Posts tagged theft
By Tyler Durden
Humpday Humor: Batman Falls On Hard Times – Caught Stealing
You know it’s bad when…
A man with the eye-catching name Batman bin Suparman has been jailed on theft and drugs charges.
The 23-year-old man, Batman bin Suparman (bin means “son of”), has been given a prison sentence of 33 months by a court in Singapore. Batman was arrested after being caught stealing money from a shop, as well as using his brother’s cash card to withdraw money. Far-fetched as it seems, this unusual name does appear to be entirely genuine!
Found while reviewing http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com, which is a daily event.
Posted by Robert Wenzel
(ht Walter Block)
Video published by Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity
Video capture added to Robert’s original post.
USDA Protection Racket Demands 47% of Raisin Crops – Destroys Small Farmers
Barb’s Note: This is a criminal extortion racket. What is the difference between a mobster coming to your property and demanding a portion of your profits for “protection” and the government coming to your property and demanding a portion of your crops for “protection?” NOTHING!!!
With a tax code that exceeds 72,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income, with an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year, is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America? Social Security taxes and income taxes have dogged us all since their institution during the last century, and few politicians have been willing to address these ploys for what they are: theft.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry caused a firestorm among big-government types during the Republican presidential primaries last year when he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. He was right. It’s been a scam from its inception, and it’s still a scam today.
When Social Security was established in 1935, it was intended to provide minimal financial assistance to those too old to work. It was also intended to cause voters to become dependent on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Democrats. FDR copied the idea from a system established in Italy by Mussolini. The plan was to have certain workers and their employers make small contributions to a fund that would be held in trust for the workers by the government. At the time, the average life expectancy of Americans was 61 years of age, but Social Security didn’t kick in until age 65. Thus, the system was geared to take money from the average American worker that he would never see returned.
Over time, life expectancy grew and surpassed 65, the so-called trust fund was raided and spent, and the system was paying out more money than it was taking in — just like a Ponzi scheme. FDR called Social Security an insurance policy. In reality, it has become forced savings. However, the custodian of the funds — Congress — has stolen the savings and spent it. And the value of the savings has been diminished by inflation.
Today, the best one can hope to receive from Social Security is dollars with the buying power of 75 cents for every dollar contributed. That makes Social Security worse than a Ponzi scheme. You can get out of a Ponzi investment. You can’t get out of Social Security. Who would stay with a bank that returned only 75 percent of one’s savings?
The Constitution doesn’t permit the feds to steal your money. But steal, the feds do.
At one of last year’s Republican presidential debates, a young man asked the moderator to pose the following question to the candidates: “If I earn a dollar, how much of it am I entitled to keep?” The question was passed to one of the candidates, who punted, and then the moderator changed the topic. Only Congressman Ron Paul gave a serious post-debate answer to the young man’s question: “All of it.”
Every official foundational government document — from the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. Constitution to the oaths that everyone who works for the government takes — indicates that the government exists to work for us. The Declaration even proclaims that the government receives all of its powers from the consent of the governed. If you believe all this, as I do, then just as we don’t have the power to take our neighbor’s property and distribute it against his will, we lack the ability to give that power to the government. Stated differently, just as you lack the moral and legal ability to take my property, you cannot authorize the government to do so.
Here’s an example you’ve heard before. You’re sitting at home at night, and there’s a knock at the door. You open the door, and a guy with a gun pointed at you says: “Give me your money. I want to give it away to the less fortunate.” You think he’s dangerous and crazy, so you call the police. Then you find out he is the police, there to collect your taxes.
The framers of the Constitution understood this. For 150 years, the federal government was run by user fees and sales of government land and assessments to the states for services rendered. It rejected the Hamiltonian view that the feds could take whatever they wanted, and it followed the Jeffersonian first principle that the only moral commercial exchanges are those that are fully voluntary.
This worked well until the progressives took over the government in the first decade of the 20th century. They persuaded enough Americans to cause their state legislatures to ratify the Sixteenth Amendment, which was designed to tax the rich and redistribute wealth. They promised the American public that the income tax would never exceed 3 percent of income and would only apply to the top 3 percent of earners. How wrong — or deceptive — they were.
Yet, the imposition of a federal income tax is more than just taking from those who work and earn and giving to those who don’t. And it is more than just a spigot to fill the federal trough. At its base, it is a terrifying presumption. It presumes that we don’t really own our property. It accepts the Marxist notion that the state owns all the property and the state permits us to keep and use whatever it needs us to have so we won’t riot in the streets. And then it steals and uses whatever it can politically get away with. Do you believe this?
There are only three ways to acquire wealth in a free society. The inheritance model occurs when someone gives you wealth. The economic model occurs when you trade a skill, a talent, an asset, knowledge, sweat, energy or creativity to a willing buyer. And the mafia model occurs when a guy with a gun says: “Give me your money or else.”
Which model does the government use? Why do we put up with this?
Nigel Farage: “The message this sends out to investors is loud and clear. Get your money out of the Eurozone before they come for you.”0
Capital is leaving southern Europe. One way or another, it’s leaving.
It is quite remarkable that just a couple of months ago the European supercrats were patting themselves on the back in Davos, sighing and telling the world that the storm was lifting. Someone please pass the caviar.
How wrong they were.
The EU sponsored theft of Cypriot assets has put the world on notice. The Europeans won’t give up their dream. They’d rather people suffer than admit to the pan-European failure. Greece languishes, as does Spain, Portugal is becoming part of northern Africa again, and even France, one of the great stars of the “north” looks less and less (much less) an equal partner to Germany these days.
Published on Mar 11, 201
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Sierra Adamson questions John Pistole, Administrator of the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on the criminal conduct of TSA workers and the safety of the body scanners used at checkpoints.
By Becky Akers
You might think that airports would be absolutely free of crime. After all, between the mass, generalized, warrantless searches of every passenger and the hysteria that erupts when LaWanda discovers a firearm (which she does very rarely – only about 1500 times in 2012 for 750 million trips), concourses are as devoid of guns as tyrants can render them.
But alas, airports are Ground Zero for sexual assault and theft. Indeed, you might think poor old Piers and his fellow morons would look to aviation’s gulag, where Our Rulers have disarmed passengers of everything but their fingernails, to see the results of their dream: the cringing, shuffling lines of potential victims who hope to go about their mundane affairs without a uniformed bully’s noticing and humiliating them; those unfortunates who don’t escape attention suffering gate-rape and other insults; iPads, cash and other valuables disappearing from luggage and bins to enrich the government’s goons. If Piers and other Progressives crave such a dystopia, they are very sick puppies indeed.
At any rate, a friend sent me the video below in which Mike Adams of Natural News shows those of you who must fly how to prevent the “TSA criminals and thugs and pathetic, pot-bellied thieves that work at the airports” from stealing your stuff. His method is as clever and inexpensive as it is effective. Even if you don’t fly, you may want to watch the clip and enjoy Mike’s splendid adjectives (“pathetic and lazy”) when he describes these public predators-sorry, servants.
Update: Sean Casey writes that there’s “one problem…the scissors you will need to cut the zip-ties when you arrive at your destination will probably be confiscated” — Sean, you’re too kind: stolen is the word you’re hunting — “by the gate-rapists.” He included a link with tips for meeting this challenge and adds that “a good pair of nail clippers should also do the trick.”
More than $400,000 in taxpayer money wasted so far in November
Officials throughout Tennessee have wasted or misused more than $400,000 of taxpayer money, according to newly released reports that the State Comptroller’s Office released during the first half of November.
One county executive’s bookkeeper, for instance, withdrew taxpayer money and tried to cover up her actions. In another instance, two employees of another county stole scrap metal and other taxpayer-subsidized equipment.
In other instances, officials in various counties neglected to place competitive bids on purchases exceeding $10,000.
- The county mayor submitted two fraud-reporting forms to the state Comptroller’s Office in August related to four thefts that occurred at the Highway 113 convenience center this past summer. These thefts were reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, and incident reports were completed. Approximately $600 worth of scrap metal, including chairs, lawn and garden equipment, and batteries, plus a surveillance camera were removed from the convenience center. In one instance, an employee resigned and was not charged. In the other three instances, a former employee was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of theft under $500. The former employee pled guilty to the burglary and theft charges in September and was ordered to pay $60 in restitution.
- The School Maintenance Department purchased three used vehicles for $9,999 each without obtaining formal bids. Three separate purchase orders were issued for these vehicles in August 2011, and three separate checks were written for payments in September 2011, to the same dealership, apparently in an attempt to circumvent the county’s purchasing requirements. It should be noted that based on a review of subsequent minutes, the Board of Education approved the purchase of two additional vehicles in July 2012 and August 2012 from the same dealership for $9,998 and $9,990.
- In March the school nutrition director informed auditors of suspected irregularities by the cafeteria manager. Several parents had expressed concerns about their child’s meal patterns because, in some instances, student accounts reflected no activity. Parents can subscribe to an online payment and monitoring program that allows parents to electronically deposit funds into their child’s account and to monitor their child’s eating and spending practices. The cafeteria manager admitted later that month to taking cafeteria funds and was placed on leave without pay status pending an investigation. The cafeteria manager’s employment was terminated in June. The cafeteria manager pled guilty in October to theft under $500, received one year of probation, and was fined $100.
The Philippines has approved measures to prosecute users that post “defamatory” comments on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. They will be liable for a fine of 1 million pesos (US$24,000) or face up to 12 years in prison.
Websites that publish the material may also be shut down.
The cyber-law has been branded as ‘draconian’ and a serious violation of freedom of speech by rights groups.
“The cyber crime law needs to be repealed or replaced,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of the Human Rights Watch. “It violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law.”
He stressed that while the bill was in action it will have a “chilling effect over the entire Philippines online community.”
The new legislation extends Philippines libel law, which has been previously contested by Human Rights Watch, into cyberspace.
Aside from prosecuting users who post material deemed offensive, the bill grants authorities the power to collate and retain information from people’s Facebook and Twitter profiles, as well as eavesdropping on conversations over Skype.
“Anybody using popular social networks or who publishes online is now at risk of a long prison term should a reader – including government officials – bring a libel charge,” Adams said. “Allegedly libelous speech, online or off-line, should be handled as a private civil matter, not as a crime.”
By William Amos
From NBC NY:
New York state Sen. Shirley Huntley says she expects to be arrested Monday amid a continuing investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into state grants she provided nonprofit organizations.
The Queens Democrat is facing New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. in a tough Sept. 13 Democratic primary. Schneiderman is investigating nonprofit social service and education groups that Huntley funded in part with state grants. Indictments accuse some of the groups’ executives of theft. Huntley has denies wrongdoing.