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    02-14-2019, 01:39 AM
    Actually, no. There was no huge nefarious plan from the start to make a law to go after the average citizen. Large drug dealers, kingpins, were indeed getting to keep their ill gotten gains by having things in the names of wives and corporations. Laws were made to get these assets. Then others in the government realized it was a cash cow and it began being used on the everyman. The original writers and implementers have even apologized for the government corrupting the original intention and have been working to correct it at the state and federal level. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/30/richard-rahn-loretta-lynch-asset-forfeiture-lose-s/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2015/07/02/civil-forfeiture-now-requires-a-criminal-conviction-in-montana-and-new-mexico/#b0204f5ee306 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/abolish-the-civil-asset-forfeiture-program-we-helped-create/2014/09/18/72f089ac-3d02-11e4-b0ea-8141703bbf6f_story.html
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    02-13-2019, 06:15 AM
    Wow, the gov can actually use asset forfeiture for the purposes it was originally intended - going after drug kingpins?
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    02-12-2019, 05:18 PM
    Quite the opposite, only looking at government - I did mention lobbyists and power traders. While a flippant remark it could be a potential way to stop the lobbying if the lobbyists knew their actions would be truly scrutinized. When we have parts of government not even give visitor logs we know there is the very real possibility of citizens being shafted. I've seen many outrageous solutions. One of the most amusing is that since police are public servants and have body cams running, why not all government employees or at least politicians? Sure it's not the best use of funds, and isn't practical, yet if "drain the swamp" is a serious ongoing problem then some viable and effective solutions should be considered. Obviously more thought out than glib comments on a forum. Sadly Ron Paul not being lobbied because he couldn't be bought was an exception and not the rule.
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    02-12-2019, 03:58 PM
    Last figure I saw showed he had brought in from fines more than the investigation has cost. Perhaps Trump isn't colluding, but he has had a lot of people around him doing really stupid and illegal things. On the upside, if anything this is indeed draining a little of the swamp. Why not consider investigations into every lobbyist and power trader in DC? As long as the investigation continues to self fund.
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    02-12-2019, 03:28 PM
    is the entire rep omar kerfuffle because she suggested lobbying and campaign donations may influence elected officials? even in our bizarro world of politics I thought both sides were supposedly against lobbyists.
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    02-09-2019, 10:37 PM
    I happened to notice on google maps today an icon for a speedtrap along I94 near the Illinois / Indiana border. I don't use google maps for driving directions that often so this was a first for me. Was handy to know
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    02-07-2019, 10:43 PM
    I see an opportunity in offering radiation blocking clothing, hats, roofing materials, and insulation wrap.
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    02-07-2019, 10:31 PM
    Interesting read : It’s the dead of night, and the USS Fitzgerald is on a secret mission to the South China Sea. The sailors on the $1.8 billion destroyer are young, tired and poorly trained. Disaster strikes at 1:30:34 a.m. Fight the Ship Death and valor on a warship doomed by its own Navy.
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    02-07-2019, 01:47 PM
    The entire age of adulthood is messed in this country. You are an adult at 18, unless it's for drinking, then it's 21. Or smoking, or getting elected to some offices, or for a variety of other things. But you can be tried as an adult in court for life imprisonment at 13.
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    02-07-2019, 01:36 PM
    Anonymous CB warnings about smokey ahead on exit ## is now a no no? Although I haven't used a CB in years do they even still do that?
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    02-06-2019, 07:24 AM
    While it is suspicious a Canadian goes off to India, writes a will, forgets to put passwords, and passes away.. I don't see how this is a bitcoin's fault. A business was run badly. Also I'd be keeping an eye on that blockchain to make sure those funds never move.
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    01-27-2019, 07:57 PM
    I seem to remember it was going to be free since someone else was going to pay for it. He's sticking to the wall campaign promise but he's not sticking to his forcing Mexico to pay for it by seizing remittances. I think the dems should have called him on this ages ago. They should have made a "Build the wall" account, and then passed a bill agreeing to pay for the wall only from that account but only Mexico could put money into that account. Then it would shift to how Nafta 2.0 would pay for it, or other ways, but it would at least be a different argument for a change.
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    01-27-2019, 07:45 PM
    Don't forget the real winners... Halliburton and the other military industrial complex companies.
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    01-24-2019, 01:17 PM
    Gotta love how you can give 20 million to connected friends without even saying who pushed for the grant https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/who-pushed-20m-grants-help-ex-gop-chair-michigan-records-left-blank
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    01-23-2019, 11:09 AM
    I have never heard a definition of MAGA. When did american stop being great, or what would constitute it being great again? The entire 'again' should mean there was a specific point in time you could point to and say everything before this was great, everything after was not. With Ron he gave a checklist of issues to fix to restore America. Gold standard, audit the fed, stop imperialism, reduce the deficit, etc. I'm still waiting for someone to start doing those things.
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    01-23-2019, 11:02 AM
    We have went from media that simply repeated everything the Bush admin said to media running a presidency. Trump's latest wall stance appears to be because Fox and Friends were disappointed in him. So now we have the media telling a president what to do. And it's Fox.. who we can not forget was the enemy of Ron Paul's election efforts.
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    01-22-2019, 04:17 PM
    Michigan passed laws banning this already. Guess this should be a state issue?
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    01-21-2019, 12:08 PM
    They? You mean the various digital companies, lead by the movie industry which has been working on improving special effects since movies got created? Or perhaps you mean the video game companies which nowadays also use many of the same tools as the movie industry? The various digital trade rags go into detail on using programs for all sorts of purposes. The ever increasing computer power makes tasks easier and easier. Movies and video games each do over 40 billion a year. They both want photo realistic special effects. Sorry, no nefarious 'they' here. This is the free market making very good tools for large industries.
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    01-19-2019, 10:26 AM
    Of course they want a cashless society, you'd get rid of the entire underground economy. I mean while a good citizen would never consider not reporting every payment of cash, I'm sure there are unscrupulous citizens who try to screw the government out of taxes. It amazes me that simply depositing a few hundred dollars into a business account in cash will require a driver's license scan now at a Chase, and this doesn't even raise an eyebrow. This doesn't seem to happen all the time but has happened enough that seems it's a regular policy. Most tellers don't even understand when I start talking about big brother. Bitcoin has survived over 10 years and while not widespread it shows there is a demand for a non bank method of value transmission. Other crypto spin offs are working on making as anonymous as possible crypto... the fact that they haven't all been shut down gives me a tiny bit of hope that everything won't be tracked.
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    01-19-2019, 08:24 AM
    On the next Apprentice : White House edition, a surprise announcement keeps everyone on their toes. We have had a number of disappointing big announcements. The bottom of the pile would be when candidate Trump dismissed his years of birther research in a hasty press conference. My guess : He's going to give his state of the union at a political rally location of his choosing
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