Don’t Take That Photo! The U.S. Forest Service Might Fine You $1,000

Hey hikers, that scenic forest photo you just posted on Instagram may cost you a thousand dollar fine. According to a proposed update to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) regulations, still photography or video taken in any of its 439 Federal Wilderness Areas is subject to permitting (costing up to $1,500) or you can face a $1,000 fine per photo. According to the law, the USFS requires a permit for any photography that “uses models, sets, or props that are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources.” So technically, if your mom in your hiking photo, she’s a model, and you owe USFS a thousand bucks. Want to take a picture of your backpack on top of a summit? Sorry, that’s a prop, fork over another grand. When the proposal is finalized in November 2014, reporters and other media outlets who do not obtain permits could face fines of up to $1,000. Tourists and park visitors snapping photographs for personal, non-commercial use would not be affected by the proposed regulations, but you must prove it’s not for commercial use. The fact that they can impose any fines for taking pictures is just crazy. We the people own the forests. Government is extending their tentacles too far. Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more

Bureaucrats Should Keep Their Hands Off Our Smartphones

Does a week go by without news of federal bureaucrats outrageously extending their tentacles of authority over more of society? Earlier this month it was the EPA, announcing its plan to introduce on its own the carbon dioxide limits that Congress specifically rejected. Then it was the FDA, insinuating itself into the centuries-old process of aging cheese. Last week it was the IRS trying to shed at last the inconvenience of congressional oversight. Now the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is claiming sweeping authority over our smartphones, asserting the right to approve any software that might be used in a car. This would likely make the smartphone the first object ever to be regulated both as a medical device and as a piece of motor vehicle equipment. Yet surprising as it may seem to consumers, the matter is clear to NHTSA regulators, who “maintain that they already have the authority over navigation aids and merely want it clearly written into law,” according to the New York Times. NHSTA, the Times reports, believes that apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze pose threats to highway safety that entitle the agency to demand changes to their user interfaces–matters which are far outside the auto-regulator’s zone of expertise. Under the same principle, of course, NHSTA’s control could soon creep beyond the navigation apps. Any software that might theoretically be used while driving could fall under the agency’s regulatory powers: music applications, news alerts and email notifications, even the phone function itself could be construed as threats to highway safety. What’s next? Atlases? AAA maps? Printed directions? Coffee cups from the McDonald’s drive-through? NHSTA has already pushed car manufacturers to adopt “voluntary” regulatory standards for their in-car navigation systems, but technology companies have not been so willing to hand federal regulators the keys to one of their core products. If they’re smart, companies like Google and Apple will fight to keep it that way. In my book Breakout, I interviewed Robert Norton, a former assistant general counsel for Chrysler who spent much of his career negotiating with NHTSA, including stints at each of the American Big Three auto companies. “There’s so much soft power that NHTSA has over the industry,” Norton told me, “because you’re always needing extensions and exemptions and ‘Can I have sixty more days to give you this report?’ And generally you are expecting to get the ‘Mother-may-I’ permission on that.” When manufacturers ignore NHTSA’s advice or skirt its “voluntary” guidelines, however, they’re likely to find it a lot more difficult to do business. “If they get really irritated at you,” Norton said, “they say, ‘No, actually you can’t. We want this now, and we’re not going to look at this, and we’re not going to consider that.’ So you really are encouraged to play ball because you’re counting on them for your existence.” Norton’s experience explains why the automakers’ support for the proposed rules doesn’t mean much. (And besides, free navigation apps on smartphones pose a threat to the expensive systems they sell as upgrades in their cars.)... read more

Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the greatest and most unique political and legal document in the history of mankind was signed by 39 brave men, the United States Constitution. Today, we as patriotic Americans celebrate, honor and promote this time-honored document, the longest standing Constitution in world history, 227 years later, and have made each September 17 Constitution Day. Our Constitution, signed by patriot heroes at the threat of death, was written both to create the federal government, with certain enumerated powers being delegated by the various states to this new federal government, but, perhaps more importantly in the minds of our Founding Fathers, it was written to limit the power of the federal government. It is the only document that separates us from tyranny, the type of government tyranny which is the rule and not the exception throughout history. Those limitations that our brave founders fought and died for, including our military heroes over the many decades since its establishment, are quickly eroding. We must be as diligent as our founders were in fighting for our freedom, or they will be gone, as human history as proven repeatedly. As former President Ronald Reagan both accurately and brilliantly warned: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” We must make sure it is not our generation. Today would be a great day to pull out your pocket U.S. Constitution, read it, and educate your children and grandchildren as to why it must be restored, then adhered to as written, not interpreted as a “living and breathing document” that can be twisted into meaning whatever power-hungry politician or judge desires it to mean, depending on which way the political winds are blowing. Patriotic Americans are doing their part to restore our Constitution and we must be equally as diligent. Please share this article on Facebook and Twitter if you think observing the U.S. Constitution is more important now than it ever has been. Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more

Homeless Man Gets Winning Lottery Ticket

This guy gave a homeless man a ‘winning lottery ticket’. What the homeless man did next will make you cry. Imagine a world filled with this type of compassion. Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more

Police raid a bar, lock the doors, forcibly search dozens of patrons.

Law enforcers performed a surprise raid on a popular bar, detained dozens of people and forced them all to endure warrantless searches before being allowed to leave. The incident occurred on September 10th, 2014. Officers swarmed into the establishment around 2:00 a.m. The front and back doors were immediately locked, effectively depriving dozens of occupants of the ability to freely leave. Can you say kidnapping? One of the officers announced. “Who’s got something on them they shouldn’t have? Police then began systematically searching each patron individually for contraband, without any probable cause or a warrant. You do not have to comply. Do not consent, Do not let them search you! Police has no right to enter a bar and search everyone. This guy was smart to record the police. It looks like police gone wild! We see a Title 42 suit in the near future. Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more

We’re In A Lot Of Trouble!

We’re In A Lot Of Trouble! So, a rich little man with thinning hair signed a contract. What does that got to do with the price of rice, right? And why is that woe to us? Because you people and 6 million other Phillies fans are listening to me right now. Because less than 3 percent of you people read books. Because less than 15 percent of you read newspapers. Because the only truth you know is what you get over this tube. Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube. This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers. This tube is the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless world. And woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people. And that’s why woe is us that Brian Roberts signed a contract. Because this team is now in the hands of the Comcast Corporation. And Ralph Roberts is the father of Brian Roberts, the Chief Executive Officer. And when the 56th largest company in the world controls the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network. So, you listen to me. Listen to me! Television is not the truth. Television’s a goddamn amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business. So if you want the Truth, go to God. Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves! Because that’s the only place you’re ever gonna find any real truth. But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you wanna hear. We lie like hell. We’ll tell you that Kojak always gets the killer and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry. Just look at your watch. At the end of the post, he’s gonna win. We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true! But you people sit there, day after day, night after night — all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know! You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here! You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you — You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God’s name, you people are the real thing. We are the illusion! So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now! Turn them off right now! Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of this sentence I’m speaking to you now.... read more

U.S. threatened Yahoo with huge fine over surveillance.

U.S. authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance program requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security, court documents showed Thursday. The documents, made public in a rare unsealing by a secretive court panel, “underscore how we had to fight every step of the way to challenge the US government’s surveillance efforts.” The documents shed new light on the snooping program revealed in leaked files from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The program allowed US intelligence services to sweep up massive amounts of data from major Internet firms including Yahoo and Google. The 1,500 pages of documents were ordered released by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the case dating from 2007, according to Bell, who said that in 2007, the US government “amended a key law to demand user information from online services.” Yahoo “refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance and challenged the US government’s authority.” US authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveill … Yahoo’s court challenge failed and it was forced to hand over the US user data. Since the Snowden leaks, Yahoo and others have been seeking to make public these court documents to show they were forced to comply with government requests and made numerous attempts to fight these efforts, rather than simply acquiescing to them, as some critics say. Redacted court records, (wonder why they were redacted), showed Yahoo challenged the government on constitutional grounds, saying the surveillance program violated protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Yahoo said in one brief that the government’s requests were “unconstitutional because they permitted warrantless surveillance of US persons’ private communications without prior judicial review, and were not reasonable.” The company argued that the program was not merely monitoring overseas targets but some in the United States “with no knowledge that their Internet communications are being retrieved.” Yahoo said the process was “similar to what is done in criminal cases” and would require monitoring from the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. “The US Supreme Court has never sanctioned warrantless surveillance of US citizens,” but how can we really trust this is not happening to us Americas? They would never lie to us would they? As per our 4th Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against any unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and persons or things to be seized.” Granted, we could argue that the internet is an open book but our telephone conversations, one of their key targeting areas should be off limits and protected by our 4th Amendment. Any government who has to spy on their own people, fear the same and can have only up to no good on their minds for all of us. As for... read more

You have the right to bear arms… sort of.

When Ray Rice beat his wife unconscious in an elevator, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain agreed to put him in a diversion program for 1st-time offenders to keep him out of jail. But when Pennsylvania single mom Shaneen Allen was pulled over for a traffic violation and volunteered to a New Jersey police officer that she was carrying a legally-owned handgun with a Pennsylvania permit, the response of Donio and McClain was to deny her the same opportunity as Rice. Allen lives in Philadelphia, right across the river from New Jersey. She has a Pennsylvania permit to carry a handgun. She thought it was recognized in New Jersey, just as it is recognized in over 30 other states. She was wrong. When she told the officer that she had the gun, she was arrested. Now she faces a felony conviction and a mandatory 42 months in prison. Both Donio and McClain have been unwilling to dismiss the charges, or send Allen to a pretrial diversion program. They seem to want to make an example of her. The problem is, she’s being punished for something the Constitution says — and the Supreme Court has agreed — is a constitutional right. And the super-stiff penalties and abusive prosecution she’s experiencing are pretty clearly intended to chill people from exercising that right. “Fortunately, the notoriety of this case will make it less likely Pennsylvanians will carry concealed and loaded handguns in New Jersey, thereby making them and the Garden State safer from gun violence.” Well, no. Shaneen Allen wasn’t committing gun violence, and civilians with gun permits are a very law-abiding bunch, who have passed a background check and undergone training; no sensible state would want to discourage them from visiting. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain apparently care far more about protecting domestic violence-prone NFL millionaires than they do young mothers attempting to protect themselves and their children from violence. Both men are a disgrace to their profession, and to the very concept of justice. Considering the prosecutorial malpractice underway in the Allen case by anti-gun activists masquerading as a judge and district attorney, I think that Second Amendment-supporting politicians in the U.S. House and Senate should begin crafting stand-alone legislation deemed “Shaneen’s Law” immediately. Better yet, toss out the laws that infringe on our rights to bear arms. Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. To sign up click... read more
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