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Almost Everything Is A Crime In America Now: 14 Of The Most Ridiculous Things That Americans Are Being Arrested For

Doesn't it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now?  Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns.  But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things?  Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society.  While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom.  Business thrives when people feel free to live and work.  When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down.  Just look at places like North Korea.  Even though the rest of the world is sending them huge amounts of food starvation is still quite common in that totalitarian regime.  That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now.  As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.

We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days.  It is getting absolutely ridiculous.  Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison.  The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.

That is a sign of a very, very sick society.  Either we have a massive crime problem or the "control grid" that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.

Or both.

But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?

Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days.  The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for....

#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's email.

#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers.  So what was her offense?  The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn't clean up.

#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.

#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.

#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.

#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly.  For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.

#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10" and “I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.

#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.

#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.

#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school.  It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.

#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.

#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free.  So what was his crime?  Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.

#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention.  Now it may get you locked up.  About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicago were taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.

#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.

Why in the world would anyone approve of the police arresting ordinary Americans for such things?

It seems like ever since 9/11 the whole country has gotten "security fever".

Suddenly we need to "get tough" on everyone.

Yes, crime is making a comeback, but once upon a time the police in this country were able to handle crime quite well and be courteous and helpful to ordinary citizens at the same time.

But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.

It does not have to be that way.

The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country and many of them are deciding that they simply do not want to spend their tourist dollars here anymore.  That is not a good thing for our economy.

As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.

America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

That is no longer true.

Now we get thrown to the floor, handcuffed, beaten and arrested for things that we did not even know were crimes.

If America continues to move in this direction it is going to ruin our economy, our reputation in the world and our national spirit.

Unfortunately, history has shown us that once a free nation starts to lose that freedom it is hard to reverse that slide.  Perhaps we will be different.  Perhaps the American people will stand up and demand that we restore the principles of liberty and freedom that this country was founded on.

Do you think that will happen?  Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion....

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  • Scott

    5 AM in the morning? As opposed to 5 AM in the evening?????? But only on the 4th year anniversary, I take it! :-)

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  • El Pollo de Oro

    Benjamin Franklin famously said that those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither, and the sad irony is that as The Banana Republic of America (the Third World horror movie formerly known as the United States) becomes more and more of a police state, it will also become increasingly violent, increasingly dangerous, and increasingly crime-plagued (not to mention increasingly poor). I’m not talking petty crime like gypsies snatching your wallet at Termini Station in Roma. No, I’m talking violent crime: violent carjackings, violent kidnappings, violent home invasions, violent confrontations between drug cartels. I’m talking Johannesburg dangerous, Caracas dangerous, Port Moresby dangerous, Guatemala City dangerous, favelas of Rio de Janeiro dangerous, Barrio Bravo de Tepito de la Ciudad de México dangerous (orale, que tengan cuidad en el Barrio Tepito, guay, porque no cabe duda que es muy peligroso).

    Are some Americans clueless enough to welcome a police state with open arms? Absolutely. There are still plenty of neocon idiots in the BRA who support the Patriot Act, consider Ron Paul, Naomi Wolf, Justin Raimondo, Alex Jones, Gerald Celente, Dennis Kucinich and other anti-imperialists “traitors” and think that a police state will make them safer. But it won’t. The BRA is only going to become more violent as it becomes poorer and more repressive.

    Welcome to Fall of the Roman Empire: The Sequel. God help the rotting, decaying, collapsing Banana Republic of America.

  • Bill

    Now hang on folks, The American People are waking up and beginning to stand against this socialist hogwash that has been infecting our country.

  • ed

    Ooo. Ooo. William. I know. It’s the joos.

  • Allisio Rex

    For 30 years I’ve been writing to members of Congress and States legislators about their unconstitutional power grab.
    I was thanked for writing but I never received an answer to my many questions.
    I totally agree with the above poster “Seriously” on the need for visible activism.
    This Country,the USA, is a Dictatorship now,exactly! Wasn’t it supposed to be a Republic?
    Our founding fathers are turning in their graves. If only a few of us can get their act together and hit the streets, march and protests and if we can get long haul truckers on our side,as they do in Europe, we can paralyze,halt the entire Country and get States and Congress to change all those inhumane,stupid,oppressive laws.
    In the meantime you may want to see what others have to say:

    http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=18&print
    http://www.usapoliticaltyranny.info/news1.html

    http://www.safetyandjustice.org/news/1954

  • Aurora

    Keith said: “David Temsike – This is the greatest country on the planet, I am glad people like you are leaving!”

    Keith, what other countries on this planet have you lived in, in order to know that?

  • Mike

    This is what happens when we allow government to get out of control. People are to lazy to govern themselves and they look to Uncle Sam to solve their problems. Take back the power that belongs to you.

  • bos6078

    Some of the comments here, and for that matter, comments about other articles, are indicative of the problem with America…exaggeration. If you want your comment to be heeded, then stop with the hyberbole.

    I’m a cop in small-town America, 26 years worth, and I guarantee that most of the cases cited in this article came about because another CITIZEN called in about it! You can’t believe the stupid crap I’m called to deal with. You think I want to fool with idiotic stuff? Think again. I used to love my job but now I get so many stupid calls about nonsense such as that above that now I can’t wait for retirement. The vast, vast majority of police officers are honest people who believe in your civil liberties very seriously.

    The stupid laws we enforce are the result of pressure by CITIZENS who make a big deal out of stuff to their elected officials.

    It used to be when there was a domestic dispute, we were allowed to mediate, if possible, arrest when the victim pressed charges. Now, I am REQUIRED to to make an arrest if I see evidence of a crime. The victim has no say and neither do I. And what’s worse, any type of crime under the umbrella of “domestic violence” will result, if there is a conviction, in the defendant losing his 2nd Amendment Rights. If you walk up and push some dude on the street and you’re charged with harassment, you’ll probably just get a ticket, go to court and if found guilty pay a small fine and maybe 6 months unsupervised probation. No other repercussion. Do it to your wife or husband and you go to jail – no bond, must see the judge on Monday, temporary restraining order (including your kids) and on cinviction, lose your right to bear arms! Did the cops do this? No way! The National Organization of Women got this passed. I hate that kind of crap with a passion. It’s called “No Tolerance”. That means no discretion on anybody’s part. Think about this before you vilify the cops. We enforce the laws, we don’t make them.

    On a side note, I see all the comments about “standing up for ourselves” and the predictions of rioting, etc. Do any of you really think that will happen? Other than anarchists or ghetto dwellers who just like to tear stuff up and have no rational agenda, I’ve never seen it. Ain’t seeing it now, either. Our form of government was great but now its just special interests and lawyers. What I propose is a National Lottery of Legislative Service. Everyone not insane, a felon or mentally handicapped is eligible to be picked, at random, for a 6 year term (or whatever term we find acceptable). No more and not eligible for a term later. The pay would be very well. The person would be re-hired at their old job, if they want it, no questions asked. No special retirement package. All levels of government (pay commensurate with responsibility) – legislative duties only. President voted on, judges appointed but only for 10 years, perhaps, no lifetime appointments.

    My proposal may be a pipedream and not fleshed out, but hey, it’s a start.

  • Sabrina

    The first one would be legitimate. If it’s illegal to read someone else’s snail mail, it should be illegal to read their email as well. That’s invasion of privacy.

  • talmidthree

    Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
    Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
    Rev 18:3

    (it’s not talking about illegal “aliens” from across the border either but rather look to the heavens)

    For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
    Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
    Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
    Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
    Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
    Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

  • William Mc.

    Now, NOW, Not every one is asleep at the wheel over here.
    More and more people are realizing whats going on around this country of ours.
    I can assure you that WE ARE WAKING. Friends are talking and the notion of a government that is too overbearing is at the top of many a discussion and our voices are loud. Loud enough for our congress and senators to hear for sure.
    Sheesh…have a little faith.

  • Lennie Pike

    mindy peck:

    You have serious emotional problems – you just don’t realize it. You have no business being a police officer. It seems most police sound just like you. I had a very elderly retired life-long police detective in my cab. He told me almost all people who want to be police are the wrong type of people for the job. He was speaking of mean control freak nut jobs. I already knew that what he said was true, but it was interesting to get that kind of verification.

    On the other hand, it’s a depressing job that not many normal people would want to do – so thanks for doing the best you can – just don’t be thinking you have the right to tromp all over our Constitutional Rights – the main one being the right of Juries to not only judge innocence or guilt – but to also determine if the penalty fits the crime, and also to find a defendant not guilty even if guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt just cause we feel might feel like it that day. In other words, we are the law and the jury, not you, so try to keep it under control a little bit.

    p.s. When I was a kid, me and just about everyone else wrote on their desks and nobody gave a damn. We sure didn’t have cops showing up and tasing us. The teachers almost encouraged it because they knew we were only acting like normal developing young human beings. I know for sure that if a cop had done something like that, there wouldn’t have been one student’s father who would not have tracked down that cop and at least whipped his or her ass – with no repercussions from anyone because everyone would have been in agreement that it was the right thing to do.

    The U.S. has changed unbelievably for the worse.

    You should read the Constitution before you go to bed every day and be constantly thinking about what it means and why it is a good thing, because your type can easily totally ignore it thinking that you make the law and not us. We tell you what to do – not the other way around – believe it or not.

  • Owen

    Apparently most Americans are comfortable with what goes on in our airports now. Most of those whom I have spoken to about this assure me it is better to be safe than sorry. As for me, I have given up flying. I do not intend to fly again until the day of the rapture of the church, which I believe is imminent.

  • James

    mindy peck
    December 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Are you kidding me! I would like to know who wrote this crap for people to read. First, if you want to complain about LEO’s then don’t call us when you need us, try calling a criminal that’s plugging up our prisons. Second, the girl that wrote on the desk should have beened charged because that’s vandalism and it wasn’t hers to write on. No different than if she wrote on your house you would call cops and want her punished. Quit crying and allow LEO’s to do what they are trained to do!!!!!

    Words from another fat headed cop, with no common sense.

    As to your comment,
    “don’t call us when you need us”
    I don’t rely on you to protect me. I protect myself, and I will call you, when and if I want to. You work for me.

  • Doug

    All public officials have taken an oath of office to defend our constitution. If an individual does not commit a crime against a person or property…they have not committed a crime. If an officer of the law arrests a person who has not committed a crime…they can be sued in their private capacity. Take them to court and sue them, that will make them think twice! …Restore the De Jure Grand Jury!

  • Melissa

    Wow! I wish America would expect people to pass a test to reproduce. Every day I am expected to parent children who have absent parents. I take care of MY children, pay for their extra-curricular activities and make sure they get to each activity. I’m doing my job and then some and I have had a pay freeze for the last 4 years. Because I have been an inner-city teacher for 10 years and have seen no changes, I am getting out and will try to affect a change without being inside the system. If you see a foundation from a financial company, know I made a difference because I tried to help!

  • AnarchoRationalist

    Quite simply put, the government and police are terribly paranoid. I mean, have a conversation with your average police officer and you will find them justifying the most bizarre behavior.

    We have gone far beyond the imaginations of Kafka or Orwell. They couldn’t have conceived of anything as invasive and insane as piss testing, and that’s a fairly innocuous violation of human dignity.

    It only takes a little research to reveal police handcuffing men face down on the ground and shooting them in the back, running down bicyclists and parking on top of them (then hiding a gun on the body), Putting on face masks and posing as “Anarchists” at protests in order to incite violence.

    Why, in my town the police are most famous for comitting rapes, and my roommates are regularly harassed by the police, illegally detained at gunpoint and searched just becaue we live in a poorer neighborhood.

    The other day the police were staging one of their regular “drug busts” down the street. As my roommate passed by he overheard the officers bragging, “Well, if we don’t get these guys we can always bust him”.

    There is no excuse for this, and no defense, whatever service the police provided in the past, they are simply gangsters today.

    I say we take away their monopoly rights.

  • Jeff F

    This is quite misleading. The list is of “The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for” yet a number of the examples do not involve arrest, but only minor fines.

  • Anne

    bos6078, it figures that the one law you’d pick out to dislike is the one that no longer allows men to beat their wives.

  • http://www.RichDPhoto.com Rich Demanowski

    Ayn Rand saw this coming over half a century ago.

    From Atlas Shrugged, during a scene where Dr. Ferris of the government’s State Science Institute is attempting to blackmail Hank Rearden into handing over his trade secret metal formula:

    “Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken.”

    A little later, Dr. Ferris continues:

    “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted — and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt.”

    Boston attourney Harvey Silverglate also addresses this subject in his most excellent book Three Felonies A Day.


    “Why do I carry a gun? Because a whole cop is too heavy.”

    “When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.” – Harry S. Truman

  • http://www.RichDPhoto.com Rich Demanowski

    mindy peck wrote:

    the girl that wrote on the desk should have beened charged because that’s vandalism and it wasn’t hers to write on. No different than if she wrote on your house you would call cops and want her punished.

    Well now, that’s the whole problem, isn’t it?

    We’ve become a society obsessed with punishment, rather than one that metes out justice. Instead of insisting on restitution, we chuck people in prison, rendering them incapable of righting their wrongs.

  • Smash

    Anyway our (seemingly more fascist) government can tax us they will. Until we revolt there will be one bullshit tax after another…
    A ruling class, separated from a formerly passive people by the privileges of power and property and culture, has remained isolated, has decayed in function, in leadership capacity, and in motivation toward measures needed for the growth and advancement of the society of community.

  • http://www.facebook.com brian porterfield

    all I can say is that america can go phuck its-self. government giving billions of bailout dollars to banks while the citizens are starving, unemployed, losing their homes, and struggling to pay their bills. whats that say about our government….they care more about the big greedy buisnesses and could care less about the average citizen. and by the way, all that bail out money is’nt in the economy, the banks are sitting on it hoarding it like a miserly old man. the whole purpose was to use it to get people loans and mortgages but now a days you have to have damn near perfect credit to qualify for any kind of loan, let alone a mortgage. how’s a government and a bank expect our citizens credit score to be immaculate with all the lost jobs, unemployment, and foreclosures. I am very pissed off at all these big banks and often fantasize about driving some planes into their greedy phucking money hoarding buildings

  • dvd

    You are a puritanic , prunish, egocentric and boring society, what do you expect?

  • zack

    “As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.”

    Bingo. I just met several expats on my last trip abroad that did exactly that. Not only are they able to live a freer existence outside America, but prices are lower and the quality of life is better. Food in particular contains far less hormones/antibiotics.

    Our company Path to Asia http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/ helps Americans move to Asia for jobs and prosperity. Visit our site for details.

  • Tim

    It would be nice if we could share this and other articles by EMAIL. There are a dozen alternative ways to share from this website — many of them obscure — but no email forwarding ability. HELLO?????

  • neilo

    I’d also like to ad that almost everything in a relationship can be construed as abuse, and then be portrayed to be a pattern which is illegal and will surely seperate you from your children, your freedom, and your dignity.

    Check this out-

    Is one parent spending a lot of time at work? That’s an indication of big problems, and abuse is right around the corner folks.

    Do both parents spend most of the day with the children? One parent (guess the gender)is controlling and basically holding your spouse/kids captive and exploiting them.

    Did you grab the wrists of your spouse while they were trying to attack you? This is a well known form of domestic violence and you are guilty. You are supposed to simply walk away.

    Do you walk away from your significant other during an argument? If you do it ‘too fast’ then you are abusing by emotional withdrawal.

    Are you struggling to pay child support, and you try to keep enough working capitol on hand during hard times so that you can, say, pay a plumber or get a tire repaired on your car? You are a deadbeat parent and trying to exert control after the fact.

    Teh abuse industry and social services are the closest thing to the secret police that we have today in this country.

  • shozzy

    were all boned… its just a matter of time. wake up america, wake up before its too late

  • bos6078

    Anne,

    I certainly don’t condone a man beating his wife or a woman beating her husband (which occurs about 30% of the time in my police experience). The point I’m trying to make using domestic violence laws as an example is that a crime committed against a stranger will result in one type of punishment where the same crime committed against an intimate partner results in a substantially more severe punshment. AND requires mandatory actions which may not be suitable. However, if we don’t arrest in a domestic violence case when there is evidence of a crime, we commit a crime. This forces us to make a bad arrest once in a great while. That bothers me immensely. If we had discretion, I’m sure there would be fewer bad arrests in these cases. This is the same as with the kids that bring a steak knife to school to eat their lunches with. There is a no tolerance policy there and forces bad arrests. The laws/policies are the result of complaints brought by citizens and stupidly acted upon by legislators. Anne, read the message – nowhere in my original message do I say I condone domestic violence so don’t exaggerate.

  • Allisio Rex

    On a side note, I see all the comments about “standing up for ourselves” and the predictions of rioting, etc. Do any of you really think that will happen? Other than anarchists or ghetto dwellers who just like to tear stuff up and have no rational agenda, I’ve never seen it.

    boss6078, I’m not against the Police. If I got three or four traffic tickets over forty-years driving I deserved them. I should have paid more attention at my speedometer!
    We need the Police…honest,professional Police Officers. However, too often,untrained police Officer shoot and kill people just because they have a stick or a small knife or other object in their hands even when they and others are not in danger of anything and could very well use non-lethal force to restrain the individual who may be in a condition not to understand the order of a Police Officer. I’ve seen many of these incidents in real TV to make anyone to tremble.

    As you said, at times your hands are tied,you have no choice or discretion and must make the arrests, Fair enough.

    No, but I’m against a Government which has become too oppressive. Whether is Congress (Federal Government) or the States they’re are not acting in the name of the people. The fact is that once the legislators take their power from people,elected by the people, they are totally on their own and pass all the laws they want whether we want them or not!
    This is not what this Country is all about. This is not what our founding father created when they severed the bonds with Great Britain and organized a Republic and reserved substantial power to the people.
    Today the people have almost no power. The Federal Government usurping their limited authority, under the non-existing inter-State Commerce Clause, meant to regulate,facilitate and not to punish inter-State Commerce, is passing statutes criminalizing anything which takes place within a State,if Congress wants, making it a federal crime. According to what Justice Clarence Thomas once said, almost anything can be a federal crime. So why we have the States and their State Constitutions?
    The fact is that Justice Thomas, Scalia and all the others forgot that there is the 10th Amendment watching over their shoulders!

    Millions of people,in fact, are in Jail or end up with a criminal record for acts which are not within the Constitutional powers of the Feds and State Governments.

    ****
    The victim has no say and neither do I. And what’s worse, any type of crime under the umbrella of “domestic violence” will result, if there is a conviction, in the defendant losing his 2nd Amendment Rights. If you walk up and push some dude on the street and you’re charged with harassment, you’ll probably just get a ticket, go to court and if found guilty pay a small fine and maybe 6 months unsupervised probation. No other repercussion.

    *****
    You loose your Second Amendment Rights even if you shoplift a $150 item, bounce a check for the same amount in State or Interstate Commerce (federal here), under-paying taxes of a few dollars and anything else whose maximum sentence is more than a year in jail regardless or whether the defendant serves time,gets probation or is fined.

    The Domestic Violence,I understand your point,under the anti-American Senator Lauthenberg from NJ carries a lifetime Second Amendment Rights prohibition however, I believe, that a federal Court has overturned this permanent disability under the rationale that it’s not classified as a felony.

    *****
    Our form of government was great but now its just special interests and lawyers. What I propose is a National Lottery of Legislative Service. Everyone not insane, a felon or mentally handicapped is eligible to be picked, at random, for a 6 year term (or whatever term we find accept ……….

    ****

    Under our US Constitution any born citizen can become President of the United States of America. The other requirements are: age and time of residence in the USA. Under the same Constitution any US Citizen born or naturalized citizens can become Congressman/women or US Senators. Our founding fathers felt that the only disqualifying “crimes” were Treason and Harboring the Enemies. It should remain this way.

    An advice for all. Try not to get fingerprinted even for a violation. See if you have an option to pay or avoid arrest for trivial charges because you’re not getting into Canada as it will show up as you cross into Canada. They’ll run your name and check your FBI files for any arrest or conviction and yes even an arrest for driving without a license (not me!) will stop you from entering Canada and the same happen for Canadians trying to get into the USA as they’ve been doing forever. No more!

    I thank the writer of this article. Excellent article. There should be more like this one here because many people have been deprived of their “pursuit of happiness” because of our numerous laws making almost everything a crime.

  • isabelle barnes-berutto

    Reading this I only can say communism is slowly setting in.

    • Michał W. Solański

      Communism? How is this heading towards de-legalizing private property and political parties?

  • Gerry

    “All it takes for EVIL to triumph, is for GOOD MEN to do NOTHING!!!”

  • http://www.818crime.com Van Nuys

    Up to 5 years in jail simply for reading your wife’s email? Ouch! The above-mentioned crimes are, in reality, not serious enough crimes to throw Americans in jail. Costs more money on tax payers…. makes no sense.

  • Gary2

    I think it should be a crime that the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes. It should be a crime for hedge fund managers to only pay 15% capital gains taxes on their income.

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth.

  • James

    If you don’t live in cities, your chances of being arrested for these silly things is almost nil. There aren’t that many cops to patrol every mile of the country. There are no surveillance cameras out in the country unless a farmer had them installed. Otherwise, if there are any, you should be able to spot them. I am wondering how the guy who read his wife’s e-mail was caught. Did she turn him in? Some wife huh? This country needs to grow a set of balls and fight this tyranny

  • brent davis

    The beatings will continue until
    morale improves.

  • anon

    Funny how some have the misguided idea that anarchism is violent. Anarchism, as a political philosophy, promotes a stateless society. Anarchy is the absence of a central state or government. Violence, these days, seems a practice engaged in primarily by central states and governments.

    Some anarchists that I’ve met are typically quite peaceful and not nearly as unreasonable as the majority of those populating the established political parties.

  • Frances

    Don’t you think that by now over the years the American people have quite adequately and elloquently described our problems in detail? All have arrived at the same conclusion: “something must definitely be done about the situation” or “people need to stand up???” Okay, now let us move on. I for one would like to hear about some real common sense solutions from people who are supposed to be intelligent “experts.” Is there anyone left in this country that can do more than just describe problems?

  • Helen

    Ayn Rand is constantly villified these days, and that also is part of the MSM agenda, with its claws reaching into the alternative media, as well. I found a very revealing essay about her real beliefs, and the plot to destroy her. It’s at http://www.eternalu.wordpress.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-atlas-shrugged/

  • Unholyjake

    Cops have sworn to uphold the US. Constitution…very few even know what it is and the people that make these laws…damn sure don’t. People that are arrested for the kind of BS that’s in this article, should start sueing the cops that arrest them in civil court for violation of their Constitutional rights. If a cop thought he or she was going to going to be sued personaly for arresting people for this kind of crap, they would think twice about it…but what the hell…this country is self destructing and the line of no return to common sense has been crossed. In the next ten years there will be checkpoins along every road and you’ll have to stop and be body and vehicle searched before you can go to Walmart and buy your “made in China” shit, that you will pile in shopping carts that have cameras in them that recourd your every move, like the ones that will be in your cars. Don’t you love it?

  • rita

    i remember when i was a kid, if you wrote on the desk you were given detention and cleaned desks in detention. what is so hard about that? it is called discipline. something our children don’t seem to be raised with and our schools no longer seem to be able to mete out. i beg people to be outraged! why can’t the people of this country see what is happening? even their votes are stolen so the ptb can put in whomever they wish. come on folk, WAKE UP!

  • Fred

    I support the use of police in the case of issue #9, the Amish Farmer selling raw milk. What almost 100% of you don’t know is that raw milk has a huge risk of carrying tuberculosis and other diseases. All that stuff about natural things being healthy isn’t always true. Give thanks for pasteurization and homogenization, without them your children would die at the rates they did 200 years ago, thanks to jackasses who sell raw milk to the public because it’s “healthy”. If you think that’s healthy, try eating raw sewerage, it contains loads of vitamin B12, no seriously, it does, no jokes.

  • http://republicfortheunitedstates.com/ solution

    The solution is here. We the people have restored our de jure lawful government where people are actually protected by the law instead of molested by public statues. All of these travesties happen to 14th amendment corporate citizens, not to American nationals outside the jurisdiction of the corporate U.S. Educate and free yourself – republicfortheunitedstates[dot]org

  • walt

    I’m glad to see this article. It is something I’ve wanted to get out for a long time.
    Laws authority is made to extend to a punishment for a crime committed, not for the possibility of a crime. And a crime is harming another person or property. It is much wiser to allow a person to correct their crime than to sit in a jail and learn nothing.
    It has gotten to the point that when some one breaks a law, I think “So what”…??….it’s all BS anyway. Our laws have downgraded to the point, it means nothing anymore. Just like the “Nobel Peace Prize”- it has lost it’s standing since awarded to Gore..LOL!!- it now means nothing!

    Laws are man made, so are criminals- therefore, it doesn’t mean a bad person, it means nothing to the higher laws which are just, never change and are created through wisdom, forgiveness, and an eternal destination. These are the laws that make us human.

  • 4 – Thieves

    I know an oppressed citizen, who has been incarcerated, since Aug 05,2010, but there are no charges filed. Americans are treated worse then terrorists, thanks Homeland Security.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322 AgreeToDisagree

    It will happen unless people start running for candidacy themselves than writing about it or hoping someone who is not of the ‘establishment’ runs on their behalf.

    First they “laid off” the workers,
    Those weren’t workers said nothing;
    Then, they plundered the farmers,
    Those weren’t farmers said nothing;
    Later, they arrested the human rights lawyers,
    Those weren’t lawyers said nothing;
    Even later, they imprisoned liberal intellectuals,
    but the lowly city residents, still didn’t say anything;
    Finally, they came for the lowly city residents , and there was no one left to stand up to speak for them.

    Stop writing from your armchair and run for election if you care so much.

  • http://biblebasics101.blogspot.com/ Tony

    Hey Tim, Start a blog and share it with the world. I have about 16,200 visitors since May 2010. Its not much but it helps spread the word.

  • jimmy

    You cannot wake up the mentally disabled. Big Pharma has many on the very drugs that disable them. The rest are scared or too poor to affors to get out and scream. Sucks to be alive right now.

  • V.

    All are dumb except for the first one. Maybe this guy shouldn’t be an idiot going through his wife’s email.

  • Alex

    Now you become the nazis. See how these things go?

  • Lo Phatt

    All too true, I’m afraid, and the bulk of the populace trying desperately to show that they’re “good Nazis” and go along with their “betters”. Really, to anyone who’s been paying attention, it should be obvious that the “public serpents” don’t work for us and don’t care what WE think.
    Looking to the source of the problem for a solution is a bit silly. This march into a Soviet Style Amerika is not what WE want, but somebody does.
    It’s happening all over the world. Every time we act as if we must depend on their tender mercies for existence we make it so. The trick is to ignore them, totally. I know that sounds simplistic, but it’s the best hope, for now. Just agree with whatever they say and go right ahead and do what you were going to do anyway.

  • Tom

    Republicans want abortion illegal
    Republicans want gay marriage illegal
    Republicans want medical marajuana illegal

    The list goes on….

  • Patrick Sullivan

    Can you say: “Grand jury?”

  • k

    now the average white person in America understands a little of what is to be black.

    -underemployed and overly criminalized

    of course three sayings come to mind:

    - an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
    - evil occurs when good men do nothing
    -the chickens come home to roost

    What is happening in America today is nothing more than the result of its over 200 hundred year tolerance of injustice towards blacks.

    This overly intrusive penal system used to essentially re-enslave blacks has now decided that it needs new and more raw material: now everyone is fair game.

    You critisized and insulted people like Jesse and Al when they fought against injustice when you should have been fighting with them at best or being neutral at worst. Now your women, children, husbands, wife, will now be victims of a voracious and cruel system that seeks to do nothing more than extract every ounce of money from them and -enslave them.

  • Emil

    “After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till that nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

  • http://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/ Mike in Tokyo Rogers

    “As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.”

    Yep. Left almost 30 years ago and haven’t missed it once.

  • Christopher Nelson

    You know, when given a fine for something ignorant. You can get back at the government by paying in change. Imagine counting 500 dollars out in change. They have to accept it, it is Official US currency.

  • Kaptain Kanada

    Sorry to break the news, but the USA has been a police state for a loooooooong time. The “crimes” have changed a bit over time as have the groups and individuals that the State attacks, but the USA was NEVER “the land of the free” and the cops were NEVER nice, polite chaps who were helping people.
    The big change is that middle class white Americans are now being (mis)treated the same way that the native peoples, blacks, Mexicans and others have been ever since the Mayflower ran aground on the shores of Massachusetts.
    Learn history; you’ll get fewer shocks that way.

    • Michał W. Solański

      At least there’s some big progress in equality then. :)

  • william wesley

    well German style Nazism is too politically incorrect for America, we will practice equal opportunity oppression, if your a liberal you die what ever your race religion or national origin.
    When a star goes super nova it leaves behind a neutron star or a black hole, when a society goes super nova the same thing happens
    Neutron star or black hole, its going to get very heavy here in the USA

  • Gar

    Doing something:
    Turn off the propaganda box in the living room. Homeschool your kids. Read up on “The Frankfurt School”, John Taylor Gatto, Charlotte Iserbyt. Believe very little “accepted” history or science, read other versions…even if the authors are demonized by Newsweek, the WSJ, CNN, Fox News, etc. Ignore the MSM. Learn to live simply. Follow Mises.org and Lewrockwell.com. Try to not get to depressed by people posting stuff like “tax the rich”, “spread the wealth” (which always leads to people wanting to create wealth to be confiscated-NOT), understand that governments CANNOT CREATE jobs, wealth, security, rights. Government can only steal, kill, bully and tyrannize some for others. Understand that “we” do not ALL have to agree, live the same way, think the same things, worship the same gods. Understand that worldview is nearly ALL “religion”. Realize that ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY is much more valuable than a JOB.

  • Bob

    I fear the police and the government FAR more than any private thug or criminal.

  • Richard Carpenter

    Because we can never be sure we have not committed a crime, we must NEVER talk to law enforcement officers. If a cop asks you how you are doing, tell him to talk to your lawyer. Young people seem to be getting the message. A recent TV story told of a murder on a college campus; police tried to interview students who knew the victim. Most of them told the police to talk to their lawyers. A police officer complained that such behavior makes it difficult to solve crimes. Yes, it does, but the problem is not that students do not wish to help solve the murder. The problem is that no student can be sure talking to police will not result in unrelated charges for some other petty crime. So many petty crimes will make it more and more difficult for cops to solve real crimes.

  • Holland Simms

    Some states have certification for milk cows that allows sale of raw milk products. Raw milk is far more nutricious than pasturized milk,easier to digest.Amish are probably the finest farmers that have ever existed on Earth.Certification of disease free herds is relitivly easy.Whether a government agency could handle it that is the big question.Government can’t handle regulations it enforces.Homogenizing milk has nothing to do with safety of milk .Homogenization is a means of dispersing the cream into even suspension of the cream into the mass of the milk as cream would naturally float on top.
    The whole matter is that government is a vicous master.The problems of food safety is not a matter of making new laws.It is a matter of actualy enforcing what is on the books now in an even manner and moving the inspectors around so there is less likelihood the inspectors get corrupted by unscrupulous producers.
    Perhaps much of the problem is the cost to the producers to comply with regulations paperwork and corners get cut by some in actual compliance to regulations.
    I once worked for a family run bee-honey operation and 3/4 of the workload of two employees was filling out government paperwork.At the same time there was an influx of cheap imported honey from Brazil that was undercutting US producers that were caught by the costs of compliance with US regulatory paperwork.In the meantime there was very lapse inspection of the imported honey and sometime when inspected the Brazilian honey was found to be blended with corn syrup.
    It is a cliche but so very true that government is not the answer but the problem.Government seldom solves problems as government solutions seem to produce problems expotentialy
    worrying an Amish farmer totally preclude the very nature of an Amish community.I would not want to be an Amish farmer that got a repution for producing nothing but the best.The Amish are pretty self regulating to very high standards within their communities.They difer to the diety as their authority.

  • Josh the vet

    “But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.
    It does not have to be that way.”

    When you empower people (police) to initiate violence against individuals who have not engaged in violence against others, what we have today is the ONLY forseeable result.

  • TJStarfire

    The ever increasing weight from law enforcement is a natural progression in the beastly nature of mankind as more and more Americans turn anti Christ and refuse to forgive others for their trespasses.

  • MoT

    The laws are meaningless until some tax-feeding louse actually implements them. That is to say the “teeth” in any laws are the costumed clowns who draw a salary, on your dime, and enforce these diktats. There you will see the true criminals: police, law enforcement, military and the goons who back them up.

  • Mick

    Blame the people. It’s our fault. For a democracy to function we have to stand up and say no when things are going wrong. That’s our duty. We must vote. We must revolt. I see that we are turning out a lot like ancient Rome. Were losing our values and getting weaker. I am about to move to another country if people don’t act because it’s becoming clear that this is a racist, sexist, homophobic, and bigoted society. We were built on anarchy and rebellion now were worse than the UK which we fought so hard to break free from for freedom. The new regime in my eyes is Anti American and the liberal vs conservative crap is ridiculous, all these parties are interested in is their own agenda. We need a party that wants what right and good for our country.

  • MoT

    @Fred about the milk “raid”. It was a FED raid and not a State raid? And it boils down to simply this… Do you “own” yourself or do you not? Can I not put in my body what I wish, for better or ill, or am I a slave? You evidently don’t have a problem with licking the sewage off of your masters boot.

  • Smash

    @Allisio Rex
    The police are not your friends. “To protect and to serve”? my ass!
    As you say ” I see all the comments about “standing up for ourselves” and the predictions of rioting, etc. Do any of you really think that will happen? Other than anarchists or ghetto dwellers who just like to tear stuff up and have no rational agenda, I’ve never seen it.”
    Well none of us have ever seen it either, but it is the attitude of people like you that stop it from happening. Have you seen the events happening anywhere else in the world? The burning of the banks in Greece, the rioting in England, any of it? It is possible for Americans to “stand up for themselves”! We just need more people with “can do” attitudes, rather than attitude of “that will never happen”! Mark my words IT CAN HAPPEN AND IT WILL!

  • ackthpt

    This just in: your country sucks. Land of the free? More like land of sucker ass suckas.

    • vbscript2

      This just in: if yours isn’t the U.S., it’s probably worse. As much as our freedoms have been eroded, they still exceed those of almost anywhere else on the planet (unless you count anarchies.)

      • Michał W. Solański

        No, I’m fairly sure their country is not any worse. They have access to internet and good, vivid English, for instance. :)

  • charlie b

    I think the only way to beat this encroaching evil to be a policeman. A “rather join, than fight” kinda thing…

  • Tory II

    Police will do almost anything to enhance their image. Since 9/11 they can ignore the Constitution (to enhance their images).

    Americans (mostly unarmed or disarmed) are afraid of being targeted by Terrorists.

    Amerika has become a nation of nazis.

  • Toby Geralds

    Sorry, but #11 is rubbish. David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi are extremist Christian thugs who have helped to create a climate of fearmongering about Muslims.

  • ddnlj

    I believe that life as most of us know it is coming to an end. In a few years we will have a glut of college graduates with outrageous debts to pay and no jobs available to them. The average middle class will be gone. In it’s place will be struggling workers unable to meet the demands placed on us by a greed-driven government run by corporate entities.

    Predictions now are that gasoline will be $5.00 a gallon by mid 2012. If this doesn’t create massive hardship in America nothing will. Everything we have worked hard for will be gone as prices for everything from homes to utilities to food to taxes will rise. The wealthy will continue to grow wealthy while everyone else edges closer to poor.

    What we’re experiencing right now is the takeover of a plutocracy and through the propaganda fed to us by the media and the way wealth and government controls us our lives will never be the same if things continue this way.

  • boo

    you people are idiots. your so hot and bothered over this causing a big fuss online because your just a name on a screen. 99% of people who have been at event where people are being arrested for something stupid sit the shut thier mouths and do nothing. I have been in such a situation and when nop one did anything and i shouted out my own family pulled me back and told me to keep quiet.
    if you dont have the balls to actually stand up for injustice then shut it and dont pretend to.

    also: believe half of what you see an none of what you hear.

  • Jack

    Perhaps it is time to make a new country. That won’t be easy.

  • BlazeEagle

    While some hide behind their online names, An online name is merely & OBVIOUSLY the alias of a living, breathing & hopefully reasonably intelligent actual PERSON.

    Not all cops are bad, Our government is just so control intoxicated that even cops are afraid to stand up for USA’s principles & civil liberties.

    Some are downplaying these abuses of power & this down player attitude is part of my countries problem.

    It’s a fine, fragile balance between security & intelligent freedom.

  • Rich

    Anyone surprised that the Homeland Security Videos are coming to Wal-Mart, instead of perhaps…Macys, Von Maur, Parisian!

  • Doug

    “Perhaps the American people will stand up and demand that we restore the principles of liberty and freedom that this country was founded on. Do you think that will happen?”

    NO!

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