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calendar   Friday - May 02, 2008

Is New York State Now The Federal Government?

That’s a strange and seemingly stupid question to ask, but I was certain that the regulation of interstate commerce was a power/duty reserved for the feds. A few weeks ago New York passed a convoluted tax that is going to require Amazon and other complex online retailers to collect NY state sales tax for them. While quite a few states have a Use Tax which requires citizens of that state to fork over tax money for everything they buy out of state, almost no one other than my mom actually complies, because it is obviously unenforceable. New York’s new “Amazon Tax” would close this “loop hole”, and if effective, would spread overnight to every other state, and the tax advantages of buying things on the internet would soon evaporate.

What makes the Amazon Tax interesting is the convoluted thought process behind it. Amazon is not one store anymore. Amazon is a reseller; more and more of what you shop for there doesn’t come from a place called “”, it comes from whatever Mom & Pop happens to have the product at the price point you want. Amazon simply redirects your order to the small businesses, and takes it’s little slice for that effort. There are tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of these associated businesses, all over the country. Therefore, reasons NY, some of them must be in NY. Therefore an internet sale to Amazon from a customer in NY is a sale within NY so sales tax must be collected. Thus their new law.

There is a basic logically fallacy here which I can’t quite put my finger on. Something about not extrapolating from the individual to the general? Sounds close. Just because an Amazon affiliate is in NY doesn’t mean they are ALL in NY, so making a law requiring NY sales tax to be collected at Amazon is logically incorrect. And unconstitutional, by, as we have seen with Philthydelphia’s gun laws, that doesn’t stop laws from being passed at all.

New York has some of the highest taxes in the country, if not THE highest. The recent state budget is $122 Billion, for a state with a population of 20 million. This law is expected to collect about $50 million.

‘Amazon Tax’ Lands in New York
Controversial new law shifts collection requirement to online retailers in a move that other states could follow, but legal uncertainties abound. With the passage of the hotly debated state budget last night, New York legislators approved a bill that will require many online retailers to begin collecting sales taxes on purchases shipped to the state, even if they have no operations or employees working there.
New York Governor David Paterson is widely expected to sign the measure.  The so-called “Amazon tax” closes a loophole for Internet retailers who derive sales through affiliate programs in which Web site owners place a link to the merchant on their site and earn a commission on sales made from referrals. In lobbying for the bill, the industry group representing New York retailers had argued that the exemption from the sales-tax collection requirement gave out-of-state online retailers an unfair competitive advantage.
The controversial bill ends what for many New Yorkers had been tax-free online shopping, and experts predict that other states could follow suit with similar provisions. Consumers are required to report purchases they make online from out-of-state companies on their tax returns and remit a use tax, but many people are either unaware of that obligation or ignore it. Collecting those taxes from individuals has been an administrative impossibility.  New York expects the new requirement will generate about $50 million in revenue this fiscal year.
The tax was inspired in some ways by a 1992 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Quill v. North Dakota, the Court determined that out-of-state retailers cannot be required to collect sales tax on purchases sent to states where they did not have a physical presence. They argued that compelling merchants to adhere to the complexities of the state and local tax codes would place an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce.

With the new law, New York is taking an aggressive stance on the Quill ruling, claiming that a retailer such as Amazon holds a physical presence in the state because it derives sales through its affiliates who live there, explained Hugh Goodwin Jr., a state and local tax attorney and partner at the global firm DLA Piper.

Amazon is suing of course. My guess is that a mere 98% of the population supports their suit.

Amazon Sues New York State to Void Sales Tax Rules
Before the ink on the bill has even dried, has filed a suit challenging New York State’s new law that forces online retailers to collect sales taxes on shipments to state residents.
The question is whether the vendors must collect those taxes on behalf of the state. Generally, only those companies that have a physical presence, such as an office or store, in the state of the purchase are required to collect the taxes.

The new law is based on a novel definition of what constitutes a presence in the state: It includes any Web site based in the state that earns a referral fee for sending customers to an online retailer. Amazon has hundreds of thousands of affiliates—from big publishers to tiny blogs—that feature links to its products.
The state law says that if even one of those affiliates is in New York, Amazon must collect sales tax on everything sold in the state, even if it is not sold through the affiliate. This is an extension of an existing rule that companies that employ independent agents or representatives to solicit business must collect sales taxes for the state.

Amazon’s suit challenges the constitutionality of this interpretation and seeks a declaratory judgment that it is invalid.
The online retailer further claimed that the new rules violate the equal protection clause of the constitution because it specifically targeted Amazon. “It was carefully crafted to increase state tax revenues by forcing Amazon to collect sales and use taxes,” the complaint says, noting that “state officials have described the statute as the ‘Amazon Tax.’ “

So there you have it. A new law, a new lawsuit. I’m sure Amazon can claim “proactive standing” as they will obviously be “injured” by this one. But that’s a side issue. Is New York overstepping it’s bounds? Does this law attempt to regulate intersate commerce through taxation? Why write such a law against Amazon - and it is against Amazon and other Big Business, because the law doesn’t apply to small companies that have less than $7400 per year worth of referral fees - when this kind of action would probably be more effective if written against the credit card companies and PayPal.

Personally I think it’s bullshit and I hope NY gets a swift boot in the ass in court. I understand it takes money to make government run, and that money has to come from taxes. But I think all Use Taxes are wrong, period. It’s my money. The state I live in already taxed me when I earned it, and they tax me again on what I spend within the state. That’s more than enought. What I spend out of the state is none of their goddammed business. They do not own my money and I can spend it how and where I please. Fuck off.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/02/2008 at 10:27 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 30, 2008

Sisters cannot inherit ,European Court rules

I can’t help but feel sorry for these old ladies.  True, if ya look at the house they apparently have some money. Upkeep on that place can’t be small.
But so what?  I can see their viewpoint.  I can also understand where it can lead as explained in this article.

Sisters cannot inherit house they have lived in since birth, European Court rules
By Richard Savill

Last Updated: 8:48PM BST 29/04/2008
Two elderly sisters who have lived together since birth today lost a last-ditch legal appeal to obtain the same inheritance tax rights as married and gay couples.

In a 15-2 vote, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that Joyce Burden, 90, and her sister, Sybil, 82, do not face unfair discrimination under British inheritance tax rules.

The pair argued that they should be spared inheritance tax in the same way as married couples, or homosexuals who form a civil partnership.

The sister who lives longest faces having to sell the family home in Marlborough, Wilts, when the other dies in order to meet the cost, estimated at more than £200,000.


The sisters claimed British inheritance tax laws breached their human rights by exempting married and gay couples, while targeting cohabiting siblings.

But the Grand Chamber of the human rights court upheld an earlier ruling that national governments were entitled to some discretion when deciding taxation arrangements.

The decision means that when one sister dies the other will have to sell their four-bedroom property to pay the 40 per cent inheritance tax on its value above £300,000.

The house is worth about £875,000.

If they had won their case, British inheritance tax law would have had to change, to place cohabiting couples on an equal footing with married couples and “civil partnerships” in being exempt from inheritance tax.

I’m not a lawyer. I don’t understand why the law would have to change. I don’t understand why in the case of very old ppl like these two, something like extenuating circumstances would not apply. Especially where their entire lives have played out in this one home. But then, hey. I do understand the need of the govnmt. for cash to pay for political perks and salaries and immigration and welfare and .... how long a list do ya want ?

The sisters, who have been asking the Government to look at their case for 30 years, decided to write to the European courts after Labour introduced the Civil Partnership Act in 2004.

The Act granted the same right to gay and lesbian couples to avoid inheritance tax as married couples, but not to cohabiting family members.

The sisters’ letter, written without legal advice, read: “In desperation we write to you, for, as second-class citizens, we seek justice against the unfair laws we live with in the British Isles.”

The Burdens later hired a lawyer and claimed the Act violated Human Rights Convention articles outlawing discrimination and guaranteeing the “protection of property”.

In 2006 they lost the case by a 4-3 majority of the panel of seven human rights judges, although three members of the court described their inheritance tax plight as “awful” and “particularly striking”.

But the appeal hearing, before a larger 17-member panel of human rights judges, produced a more decisive 15-2 majority against the sisters today.

The sisters cannot take their case further. They could not immediately be contacted today.

However after losing the first case in 2006, Joyce Burden commented: “If we were lesbians we would have all the rights in the world. But we are sisters, and it seems we have no rights at all.”

(She sure does have a valid point there)


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calendar   Friday - April 25, 2008

It’s only because he’s black you know

Snipes Gets Snipped: 3 Years For Tax Evasion

“The sentencing court sends the right message to the American taxpayer—you’ve got to pay your taxes,” U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill told reporters outside the usually quiet central Florida courthouse. “Rich, poor, it doesn’t matter. We all pay our taxes.”

Though Snipes was convicted of three counts of willfully failing to file returns, his trial was held by some as proof of victory for the tax protest movement. Snipes was acquitted of five other charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy, that would’ve exposed him to 13 more years in prison.
Snipes’ attorneys argued the sentence was too stiff for a first-time offender convicted of three misdemeanors, and recommended he be given home detention and ordered to make public service announcements.

But U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a “history of contempt over a period of time” for U.S. tax laws.

“In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanors,” Hodges said.

Naturally poor Wesley is a victim -

Snipes read aloud from a prepared apology, calling his actions “costly mistakes” but never mentioning the word “taxes.” He said he was the victim of crooked advisers, a liability of wealth and celebrity that attract “wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat.”

“I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance,” Snipes said.

Snipes efforts to avoid jail time even included writing the IRS a check for $5,000,000 right there in the court room, but to no avail. The judge is using the actor’s high profile as a message to other scofflaws.

“One of the main purposes which drives selective prosecution in tax cases is deterrence,” the judge said, while denying it had anything to do with his sentence. “In some instances, that means those of celebrity stand greater risk of prosecution. But there’s nothing unusual about it, nor is there anything unlawful about it. It’s the way the system works.”

Sorry Wes. None of us like the Income Tax, but until we can all get together to throw it out and come up with something else, we’ve all got to pay. You don’t get a pass just because you believe in some shyster who says he has a loophole. And rich folks like you have to pay lots. It’s for your own good.


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calendar   Saturday - April 12, 2008

Tax Time

This is Hell Weekend for a lot of Americans. It’s time to finally face the inevitable and do your taxes. April 15th is Tuesday, and the check has to be in the mail by then.

Some of you have been smart, and have been spending a little time doing them for a month or so now. Others, the few and lucky, who will be getting back a tiny bit of what they’ve paid in, got to work back in January and may have even received their refund checks by now. But tens of millions of us were at Walmart early this morning looking for a copy of TurboTax, or lining up outside H&R Block with a suitcase full of papers and receipts.

My taxes weren’t hard. I’m living close to the poverty line right now, but I’m not on any kind of public assistance whatsoever. And even with my pathetic income, I still had to pay a little bit more to the state and the feds than what had been withheld.

So for those millions who are tying themselves in knots this glorious spring weekend, trying to figure out the cost basis for some damn partial share that was automatically sold because some company they owned a few shares of stock in was bought out by some other company they might have owned a few shares of, my hat’s off to you. I feel your pain, because I’ve been through this myself in the past. Heh, I remember one year when I was in college I had to send in something like twenty forms. I’d worked more than a dozen jobs that year in several states, and the paperwork was amazing.

Many people will have a wake up call today and realize that the Fair Tax would solve so much of this pain. So would some kind of Flat Tax. Other folks just feel a real sense of resentment right now when they realize just how much of their tax money goes to support the lazy and shiftless - and that means people on the dole and the infinite morass of the ever expanding jobs program that is government. If you’re one of them, and find yourself snapping pencils in anger, take heart: Rachel Lucas wrote a great Tax Rant you can read and adopt as your own. I’d give you some excerpts, except that Rachel is in full swing, and it’s hard to find two lines that don’t contain swearing. Go Read. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/12/2008 at 03:43 PM   
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calendar   Friday - November 16, 2007

LOST (money that is)


You are looking at nearly half a billion dollars of your tax money going to waste. 18,000 trailers and mobile homes. These are most - but not all - of the emergency housing trailers that FEMA purchased to help the people down on the Gulf Coast that were devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Two years ago. They sit idle, unused, undistributed, slowly rotting away, around the airport in Hope Arkansas. FEMA bought them all then decided they couldn’t be distributed locally to the flooding victims because they live on a flood plain! Then there was that business about how they all could be opened with the same key. Next we hear that -oh, the horrors! - 11,000 of the trailers may have been made with insulation containing formaldehyde!

Let’s not forget that the government is STILL paying the rent and living expenses of thousands of those poor displaced victims. I have no idea if the NOLA cops are still living on a cruise ship, but that wouldn’t surprise me either.

Heather Crawford from KATV has a nice roundup on the story with a decent video (which only wants to run in IE on my PC):

FEMA is storing thousands of mobile homes in Hope, and what may surprise you is practically all of them are brand new. They have never been lived in and have just sat here unoccupied for more than two years.

(Congressman Mike Ross, (D) 4th District) “After they bought them, they decided they wouldn’t locate them in a flood plain. And guess what? Everybody who lost their home and needed housing lived in a flood plain.”

So instead of being put to use, they sit empty.

(Senator Mark Pryor, (D) Arkansas) “It’s a story of incompetence. It’s a story of very very bad government policy and just the inability for FEMA to function the way it should.”

In addition to the mobile homes, FEMA is also storing about 11,000 travel-trailers in Hope that have been used. They were being auctioned off, but due to the presence of potentially dangerous levels of formaldehyde they are now no longer being sold.

(Eric Smith, FEMA Head of Logistics) “We’re working with Centers for Disease Control and Health and Human Services to complete an assessment on the feasibility of standards that are acceptable for formaldehyde, and based on that assessment--when we receive that assessment--a decision will be made as to whether we will continue the sales of the travel-trailers or dispose of them by some other means.”

Hope isn’t the only location in the country where FEMA is storing its emergency housing units, but it is by far the largest. FEMA originally signed a two-year lease with the city of Hope to use the land, and the mayor says the agency is now in the process of extending it for at least another year.

The cost is $300,000 annually--money that can only be used for the Hope Municipal Airport.

(Dennis Ramsey, Hope Mayor) “We’ve been in discussion for the last year that this may be what’s called a semi-permanent facility. We’ve heard talk of 8-10 years, but at a reduced inventory out here than what’s here now.”

The cost to the lease the land is just a small fraction of what the mobile homes cost. FEMA says the price tag for each one in 2005 was about $33,000. Today about 7,000 are sitting in Hope unused--that’s $231 million worth.

Plus, FEMA spent $4.5 million to put down gravel on 140 acres so the mobile homes and trailers wouldn’t sink.

(Ross) “I mean this stuff is so crazy you couldn’t make it up. Again, it’s a symbol of what’s wrong with FEMA.”

Tack on the cost of the 11,000 used travel-trailers that aren’t being sold because of formaldehyde, and that’s an additional $187 million (travel-trailers cost $17,000 each).

And then there are 45 employees who are paid to work at the site, and operational costs, which FEMA says totals more than a half-million annually. That’s a total of more than $424 million out of taxpayers pockets.

My calculator adds up these numbers at 434.1 million, including 2 years rent and running expenses. So it isn’t quite a full half billion sitting in Hope, but I don’t have the costs at the other storage areas so it probably does add up to that much.


Now, as for that formaldehyde situation: The eeevviill government raced out and bought whatever trailers they could find. Most of them are second hand. They were NOT built to FEMA spec; they’re the same trailers you or I could purchase if we wanted to. FEMA then did an expensive study to find ways of combatting this awful outgassing (/sarcasm) and concluded that the best high tech solution would be to open the damn windows. I kid you not!

Naturally, because FEMA (and anyone else who has a trailer) knew about the outgassing problem ahead of time, they are being sued. You know, because FEMA is the government, and the government is Bush, and of course because

Bush Hates Black Peopletm.

UPDATE: These units seem to have been built by the Gulf Stream Coach company, who admits to “having” to use cheaper building materials because of the pressure to build as many as they could in such a short time period.

Terry Sloan was a floor supervisor at a Gulf Stream Coach factory in Etna Green, Ind. Gulf Stream Coach built more than 50,000 stripped-down travel trailers.  Sloane says his crew worked at a breakneck pace for months, which, he says, forced the company to use cheaper wood products. “Quality suffered dramatically because of the drive and pressure to put these trailers out,” Sloan said.

So if FEMA contracted Gulf Stream to build the things, and Gulf Stream cut corners and used low grade materials (don’t ask me why low grade parts make production any faster than regular parts) then isn’t it Gulf Stream who ought to be the party named in the lawsuit? And if the formaldehyde situation is really all that bad, then why are these kinds of materials even on the market? Which would imply that it’s the building materials companies that really ought to be the target of any lawsuits? It’s a big can of worms fer shure!

UPDATE: KATV has run part two of the story, with more video. Not much new info, but more video. Some of the units are falling apart already. Duh. They also get a look inside the mobile homes, and we see that they are pre-furnished with brand new furniture and appliances. Never used. Go here for the story.

It looks to me like FEMA has managed to pack more moonbattery into this situation than was previously possible.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/16/2007 at 12:31 PM   
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calendar   Friday - October 05, 2007

Death and Taxes

You may have seen the story floating around the past few months about a couple in PLainfied, New Hampshire who were holed up on their 103 acre property for tax evasion.  Word is they were ”successfully brought in” yesterday without incident, even though they vowed to have a violent conflict if they were to be taken by force.

Their commercial interests had already been seized by the authorities and now they face jail time and the probable loss of all they own.

This brings up a topic near and dear to my heart: Property Rights.

What?  You may ask.

I maintain that when the government can take your property at the point of a gun, then you don’t actually have any rights to it at all.  You are simply renting it at the pleasure of the government.  You her a lot about the “crackpots” who don’t believe in taxes, and most of them are just that: crackpots.  But I have done some reading in the past from some people who have very compelling arguments for why are current tax law is completely FUBAR. 

If you could prove that there was no legal way to fill out your 1040 tax form, would it be legal to refuse to do so?  What if, by simply signing the form you could be accused of breaking another law?

What if it could be reasonably shown that the current tax law is unconstitutional?

I maintain that it is entirely reasonable to assume both of these cases could well exist.  The penalty for breaking the tax law is confiscation and prison.  They take more money (fines and penalties) and put you in prison (if you don’t pay what they say you owe) and will finally take all you own to pay off this “debt”.  Can you fight it?  Do you have the resources to fight a set of laws so complex that even those who work for the IRS and are responsible to interpreting the rules can’t agree.  Ask them a question on a subtle point five times and chances are good you will get at least three variations of an answer.

Have you followed all of the tax laws?  To the letter?  To everyone’s interpretation?

The problem is, no one in power is motivated to change it.  The current law is set up in such a way that it enables them to use it for their own power gains.

The Fair Tax IS the answer.  Plain and simple, it fixes the problem.  No, it is not the panecea and John Linder is not omnicient, but it is the only thing that will restore power back to the people as well as finance the government.  Those who have studied it and understand it (which isn’t can do it in an hour) all agree that it is fair, simple and revolutionary.

Which is why career politicians are against it.  It is why they can’t argue the points of the plan, but resort instead to ad-hominem and strawman attacks instead.  If you are serious about personal property rights.  If you are serious about an out-of-control power structure in the IRS.  If you care about how the tax burdon is crippling this country, you need to do your homework and study this plan until you understand it.  When you do, you will be an ardent supporter.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/05/2007 at 11:19 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 16, 2007

Death And Taxes Poster, Where your Taxes go..

Link goes to the poster where you can zoom in on different parts..
Time to get away from the convoluted system and move to a system like the fairtax…


Posted by Infinity   United States  on 09/16/2007 at 05:49 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 14, 2007

The Role of Government

I am in an online discussion in our local paper’s forum about a story they did the other day.

State funds include $115,500 for American Shakespeare Center

The Artisans Center of Virginia will have a little help paying its rent in the coming months, courtesy of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. As part of more than $6.6 million in grant money given to arts organizations and local governments across Virginia, the center will receive $23,500 for general operating support. Those funds will go toward general upkeep costs such as utility bills, rent and paper supplies.

“That kind of money is the most difficult money for nonprofits to raise,” said Michael Dowell, executive director of the center. “It’s much easier to raise money for programs, like the ones we do in the schools and present to the community. But when you just want to pay your bills, it’s hard to raise that kind of money.”

The center is just one of the many local organizations receiving grant money from the commission. The American Shakespeare Center is Staunton is scheduled to receive $115,500.

State Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, said funding for this area of the Shenandoah Valley has been consistent throughout the past few years. And he sees the grant money as a great help in fostering the local arts community. “It’s one way the state can reward them for what they do,” he said.

My question to open the discussion was very simple: 

Where does the state get its largess to offer $115,000 of OUR money to these organizations? It doesn’t work to earn this money, we do. We pay taxes to the state to provide functions like roads, sewers, police and the like. What in the world is the state doing spending our hard-earned money on programs to promote “the arts”? Shouldn’t that be our decision?

Everyone and their mother is chiming in about how “the arts” are good and they need to be supported, which I wholeheartedly agree, but with PRIVATE funds and not PUBLIC funds.

No one seems to get it.  One commenter figured out that each person’s contribution to this fund was something like $.60 and opined that if this amount “breaks you”, you’ve got bigger problems.  No one seems to understand its not the amount, it’s the principle of the matter.

Where does the state (and the feds) get the authority to take my money and do all kinds of things that they are not chartered to do?



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2007 at 12:47 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - August 12, 2007

Federal Deficit is Shrinking

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2007

(CBS/AP) The federal deficit so far this budget year is running sharply lower, driven by record revenues pouring into government coffers.

The Treasury Department reported on Friday that the government produced a deficit of $157.3 billion for the budget year that began last Oct. 1. That’s a substantial improvement from the red ink figure of $239.6 billion produced for the corresponding 10-month period last year.

The lower year-to-date deficit was the result of a record of $2.12 in revenues. Spending, however, was higher — $2.27 trillion, which also marked an all-time high.

The White House predicts that the deficit this year drop to $205 billion…

Source and Rest of article

But remember, The Democrats want to repeal the Tax cuts and increase your taxes.. and add all their pet programs if they get control of the White House… better to clean and throw out the pork then to raise taxes.... but you will never get them to see it that way..if only we could put lobbyists out of a job and get rid of the complicated IRS(maybe with the fair Tax).. many CPA’s would have to find other fields of work as well but ohh well..


Posted by Infinity   United States  on 08/12/2007 at 12:04 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - June 16, 2007


From reader CharmingBarracuda, we are reminded of the standoff going on in New Hampshire.

They have no chance.

Remember Waco?  Remember Ruby Ridge?

.gov does not give in.

If we had the Fair Tax, this would never even be on the radar.

Here is an interesting snippet from the article, which talks about a man from Texas who has gone to join them in their stand.

The Browns have been holed up in their Plainfield home since they were sentenced to more than five years in prison each after they were convicted of federal tax evasion charges.

Monier said that several people have shown up to support the Browns, but officials have not barricaded the entrance because they are concerned that could spark a confrontation. He said that supporters like Reno Gonzalez run the risk of facing charges.

“Certainly, it concerns us greatly if they’re bringing them weapons or ammunition,” Monier said. ”That’s a serious felony offense.”

Exit Question:  What is the felony offense for bringing weapons and ammunition to the great state of New Hampshire?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/16/2007 at 08:43 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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