The resources of the Federal Government are absolutely vast and include the unlimited resources and technology of the FBI. When you have the might and the weight of the federal government coming down on You, it’s extraordinarily overwhelming. When it’s the United States of America versus YOU, the odds of you winning a Federal Case are astoundingly against you. Individuals don’t often win a federal case, period! And that’s why they say “Don’t make a Federal Case of it”.
But it’s important to remember that those scales of Justice really do run both ways. Thankfully we have this thing called the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to protect individuals within the United States.
The Government can’t just declare they have the power to do something and then do it. Take the case of eminent domain. In order to take someone’s property, the government must prove it has a vital need for your property and there’s no other alternative. Even then, they must pay you a fair price for your land. They can’t simply seize it. And the outcome of such cases is not always a given in the favor of the Government. Owners have the opportunity to prove their need of the land is greater than the government’s. After all the Federal Government has unlimited resources, they can go anywhere and find land.
By the same token, when the Government does have a criminal case in their claws, they can use those vast resources to dig deep into an individual’s life and transactions. The breath of that power can be both comforting, that those who really need to be held accountable for their actions, can be and will be held to justice. No one is Above the Law in the United States. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.
Here in 2019, many Americans are hoping and some are praying that the scales of blind justice really does work that way!
The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. It occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice occurs on December 21st and marks the start of the Winter holiday for Pagans. The Solstice is known as Midwinter, Yule for Pagans, the Longest Night, and Jól for the Norse.
From all of Us, to all of You, We wish you a special and joyous Merry Yuletide!
Many Blessings during this holiday season, whatever that is for you and yours! 2018
We would like to extend our thanks to all of you for visiting our blog throughout this past year.
And we send out A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours for a wonderful and happy Celebration!
“In the 19th century, the modern Thanksgiving holiday started to take shape. In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a magazine called Godley’s Lady’s Book, campaigned for an annual national thanksgiving holiday after a passage about the harvest gathering of 1621 was discovered and incorrectly labeled as the first Thanksgiving.
It wasn’t until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings; one in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and the other in November to give thanks for “general blessings.” ~ National Geographic: The First Thanksgiving.
To all veterans Past, Present and Future.
From far away, to here at home.
On active duty or duty served.
We honor your courage and sacrifice.
We extend our gratitude for your commitment.
As we share our thanks and gratitude,
for the freedom you have protected. 2014
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
~ William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Hoping you have a fantastic evening of Trick-or-Treating,
with lots of fun, frights and genuine laughter! and May you and yours have a wonderfully blessed and exciting Samhain!
Today, August 16th, 2018 is the national day to support America’s Free Press. The idea began with the Boston Globe proposing that all Newspapers Rally To Protect The Free Press. The coordinated effort for an editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.
Beginning as early as one month after being sworn into office, Trump labeled the News Media “The Enemy of the People”. According to the Washington Post, he has “used the word “fake” — as in “fake news,” “fake stories,” “fake media” or “fake polls” — more than 400 times” in the past 19 months.
He constantly tells his followers at rallies, that you can’t believe the “Fake News”, and “what they say is going on, isn’t what’s really happening”. All this to undermine the credibility of ethical and factual reporting that is critical of his actions, both past and present. Continue reading →
“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag.” – The American President 1995
“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved,” wrote Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
You can’t claim to be a Patriotic American and then oppose the First Amendment of the Constitution and those American values. Sorry, you don’t get it both ways. You want to complain about disrespect of the military, then remember what those Military forces have and continue to fight for. Anything less, is the true disrespect. #LetThemKneel!
Tonight on NBC Nightly News, they shared a story about prescription drug prices and the fight between insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations to cut costs for prescriptions. As the pharmaceutical industry increases prices on drugs people need to survive, everyone is trying to find ways to save money, including Insurance companies.
Congress can act like they’re offended and concerned about the greed being shown by pharmaceuticals. But let’s face it, IF they do anything about it, it won’t help us afford our necessary medications for several years to come. Those average citizens who have a terminal disease can literally be put in the position of choosing life or death because they can’t afford their prescriptions. Those people who have a disease that can be managed, like diabetes, may also be forced into that same position because of the cost of their maintenance drugs.
Now the insurance companies are making a case that they’re trying to “help” us average citizens by forcing the pharmaceutical industry to lower its prices on commonly used medications. Ok, I can understand the concept. If you want to force any industry into lowering its prices, hit them where it hurts most, in their bottom line. But at the same time, you know the insurance companies are doing the same thing to customers that big pharma is doing. Continue reading →