Internet Sales Tax: If Republicans Can Defy The Supreme Court, Why Not On Abortion?

The Internet Sales Tax proposal, backed by (often-rightfully) dying brick-and-mortar establishments and bloated state governments, will force any individual or business who sells a product online to collect sales taxes in any jurisdiction. There are 9,600 state and local systems of taxation which any individual who wishes to sell a product online will have to comprehend, and the consumers of online products will pay.

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled in Quill Corps v. North Dakota that Internet sales taxes can only be levied if the seller has a physical presence in the same state as the buyer.

In defiance of the Supreme Court, both Democrats and Republicans are promoting the “Marketplace ‘Fairness’ Act”, appealing to the “fairness” promoted by liberals and Occupy Wall Street protesters (along the lines of “fair trade” and “Fairness Doctrine”). Supporters of the Left’s concept of “fairness” are also exploiting nostalgic feelings of “your favorite store”, which are among the numerous anti-capitalist tactics the Hollywood Mafia has used to outlaw, attempt to outlaw, or regulate in their favor every new technology since the piano roll.

In the past, Congress sought constitutional amendments when the Supreme Court ruled something unconstitutional. This is why we have a Sixteenth Amendment – the Supreme Court ruled in 1895 that direct income tax was unconstitutional, and a change was required to add that ability to the federal government.

As if Washington’s epidemic of selective enforcement of self-interpreted laws wasn’t bad enough, never mind their blatant disregard for freedom in general, Congress is now, in the same vein as the Russian government’s permitting perpetual terms for Putin, defying the Supreme Court and the Constitution.

But if Republicans are to defy the Supreme Court on a taxation issue, why not defy the Supreme Court on their sanctioned genocide of millions of unwanted American individuals, that is, abortion?

Abortion has killed over 53 million individuals, a death toll equivalent to at least eight Holocausts. Republicans have promised for decades to outlaw this domestic genocide, yet have only given conservatives a few breadcrumbs.

Why are Republicans allowing this? Because Republican politicians are all pro-choice. The medical establishment, which funds all politicians of both parties, supports abortion. Big Pharma gets more money for every individual they abort, in the same manner that technologically incompetent retailers make money with every new item they sell. And just like Occupy Wall Street’s “Fairness” taxes, legalized abortion and its accompanying lie of “freedom of choice” enables Big Pharma to make more money.

Republican politicians are some of the most vocal promoters of abortion, and many fall victim to their tricks. Here are several of the tricks Republican politicians use to mislead Republican voters:

  1. Trade Agreements Are Only About Trade. Notice how Latin American countries have been legalizing abortion one-by-one in recent years? We have Bush II’s CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement), supported by Bush II’s bipartisan Republican Congress, to thank for this.
  2. “Repeal Roe v Wade” (or, the Paul Family Con). Here we have people like Ron & Rand Paul who claim to be pro-life, but want abortion to be a “states’ rights issue”. Like slavery, states would decide who qualifies as a full, partial, or non-person, and like Jim Crow, who would be separate and who would be equal.
  3. Establishment Platform Plank Scam. Popular among Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, and others in the Republican elite who have the final say in the Republican platform. Here legalized abortion is encouraged in cases of rape or incest. In other words, legalizing the killing of an individual when the individual’s birth and/or any associated consequences are unwanted – the pro-choice justification for legalizing all abortions.
  4. Catholic District Doublespeak. “I’m pro-life but the woman should decide”, “I will vote pro-life regardless of my personal views”, etc. This garbage has long been popular among Democrats, and now Republicans are starting to pull this too.
  5. Hidden Gas Chambers. This involves legislation to make abortion more “humane”, as how the electric chair was replaced by the gas chambers. Examples include banning only partial-birth abortions and pumping in anesthesia before the abortion.

America is on a dangerous path, and if Congress and the President are allowed to defy the Supreme Court by fiat, America will become a nightmare. If our anti-new-company, anti-individual-freedom government will be using Occupy Wall Street “fairness” tactics to make the American economy less free, tomorrow it can be Putin-style infinite terms and Chinese-style amputation of rebellious workers’ arms.

And if it must be this way, we must demand that Republican politicians outlaw abortion, or they will be exposed as pro-choice liars, which intelligent Republican voters know they already are.

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Net Neutrality – Don’t Trust Washington To Regulate Anything Else!

Since January 14, 2014, Demand Progress and other Internet activist groups have been sending e-mails and Tweets regarding a federal court decision. The court declared the FCC unable to regulate “net neutrality”.

To summarize “net neutrality”, I will quote my November 9, 2013 column “Are NSA Conspiracies A Conspiracy?”

Years ago, an issue called “net neutrality” was invented. This revolved around “discrimination” of inanimate Internet activities by ISPs, notably the slowing down of equipment-draining peer-to-peer traffic such as BitTorrent, which is usually (but not always) used for copyright infringement. Unless we passed these “net neutrality” laws, Internet service would become “tiered”, where only the major sites would be accessible to most customers while all other Web sites would cost more. The FCC started to implement net neutrality, though the Supreme Court declared them unable to pass these regulations without a new Congressional law. The issue seems to have faded away.

According to Fight For The Future, the FCC was able to get around this case through loopholes, but now cannot – unless the Internet is changed from “information service” into “telecommunication service”.

Remember the Bell System monopoly, the era of leased telephones, poor service, and “tiered” long-distance rates? When you fill out any of these petitions asking the FCC to switch ISPs into “private” utilities, you are trusting unelected bureaucrats to regulate Internet service providers in your interest.

In 2008, millions of Americans contracted “Obamamania”, that is, being gullible enough to believe that a politician can stand up to corporate interests, regulate away your problems, and make your life easier. Obama proceeded with billion-dollar subsidies and regulatory nightmares only the world’s most powerful corporations are exempt from. Bailouts, surveillance, Obamacare mandates, Common Core, and continuing the Second Gulf War until his Second Term Campaign began.

Now we have Demand Progress, Fight For The Future, and other pro-Internet groups encouraging signing of petitions, which would give even more regulatory power to the same Congress and President who are dedicated to removing every strain of freedom we can possibly have. Even worse, these organizations want to increase the regulatory power not of elected politicians, but unelected bureaucrats.

Remember the Digital TV switch? The reason for “converter boxes” was not only to decode the digital transmissions – all channels were moved to UHF and given new frequencies. The bill containing the mandate also included the creation of federally-run Internet service where the VHF channels used to be. Will the FCC rig the system so ISPs will be less “neutral” or otherwise appear crooked, unlike a censored, heavily-surveilled “free” and “public” Internet? The UN has long wanted to seize complete control over the Internet – will Russia, China, and Pakistan be the next “saviors”?

Corporations can at any time attempt to clean their image, while the US government deliberately ignores their dirt. Regarding lost business hours or antitrust concerns, it is much easier for smaller companies to bring charges against ISPs than to bring charges against the government, don’t you think?

The Internet encourages impulsive behaviors, including signing petitions without reading and thinking about them. Conservatives and libertarians, do not encourage the federal government to regulate anything else! Use your social media against this power grab by unelected bureaucrats, not for it!

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LibertyColumns.com Library: Volume V (2013, July through December) Released

LibertyColumns.com Library are books containing columns from the blog LibertyColumns.com, with all copyrighted content removed (brief footnotes and occasional bracketed summaries are added when needed). The books are available at the Internet Archive in PDF and other formats, and they are dedicated to the public domain according to the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Volume V contains all columns on LibertyColumns.com written from July 2013 through December 2013.

Download Volume V at the Internet Archive (link)

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What is OpenNIC and Why Should I Use It?

OpenNIC is a user-owned and user-run online non-profit democratic community providing DNS services freely to users world-wide. DNS, or the Domain Name Service, allows computers on a network to find where a website is hosted by simply searching the online digital phone book. This includes opennicproject.org, google.com, microsoft.com, apple.com, or any other website you want to find. These are called domains and are essentially how websites on the internet find and talk to each other.

OpenNIC provides facilities that allow any user around the world to find a whole new way of accessing the web, while retaining the ability the still access all those existing sites that you can right now. The OpenNIC difference though, is being free and providing internet freedom to its users.

The freedom to be able to access what you need, when you need it, without anyone or anything else to tell you that you can’t. Freedom is about not being censored, or having parts of the internet hidden on you. Government intervention need not apply.

Freedom is also about being adaptable. Many aspects of the current web are over saturated and it is being more and more difficult to find a way to set yourself apart from the others and show people that you matter. With OpenNIC, we have even more ways to express yourself on the web, such as new ways of finding websites, with new extensions like .free, .geek and .parody. At time of writing, these new extensions are provided free of cost for anyone who wishes to create a new domain using them, on a first come first served basis.

Freedom to have a say in the direction of the web. Some companies would probably love to hold the internet to ransom to exercise control of it, not to mention oppressive governments. OpenNIC is run and managed by its users and all attempts would need to pass a majority vote by its members. How likely do you think OpenNIC would let a company or government come in and lead it in a direction that offered no benefits and placed its users at a disadvantage? For users who enjoy personal freedoms and privacy and having a say in the way things are run, not very.

Freedom to keep your privacy. As detailed on the OpenNIC website, all DNS servers provide information about which country they are (so you can find the nearest one to your for optimal performance) and how much logging is done, so you know whether someone can track your DNS requests and make up an online profile about your web surfing habits or not.

But how hard it is to get access to OpenNIC’s facilities to implement them on your own network? Not very difficult at all, in fact, the project has provided several guides and tutorials showing step-by-step how to make the introduction of OpenNIC to your network as painless and hassle free as possible.

So make a visit to http://www.opennicproject.org today to find out more about this amazing project that embraces user freedoms, helps bring control of the internet back to its users, assists in fighting back against oppressive governments and companies and says “no thank you” to internet censorship attempts.

"What is OpenNIC and Why Should I Use It?" was written by Martin A. Coleman on January 3, 2013. Coleman has dedicated this article to the public domain.

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The TPP and the War on Terror: End of the First Amendment

Much has been said about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a disturbing trade agreement which has been negotiated in secrecy from Bush II through Obama. Civil liberties groups such as the EFF, and even Congress itself, have been fighting to get in on this, but only leaked portions of the TPP are available. Most recently Wikileaks got the portions dealing with copyright law, the Internet, and drug patents.

While these anti-technology, pro-Dark-Ages provisions are dreadfully disturbing, there is an even more frightening aspect of the TPP which most are ignoring – the arbitration system. Corporations can not only use this system to “sue” each other, but can “sue” governments themselves, including on the grounds that trade is threatened in that country in some way. Any government who uses their laws, politicians, judges, and constitutions in defiance of the arbitration system can be fined and penalized with trade sanctions.

The UN disarmament treaty, in addition to civilian gun elimination, equalizes all nations’ militaries, crippling America’s military resources and improving Iran’s. When the UN disarmament treaty coexists with the TPP, all nations become equal and weak.

America is dependent on the international flow of oil. Without oil, there is no America. OPEC nations, most of which are terrorist sharia states or otherwise have a large Muslim influence, will be able to use the TPP to destroy the First Amendment.

Terrorist attacks and assassinations frequently occur after people insult Muslims or honestly portray Muhammad and the Quran. The Muhammad cartoons in Denmark, Geert Wilders’ movie Fitna, Theo Van Gogh’s movie Submission, the attempts to show and re-air images of Muhammad in South Park, and the subsequent Everybody Draw Muhammad Day campaign on Facebook, have all resulted in threats, injuries, murders, assasinations, and terrorist attacks, all committed by Muslims who want to destroy secular democratic republics and force their governments of dismemberment, castration, beheading, and stoning, on Israel and on all the world.

The TPP makes this brutality ever more possible. When an individual, company, or religious group living under a secular democratic republic exercises their rights to freedom of religion, speech, and the press in a way that offends Muslims, there will be assassinations, bombing of oil wells and oil fields, destruction of military equipment, and more.

These resources are owned by multinational corporations, who are loyal to no flag. Resources may be crucial to another government, as Iranian oil is to Russia. Those who speak the truth about Islam and the Quran, and their government, will be taken to the TPP’s tribunal. All of these people will be liable for the terrorists’ destruction of the resources, and will pay severely with their wallets, freedoms, and perhaps even their lives. In other words, if you criticize Islam, you will be a terrorist.

When discussing, debating, and analyzing part or all of the TPP, we need to go deeper into the consequences of surrendering America. So long as this arbitration system is left in place, all other provisions are irrelevant. With the TPP, there is absolutely no way to know what’s in it, whether we pass it or not.

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Abortion Mandate at the Supreme Court: How Obamacare Outlawed Catholicism

Obamacare is again at the Supreme Court. The parties in this suit are private businesses (including Hobby Lobby, Autocam, and Conestoga Wood Specialties) whose owners come from various Christian denominations which oppose abortion, artificial birth control, or both, and must now pay for these practices in their employees’ health insurance copays.

The Catholic Church, the world’s largest Christian denomination, has for centuries opposed both abortion and artificial birth control. Due to their large membership and financial and political influence, the Catholic Church has long been one of the most prominent figures when the sanctity of human life is in jeopardy.

Obamacare’s abortion mandate is of particular concern to Catholicism. Unlike other denominations of Christianity, the abortion mandate essentially outlaws Catholicism in the United States.

How does Obamacare outlaw Catholicism, you ask? To find out, we must first look at the structure of the Catholic Church.

Contrary to popular opinion, “the Catholic Church” is not directly run by the Pope. Catholicism is an apostolic denomination, meaning that all bishops are successors of the Apostles, with the Bishop of Rome (then St. Peter) as the leader. Dioceses, monasteries, and convents run their own schools, parishes, charities, hospitals, advocacy groups, and other organizations. The Pope may issue an order or otherwise get involved in a situation, and his decision is final, but otherwise Catholic institutions are autonomous. This is similar to the “United States are” government existing between 1789 (beginning of the current Constitution) and 1868 (ratification of the 14th Amendment and the beginning of “selective incorporation”)

Secondly, we must remember that in the Catholic faith, good works are a requirement, and as a result there are many viable charities, hospitals, and similar organizations run by Catholic clergy or by lay Catholics.

Finally, we must remember that Catholicism extends beyond the pews to the everyday lives of the faithful. This was emphasized and promoted by the council of Vatican II.

Thus with Obamacare, it not just clergy-run hospitals and charities, but businesses small and large which are run by individual Catholics, who must now propagate the Left’s genocide of the unwanted (abortion), against their will, against their faith. Unless the abortion mandate is overturned by the Supreme Court, Catholicism will be essentially outlawed in America.

The Supreme Court has done this before, namely with Rastafarianism and several American Indian tribal religions. Marijuana, peyote, and similar drugs are held to be sacred within these religions, and ceremonies which make use of them have been criminalized in the United States. Catholics have long rejected abortion and artificial birth control, and unless the Supreme Court overturns this mandate, Catholics will be forced against their will to promote these practices and engage in them.

The Left has been very successful in promoting alternative lifestyles through the media, political correctness, smear campaigns, personal attacks, and the education system. Banking on the likelihood of contracting herpes vs. dying of HIV/AIDS, schools no longer teach about sexually transmitted diseases – these are now mere “infections” which can be simply ignored. Cultural liberals who live and support alternative lifestyles would love to make abortion as trivial as a monthly checkup, and without the Catholic Church in their way, this is ever more possible.

Another cause for concern is Pope Francis. Having backtracked on his initial opposition to the homosexual agenda, Pope Francis has made several rather disturbing comments regarding the sanctity of life and traditional family values, including ordering bishops to stay silent on abortion, calling the Religious Right “mentally sick”, and now calling for outright socialism. Both extremely-free-market capitalism and socialist forms of government were condemned at Vatican II, and being a Church council, Vatican II’s condemnation of socialist government is infallible dogma. If the Supreme Court were to set the abortion mandate in stone, will Pope Francis stand up against Obamacare’s genocide of the unwanted, or will he continue his shady agenda to “reach out” to non-practicing Cafeteria Catholics? How will the rest of the Catholic clergy and lay Catholic institutions react to all of this? And how will other Christians, and all Americans, be affected?

We must hope, and pray, that the Supreme Court will not destroy Catholicism in America.

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Are NSA Conspiracies A Conspiracy?

In recent months, we have seen the reputation of the US government, both internationally and domestically, fall to new lows. Due in part to the President Obama and the NSA, the rest of the “free world” wants nothing to do with the United States, breaking long-standing assumptions about the democratic peace theory (that is, the theory that serious conflicts and wars between democratic nations are rare).

The NSA has received some bad press regarding their activity, which is illegal, as the NSA has no jurisdiction over domestic American activity. Yet the Mainstream Media 1.0 continues to paint whistleblower Edward Snowden as a “traitor” for merely exposing illegal activity. Yahoo, one of the many major corporations who cooperated with the NSA’s Mafioso behavior, claims they were threatened by the NSA to be deemed as “traitors” as well if they did not comply. Snowden now lives in exile, protected by the lip-service “free” country of Russia.

However, the NSA’s illegal activities are not recent news. Individual PRISM-like incidents have been exposed through the 90s and 2000s, and now-proven conspiracy theories filled in the gaps.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, when mass-market Internet access was in its infancy, the NSA attempted several times to promote a “Clipper chip” and “key escrow”, where all computers in the US would have a backdoor for law enforcement. The pre-neocon, then-free-market Republicans successfully fought Clinton and the NSA. The pre-9/11 small-government Republicans also deregulated munitions laws, and many of the forms of encryption backing what we enjoy today were allowed for individual and corporate use.

Some of you may remember, back in the late 90s, when your bank told you to upgrade your browser, based on “128-bit HTTPS” replacing “56-bit HTTPS”. This was due to the Data Encryption Standard (DES), which was developed by the NSA in the 1970s. Its invulnerability was considered scientific fact until it was cracked in 1999 in less than a day. The NSA continued to play catch-up with slightly-better security that led to a conspiracy theory – the NSA intentionally made things second-best. Thanks to Snowden, this has been proven true.

Also in 1999, a group of Canadian researchers discovered that since Windows 95, a Windows security file contained the mysterious English word “NSAKEY” among its secret computer code. Microsoft claimed that the English meant that the secret code complied with NSA standards. This created “another Microsoft conspiracy theory”. Thanks to Edward Snowden, this has been proven true.

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In 2002, Bush II began a program identical to PRISM called Total Information Awareness, known for its creepy “Illuminati style” logo. The program was supposedly shut down after complaints by members of Congress. Thanks to Edward Snowden, this has been proven false.

In 2005, “PRISM” as applied to the telephone companies, including AT&T and Verizon, was exposed. This made Bush II a felon, and various lawsuits against the telephone companies and the NSA were filed. Congress, including the “Impeach Bush” Democrats, granted all the guilty parties immunity, ending the lawsuits.

There are countless other examples going back as far as the 70s, above are simply the most notable ones. The NSA developed something new, and if you questioned the motives of the NSA, even when pointing out the NSA’s history or the reputations and connections of the people behind these developments, you were “paranoid”.

With all these examples over the past few decades, why is this only “proven fact” now? And why is the Mainstream Media 1.0 suddenly turning against the Obama administration?

Here is a new conspiracy theory for you.

In 1998, the Internet was deregulated from the Department of Defense to a trade group called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This largely secretive organization consists of the world’s major corporations. The ICANN distributes IP addresses (Numbers) to ISPs, Web hosts, and others. Some IP addresses have Assigned Names, which are the domain names such as LibertyColumns.com, danq.co, librabase.com, twitter.com, and teapartynation.com. Domain name owners must use private arbitration for their disputes (such as trademark infringement claims), though this is nonbinding and can be appealed through your country’s court system.

The UN has long wanted their hands on the Internet. Promoting that the Internet be “for all countries” rather than “America’s evil interests” will ensure that Muslims, the Chinese government, Scandinavian liberals, and others can provide for censorship and destruction of “offensive” material.

Years ago, an issue called “net neutrality” was invented. This revolved around “discrimination” of inanimate Internet activities by ISPs, notably the slowing down of equipment-draining peer-to-peer traffic such as BitTorrent, which is usually (but not always) used for copyright infringement. Unless we passed these “net neutrality” laws, Internet service would become “tiered”, where only the major sites would be accessible to most customers while all other Web sites would cost more. The FCC started to implement net neutrality, though the Supreme Court declared them unable to pass these regulations without a new Congressional law. The issue seems to have faded away.

Is the Mainstream Media 1.0 suddenly attacking its hero, President Obama, digging up decades-old scandals and decades-old conspiracy theories, in order to sign away the Internet to the United Nations, getting rid of their mind-liberating, pocket-robbing, copyright-infringing menace once and for all?

Or is this just a paranoid conspiracy theory?

As with the NSA scandals, time will tell.

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