Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rolling Your Own Cigarettes Becoming A Crime

The State of Michigan is threatening to turn tobacco shop owners into criminals if they continue to allow customers to roll their own (manufacture) cigarettes with a machine designed and sold to tobacco shop owners for just that purpose.

Michigan officials want to snuff out the use of an Ohio company’s automated cigarette rolling machines at smoke shops that are seen as attractive by cost-conscious smokers.

The Michigan Department of Treasury in March warned 300 smoke shop owners that using the machine constitutes the illegal manufacture of cigarettes, The Detroit News reported Monday.  The $30,000 machines are made by Girard, Ohio-based RYO Machine Rental LLC.

Here’s a link to the RYO cigarette rolling machine which is offending the tax hungry Michigan officials, and here’s a link to the actual reason why the State of Michigan is claiming RYO cigarette rolling machines are illegal maufacturing units.  The actual reason has nothing to do with the alleged illegality of a RYO machine rolling (manufacturing) cigarettes for cost conscious consumers.

Michigan officials target use of automated cigarette rollers

Here’s an August 2010 Wall Street Journal piece noting the use of RYO machines, which fully supports the actual reason why Michigan is claiming the use of a RYO machine constitues illegal manufacturing of cigarettes.  It’s titled Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Machines Help Evade Steep Tax.

Posted by John Venlet on 05/10 at 02:44 PM
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Communism’s Heart Beats in America

At one time, Chevy was known as the “Heartbeat of America”.  Today, that is no longer the case.  In fact, the case can be made that communism’s heart is beating within General Motors, rather than Chevy’s heart beating in America.

Communism isn’t dead, it’s just morphed into a more virulent and insidious disease, and one does not need a microscope in order to see that indeed Communism’s heart is beating within America.

All one needs do to see the extent of communism’s heart beating in America is to look at the unions.  Unions such as the Service Employees International Union or the AFL-CIO, to name but two.

If you think I speak too harshly of communism’s heart beating in America and America’s unions, look at the pictures, taken at Los Angeles’ May Day rally just nine days ago.  Like I said, you will not need a microscope to see it for yourself.

I don’t know about you, but when I looked at those photos of union members and commies chumming around together, with their signs proclaiming the joys of communism, I considered them in the same league as the scum aligned with the Westboro Baptist Church.

Communism isn’t dead.  It’s heart is beating in America.

Link to photos of commies and union members being all brotherly via a post at Pajamas Media titled SEIU drops mask, goes full commie.

Link to Pajamas Media piece via a Billy Beck post titled Bullets, which contains a reading from Richard Pipes which you should acquaint yourself with.

Posted by John Venlet on 05/10 at 01:29 PM
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All The Better To Keep You In A State of Fear

The announcement of the new emergency alert system came Monday in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and an uptick in security and safety concerns around New York City.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system will warn people about terrorist attacks, natural disasters or other emergencies.

Starting next year, all new cell phones will be required to have a chip that receives the alerts.

National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC

Got tissues to wipe away the tears resulting from the State’s fearmongering?

Linked via Drudge.

Posted by John Venlet on 05/10 at 08:47 AM
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Canadian Criminal Links

Remember when the term “criminal links” meant that an individual was in some way associated with another individual, or individuals, who actually had committed a crime, say like murder, or theft?

The State, in its ever expanding role of big brother, rests not in forging new criminal links, tenuous though they may be, with which then the State can brand every individual a criminal at the merest whim.

Today’s exemplary tenuous criminal link forger is Canada, and Mark Steyn provides the details in an article titled THE CRIMINALIZATION OF THE LINK.

If you wanted to confirm the notion that elections are a waste of time, you could hardly do it more swiftly than the new Canadian Conservative majority government is with its omnibus crime bill. Clause Five criminalizes the “hyperlink” - that’s to say, if you include a link to a site “where hate material is posted”, you could go to jail for two years.

In an effort to strengthen the ties of my Canadian criminal links, I herewith link to the site Blazing Cat Fur, which has already been sued for linking to that comedic purveyor of hate Mark Steyn, and welcome other suggested hyperlinks wherewith I can further strengthen my ties to my fellow Canadian criminal links.

Long live the hyperlink!

Linked via Otto Odecker.

Posted by John Venlet on 05/10 at 08:05 AM
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Is That A Flashlight Under My Bumper, Or Is The FBI Tracking Me?

So, you pull your vehicle into your driveway to wash it, or to perform some other more mundane vehicle maintenance, and you note what appears to be a cylindrical object tucked into your bumper.  Is it a flashlight, or, is it a FBI GPS tracking device?

Wired magazine pondered on these questions, and came to the conclusion such a cylindrical object, if found under your car, would indeed be a FBI GPS tracking device, and wrote up an article on the subject titled Battle Brews Over FBI’s Warrantless GPS Tracking.

Of even greater interest, is a pictorial and photographic teardown of a FBI GPS tracking device, with video (4:02), by the folks at ifixit.com.

I think I’ll go peek under my truck a minute.

Linked via Fred Lapides.

Posted by John Venlet on 05/10 at 07:19 AM
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