Gambling

Whatever happened to “presumed innocent?”

October 1st, 2009 10:17 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, Drugs, Gambling, law, Liberty, Politics  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Quote of the Day: “While few would argue that criminals ought to be able to keep the proceeds of their crimes, civil forfeiture allows the government to seize and keep property without actually having to prove a crime was committed in the first place. . . . Proceeds from civil forfeiture at the state and local level usually go back to the police departments and prosecutors’ offices, giving them a clear and unmistakable incentive to seize as much property as often as possible.” – Radley Balko


The government wants to seize the home of a widowed cancer survivor. She hasn’t been charged with any crime, but her now-dead husband once grew marijuana on their property. He used it to ease his chronic pain. Under federal civil asset forfeiture law, that might be enough for the government to take this woman’s home.

Such outrages are nothing new in the War on Drugs, but we’re seeing more abuses as criminal law becomes increasingly federalized. For instance, federal agents are now exploiting the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to seize bank accounts and computers.

The leader of a new Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering task force admits that unlike criminal cases where the suspect is presumed innocent until proved guilty, in civil asset forfeiture cases . . .

* if you lose property to an asset forfeiture seizure you must prove your innocence in order to get it back
* you have no 5th amendment protections — even your silence can be used against you

Civil asset forfeiture is also alive and well at the local level, where police steal money from citizens in order to pay for new equipment.

Under Illinois law, the state can withhold cash, cars, or other property for six months without even a preliminary hearing! Under the law, three innocent people had to wait over a year to get their cars back. They, along with three innocent people who had money stolen from them, have argued the Constitutionality of the Illinois law.

The “good” news is that this law will be argued in the Supreme Court this month in Alvarez v. Smith.

The bad news is that the most positive outcome is likely to be only a reduction of the time you must wait before a preliminary hearing. The Court isn’t expected to strike down the law, even though civil asset forfeiture proceedings clearly violate the 14th Amendment provision that no state “can deprive any person of . . . property, without due process of law.”

Congress can do what the Court will not. Tell your representatives to abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture using our Educate the Powerful System.

Use your personal comments to mention the example of the widow who may lose her home because her now dead husband grew marijuana that he used to ease his pain from cancer.

You can send your message here.

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The Ron Paul-O-Meter: Under Sarah Palin’s Lipstick

September 17th, 2008 8:39 am  |  by  |  Published in Abortion, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Debt, Drugs, Economics, Education, Election, energy, Environment, Federal Reserve, fisa, Foreign Policy, Gambling, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Internet Regulation, jobs, John McCain, law, Libertarianism, Liberty, Maven Commentary, national debt, Neo-con, Philosophy, Politics, REAL ID, Religion, Ron Paul, rule of law, Sarah Palin, Social Security, Taxes, War  |  Comments Off

Sarah Palin In The Land Of McCain's Oz

Sarah Palin In The Land Of McCain's Oz

It is now time to rate the vice presidential candidates on the Paul-O-Meter. We start with John McCain’s VP pick Sarah Palin. The perfect strategic pick for McCain, Palin has little history. She’s been Governor of Alaska for less than two years, but now that McCain’s handlers are pulling Palin’s puppet strings it is difficult to see a difference between the two.

Here we examine Palin on 20 issues to see how she stacks up to Ron Paul. Hopefully this will help some see the lips through the lipstick.

If you’d like to see more ratings or rate Palin or any other candidate or lawmaker head on over to Paul-O-Meter.com and explore the possibilities.

If you want to delve into the question of whether Palin truly is similar to Ron Paul read onward.

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The Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter: Chuck Baldwin Is Up

July 15th, 2008 12:44 am  |  by  |  Published in Abortion, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Drugs, Economics, Education, Election, energy, Environment, Federal Reserve, fisa, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gambling, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Internet Regulation, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Philosophy, Politics, REAL ID, Religion, Ron Paul, Social Security, Taxes, War  |  10 Responses

Ron Paul-O-MeterUPDATE: Chuck Baldwin’s Communications Director posted a comment clarifying his position on a few of the issues. This has modified Baldwin’s overall score. Read the comments for more details.

It is now Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin’s turn to be spun through the Paul-O-Meter. So far we have rated Barack Obama, John McCain, and Bob Barr. Will Chuck Baldwin beat Bob Barr’s current high score of 88? Read on to find out.

For a detailed description of the Paul-O-Meter look here.

NEW: If you’d like to rate the candidates on the Paul-O-Meter please do so on our Paul-O-Meter user rating application here.

Continue reading to see our ratings for Chuck Baldwin.

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The Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter: Bob Barr Takes His Turn

July 11th, 2008 8:48 am  |  by  |  Published in Abortion, Big Government, Bob Barr, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Drugs, Economics, Education, Election, energy, Environment, Federal Reserve, fisa, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gambling, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Internet Regulation, Libertarianism, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Politics, REAL ID, Ron Paul, Social Security, Taxes, War  |  7 Responses

Ron Paul-O-MeterIt is now Libertarian candidate Bob Barr’s turn to be spun through the Paul-O-Meter. We rate the candidates on 20 criteria to see how closely they match up with Ron Paul on the issues. Thus far we have rated Barack Obama and John McCain. Read all about the Paul-O-Meter here.

NEW: Now you can submit your own ratings using our new Paul-O-Meter web polling service. Check it out here.

Our rankings for Bob Barr are below.

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The Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter: John McCain

July 7th, 2008 9:02 am  |  by  |  Published in Abortion, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Drugs, Economics, Education, Election, energy, Environment, Federal Reserve, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gambling, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Internet Regulation, John McCain, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Politics, REAL ID, Religion, Ron Paul, Social Security, Taxes, War  |  15 Responses

Ron Paul-O-MeterIn the next installment of our Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter effort to rate the Presidential candidates we hold John McCain to the Ron Paul liberty fire. Previously, we rated Barack Obama. For details about the Paul-O-Meter see the description.

Read on for John McCain’s scores on the issues.

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The Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter: Barack Obama Measured

July 3rd, 2008 9:59 am  |  by  |  Published in Abortion, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Debt, Drugs, Economics, Education, Election, energy, Environment, Federal Reserve, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gambling, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Internet Regulation, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Obama, Philosophy, Politics, REAL ID, Religion, Ron Paul, Social Security, Taxes, War  |  9 Responses

A few days ago we introduced the Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter. For a description and overview of the Paul-O-Meter, please read the article here.

Today we begin rating the Presidential candidates with our rating for Barack Obama. The Paul-O-Meter will give us a total score on 20 criteria. The closer a candidate gets to 100 points the more that candidate is like Ron Paul. For each criteria we will give the score and a short justification for that score. Read the results for Barack Obama below.

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Introducing The Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter. Does Your Candidate Measure Up?

June 30th, 2008 8:50 am  |  by  |  Published in Abortion, Activism, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Drugs, Economics, Election, energy, Environment, Federal Reserve, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gambling, Gun Control, Health Care, Humor, Immigration, Internet Regulation, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Media, Philosophy, Politics, REAL ID, Religion, Ron Paul, Social Security, Taxes, War  |  19 Responses

Who needs a Ron Paul endorsement when you have the Paul-O-Meter?

Everyone knows the perfection of Ron Paul. He is already a living legend. All future candidates are damaged goods simply because they are not Ron Paul. There is only one Ron Paul. So to see how other candidates measure up to his perfection we are introducing the “Paul-O-Meter”.

The Paul-O-Meter ranks candidates on a scale from 0 to 100 depending on how closely they are in agreement with Ron Paul on chosen criteria. Since no candidate can possibly equal Ron Paul, the highest score on the Paul-O-Meter attainable for candidates other than Ron Paul is 99. To simplify the ranking, each candidate will be graded from 1 to 5 on each of the 20 criteria. The 20 criteria are listed below, along with a short description for each.

NEW: Now you can submit your own ratings using our new Paul-O-Meter web polling service. Check it out here.

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Nightline: Pimpin’ For Ron Paul

January 20th, 2008 2:19 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Gambling, Individual Responsibility, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Ron Paul  |  Comments Off

This is a great story that aired the evening before the Nevada Caucus (01/18/2008) on Nightline. The reporter visits the Bunny Ranch and discusses politics with the employees.

Check it out at RawStory.

Ron Paul Supports and is Supported By Online and Offline Poker Players

November 5th, 2007 9:52 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Constitution, Election, Gambling, Liberty, Politics, Ron Paul  |  Comments Off

A recent post on RonPaulForums included the following picture of Ron Paul with some of the current professional poker greats.

Ron Paul with some Poker Greats

Read the forum post here for more information.

A Chance For Legal Online Gambling?

June 9th, 2007 9:54 am  |  by  |  Published in Gambling, Internet Regulation, Maven Commentary  |  Comments Off

According to this CNET News article there is some serious support for repealing the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, that was tacked on to the SAFE Ports act last year.

We are already aware of Ron Paul’s stance on this issue from the previous post. Now we have a wonderful quote from Rep. Barney Frank:

“In the end, adults ought to be able to decide for themselves how they spend the money they earn themselves.”

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