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"Yeah!!! They both are nuts and deserve to be GONE from our DC in any capacity. Oh ye…"

Velma Saccone replied Oct 1, 2014 to D.C. Whispers: Harry Reid Hangs Up On Valerie Jarrett

69 Oct 2, 2014
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"I do believe you are correct Ralph. God help us."

Velma Saccone replied Oct 1, 2014 to Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola

37 Oct 3, 2014
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"I was not aware that the AG could make laws - is this true that he can do this? Is t…"

Velma Saccone replied Oct 1, 2014 to Eric Holder's Final Act will Be To Ban Religion In Terror Probes

14 Oct 7, 2014
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"Well said Lou and I am in total agreement with you."

Velma Saccone replied Oct 1, 2014 to Mexico Pays To Help Illegal Aliens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

23 Oct 3, 2014
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"Islam is an evil cult. We should deport all Muslims and destroy all mosques or they…"

Velma Saccone replied Oct 1, 2014 to Father Of ISIS Social Media Guru Still President Of Islamic Elementary School In US

22 Oct 3, 2014
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"We can only hope and pray the upcoming election will be a start to stop Obama and hi…"

Velma Saccone replied Sep 30, 2014 to COLORADO HIGH SCHOOLS CLOSE AS UNION-PROVOKED TEACHERS JOIN 'SICKOUTS'

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"We have not been safe since the Muslim Obama took office and it is getting worse eve…"

Velma Saccone replied Sep 30, 2014 to Obama Staff On Oklahoma Beheading: “We Just Can’t Catch A Break Around Here.”

65 Oct 3, 2014
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"I personally believe the time is long past for all unions to be dissolved. Unions do…"

Velma Saccone replied Sep 30, 2014 to COLORADO HIGH SCHOOLS CLOSE AS UNION-PROVOKED TEACHERS JOIN 'SICKOUTS'

54 Oct 1, 2014
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"Absolutely NO - a Muslim cannot be a good American. We need to deport all Muslims fr…"

Velma Saccone replied Sep 30, 2014 to Can Muslims be Good Americans?

91 Nov 18, 2014
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"Why do black people always say "this is not my son" "my son is not a violent person"…"

Velma Saccone replied Sep 29, 2014 to Mother of Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Releases Video: There Are Two Sides to Every Story

61 Oct 1, 2014
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OMG!! -> Government Now Wants To Seize Your Car For Going 5MPH Over The Limit

We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.

You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence.

Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison.

But the government is actually a bigger problem than common thieves.

A 2015 report showed that law enforcement used civil asset forfeiture to steal more from US residents than every thief, robber, and burglar in America combined.

About $4.5 BILLION worth of cash, cars, homes, and other property is taken by civil asset forfeiture each year – hundreds of millions more than common criminals steal.

And it happens at every level. Your local cop can use civil asset forfeiture just like your state trooper. And then any one of the armed agents of the US government—from the FBI to the Fish and Wildlife Service—can rob you for whatever reason they want.

This travesty continues to grow because the cops who take your stuff get to keep it. Police departments and government agencies around the country depend on civil asset forfeiture to boost their budgets.

Cops will literally keep some of the cars they take as squad cars. And they make a fortune auctioning off the houses, boats, and anything else they confiscate.

Obviously this gives cops an incentive to steal, whether or not they actually think the property was used in a crime, or acquired illegally. Remember, civil asset forfeiture adds billions every year to their bottom line.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of civil asset forfeiture.

Tyson Timbs was convicted of selling a small amount of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to house arrest, and paid about $1,200 in fines.

But then police used civil asset forfeiture to take his $42,000 Land Rover which Timbs purchased with money from a life insurance policy after his father died. The money did not come from selling drugs, or any other illegal activity.

Timbs sued, and the case made its way to the Supreme Court, because every lower court in Indiana said the forfeiture was perfectly legit.

The case revolves around whether or not the seizure of the Land Rover was an excessive fine under the 8th amendment, and whether or not this protection against excessive fines applies to state governments.

And the public got some crazy insight into the government’s position.

The Indiana Solicitor General was arguing in favor of civil asset forfeiture when Justice Stephen Breyer asked him a hypothetical.

Breyer asked, if a state needs revenue, could it force someone to forfeit their Bugatti, Mercedes, or Ferrari for speeding? Even if they were going just 5 miles per hour over the speed limit?

And the utterly appalling answer from the Indiana Solicitor General was, yes.

That’s right… the official government position is that they can steal any amount of your property in “connection” with any crime whatsoever, no matter how trivial the crime may be… even exceeding the speed limit by 5 miles per hour.

This is how overbearing and authoritarian the government has become in the land of the free.

This is how much power your local cop has… and the power only grows as you go to state, and federal officials.

If there is any solace in any of this, it is that the other Supreme Court Justices were reportedly laughing at this exchange.

The justices seemed incredulous that Indiana’s top lawyer was using such absurd assertions and flimsy reasoning in his arguments.

So, for now, we can keep our cars if we get pulled over for speeding. But that may not always be the case…

Depending on how this is ruled, it could pave the way for even more egregious abuses of power… or it could curb the practice, and reign in these thieves in uniforms.

Just understand where the government is coming from. These politicians, bureaucrats and officers think they can do whatever they want. Absolutely anything goes, with no limitation whatsoever.

And that makes it a little tough to feel like you really live in the land of the free.

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