fourths of both houses of congress.

      The declaration acknowledged the independence of the former United States and created the Commonwealth of American States (CAS). On the previous day, President Donald J Trump, the forty-fifth and final leader of the United States, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over its powers – including control of the American nuclear missile launching codes – to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Prime Governor of the Commonwealth as designated by both houses of congress and ratified by over 73% of the 97 Commonwealth State Leaders.

      That evening at 8:00 PM, all United States flags were lowered across the world for the last time and replaced with the pre-revolutionary Grand Union flag.

      Previously, from August to December of 2019, all the individual states, territories, and military facilities, including the District of Columbia itself, had seceded from the United States. The week before the republic’s formal dissolution, the Pence-McConnell-Ryan Protocol formally established the CAS and declared that the United States had ceased to exist. Both the Constitutional Revolutions of 2019 and the dissolution of the United States also signaled the end of the EU-Islamic-Sino-Soviet Second Cold War.

      Many of the dissolved former United States Possessions have retained close links with the American Commonwealth and formed multilateral organizations such as the Commonwealth of American Military Bases, Northern Hemispheric Economic Community, the Districts of Columbia, the Northern Hemispheric Customs Union, and the American Economic Union to enhance economic and security cooperation.

      The nations of Panama, South Korea, Republic of China, Philippines and Liberia, have petitioned to join the CAS. On the other hand, Hawaii has dissolved and joined Japan and Alaska has dissolved and became a province of Canada.

      • Tor, like the spirit of your post but I respectfully disagree about the details. 2019 is way too long away to disband this most dangerous Leviathan. And only 97 separate Commonwealths are not enough. There should probably be at least two hundred independent states growing up naturally out of the former US.

        Most importantly there should never be a “Prime” Commonwealth. It will be only a matter of time before it too becomes a centralizing government. And Whether he/she is called a President or Prime Governor such a position should never exist again. No one person should ever wield such power again.

        • This is just a dissolution of some of the cards in the deck of tyranny and then a reshuffling.

          Imagine the difference in the Catholic Church and Christianity in general if the Vatican became just a European state and the Pope became just a Bishop at whatever diocese is the most powerful and revenue positive.

          Some relaxing for Catholics, a lot of relaxing for Lutherans, Baptists, Orthodox, and all the other non-Catholic Christians.

          This is only a refutation of many aspects of the Constitutional United States, but nothing more.

          Trump steps down in exchange for attaining his campaign goal of deconstructing the entire executive branch and other aspects of the administrative state.

          The 535 congressmen are still in their offices, now all moved to Austin Texas until the next parliamentarian process where a new Prime Governor will be chosen and they move again.

          Only about 1/3 of the Leviathan is dismantled – all the cabinets and whatever else in the executive branch are gone.

          Think of the change of the British Empire to a British Commonwealth. A change from overt hard power, to contractual covert soft power.

      • Well done! Even better than “wishful thinking”.

        To all: Please plan to attend the next RED PILL EXPO in Bozeman Montana. The first one (June 2017) was miles above fantastic!

      • “and replaced with the pre-revolutionary Grand Union flag”

        There’s still a flag? That doesn’t bode well.

        • Yeah. This is just an end to the founder’s empire. A downsizing of vessel not a change in course.

          Think of 400 million strong Soviet Russia going on its tyrannical diet to become 145 million Russian Federation. Former KGB Putin still pulls the puppet strings, but the Puppet Show is far simpler now and Russian men at least have a chance of a decent MGTOW future.

          This is only 600 nm Yellow Pill speculative fiction. A near future better than the current 450 nm Blue Pill world socialist norm, but far from any 700 nm Red Pill anarchy or 400 nm Violet Pill Anarcho-Libertopia.

  14. Don’t worry so much about the subject matter in the following excerpt, but concentrate instead on the “process” to understand how and why the nine judges always arrive at the answer they need.


    By way of example/demonstration of the ongoing cognitive manipulation process, if someone had managed to hit the U.S. Supreme Court with a blast of “truth-ray” just before it announced its decision in “Citizens United”, here is what we may have got instead:

    “We here at the Supreme Court are part of what can be fairly and broadly referred to as an arm of the entrenched-money-power. 

    At certain times and under certain circumstances it is to our enormous advantage over you the masses that corporations be natural-persons-in-law with the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person or living being of conscience. 

    At other times and other circumstances it is to our enormous advantage over you the masses that corporations be items of property that can be actively bought and sold and traded for profit in the stock and financial markets.

    Your laughable naiveté is manifest in your expectation that you are going to receive a definitive answer from this Court, or even that it is possible for us to give you one. Among the foundational purposes of this Court is to actively prevent that question from being answered definitively at all. The instant we give a definitive answer, the game is over.

    Whatever answer we give you must perpetuate the “systematized delusion” that the same concept (corporate personhood) can mean either “X” (a living being of conscience), or “minus-X” (an item of property), depending on the ever-changing needs of the decision-maker. 

    So our current answer is that a corporation is a natural-person-in-law with the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person, except when it isn’t. We’ll let you know next time whether that situation has changed in the meantime.”

    Essentially all counter-sense words/terms follow that same “template”. Notwithstanding that the respective concepts are logically and objectively “mutually exclusive”, the judges of the Courts (and the broadly-defined financial-world/social-control-structure) maintain that it can be either or both and we’ll let you know if and when it becomes important.

    So a corporate “person” has a right of “free speech” when giving money to influence political parties, but not to object to itself being sold as a piece of property in the stock and financial markets or when it is acquired in a merger or takeover financed by its own assets. If a corporation has the legal capacity and rights of a natural person, then how can it be owned as the legal property of another? The purpose of the Courts is to ensure that that question is never presented in that way.

    The truly scary part is that the people who comprise the broadly-defined administrative superstructure are not even fully aware that they are doing it. They genuinely believe whatever they need to believe for the answer they need.

    • Another example of that duality of definition is the way the stare decisis doctrine is applied by the supreme court as an excuse to rule however convenience dictates. The doctrine can be invoked to keep a bad decision by an earlier court in place, but is ignored when it’s convenient in order to issue a new ruling overturning what an earlier supreme court decision has found.

      The doctrine simply isn’t mentioned when the current gaggle of nine lawyers make a ruling overturning the decision of an earlier gaggle. That doctrine is meant to apply to all entities in our system of courts except for two: The US Supreme Court and the petit jury.

  15. Just for balance:

    Rickard led the cops on a multi-mile chase that got to over 100 mph while weaving in and out of traffic. He got cornered in a parking lot, and so he rammed a cop car, and had his gas pedal floored while trying to ram his way through and escape. Clover

    You could argue whether he could thus be “reasonably” found to be a danger to the public had he been allowed to escape, but I see no basis whatsoever for the flat declaration that such a finding would be wrong.

    This case does not stand for the proposition that speeders may be shot at the officer’s discretion.

    • Hi Bobby,

      You miss the point. Which is that even trivial traffic “offenses” – that is, manufactured offenses against a law rather than an actual harm caused to anyone – often entail proportionately obscene punishments enforced brutally by thug cops, who expect immediate submission to every barked order (whether lawful or not) and who regard the least reluctance or failure to immediately “comply” as an affront to their Authority tantamount to “resisting.”

      I am a college-educated, employed, middle-aged white guy; CHP, no criminal history, clean-cut, etc. – the demographic who, in sane times, ought to have no fear of peace officers.

      But I dread law enforcement.

      And I am far from alone.

      True story:

      Last summer, I went out for a motorcycle ride with two friends. All three of us are middle-aged white guys, none of us ever involved in criminal activity, all of us CHP holders. We don’t look like Hells Angels. We were riding at about 10 MPH over the under-posted 45 MPH speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway. On a straight stretch, a (federal) Park Police cop appeared in the opposite lane. Well, we knew he was gonna pull us – and while we could easily have just taken off and lost this cop in seconds, as we were on fast motorcycles and knew the turf (including the places to run off the Parkway, into the woods or across fields where he in his car could not follow us) and were already rolling while he had to turn around and come back after us… we slowed, pulled off the road stopped and waited for him to catch up.

      We – foolishly, as it turned out – figured that given we were merely “speeding” (and not much and everyone knows the real speed limit on the Parkway is about what we were doing) and given we were middle-aged guys, none of us with records, all CHP holders (federal background check) and had no/zip/zero anything on any of our DMV records and given that we pulled off and waited rather than took off… that the guy would check out our papers, give us a warning and send us on our way.

      We figured wrong.

      Despite our cooperative attitude and polite greeting, this buzzcut, gum-snapping, BDU-kitted jerkoff ordered us – threatened us – to sit on our bikes with our backs turned (this is after we had provided all our paperwork and he had run our info and he had no reasonable reason to “fear for his got-damned safety”) for what turned out to be almost 30 minutes of Respect Mah Authority Drill. At one point, when I dared to turn my head to look the “hero’s” way, I got threatened with a cage and the impoundment of my bike. We were told that if we got off our bikes it would go very badly for us. The dick wrote us all tickets, of course.

      So much for not taking off.

      I will never extend such a courtesy to one of these creeps in a costume again.

      • I am a very special human.

        Ever since humans first walked upright out of a cave, and probably some substantial time before that, we have been obsessed with, and essentially defined by, two things: domination, and punishment.

        If pressed for a single word, it would be “coercion”.

        What makes me a very special human is that I am among the very first generation of humans to be faced with the existential reality that that is no longer a viable business model for our species.

        Natural evolution, in the Darwinian sense, extends only so far. Beyond that, evolution is an act of will and not of nature.

        If we do not will to change our basic mode of human interaction, away from coercion, then we will perish.

        Consider the parallel development of our systems of international dispute resolution as we approach the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Nations. How far have we progressed in a century? Not very. If at all.

        Now consider the concurrent development of broadly-defined weapons systems over the same century.

        Our ability to kill humans is increasing at a rate that is vastly greater than our ability to control the process of not doing so.

        As night follows day, something has to give.

        • How come one of our major religions runs on the premise of reward and punishment eternally? Does this follow your post?

          • Yes I have had occasion to note that very thing. I had a notion recently that can be expressed in the form of a joke. Without intending to offend anyone it goes like this:

            What is the most powerful of the seven deadly sins?

            Answer: Wrath – because not even God can resist it.

    • Bobby, the temptation here is to say that the high speed chase started over nothing more than a broken headlight. Had the LEO not given chase over such a minor thing the high speed chase would not have occurred at all.

      But this would be wrong. The LEO did not chase him over such a minor infraction. He chased him because the LEO’s authoritative ego got the best of him. How dare a mere mundane not obey HIM! .

      The LEO had his plates and could have just backed off and later he and his fellow LEOs could go to the guy’s house and arrest him for refusing to pull over. That is what a sane peace officer would do. But peace officers are extinct. Now there are only LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS whose ”’authoritah” and “safety” trumps every other consideration.

      This case proves that government is nothing other than a perpetual gun to the head. “Do as you are told or we will kill you” no matter how small the infraction because obedience is absolute.

    • The problem is the use of beyond the stop traffic stops. When someone with a warrant or some other issue with the police that should have been dealt with by looking him up is about to be pulled over sometimes they run. But police use traffic stops to catch these people.

      There have been fugitives who lived in plain sight for decades because they were careful never to give a cop a reason to pull them over.

  16. “But that would never happen here. We have good cops in our neighborhood! National Night Out, Fill the Boot and everything!

    • Such Comedy?( You are kidding?) As I was whisked off to prison, I developed a loathing for the people I have known for a long time, that gleefully were doing their duty.

  17. If you want the law respected, you must first make it respectable.

    1 MPH over the limit — ANY limit — classified as “reckless” is not in any reasonable sense respectable. In fact, most limits aren’t respectable. We know this because they are routinely disregarded.

    But this is, of course, the edge of anarcho-tyranny. As our borders lay open so as to import an underclass of voters and gang violence is everywhere, your car may be stolen and a “report” will be the extent of it — but should your tax payment be delayed or your assertion of personal freedom be a bit more than they find permissible, you will be vigorously pursued and prosecuted.

    I urge you to read up on the late Sam Francis and anarcho-tyranny.

    • Hi Brother John,

      I knew Sam.

      I worked as an editorial writer on staff at The Washington Times, many moons (ha!) ago. Sam was a resident columnist/editorial writer there. I was just a kid, so I was in awe of him.

      And I still am.

    • That “cash cow ” known as speeding , does not recognize that speed limits ( while law ) are arbitrary.

    • Yep. The government will vigorously go after someone who disobeys one of its edicts in a flagrant way even if there was no harm to anyone but if there is a real crime they might do something, might not, might get around to it.

  18. The more difficult it is to hold police responsible for their actions, the more people are going to emulate Micah Johnson and take matters into their own hands. And it’s going to get worse: far more murders by police are on video, and yet the indictments and convictions aren’t happening. I’m white, 40+, and well off, and I’m very uncomfortable interacting with most police. And that should speak volumes: by any measure I’m the man. I’m the guy the system is set up to benefit and yet even I don’t want a thing to do with most of them because they can kill me, with few, if any, consequences.

    • Cops over time taught me I had more to fear from them than most criminals. Criminals fear I might hurt them in some way, cops don’t.

      • Yup.

        Guys like us – articulate/educated white, employed, not violent – yet we are well-advised to fear them. Imagine what it must be like to be poor, black, not articulate… and see the wig wags come on…

  19. The Dredds. LOOOOOL.

    America is an irradiated, graffitied, garbagestrewn waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets.

    The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

    During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture – a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan…

  20. State sponsored genocides are always legal in the state executing them. Trusting in any court composed of Bolsheviks and corrupt bureaucrats, allowing them any contact with you is to submit to your crucifixion.

    The copsuckers are enraged that: ACLU Doubling Down Against State And Federal ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bills https://www.weaselzippers.us/346815-aclu-doubling-down-against-state-and-federal-blue-lives-matter-bills/

    The comments are frightful – how dare the peons not worship the state execution squad!

    The hour is near where it is impossible to survive in peace for any of us. Stay silent, observe, assess our enemies in their homes and await the sign from Jesus…

    Don’t be seen in public marches, demonstrations or protests. Don’t be seen in the
    company of known Republicans, don’t frequent known Republican houses. Your prime
    duty is to remain unknown to the enemy forces and the public at large.

  21. I don’t know what you’re complaining about. At least they are equal opportunity thugs. Black, white, yellow, all are targeted indiscriminately.


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