Another heartless government abortion: “OK to sell widow’s home over $6 bill, judge rules”

Six Dollars Owed = Sold HouseFrom FoxNY:

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) – A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

The decision last week turned down Eileen Battisti’s request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.

“I paid everything, and didn’t know about the $6.30,” Battisti said. “For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy.”

Battisti, who still lives in the house, said Monday that she plans to appeal to Commonwealth Court. That court earlier ordered an evidentiary hearing, which led to last week’s ruling.

Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis wrote that the county tax claim bureau complied with notification requirements in state law before the auction. She had previously owed other taxes, but at the time of the sale she owed just $235, including other interest and fees.

So let’s just stop right there.If you’re interested in more of the story, click on this link.

In essence, this widow deserves to have her home confiscated and sold because of $235 — apparently subsequently paid — and then finally for $6.30 in unpaid interest?

That is truly insanity writ large, and plastered solely onto the forehead of government.  Truly, it should be nailgunned onto the forehead of government.

That said, Judge Kwidis and every government official responsible for passing this incredible abortion up the food chain solely for the sake of “bureaucracy satisfied” needs to have their own homes taken from them for a $6.30 mistake.  For any reason.

This was a heartless and inhumane act justified simply because of rules embraced by a faceless bureaucracy.  No exceptions, black and white.

At any point in the chain, just ONE human being could have pulled out a single ten-dollar bill and made it all go away.  But no, the agency and the county instead spent thousands and thousands of dollars — taxpayer dollars — to continue the process.

For one reason and one reason only: to make a point.

A point of fear.  Because they could.  A point of power.

Let’s review history, shall we?  Because when bad things happen to other people, it simply doesn’t concern me, does it?

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the unequaled concern, sensitivity and awareness of your various levels of government, ca 2014.

BZ

 

Government in Florida cites woman for being energy independent

Robin Speronis, FloridaSimultaneous, the height of government arrogance and government hypocrisy.

First, from Cape Coral, Florida via, first, the Examiner.com:

Florida woman living ‘off the grid’ has sewer capped, gets pressure to ‘plug-in’

by Justin Andress

Robin Speronis has been living “off the grid” for nearly two years. The Cape Coral, Florida resident hasn’t used the city’s water or electrical services for months, as she prefers to, in her own words, “live without being dependent on the system.” Most people would find that mindset acceptable, if not outright admirable, but the “system” in question has it’s own ideas.

For most of us, living “plugged in” is the only option we’d ever consider. We rely on the established methods for our power and water, the Internet, our phones, and our healthcare. For a large part of her life, that was the case for Robin Speronis. Then, her husband was diagnosed with a degenerative illness that changed everything.

“I finally educated myself and went completely natural. When Zenny died in 2010 at the age of 84, he hadn’t seen a doctor in 6 years and had been off of all meds for 7 years and, more importantly, he was clinically healthy (just very weak) and extremely happy. That is the subject of my first book, ‘My Love Was Greater Than My Fear.’ So, getting what I call today ‘off-grid’ from the healthcare was so empowering and so rewarding that after Zenny died, I wanted to do that for the rest of my lifestyle – not be dependent.”

Stop right there.  This is either a woman who is actually walking and talking the true energy independence walk and talk — just in the vein of a good Leftist.  In the vein of a good Conservative, she is eschewing dependence on government and attempting to be self-sufficient.  To “not be dependent.”

But here’s where Big Government and Leftists take over:

Late last year, Speronis was interviewed by her local Fox affiliate about her lifestyle. The piece ran on the local news and was spotted by city officials who took issue with Speronis’ way of life (and in her refusal to pay taxes for services she didn’t use). The day after the interview, the city of Cape Coral voted to evict Speronis for living in an uninhabitable property – something they determined without actually stepping foot inside her house.

Bingo!  There’s the issue: money!

But wait; it gets more ridiculous:

“A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Speronis told the Fox affiliate in a followup report.

Along with the eviction notice, Speronis was charged with a laundry list of offenses that amounted to her not paying the city fees for utilities she didn’t need or want. Among the offenses leveled against her were several violations of the International Property Maintenance Code, which – in this context [strike] – essentially requires inhabitants to hook their utilities up to either the available public systems or an approved alternative.

Because the government knows better than you do.  Despite the government and energy companies telling you — no, demanding — that you use less and less energy.

When asked about how expensive or inconvenient a life “off the grid” would be, Speronis’ answer is surprising. “Going off the grid in an urban setting was easy and inexpensive,” she explains. “I lived 7 months in an RV in the woods, so I had all the basic skills. I cut my energy needs down to next to nothing, so I only need two portable solar panels, (under $100 each), and two marine batteries, (again under $100 each) as a battery bank and two inverters, (under $100 each), to supply all my power needs and more. I do not have a regulator on my batteries, so my biggest problem is that sometimes I over-charge my batteries and will affect the life of the batteries.”

Speronis decided to fight back.  She created a blog and located an attorney who took her case pro bono.  And a smidgen of bright light emerged:

Fast forward to last Thursday, February 20th, when Special Magistrate Harold Eskin ruled that the majority of charges brought against Speronis were meritless. Her alleged infractions against the city’s power grid and sewage systems were summarily dismissed. In fact, Eskin ruled that Speronis was only guilty of not having her water hooked up to an approved public alternative (Speronis uses filtered rainwater). The city further accused her of using the city’s drainage system without paying for it, an accusation that has left Speronis thousands of dollars in debt with liens on her home.

“This resident provided testimony at the code compliance hearing that she has been living in the home for the past year and using the city’s wastewater system without paying for the service,” said Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the city of Cape Coral. “She also gave clear indications she does not intend to pay for this service but intends to continue to use the system. We really had no choice but to cap the sewer.”

So here comes the puerile and babyish riposte.

And cap it they did. Yesterday morning, city officials cut off Speronis’ access to the city’s sewage system for refusal to pay her bills. Speronis, however, remains resilient, “I know how to live off the grid completely and I have the tools in my home to do it so on that level it is no big deal.”

So her benevolent local government, in its now clear and obvious vindictive and petty reaction — as Speronis dared to point to an Emperor sans clothes — cut off her sewer connection because it could.

The government said: “you can’t pick and choose your independence, because that will create a chink in armor of our span of control.”  And:

“Damn you for attempting any modicum of independence, you bitch, we’ll show you,” her local government clearly stated in its reaction.

Speronis emphasizes my precise point:

While she’s certainly prepared to deal with the city’s newest tactics, Speronis was quoted by many outlets calling the move, “pure evil.” We asked her what she meant by such a strong assertion.

“I wasn’t upset that they capped the sewer as much as upset that the city is still out for vengeance. I had hoped that over the last three plus months that I and my many supporters across the globe were able to touch the city and maybe change them a little to being servants of the people instead of cruel dictators. And that is why this move on the city’s part was such a “blow”. Looks like we haven’t touched them at all – how disappointing. Remember, the definition of evil is the intention to do harm and evil, just like good, can only manifest itself through people. I honestly believed that we had touched some good in the hearts of some of the city officials. Looks like we didn’t.”

Your government is becoming more of an enemy than a friend, or even a partner of sorts.

This is simply another in a continuing series of local, state and federal government stories emphasizing that government no longer serves people — government believes your job is to serve it.  A Big Government that is too taken with itself and its power.

Energy independence?  That isn’t the point.   At all.  Whatever happened to fundamental fairness?  What happened to having empathy for the citizen?  And what happened to the basic tenets of conservation and minimization demanded by government itself of it citizens?

Leftists again and again don’t want the American public to achieve independence of any sort, economical, societal, technological or cultural.  They have proven this time and again with their acrimonious and bitter reactions to any form of pushback or endeavor to seek self-sufficiency.  Speronis sums up wonderfully:

She is committed to living her life on her own terms, regardless of what trials she must face. “[The] lesson is shine your light, live your life the way you see fit, ignore the ‘terror,’ don’t be afraid and the ‘evil’ goes poof. The light always puts out the dark. Love never fails. And honestly, at such times when you stand your ground, it actually becomes fun to watch ‘evil’ go poof.”

It’s time for some line-drawing and limit-setting for government on all levels.  And evil, these days, can and does in fact come in some forms of government.  Especially government that thinks its job is for us to serve it.

BZ

 

Author: Military ‘purge’ meant to weed out officers who won’t fire on Americans

White House ExplosionFrom, of all places, the SFExaminer.com:

On Wednesday, The Blaze reported that nine senior flag officers have been fired by the Obama administration this year alone, leading some to believe that a “purge” is underway. On Thursday, Dr. Jim Garrow, a renowned author and humanitarian who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview he believes it’s part of the effort to weed out those who won’t swear loyalty to President Obama and obey orders to fire on American citizens who refuse to give up their guns.

Dr. Garrow said the president is looking for officers who will ultimately swear loyalty to him and blindly do as he says rather than follow lawful orders.

From there, he explained, it’s not too much of a stretch for those officers to fire on U.S. citizens who refuse to obey gun confiscation orders.

“Obama is basically saying ‘obey me’ rather than the lawful orders,” he said.

“It all has to do with breaching the Constitution,” he added.

According to Sara Carter, commanders who spoke to The Blaze say the administration “is not only purging the military of commanders they don’t agree with, but is striking fear in the hearts of those still serving.”

Setting up the bowling pins, as it were.  Lining up and identifying the generals and admirals whose only interest is sticking up their index digit to see which way the wind is blowing in order to keep their positions, their car, their driver, their government-paid home and the incredible deference shown them due to rank.

The situation with the military is so bad an unidentified Pentagon official told The Blaze that even “young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House.”

“They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut,” the official reportedly said, asking to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, Carter added.

In other words, not only gutting our military but gutting its ability to think independently outside of DC.  Creating an atmosphere not of respect but abject fear.

In January, Dr. Garrow wrote on Facebook that President Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens.

Jim Garrow on Facebook“I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new ‘litmus test’ in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks,” he wrote.

And be prepared for decorated soldiers to speak up:

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely weighed in on the situation.

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” he told The Blaze. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

An interesting concluding sentence to the article:

Perhaps this explains why Obama has recently taken to calling the armed forces “my military.”

“My military.”

Sadly, the American Electorate is no smarter or in possession of a collective memory greater than that of Dug:

Ask yourself a question: if you were a tyrant with NPD, cognizant of the fact that an ill-informed electorate placed you into office — twice — wouldn’t you want to gut the American military so that it reflected your feelings and Communist teachings ranging from your mother, your mentors — think Frank Marshall Davis, Richard Cloward, Frances Fox Piven, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers — ?

Let me get down to a few more fundamental brass tacks, if you will.

Obama and his sycophant Leftists want to gut our military and reduce military pensions and care — things the federal government utilized in order to get young men and women to sign up initially.  ROE’s are ridiculous.  Military men and women with actual honor and courage are being forced to leave.  Some civilians are deciding it isn’t worth the effort considering the current treatment of veterans.

Concurrently, the salaries and pensions of cops are being cut with, at the same time, ROE’s becoming more and more stringent.

What happens when you give a war, and no one comes?

What happens when the intruder is coming to your door and no one responds?

Actions have consequences.

SQUIRREL!

BZ

 

 

Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Government

White House ExplosionI was planning two specific posts for today and tomorrow, when the above headline caught my eye.  I bring that article to you now, from MediaIte.com:

by Noah Rothman

During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave. He said that the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to an armed revolt against the federal government.

Apparently one person, named Michael Cannon, seems to “get it.”  Continuing:

On Tuesday, Michael Cannon, Cato Institute’s Director of Health Policy Studies, testified before a congressional committee about the dangers of the president’s legal behavior.

“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restraints that the constitution places on the government,” Cannon said. “Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.”

And, in concert with Lincoln, JFK said:

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

 Mr Cannon’s most important sentence:

“If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws, then they will conclude that neither are they.”

I have written, essentially, the same thing before on this very blog, but with regard to illegal immigration.  Now, we have the additional issue of ObamaKare.

Michael F. Cannon is the Director of Health Policy Studies for the Cato Institute think tank.  Check their site here.

Mr Cannon also spoke to Glenn Beck about the unaccountability of Kathleen Sebelius, the Arrogant Bitch that she is:

Do you believe that?  If Obama fired Sebelius, he would have to nominate a new HHS secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.  The confirmation hearings would be a “bloodbath.”  And all the powers of the ACA would fall to her.  Except now?  It is a filibuster-LESS Senate.  51 votes.

I already posted on Michael Cannon writing about Kathleen Sebelius shaking down companies she regulates for ObamaKare.

Unpacking Mr Cannon’s words from above: as I wrote a number of times earlier with regard to illegal immigrants and the government’s decision to NOT enforce laws on the books —

If the government can decide to avoid and disregard its own laws — essentially picking and choosing which laws it wishes to enforce (without eliminating those laws statutorily) — then what keeps any other actual citizen from deciding to pick and choose which laws he or she wishes to obey when they become inconvenient?

If Mr Obama disregards the law, then why should Americans keep the law?

You tell me.

BZ

 

 

Does the US government consider you an “extremist” or a “potential terrorist”?

Obama ShameCourtesy of this website (thanks Jeff).

How interesting that, simultaneously, the US government is removing references to Muslim groups or interests.

The 72 types of Americans believed by our government to threaten it:

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

[Click on the link to see the source governmental document involved.]

How many applied to you?

BZ

P.S.
Just by dint of the categorization for this post, I make myself suspect.