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Utah Man Arrested For Extinguishing A Brush Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A man was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing justice when he refused to stop spraying water on a brush fire that had ignited in a field behind his home.

  The incident happened on July 4th in a field located behind a row of houses. At approximately 9:30 p.m., some brush caught fire due to errant use of fireworks. Spectators quickly assisted and one woman called 9-1-1 for help.

“ An apparent spark lit a tree over there from an old orchard on fire,” said 36-year-old Santaquin resident, Jason Thornton. “Myself, my two nephews, and a few neighbors rushed to action, got our hoses out, contained the fire to one tree, waiting for the fire department to show up.”

  Mr. Thornton continued: “While fighting the fire, somebody said, ‘stop!’ I told them, ‘no’ in a very unpolite way. He told me again to stop. I said, ‘No, I’m manning this fire. I’m not stopping until the fire department gets here.’”

“ Then the man came over and put me in handcuffs and told me I was under arrest,” he said. “They gave me a citation for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.”

 

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Feds Perform Guns-Drawn SWAT Raid While Investigating Campaign Finance Allegation

 

 

 

” A prominent figure in Utah says that his children had guns pointed at them during a violent police raid to investigate an alleged white-collar crime. “If they’ll do it to me, they’ll do it to anybody,” said former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

“ Law enforcement showed up in masks, 12 officers with bullet proof vests, assault rifles, burst through the door screaming and yelling at my kids,” Shurtleff said in an interview with Fox 13. He said that guns were pointed at his daughter and son, ages 16 and 20, in his suburban home while he was away.

“ They burst [in on] my little girl – my 17-year-old – going to the bathroom, screaming at her to get out of there,” recalled Shurtleff. “When she steps out there are four men in body armor with weapons pointed at her chest.”

“ These John Wayne-wannabe, freakin’ Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry tactics are absolutely unacceptable and unneeded,” said Shurtleff on KSL Radio.”

 

 

    How is it that a simple allegation of campaign finance fraud merits a full-blown military response ? Regardless of the guilt or innocence of Mr’s Shurtleff and Swallow , what possible justification could there be to endanger the men’s families over minor white-collar crimes ?

While the district attorney and the Dept of Public Safety bend over backwards in their assertions that proper procedure was followed , it is that very procedure that we find questionable in the first place . What ever happened to knocking on the door to serve your warrant ?

 

 

” Mr. Gill is the current District Attorney for Salt Lake County and head of the investigation against Shurtleff. He defended the tactics used, according to KSL: “There are certain things that you have to do when you go into an area that is unfamiliar to you… This is what every citizen out there is subjected to when it comes down.”

  The Utah Department of Public Safety issued a statement about the raids. They said their agents “followed proper procedure” and “acted in accordance to policy and utilized the minimum force necessary to execute the warrants.”

 

 

   If middle of the night no-knock SWAT raids are “proper procedure” for virtually any warrant service then it is well past time to change that procedure . How many more innocents must be endangered and have their views of the police irretrievably altered to ones of Nazi storm troopers before we bring this travesty of statism to a halt ?

Thanks to PoliceStateUSA

 

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Car Fleeing From Police Goes Through Park, Nearly Hits Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police were involved in a pursuit of a car Saturday, and dramatic video from a FOX 13 News viewer shows the car speeding across the grass of Founders Park as children frantically move out of the way.

  The chase ended around 6:12 p.m. at 1500 S. Banbury Drive in Syracuse, and police officials said a minor had taken the vehicle without permission and officers sought the vehicle on a breach of trust.

  The 14-year-old male driving the car is from Sunset and had taken the vehicle from his grandfather in Duchesne County, and the grandfather reported the car stolen, according to a press release from the Syracuse Police Department. Police put out an attempt to locate, and police responded after a tipster spotted the car in Syracuse. The tipster heard the attempt to locate while using a police scanner app on a smart phone.

  Bryson Rowley was driving the truck, and he said he intentionally used his truck as a ram rod to stop the fleeing vehicle. Rowley provided the pictures and videos in this story, and though he did not wish to go on camera he said he acted to end the chase because he was afraid for the safety of his and other children at the park.

“ The person driving the truck could see it was turning back into the park, and he did not want the car to hit all of the children, or any of the children, and he actually pulled his truck in the way so the car collided with the truck,” said Officer Erin Behm with the Syracuse Police Department.”

 

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Mia Love Wins GOP Primary

 

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” Mia Love, a former Saratoga Springs, Utah mayor and a favorite among the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution Tea Party movement, easily won the Republican primary to replace the retiring Democrat Congressman Jim Matheson, from Utah’s 4th congressional district.

  On Saturday, Mia Love easily defeated businessman Bob Fuehr by a 78% – 22% margin, and will now face Salt Lake attorney, Democrat Doug Owens for the seat in the general election.

  Love rose to stardom in 2012, when she barely lost to Matheson, by only 800 total votes, and promised a rematch.”

 

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Police Find Seven Dead Babies In Utah County Home

 

 

 

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” Pleasant Grove police made a grisly discovery Saturday: seven dead infants, six of them in cardboard boxes.

  Megan Huntsman, 39, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of six counts of murder.

  Police believe she gave birth to the babies then killed them over the past decade, according to a police news release.”

Megan Huntsman

” On Saturday, police responded to a call from Huntsman’s ex-husband about a dead infant found inside a Pleasant Grove home that Huntsman lived in until 2011. Officers arrived and found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term, according to the release.

  Police obtained a search warrant for the home and found six more babies packaged in separate cardboard boxes inside the garage, said police Capt. Michael Roberts.

  Investigators learned that Huntsman allegedly gave birth to the infants, then killed them, over a 10 year period, the release adds. Her ex-husband is believed to be the father, but investigators are still working on DNA tests, Roberts said.”

    We guess that to the progressives out there this is ok , after all it’s nothing more than do-it-yourself abortion , right ?  Her body , her choice , what ?

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If You Are Concerned About The Decline Of Morals In America, You Should Cheer On This Mom

 

 

” In the eyes of many Americans, our culture has devolved to the point that even a trip to the mall is sullied by suggestive ads and inappropriate images. For one mother in Utah, a recent shopping excursion was the final straw.”

 

 

 

” As Judy Cox walked through a mall in Orem with her son, she noticed one particular storefront that immediately caught her attention.”

 

 

 

 

“ We were on our way to another store, we passed the PacSun store and I stopped dead in my tracks,” she recalled. A selection of four T-shirts depicting women in various stages of undress were prominently being displayed in the display window for all passersby to see.”

 

 

 

“ The bottom of one woman is completely exposed,” she explained, “uncovered, and it’s a very provocative pose she’s in.”

 

 

 

” While some may consider her outrage an overreaction, photos of the shirts in question were ruled too risqué to be shown on television. They were not, however, deemed inappropriate enough to warrant a less visible location in the popular store.”

   So the offending shirts were deemed inappropriate for viewing on the news broadcast yet were fine for all the world to see in the Pac-Sun window ? … Incredible … Good for you Ms Cox .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland Lawmakers Want To Cripple The NSA’s Headquarters

 

 

 

” Legislators in Maryland want to turn the lights out on the NSA — literally. A bill introduced last Thursday to its House of Delegates would bar state agencies, utilities, and pretty much anything that receives state funds from providing assistance to federal agencies that collect electronic data or metadata without a specific warrant to do so. Namely, the delegates are thinking of the National Security Agency, which is headquartered just outside their state’s capital.

  The legislation is nearly identical to bills introduced elsewhere across the country, such as California, and would result in state water and electrical utilities being unable to serve the NSA — a major headache, if there ever was one. “It does pretty much say we’re going to cut off water and electricity to the NSA,” Maryland Delegate Mike Smigiel, the bill’s primary sponsor, tells The Verge. Though cutting off water and electricity would have the most immediate impact, the legislation would also stop the NSA from using state universities for research, make any evidence the NSA gathers inadmissible in state courts, and effectively fire any state employee who helps the NSA.”

 

More at the Verge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Hunter Catches Two Monster Elk In Epic Battle [VIDEO]

 

 

 

” An epic battle between two 6-point bull elk was caught on tape by a deer hunter in Utah.

  You know what they say, it never hurts to be prepared. That age-old saying is probably what was running through Jeremiah Moseley‘s mind as he captured this impressive up-close video of two bull elk going at it during the rut.

From the video’s owner:

  Sorry for the delay on my responses. These are Rocky Mountain Elk. I got this shot while hunting near Strawberry Reservoir in Utah on the 2013 General Muzzleloader deer hunt. “

 

 

Read more at Wide Open Spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Boren, Utah Officer, Kills Family And Self: Cops

 

 

 

” A 34-year-old officer with a small Utah police department shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two young children and turned the gun on himself, authorities said Friday.

  Spanish Fork police said the five were found dead about 11 p.m. Thursday, when co-workers reported Joshua Boren didn’t show up for his night shift as a patrol officer at the Lindon Police Department.

  Police who looked through the window saw blood on the carpet and shell casings in the front room of the two-story home, police said. When they went inside, they found Boren’s 55-year-old mother-in-law Marie King dead in a bedroom, and Joshua Boren and his immediate family dead in the bedroom next door.”

 

Tell us why only cops can be trusted with guns …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And Not A Single Lawmaker Voted Against It

 

 

” A new report published by the Libertas Institute, a free market think tank, reveals how a little-known new law greatly weakened legal protections for property owners facing civil forfeiture in Utah.  Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, someone does not have to be convicted of or even charged with a crime to permanently lose their property.

  Sponsors of the bill, HB 384, presented their amendments as a mere “re-codification” of the state’s forfeiture law.  While some of the changes to Utah’s forfeiture laws might appear minor, they have significant consequences.”

 

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Holdman Christmas

 

 

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” Visit us at http://www.holdmanlighting.com

  The Amazing Grace Christmas House was located in Pleasant Grove, Utah and designed and programmed by Richard Holdman. A small little charity box placed in front of the display has raised more than $40,000 for the Utah Make-a-Wish Foundation. Thank you everybody for your support.

  The display started in 2006 and traffic became to much of an issue and is no longer running. Richard Holdman has gone on to create Holdman Lighting which now installs many animated lighting displays across the United States and around the world including Argentina, Russia, Korea, and Canada.

 Music is “Yule – Amazing Grace” and can be purchased right here: 

Amazon: http://bit.ly/ClubbingChristmasAM
iTunes: http://bit.ly/ClubbingChristmasIT
Spotify: http://bit.ly/ClubbingChristmasSP “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Dinosaur ‘Siats Meekerorum’ Discovered, Kept Early Tyrannosaurs ‘In Check’

 

” A new species of dinosaur discovered in Utah is believed to be the third-largest predator found in North America.

Named Siats meekerorum, after the man-eating monster from the Ute tribal legend, the fossil belongs to a species of giant meat eaters known as carcharodontosaurs and is the second one discovered in North America.”

 

 

” “This thing is gigantic,” Lindsay Zanno, a paleontologist at North Carolina State University, who discovered the species, told Wired. “There’s simply nothing even close in this ecosystem to the size of this animal that could’ve been interpreted as an apex predator.

While the specimen was a juvenile that measured 30 feet long and weighed 9,000 pounds, the paleontologists estimate a full-grown Siats could have weighed up to 11,000 pounds, Discovery News reports.”

 

 

    We are living in exciting times in the world of paleontology as the new discoveries keep coming at a rapidly accelerating rate . Witness the discoveries announced over the past few weeks including one in the Gobi desert , the announcement of the discovery of the T-Rex’s “Bad Grampa” and now this one . 

Op-Ed: Utahns Should Deny Water To NSA Center

 

 

” Like the eye of Sauron, the NSA’s new facility in Utah overlooks hundreds of thousands of people in the valley below. Perched on a mountainside fortress of concrete and barricades, the 1-million-square-foot complex exists solely to allow the NSA to “see all.”

In the wake of the Snowden leaks and widespread concern with the pervasive surveillance activities of the federal government, many Americans have been wondering how to fight back. Can an effective opposition even be mounted against the power of the NSA? What can be done to restore privacy and protect our rights?

The strategy to succeed is quite simple. When fully operational, the NSA facility is expected to require a staggering 1.7 million gallons of water every day to cool down the computers harvesting information on people worldwide. That water is supplied by the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, a political subdivision of the state. Without it, the facility cannot function.

To defeat Sauron, Frodo had to take the One Ring and throw it into the pit of Mount Doom — the dark lord’s power base at the heart of Mordor — where it was originally forged. To defeat the NSA, we must also take the fight to the base of operations and turn off the water supply.”

 

   This is a marvelous idea . Does anyone know the legalities involved ? Can water be denied specific consumers ? if not total denial , what about rationing ? Two million gallons a day seems like a very environmentally unfriendly requirement . Where are the “greenies” ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lythronax Argestes: ‘King Of Gore’ Joins T Rex Family Tree

 

 

 

 

” A newly-discovered dinosaur, which has been christened “King of gore” by the scientists who have studied it, is the oldest known member of the dinosaur group that gave rise to the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.

The 80m-year-old fossil of Lythronax argestes was found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the desert of southern Utah. The two-legged carnivorous beast was eight metres long and weighed around 2.5 tonnes. It had a head full of sharp teeth and lived during the Late Cretaceous period, between 95m and 65m years ago.”

 

 

 

” Lythronax, which derives from the Greek words lythron (gore) and anax(king), had a short, narrow snout, forward-pointing eyes and a wide back to its skull – similar in shape to its later relative T rex. The second part of the animal’s name, argestes, is derived from the Greek poet Homer’s south-west wind, a reference to the geographic location of the fossil.

Palaeontologists had thought that this type of tyrannosaurid dinosaur only evolved around 70m years ago, but the Lythronax discovery pushes the earliest appearance of these creatures back at least 10m years.”

 

 

   The Guardian has the full story .This is very cool stuff and it is the second great paleontological find announced this week .First in the Gobi desert and now in Utah . You can read more about T-Rex’s “Bad Grampa” here , here , here and here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigators Stumped By What’s Causing Power Surges That Destroy Equipment

 

 

” Chronic electrical surges at the massive new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency’s spying operation have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center’s opening for a year, according to project documents and current and former officials.

There have been 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months that have prevented the NSA from using computers at its new Utah data-storage center, slated to be the spy agency’s largest, according to project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Time To Reconsider The Militarization Of Police?

 

 

” On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart’s former girlfriend, who said that he was growing marijuana in his basement. Mr. Stewart awoke, naked, to the sound of a battering ram taking down his door. Thinking that he was being invaded by criminals, as he later claimed, he grabbed his 9-millimeter Beretta pistol.

The police say that they knocked and identified themselves, though Mr. Stewart and his neighbors said they heard no such announcement. Mr. Stewart fired 31 rounds, the police more than 250. Six of the officers were wounded, and Officer Jared Francom was killed. Mr. Stewart himself was shot twice before he was arrested. He was charged with several crimes, including the murder of Officer Francom.

In my own research, I have collected over 50 examples in which innocent people were killed in raids to enforce warrants for crimes that are either nonviolent or consensual (that is, crimes such as drug use or gambling, in which all parties participate voluntarily). These victims were bystanders, or the police later found no evidence of the crime for which the victim was being investigated. They include Katherine Johnston, a 92-year-old woman killed by an Atlanta narcotics team acting on a bad tip from an informant in 2006; Alberto Sepulveda, an 11-year-old accidentally shot by a California SWAT officer during a 2000 drug raid; and Eurie Stamps, killed in a 2011 raid on his home in Framingham, Mass., when an officer says his gun mistakenly discharged. Mr. Stamps wasn’t a suspect in the investigation.”

 

 

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UNBRANDED — An Adventure Visits Browning

 

 

” The Ride. The Mission. The documentary UNBRANDED follows the story of Ben Masters, Thomas Glover, Jonny Fitzsimons, and Ben Thamer as they travel 3,000 miles through the deepest backcountry in the American West from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. The pack trip will take over six months through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana in famously rugged country such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Mustangs, born and raised in the wild, will be taking them on their journey. This is a story of the partnership between horse and rider, a testament to the hardiness of mustangs, and a tribute to the early explorers whose spirit remains today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Big Data Turning Government Into ‘Big Brother’?

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, Thursday, June 6, 2013.

The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital communications stored by nine major Internet services illustrate how aggressively personal data is being collected and analyzed.”

” Personal data being collected and analyzed” … aggressively  … If that doesn’t strike fear in your heart you must be a federal employee …

” Former NSA employee William Binney told The Associated Press that he estimates the agency collects records on 3 billion phone calls each day.”

   All in the name of “national security” of course . It’s for your own benefit , even if you are too obtuse to recognize that fact .

” PRISM gives the U.S. government access to email, documents, audio, video, photographs and other data belonging to foreigners on foreign soil who are under investigation, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper said it reviewed a confidential roster of companies and services participating in PRISM. The companies included AOL Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Skype, YouTube and Paltalk.”

   The government would never do anything to squander the huge reserves of public trust with which it is embued , ask the Tea Partiers .

” In a sign of the NSA’s determination to vacuum up as much data as possible, the agency has built a data center in Bluffdale, Utah that is five times larger than the U.S. Capitol —all to sift through Big Data. The $2 billion center has fed perceptions that some factions of the U.S. government are determined to build a database of all phone calls, Internet searches and emails under the guise of national security. The Washington Post’s disclosure that both the NSA and FBI have the ability to burrow into computers of major Internet services will likely heighten fears that U.S. government’s Big Data is creating something akin to the ever-watchful Big Brother in George Orwell’s “1984” novel.” 

” The first step in saving our liberty is to realize how much we have already lost, how we lost it, and how we will continue to lose it unless fundamental political changes occur.”

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Police: Utah Soccer Referee Punched By Player Dies

 

 

” A Utah soccer referee who slipped into a coma after being punched by a teenage player during a game a week ago died Saturday night, police said.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following an assault, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

“The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call,” Hoyal said in a press release.

The teen has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault.

Hoyal said authorities will consider additional charges since Portillo has died.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Obama Mafia Gets The Private Sector To Do Its Anti-Gun Dirty Work

 

 

 

” The world’s largest industrial company, General Electric, received a very-generous deal in 2009 when the company received $139 billion in taxpayer money under provisions created to keep banks afloat.  Though GE Capital is not classified as a bank, the company was able to secure the money because it owned two small Utah banking institutions.

In short, thanks to the loophole, GE was able to secure $139 billion while not, technically, being a bank. Further, GE was able to avoid the restrictions and stipulations given to banks.

Now, with money in hand, GE Capital is cutting off funding to gun shops as the Obama Administration continues its dying efforts to curtail Second Amendment protections.

Daniel Greenfield of Frontpagemag.com accurately summarized the danger of this unholy alliance:

“What we are seeing is the political consolidation of big business into an arm of government with misappropriated taxpayer money being used to pick winners and losers in the marketplace, with the ‘winners’ then doing the dirty work of the government and acting as its regulatory arm, destroying entire areas of business that the government has yet to be able to destroy on its own.” “

 

 

 

 

 

APPLICATIONS FOR POPULAR CONCEAL CARRY PERMIT SURGE

 

 

 

 

” The number of applications for one of the most popular conceal carry permits in the United States has skyrocketed since the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December. This surge is likely due to concern about the changing state laws across the nation and the fact that Utah’s conceal carry permit is recognized in 33 other states.

The state of Utah released the latest quarterly data on the number of conceal firearm applications received by its division of public safety.  The number of applicants during the first quarter of this year (the first quarter post-Sandy Hook shooting) shows a notable increase from the corresponding months of 2012.

Utah Department of Public Safety Firearms Supervisor Jason Chapman told The Salt Lake Tribune in January that about 70 percent of the 77,062 concealed weapon permits issued in 2012 were out of state applicants.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust In Gold Not Bernanke As U.S. States Promote Bullion

 

 

 

 

   Yesterday we reported on Arizona’s End Run Around The Fed . Today we are happy to report that Arizona’s move is far from an isolated occurrence . Nearly a dozen other states have seen the light and are moving to allow their citizens some means of protecting their wealth before Obama and Bernancke collapse the whole dollar house of cards . 

 

 

” Distrust of the Federal Reserve and concern that U.S. dollars may become worthless are fueling a push in more than a dozen states to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender.

Arizona is poised to follow Utah, which authorized bullion for currency in 2011. Similar bills are advancing in Kansas, South Carolina and other states.

“The legislation is about signaling discontent with monetary policy and about what Ben Bernanke is doing,” said Gatch, who studies alternative currencies at the Edmond, Oklahoma-based school. “There is a fear that the government, or Bernanke in particular and the Federal Reserve, is pursuing a policy that will lead to the collapse of the dollar. That’s what is behind it.”

Bernanke has pushed interest rates to near zero since the 18-month recession that began in December 2007. The Fed said in March it would continue buying $85 billion in securities each month in a program known as quantitative easing that has ballooned its assets beyond $3 trillion and is aimed at keeping long-term borrowing costs low to support economic growth.”

 

” In Texas, lawmakers are considering a measure supported by Republican Governor Rick Perryto establish the Texas Bullion Depository to store gold bars valued at about $1 billion and held in a New York bank warehouse. The gold is owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Co., or Utimco, which took delivery of 6,643 bars of the precious metal in 2011 amid concern that demand for it would overwhelm supply.

The proposed facility would also accept deposits from the public, and would provide a basis for a payments system in the state in the event of a “systemic dislocation in a national and international financial system,” according to the measure.

Should Texas take such a step, it would offer sovereign backing for deposits and make buying and storing gold easier, said Jim Rickards, senior managing director at Tangent Capital Partners LLC in New York and author of “Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis.” He said the coin measures, while impractical, have symbolic value.

“We are seeing a distinct movement back to a world where gold is considered money,” Rickards said.

The U.S. Constitution bars states from coining money and also forbids them from making anything except gold and silver coin tender for paying debts. Advocates say that opens the door for the states to allow bullion as legal tender. The measure being considered in South Carolina would recognize foreign or domestic minted coins as legal tender.

In Utah and some other states, the measures also eliminate state capital gains or other taxes on the coins.” 

 

 

 

 

2nd Amendment Preservation Act Passes Utah House, 49-17

” In Salt Lake City this morning, the Utah State House of Representatives voted to nullify all federal gun laws, rule, regulations and orders on firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition.

   House Bill 114 (HB114), introduced by Representative Brian Greene state, in part:An officer or employee of the federal government may not enforce or attempt to enforce any federal statute, order, rule, or regulation relating to the intrastate ownership, possession, sale, or transfer of a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, ammunition, or ammunition component.

   The Utah House passed the bill by a vote of 49-17 (see how reps voted here )

  HB114 also takes the strong constitutional position that laws which are contrary to the 2nd Amendment are no law at all: “

Republican Senators Sponsor “Michigan Firearms Freedom Act”

 

 

 

” A bill proposed by 13 Republican senators in Michigan would seek to sidestep any new potential federal regulations regarding guns by granting an exception to any such laws for firearms made in the state itself. The bill would also exempt ammunition and gun accessories that were made in Michigan from federal regulation, according to reports by the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets on Friday.

The bill is scheduled for consideration by a state Senate committee this coming Wednesday. Some legal experts have already stated that the bill, if passed, may well be more of a “symbolic” gesture by state Republicans than a binding piece of legislation, according to the Detroit Free Press report.

According to a website that tracks copies of the “Firearms Freedom Act,” some version of the bill has already been introduced in approximately 22 states. An additional eight states have already passed their own version of the bill, including Tennessee, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, and Utah.”

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