This City Will Fine You Literally Anything: “Including Mismatching Drapes and Front Yard Grilling”

by | Nov 5, 2015 | Commodities, Conspiracy Fact and Theory | 81 comments

Do you LOVE America?



    In an age of economic stress, many cities and states – on the verge of bankruptcy or default – are abusing their powers to squeeze extra revenue out of their already struggling citizens.

    Petty laws are the building blocks of tyranny. This has long been understood. That is why the Declaration of Independence discusses this kind of usurped power in the long train of abuses: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

    The Institute For Justice takes on the ridiculous case of Pagedale, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, where police have truly been deputized as revenue collection officers in the name of paying for the city’s budget.

    It would be funny if it weren’t so scary – with a cap on the revenue that can be raised through traffic tickets, the police are out in force to fine residents for literally just about anything, including mismatching drapes and front yard grilling:

    Via the Institute For Justice:

    What would it be like if your homeowners’ or condo association had a police force? If, instead of just annoying you by nitpicking how your property’s paint looks or whether your barbecuing with friends bothers the neighborhood busybodies, the association could ticket, fine, and even arrest you?

    And what would it be like if the association had an incentive to ticket you as much and as often as possible because it needed as much money as it could get its hands on?

    Numerous residents have appealed to the municipal court to protest against its “unconstitutional” policies against residents. One homeowner, Valarie Whitner told cameras that she’s had to take out multiple loans just to pay for citations against her home by the city.

    “This case demonstrates that property rights are civil rights. The city of Pagedale is ticketing people for harmless things and activities within their very own home. If the city can reach into a person’s home and tell them what their drapes have to look like, then they’re not really free,” attorney William Mauer stated.

    This city is one absurd and revolting example of the draconian measures that are taking place everywhere in America.

    Like other banana republics before it, the rule of law is destroyed, and law enforcement is corrupted instead, to uphold two firm rules of the new regime: protect those in power at all costs, and squeeze every drop you can out of the populace in order to support the state, and its client parasites in the “private” sector.

    Debt is a weapon of submission, as Zero Hedge notes:

    The use of government subsidies to encourage private borrowing to purchase a house, a car, or any other goods was since then imitated in other developed countries. It was the start of the so-called let-them-eat-credit policies and the transformation of democracies into debt-based democracies.

    No government, wrote now RBI Governor Rajan, prefers the tough reality of declining growth or of a crisis. Debt is a much easier way to gather consensus, and to postpone structural issues.

    The bankers, and the various entities of rank below them, have constructed every way to maintain control and dominance over the population. Economic hardship is a ripe condition for keeping people in check, while further unruliness only gives a pretext to use police state force to quell dissent.

    A completely predatory and corrupt system will stop at nothing to hold onto power. Insolvent local municipalities are often the first to crack down as budgets become impossible to keep sustain. Hence, the haunting specter of the Debtor’s Prison has returned. Low income and working class Americans are particularly vulnerable to schemes that involve tickets and citations that racked up thousands of dollars in fees that many simply can’t afford to pay off.

    As the justice system follows up on their failure to pay, many are snared in the net of private contractors who make a killing at the expense of the individual by enforcing sometimes ridiculous and increasingly expensive fines. Trapped, indebted and in jail, these Americans pay the price for the industrial complex that has grown up every side of the walls of Washington.

    h/t Activist Post

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      1. If this kind of activity was happening in my area, I assure you. The Police Force would be dropping in numbers, as in “mysterious disappearances.”

        • FTW, I will disregard such things. If someone tries to make an issue of it, they are just as vulnerable as anyone else to “accidents”.

          • What do have to worry about, you’re a renter. The owner is responsible for paying the fines.

            • Major.

              That could be a headache trying to evict a person as he runs up the fines on your ass. Hahahaha!

              • If anybody is interested, New Zealand just posted the text of the formerly secret TPP online.

                ht tp://

        • Time for the citizens to revolt.

          Violence in repugnant.

          Burn the police cars.

          Burn city all.

          Make them understand that you will not submit. But, what will people do? They’ll cave. In fact, I’ll bet a lot of citizens are cheering the police on!

          The USA is dead.

          • NetRanger, you can count on me to revolt.

            • But you haven’t done it yet in spite of all the talk.

              • I hear the CIA incites people into violence on message boards.. How about we just stop accepting FED BUCKS at our businesses.. That’ll stop these criminals dead in their tracks.. I heard years ago that 70% of the economy is from small biz…… Just a thought to patriotism.

              • Anon, just give it time. It’s coming sooner than anyone thinks.

                • I think many of us will be amassing on the Concord Green like our for fathers did. We have tried to right this country through the ballot box, i feel the cartage box is soon to come.

                  • Amen–a little rooftop voting is in all our near futures

          • Buring police cars and city hall is dumb they are just objects distorying them does nothing at all.

            Go after the cops in THIER homes and the politcans not inamimate objects lol

        • And people wonder why there was an uproar in Ferguson? The people there can tell you all about oppressive police enforcement of picayune laws.

        • Shoot, shovel and shut up.

        • I have a hard time reading stuff like this because it makes my blood boil and I’d want to .

      2. “Lords” will stick it to the “Serfs” however and whenever the serfs will allow them to.

        • US, anyone who tries to stick it to me will have a fight on their hands.

          • audemus jura nostra defendere, bh

            • And my clan’s war cry, bh: Garg’n Uair Dhùisgear

              • My Clan’s war cry.

                “Hey, did anybody bring the beer?”

              • The Clan war cry “Garg’n Uair Dhuisgear”

                is gaelic for

                “Fierce when Roused”

            • Audemus jura nostra defendere —

              Latin for “We Dare Defend Our Rights”
              “We Dare Maintain Our Rights” — is the state motto of Alabama

              • Grandee, all those slogans fit me to a T. I believe they hold true for everyone else.

              • Grandee, all those slogans fit me to a T. I believe they hold true for everyone else.

          • Brother Brave, I know you have your preps in order. They won’t be sticking it to you and yours when the shtf in north jaawja.

            However; it has become apparent that the powers plan on sticking it to the rest of the people, meaning ostrich people. I listened to John Shorey, which is a man of God, and hard core prepper.

            He says, one of his friends that has a prepper foods company was recently contacted by a rep from the gov, most likely homeland variety. His friend says, they said they required a full list of their inventory. When his friend asked why would the powers want his inventory, the reply was that in the event of a catastrophic event/aka national emergency, they were going to demand all inventories of all food warehouses.

            This means they have a plan to cut off all food supplies within the USSAG, for their own purposes, and the instantaneous shutdown of all food supply warehouses. The shelves will be bare in a matter of days, when an event occurs.

            To follow up, he contacted the president of augason’s farms, which btw supplies much of walmarkets dried foods for long term storage supplies, and asked if he had heard of such. Mr. Augason replied that he had also been contacted and was told the exact same thing.

            Any wonder what is planned? The sheeple and naysayers will be begging and protesting in the streets when the food supplies run out.

            The liberal sheeple will be begging just like the conservatives, and the pre-tribbers that are looking to escape before things get bad.

            Results….hell on earth, at least in amerika.

            Note to preppers….”don’t stop adding to supplies, just because the markets and the gov tell us that everything is A-OK.” Plan to stand up and defend what is rightfully yours.

            • PWTW, even once I get back to the BOL, the family and I will still eventually face the same dangers, only it will take longer before the scum get around to us. Our response will still be the same. We will fight.

            • Passin, if your still in the city when the first riot happens, you’ve waited to long to leave. Don’t rely on the MSM, I get my news from many difference sources so i won’t get caught off guard. I find the network of ham radio operators i listen to around the world are my best source of what’s really happening. When i hear that things are going south in other parts of the US, that’s when i plan to leave for my BOL.

          • An older gentleman that had a drinking problem, one night. Took his 38 Cal. revolver and shot a few rounds off in the house because his wife left him. Long story short. After a spell with the SWAT I heard the LEO in charge ask the man on the loud speaker.

            What do you want us to do?

            The Man still drunk said, Go home.

            LEO replied, Can’t Do It.

            Just to say, when it starts you’re in for the long haul.

            • Slingshot, whatever happened to the guy?

              • Braveheart.

                The guy come out without a weapon but forgot his smokes. When he tried to go back into his house to get them, he was shot up with bean bags. Killed his buzz.
                They hauled him off.

          • Its not so easy.
            I used to Live in LosAngeles County.
            I had a 2.5 acre little ranchette in the county. The area was subdivided in the late 30’s and there were 60 such ranchettes. Over the years about half had been subdivided and turned into little sets of track homes. My house was built in the 30’s and set back from the street almost to the rear property line and the front was a couple of horse pastures with a 8′ river rock wall around it. One day I get a knock on the front door and there are 4 SWAT guys and some older guy with a secretary.
            I was a little shocked and thought that perhaps there was someone dangerous running around and They were looking for him. But no. They asked me if I was the owner and I said yes so they handed me a ticket with about 20 “violations” on it. The first on the list was my rock wall which was too high. 4′ high was the max. Then my pickup with a flatbed which was considered a commercial truck and commercial trucks can not be parked in residential neighborhoods. It went on and on with stupid infractions that added up t $4000 in fines and they gave me 2 weeks to remedy it all. Well, tried to find the law that was written on the ticket and finally found it. It wasent a law but a board of commissioners rule for nuisance control that was pretty much written for a track house subdivision. Anyhow I did my homework and found exceptions to all the violations and went on my court date to see the judge. I presented all my documentation and he still said I had to pay the fines but he would drop the “charges” ??
            He said if I didn’t pay I could be subject to a lien on my property. He said “could” so I didn’t pay. Well, prosecutors came and went over the next 2 years but nothing ever happened. No lien. But the government guys always showed up with their SWAT teams always with AR-s in hand. One day someone offered me a good price for the property and I took it and left. I always wondered just how many people paid. During these 2 years I couldn’t get a justification from anyone involved why they had the authority to come on my property and tell me what I could and could not do.

            • ED,
              that is happening all over we owned a small lot very close a lake in Texas and we did not live there but tarted to get phone calls from a deputy sheriff saying they were going to fine us fro not keeping our place mowed and cleaned up, we went down there and our was NO different than anyone else’s come to find out the deputy was being put up to do it so one of the neighbors could buy our place when we sold it to stop the harassment.BUT the laws were on the books, but not being enforced to anyone but us. we sold the lot but made sure we sold it to someone from out of the area. times are changing and NOT for the better of it. we need NEW good people to take back our country and put some common sense back to us.

              • Yep. I had the same problem on another piece of property I had. Some rich guy was trying to buy up all the land to make a private equestrian center. He had been forcing people to sell to him for the last 15 years. There was a railroad spur that was torn up next to my 20 acres and the guy bought the land from the mining operation that had owned it and turned it into a private trail into the National forest. The problem was that the original deed required if the land wasn’t used for the mining anymore it was to be either returned to the heirs of the original owners or used for public transportation.
                The other problem he had was that my property had deeded easement over the rail spur as ingress and egress.
                But my property was a slaughterhouse and was deeded so and zoned so. When I bought it I was going to tear down the buildings and build a house but the county wouldn’t let me because of the slaughterhouse zoning so it sat and was just used for storage. The rich guy kept using his influence to cause me problems with the fire dept and nuisance control. One day he met me there on a weekend while I was cutting the grass and made me a ridiculous insulting offer for the property. I asked for market value and he just laughed at me. I knew that time was getting short so I searched for someone to buy the property and found a guy who had slaughterhouses who was more than willing to buy the property to make a slaughter house and let me retain easement to a small wooded 1/2 acre that was next to it that we also owned.
                He also enjoys pissing off the rich guy.
                But it is one thing when it is a private dispute between people and another one when it is against the government.

      3. It occurs to me that this sort of thing might start affecting sales of all of those items pictured, thus further damaging already weak retail sales. So all of those affected companies might want to start suing all those local governments. Let’s see who wins in that power struggle :-), especially after TPP and such are forced through. Might be a silver lining to some of those deals after all.

      4. This kinda crap is why i live in an unincorporated township.
        None of the BS to deal with .
        Get involved at the local level and stop the socialists from passing these regs.
        They adopt alot of this BS because they follow UN dictated guidelines , the townships take fed money and are forced to follow Agenda 21 guidelines, i have seen it first hand.

        • And my clan’s war cry, bh: Garg’n Uair Dhùisgear

        • Post all public employees’ contact information on Facebook and Twitter.

          • Facebook, Google and twitter are part of the problem and they pull news all the time and twist what you get to see already and i have more “tweets” hidden than every gets read by the public.

            Youtube is past a joke, half the links posted that point to something the state does not like get deleted or you must log in to see them even if they don’t contain blood and guts.

            The revoloution might be on the internet but it would’t happen on american owned corporate sites that the CIA/NSA control thats 4 sure.

            Take a look at history and see what happened to traitors all over Europe to see what will happen to our thug protectors that call themselves policemen but only serve bankers and the state.

            What ever you do, don’t hand in the guns

        • Remember too that “they” were voted into their positions, or were hired BY someone controlled by those voted into their position. If people elect a tool, they get the consquences. Ye reap what ye sow.

      5. Off topic, but still possibly of interest:

        Essentially, the argument for allowing citizens AR-15s is the
        concept first advanced by France with its Force de Frappe
        or Force de dissuasion. A brief history lesson is in order regarding this, as it is directly applicable to the question Piers Morgan just doesn’t get. In sum, after Charles de Gaulle’s return to power in 1958, he was concerned that the US would not protect France from a Soviet invasion – by the 1960s, the US was knee deep in Vietnam, and besides, why would the US risk America for France? As Wikipedia notes – and is critical to the discussion here – “The strategic concept behind the Force de Frappe is one of countervalue, i.e., the capability of inflicting to a more powerful enemy more damage than the complete destruction of the French population would represent. The enemy, having more to lose, would therefore refrain from proceeding any further. This principle is usually referred to in the French political debate as dissuasion du faible au fort (Weak-to-strong deterrence) and was summarized in a statement attributed to President de Gaulle himself:

        “Within ten years, we shall have the means to kill 80 million Russians. I truly believe that one does not light-heartedly attack people who are able to kill 80 million Russians,
        even if one can kill 800 million French, that is if there were 800 million French.” Similarly, General Pierre Marie Gallois
        said “Making the most pessimistic assumptions, the French nuclear bombers could destroy ten Russian cities; and
        France is not a prize worthy of ten Russian cities” and French Admiral de Joybert in his book La paix nucléaire (1975), simply put it this way “Sir, I have no quarrel with you, but I warn you in advance and with all possible clarity that if you invade me, I shall answer at the only credible level for my scale, which is the nuclear level. Whatever your defenses, you shan’t prevent at least some of my missiles from reaching your home and cause the devastation that you know. So, renounce your endeavour and let us stay good friends.”

        Judge Alex Kozinski, of the liberal 9th Circuit Court, made a similar point in his dissent with his fellow judges, and is worth quoting at length:

        “All too many of the other great tragedies of
        history – Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few – were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. If a few hundred Jewish
        fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars. My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses
        to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.” Judge Alex Kozinski dissenting in Silveira v. Lockyer, 328 F.3d 567 (9th Circuit 2003) (full text

        This, then, is the answer to the AR-15 question. While the force that is allowed citizens is indeed still asymmetrical, both the Constitution, as well as experience from history, dictates that citizens, to remain free, must have enough force at their disposal to be a “force de dissuasion.” The above, along with the facts that the AR-15 has indeed been used multiple times for home defense, and is almost never utilized in crimes, and is not automatic, is the answer why we should allow so called “assault rifles” (which in fact, are not assault rifles!) to the public.

        Let us hope and pray and work for peace. But always realize the 2nd Amendment is there for a reason

        • Exactly!!!!!

          Look at the history of the 20th century and if that don’t put a scare into you, you may not be breathing!!!

        • Test,
          Excellent logic and nicely written. You get a gold star!

        • TEST, damn good post. And the 2A exists for the best reasons in the world. Our rights come from God, NOT from any man made government. Our rights are eternal and are not negotiable.

        • Good one Test.

      6. I know nothing-I see nothinggggg!

        As a Christian we are supposed to respect the Government God has installed over us, as long as it acts in our own good and does not violate God’s law. Funny how a little power goes to some folks heads.

        On another topic, was anyone surprised that the POS savage that stabbed 4 yesterday was a muzzie? More to follow, I’m sure.

        • Them Hogs

          Happened in California. Such a shame. Nobody had a “Pork Chop” to defend themselves with.

          • He clearly thought it was OK.

            The ‘Weapons Free’ zone signs should be written in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

        • I haven’t heard that he was Muslim.

          At least not as announced in the news, and the FBI and other authorities have ruled out any motive other than personal animosity against the victim(s) of the attack.

          With a name like Faisal Mohammad I’d expect maybe he was a Buddhist or something.

          • Anon, that’s a Muslim name and you know it. Another reason why all immigration needs to end.

          • Anon

            And with a name like Smucker’s….sorry but anyone having the name Mohammad included as part of their identity is a Muslim…period…peace & amen.

          • Have our glorious leaders EVER said “This was an act of Muslim terrorism”?

        • TH,
          God did not install the gov. In fact, when the Israelites (chosen peoples that God uses an an example to the rest of the world/gentiles), refused to allow God and His Son to rule and reign over them; He in fact gave them/us, guidelines as to whom they/we should elect.

          It wasn’t liberals nor was it anyone that fit into the category of gentile and manzer (mixed race), persons. He so much as said, if we do, it will “not” turn out to be good for your nations.
          Hence, we get what we deserve for disobedience. All that came from the old testament. It amazes me that the ignorance and stupidity of, supposedly smart and mildly intelligent people, say that nothing in the old testament is relevant to today’s people because…..”all that was nailed to the cross”. We have a few here that follow that lie, but i won’t name names because they know who they are.

          Hog wash, the whole Book, every word, is relevant yesterday and today. Blood sacrifices, and some rituals/ordinances are not relevant any longer, but other than that, it all pertains to us today as well.

          It is all down hell for the lost and ignorant from here on out.
          Best not to stay lost and ignorant. Walk in the light of truth, if one can find it.

          • PWTW, another excellent post. Go PWTW.

          • passing (as an expert)
            Read Romans 13:1, them come back and argue how Government “Wasn’t ordained by God”.

            I’ve been watching your “Holy Man” routine for some time now and find you very comical/stupid.

            PS: I’m a retired Seminary trained Pastor

            • Wasn’t Paul in a Roman prison frequently?

              Are you saying he was a Heretic that was disobedient to God and therefore should not be given respect as a Holy man?

              Jesus is referred to as the “King of Kings” and is the highest government as such, any “King” under him is a disobedient sinner trying to replace him if he commands anything other than obedience to God’s laws and authority.

              You cannot substitute the Satanic for the Godly and claim it is obedient to be adherent to it.

              Unless you’re willing to condemn Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego along with Daniel and many others as disobedient sinners doing evil for refusing to obey their governments orders to violate God’s laws you need to rethink your position an seek a deeper understanding of the meaning of Romans 1:1.

            • TH

              Oh No!

            • Hogs, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one that thinks this jerk passin is an idiot, keep the faith.

            • Well you explined the very reason you are and idiot asswipe, holier than thou, self proclaimed preacher type.

              You are indoctrinated by the Seminary.

              Very, very, few, ever come out of seminary with any logical idea of how to rightly divide the word, and make common sense of the simplicity of God’s letter.

              You are such an idiot. don’t you know all that pork is sinful?

              • And YOU have never eaten bacon or a pork chop, have you? Christ, what a raving asshole you are. Some idiot thinks he knows more about God and the Bible because he’s had NO formal education about it? What, only stupid truck drivers know the Bible eh? You’re delusional old man, belong in the nuthatch, you accuse him of being sinful because his handle is ” Them hogs” and it doesn’t jibe with your third grade interpretation of what the Bible says? What a douche you are, grow up and start talking like an adult and we may treat you like one, but not until you prove you’re all grown up, mentally, at least.

          • The bible says you must obey your govt so get to paying those stupid fines.

            Ps. Jews made christianity so fewer people would join their cult. Same thing for muslims. Controlled opposition is the best opposition for them. Who knows though, maybe there is a god who would kick his creations out of utopia for eating an apple, but let’s hundreds of millions get murdered repeatedly and gives 0 shits.

        • Next thing we know it will be like the UK where carrying a knife is illegal…

      7. The first mistake is buying a house that has a homeowners association. I just don’t like others telling me how to live or what I can and cannot do on my property. I’m sure not going to pay a hefty fee just so a group can tell me what flowers I can plant.

        • Anon, I agree with you wholeheartedly on that one.

        • This is from the city, not from an HOA.

      8. Test delivers the BITCH SLAP into the face of th facist pricks. Alot of jews live in Texas, one sh..t load of em.
        I am a jew lover, i do business with them, they pay up on time, treat me well, in fact doing business with them is what helped get my sorry ass off the streets.

        If you muslims think that coming here and waging jihad in Houston, or any other city, you will experience and insurgency unlike anything. I should know, i have jewish friends and my upper bloodline is jewish, so all you islam f….ks can go kiss the crack of my ass, before i even reach for the toilet paper.

        Try hearding jews in Houston and see what they will do. Just remember what the jews taught the founding fathers during the revolutionary war, as one of them funded the militia with money so that they had the money and resourcs, to get ready for war. Let me brace myself for the attack from the agency ass clown muslims in the local fusion centers…

        Go on you f…ki…. Un and Pope, dump off 1,000,000,000 single males, all muslims from the middle east in Houston or Texas and see the result. They will be turning back and running literally halling ass from the urban ares and when they hit the country, the liquidation process begins. Your agenda 21 bulls..t wont be flying in my city, so keep fining and keep up the BS. Yous piss ass radioactive smart meters are being taken down all over Houston by business and homeowners..



        Abbot is the president of the Texas Republic.

        • Are there 1 BILLION muslim single males to be dropped off here? Considering the population is about 320 million, it might be kinda hard to hide them all.

      9. Hey in our area there are plenty of traffic cams and the city and small towns are racking in the money. Speed traps are up and DUI stops are common after special events.

        • Slingshot, in my area over the past year they’ve been installing more traffic cameras like they’re going out of style. More speed traps and DUIs also. Downtown now has parking fees 24/7/365. NO free parking anymore. They’re definitely raking in the dough.

          • Braveheart.

            Really becoming a Rat Race.

            • Slingshot, you mean MORE of a rat race. Sadly, yes.

          • Many moons ago when I was in school they set up traffic meters in several places just to get more money out of the students. Some really horrible people put glue on their quarters. Eventually they took them down.

      10. All these people have to leave their house sooner or later, people slip and fall all the time, break their neck, accidents happen.

      11. No homo associations for me don’t need someone telling me what to do with my house and paying dues for it. Florida has a lot of that shit. biggest problem with people is they think hot rodding their car up and down the street is ok because they live there with no consideration for their neighbors. If people were considerate and kept up their property and didn’t be a nuisance there would be no need for homo associations. it’s not hard to keep your place clean and not have junk cars and other crap like old law mowers laying around. I got a small area in the backyard behind the shed where I keep my crap and I go out and clean it up from time to time.

      12. Let’s refuse to be treated like cattle. It’s time for us to leave the farm.

      13. It’s a good thing I don’t live in Pagedale. My blinds are different colors. Some of my windows don’t have curtains. There are bushes in my yard that are upwards of 12 feet tall sometimes. I mow the grass when I think of it. Part of the yard only got mowed three times this year. There are two disabled vehicles in the yard visible from the road. My front walk is so cracked, I’ve thought of cracking the rest of it with a sledge hammer so the grass will grow in the cracks and make it look like a walk made of pavers. They would soon get tired of writing tickets.

      14. The Pagedale ptb would have a field day in my town. We have a local eccentric millionaire who owns several rental properties in town and stipulates that his renters use no gas powered or electric lawn tools on the properties as he likes the natural look. He operates a natural burial cemetery where you dispense with a casket and meet nature head on so to speak.
        I think it’s important to move/live somewhere where you share core values with those around you. If you are a neat freak, be true to yourself, and look for a place that reflects those values. Don’t go in assuming you are the agent of change. If you are relaxed in your house/yard upkeep, look for a place where you won’t be bothered. That was one of my Dad’s favorite sayings in his later years. “This is nice. Nobody bothers us here.” Didn’t quite understand what he meant then…do now.
        Came home tonight and three deer bounded out of my yard in front of my headlights.

      15. “Like other banana republics before it, the rule of law is destroyed, and law enforcement is corrupted instead, to uphold two firm rules of the new regime: protect those in power at all costs, and squeeze every drop you can out of the populace in order to support the state, and its client parasites in the “private” sector.” …One of, if not the most succinct and accurate assessments of the “new” reality that has been stated so far.

      16. “Government workers make their living off of other peoples TAXES, FINES and FEES!”

      17. My father-in-law just received a traffic ticket last night while on his way to the local casino bus pickup area. He was driving the 2000 Honda Accord my wife and I gave him, that we previously owned. My wife and I are both almost 50. The car is stock, exactly the way it was purchased from the dealer. The ticket he received was for an obscure vehicle code prohibiting a person from modifying their vehicles license plate. The officer who pulled him over said the plate was difficult to read and was the reason he pulled him over and cited him.

        This country is fucked, and it is exactly why my family is preparing for whatever comes.

        • Traffic tickets are a way of getting someone into the system. Someone told me that once and I have seen it happen. A couple of tickets and before long car insurance is very high and miss paying a ticket or fail to appear in court and there is a warrant out. They are looking to pull someone over for the slightest violation. Back in the day people would get a warning from officer friendly. Now people are criminals, it seems.

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