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Brave Police Save Town From Man Selling Veggies
By Joe Jarvis - June 04, 2017

It is the simplest, most basic aspect of life: you need food, so you grow some vegetables. If you have extra you sell them on a street corner to your neighbors, and if you live in California you get arrested for it.

Licensing is when the government takes a right from you, and sells it back. This California man failed to purchase his rights back from the state.

But the poor police had pictures taken of them while arresting the man, and now they are hearing from the public about their unjust actions.

The Sheriff’s Department of Alameda County California responded on Facebook to the public outrage, including thousands of criticisms posted to their Facebook page.

Selling food on street corners violates county ordinances and public health codes. Persistent street vending harms local businesses, especially small, start-up food vendors…

There you have it, from the horse’s mouth in plain black and white: the point of licenses is protection. You pay to play, if you don’t pay off the city and county, they will send their hired thugs to rough you up and demand the protection money.

It harms local businesses: apparently it is the government’s job to make sure there is no competition for certain businesses. God forbid the consumer has a choice.

And why isn’t this guy’s produce selling operation considered a small, start-up street vendor?

Simple because he didn’t pay for his rights.

Yet the Ninth Amendment in the Bill of Rights says, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

And the 24th Amendment outlawed the poll tax, saying the right to vote had been abridged by charging citizens money in order to exercise that right.

Both of these amendments suggest that licensing–charging money for doing a normal activity, having to pay just to live your life–is one method of denying a person’s rights.

And two Supreme Court cases affirm this:

In Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105 (1943), the Supreme Court stated that a law requiring solicitors to purchase a license was an unconstitutional tax on the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ right to freely exercise their religion. The Court ruled that “The state cannot and does not have the power to license, nor tax, a Right guaranteed to the people,” and “No state shall convert a liberty into a license, and charge a fee therefore.”

In another case, the Court ruled similarly, that “If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.” (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262).

Earning money, engaging in basic trade, selling the excess of your labor all falls under the category of natural rights, the pursuit of happiness, liberty or whatever you want to call it. The government has no business arresting someone for selling vegetables.

So the county has their pieces of paper that say he cannot sell without a license, and he has different pieces of paper that say he can. No one bothers to think about what is right, especially the police “just doing their jobs.”

The police don’t make the rules, they just enforce them. So at what point will a law become too unjust to enforce? At what point does a cop quit his job, because he is the agent of injustice? That is such a stupid attempt to absolve oneself of responsibility.

A police officer is an individual who can choose to do evil or not. Doing injustice to fellow human beings for a salary doesn’t make it any better. Following the orders of politicians doesn’t make a cop’s actions peaceful. Throwing people in cages for selling vegetables is a terrible thing to do as one individual to another, and one should not hide behind a badge, uniform, department, or politician while being a bad person.

Let’s look at the rest of the excuse given by the Sheriff’s Department.

Selling food on street corners… poses certain health risks such as E. coli and other food borne illnesses.

Okay, getting a license doesn’t stop E. coli. There have been plenty of outbreaks in licensed food, as well as government-owned water supplies. This is simply a justification given for extortion. The government isn’t testing every veggie, and they aren’t watching every restaurant employee to make sure they wash their hands before returning to work–even if they make the restaurant hang the sign.

The Sheriff’s office continued:

In addition, illegal vending causes traffic safety issues and vendors are sometimes the target of street robberies.

Ah, there you go! The police arrested the man to help him and protect him. They defacto robbed him (the costs of going through the legal system, as well as lost veggies, and lost revenue) in order to protect him from being robbed.

And they will just throw in a “traffic safety issue” for good measure. That farmstand is much more distracting than blinding blue lights flashed all over the city whenever someone is going 5 mph over the speed limit.

(On a side note, have you ever thought about how much more dangerous it is to be parked on the side of a highway after being pulled over, versus going 80 or even 90 miles per hour with the traffic?)

The whole situation is just absurd. We don’t need police running around arresting vegetable vendors–we don’t even need them arresting drug dealers!

If the police would focus on solving the millions of rapes which they never investigate, or perhaps the 39% of murders that never get cleared, maybe their Facebook pages wouldn’t be bombarded by angry citizens as often.

The clear answer is to continue to resist and engage in your highly illegal selling of vegetables, and anything else, regardless of what the law says.Support the illegal farmstand on the roadside, and engage in gray and black markets with your community.

Support the illegal farmstand on the roadside, and engage in gray and black markets with your community.

In fact, a fun activity of resistance is to actively seek out opportunities to engage in unlicensed vending and trade. This strengthens the undocumented market.

The raw milk in my cereal was sold to me illegally, which makes it that much more delicious.

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  • Mstrjack

    Their Motto: “To Serve & Protect”

    What they don’t say is who they are serving and protecting.

    The police get up in the morning, put a costume on, go out among the people, and steal from them all in the name of justice.

    They Serve their overlords and Protect their own

    • SoSuMi

      They follow the regulations required for those wearing the uniform.

  • Renov8

    Is is Alameda County CA or FL…two articles with two different locations.

    • Sorry about the mistake, it is California and has been corrected to reflect that. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Bless his heart

    The Arab Spring (set up by billions of NGO, Soros, NATO, European socialist and more cash) began when a vegetable vendor was arrested in Tunisia and his entire means of making a living, his vegetable cart, was confiscated as the vendor did not have the required progressive permit to sell vegetables where he was selling them.

    The cases mentioned and this “Earning money, engaging in basic trade, selling the excess of your labor
    all falls under the category of natural rights, the pursuit of
    happiness, liberty or whatever you want to call it. The government has
    no business arresting someone for selling vegetables.” when added to the fact that in English law the state could say nothing about what a person did with their home, all point to an extension of government actions beyond law and the US Constitution.
    I see no place in the constitution specifically giving the governments these and most regulator abilities and code enforcement powers. They seem a usurpation of the rights specifically embodied in the people.
    But in our prison planet the screws must have their power to control the inmates when they leave their cells, and while in their cells. – So the governments contend.

    • Sad but true, thank you for relating it to the Arab Spring, very relevant.

  • Wayne Hoffman

    We stopped being a free people over a century ago. My dad used to tell me that the only rights you have under the law are those you can afford; IOW, if you can afford a good legal defense you will probably prevail in court, otherwise……

    • jackw97224

      @Wayne, Yes, we live on the plantation state run by masters/elitist politicians and their backers and voters and by overseers/enforcers. It is hypocrisy to claim American is the Land of the Free.]

    • charlie

      very true

  • Bless his heart

    The government has always been more trouble against me in business and land management than the nastiest criminals. With the criminals I know how to deal with them. With government it is all about their demanding submission to their power and demands.

  • SteveP

    Shorter police: Submit, citizen!

  • JPD

    Blasphemy!! Disgusting!! Subversive!! How will our politicians generate income through their corrupt actions if we stop them from extorting us? The police state would no longer have the power necessary to keep us in chains. Your deplorable (like how I worked that in) suggestions would reduce the fear the populace live under from our overlords. Your suggestion of a free society, governed by a just and fair government is unimaginable.

    • toddyo1935

      California, the most communist, corrupt state in the Union has made an art form being both over regulated and over taxed by the most insane and immoral means.

      • jackw97224

        @toddy, Yup, agree. Then of course the demographics of Kalfornicate-Kalificate come into play, the masses vote for these criminal commie/socialist politicians and yet the masses are Catholic. How does a Catholic vote for a commie/socialist Demoncrat? How utterly ironic and duplicitous is that?

      • Doc

        That isn’t communism, or socialism, that’s plain fascism.

        The US, like most western countries, are running full speed towards fascism. The left and the right loves it, they just want their version of it.

        People ask themselves how educated people like the Germans could elect a Hitler. The very same reason people unknowingly are craving for fascism nowadays.

  • alohajim

    Nice. Especially the cure : resist, opt out, boycott, vote with your wallet and
    ignore insane laws and the most pathetic of humans. ‘Law makers’ and ‘law enforcement’. Of course, don’t be stupid about it – but nobody can tell what anyone is thinking. It’s easy to feign compliance as we throw wrenches into the gears. Everyday and in every way. Fun too!

  • Quisno Rodonovich

    Food a basic right made into laws to enforce the stealing of monies from the common people. You live in a world decided by those who are against the founders of this nation. those traitors have continually broken the back of this Government controlling contract. Now you and I will reap the results of a Judiciary gone bad, basic laws gone bad. the 4th, 9th, local police, Sheriffsnshould be visited with accusations of treachery and ignorance of the real laws of this nation….. When law and morality in our system of government contradict each other, you and i have the terrible alternative of either losing our moral sense or our losing respect for the laws……………………
    Don’t the legislators, justices and their appointees also belong to the same human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay?

    • charlie

      no they want to get their fortunes before the fall. just like the previous president who was the biggest crook to go down in history after the Clintons.

  • Ronnie Jones

    The police have become the bloody tip of the government spear.

    • LawrenceNeal

      The police have always been the bloody tip of the government spear.

  • r2bzjudge

    “But the poor police had pictures taken of them while arresting the man,
    and now they are hearing from the public about their unjust actions.”

    The politicians created the law. They are the ones who should be hearing from the public. I would guess that the voters were not clamoring for such a law, when they elected them to office. I would guess that business people, which benefit from the law, donated to the politicians campaigns. Politicians know where their bread is buttered.

    Politicians however, always have their finger in the air, to detect the direction of the political wind. After Minnesota voters chimed in, Al Franken decided to un-invite Cathy Griffin.

    A politicians first priority is to get re-elected. If enough voters voice their desire that the law be changed, it will be.

    • jackw97224

      @r2bz, political government is criminal as evidenced by the wars of slaughter and the economic catastrophes of recessions and The Great Depression. The real truth is that politicians slop-at-the-trough, suck-at-the-golden teat and will do and say anything to stay firmly attached. Organizational government based on voluntary contracts is the way to go and must be tried. Terminate political government, save the Earth.

  • jj1982

    I would love to see his garden. Or did he steal these vegetables? We caught a bunch of mexicans raking up a crop of our walnuts at 1 in the morning. Then they sell them at the swap meet.

    • weatherman66

      No one is forcing you to buy is fruit. You do have that option you know.

      • jj1982

        What does that have to do with my comment? I have had crops stolen from me to resell. That was my point.

        • weatherman66

          OK. That’s your problem, I feel for you.I don’t believe honest people should be penalized for something they didn’t do,

    • hotwater

      Stealing is wrong. Selling vegetables is not wrong.

    • autonomous

      If you did not shoot the thiefs, you incouraged the next ones.

      • jj1982

        We called the police. Month later little girl shows up “please drop charges, my mom will have to go back to Mexico”

  • Praetor

    The police guy looks like he is grocery shopping and handcuffed the cashier.

    What could this poor guy have done, if in fact he grew the produce himself. Join a Farmers Market, well he would need the fee for a booth and then certify (prove) he grew it and did so organically, of course this requires money up front. If the guy grew the produce and it is in excess of his own needs, the poor guy can’t sell or ‘give it away.’ He should of canned it and saved it for a rainy day, which we all know is coming, that would have made him a rich man in the future, he can grow food and preserve it, which 90% of the population has no idea how too.

    The large scale methods of farming processing and distribution is were you will have the greatest danger of food contamination, its a time issue.

    The question, who would you rather buy your produce from, the people who employ 1000’s to handle the produce or the guy who eats his own produce, he grows and sells the excess. The real solution grow you’re own produce. Seed goes in out comes food.

    The government will always be our problem till the collapse.!!!

    • autonomous

      Why would one want to survive the triumph of the police state? Better to die fighting it off.

      • Praetor

        I would rather live, there are always people who ‘make it’ through the collapse of a police state. Didn’t say would not fight, just would rather be living when its over. And that’s were the preparation and smarts come into play. Who said the police tyrant state would triumph.!!!!

  • Spanky Lee

    This is where libertarian thought gets silly. Do you really mean to suggest that communities would be better off without rules governing food safety or zoning?

    The laws you deride come from hundreds (even thousands) of years of human civilization where experience instructs that unregulated commerce lowers quality of life for nearly all citizens.

    There is simply no way to live in a complex society without lots and lots of rules and in the US the people generally charged with enforcing those rules are the police. I agree that the police likely did not need to handcuff the man, but they needed to do something.

    • weatherman66

      There is a simple way in a complex society to live without thousands of rules. Here, practice the rule of common sense. Buyer beware. I believe I could pick a good ripe juicy piece of fruit from such a vendor without the local politicians passing an ordinance to protect me when in fact they ARE depriving me of my rights.

    • jackw97224

      @Spanky, If you need a substitute mommy or daddy to direct you because you are incapable of managing your “adult” responsibility of independence and reasoning, then fine, hire a master and overseer and dwell on a plantation state, but don’t engage politicians to use violence against me so as to impose your opinions of how to live as that is a denial of freedom in the Land of the free and home of the brave and for which men and women ostensibly go off to war to defend.

    • Doc

      So we need fascism to sort it out, right? Because we had fascism do that in the past.

    • autonomous

      The laws that entangle us do not come from thousands of years of trial and error as you imply. The come from the experience of rulers of what the have found that ‘commoners’ will submit to with the least amount of effort required.

    • Mary

      vermont had no zoing until recently. Houston is famous for no zoning. Food safely rules, ah yes. We’d all be dead of salmonella if it weren’t for the govt. If you’ve ever worked for a biz that has govt safely inspectors “visiting,” you’d know how uninformed your post is.

    • charlie

      you are truly the perfect Californian spanky. the only way to truly regulate commerce is by competition and that goes also to health care. the real way to judge those making the rules is to study the ways global warming was sold to the world by the very wealthy crooks that intended to prosper by it’s bs. all justice is usually based on a way to tax the criminal either by fines or by the wasted lawyer fees. I think there is so much money in chasing weed offenses that there would be a recession if weed was legalized.

  • weatherman66

    The hypocrisy in this is that the State of California cares more about keeping insects out of the State than keeping people out who can really hurt us. Agriculture in California hosts thousands of illegals only because labor is cheaper than machinery doing the job like they use in other civilized parts of the world.

    • autonomous

      The State of California is governed by insects.

      • eyesofgod

        You did mean PARASITIC insects, didn’t you?

    • California is ‘civilised’?

      • weatherman66

        sorry for the implication.

        • Yeah, I did get your message and agree your point. Funny how words can distort without our knowledge. I’m writing a book on the Global Financial System and have my Millennial grandchildren read over the drafts. Amazing what unintended messages they receive because of my poor construction. Oh well, carry on regardless!
          Cheers

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    Many street vendors or the types who run “road-side stands” are deceptive and crooked. The scene in the photo is all too familiar. You go to a wholesale market, buy yourself a few cases of “fresh produce”, set it up on the street corner, put up a sign that says “Local Produce” and sell the stuff you just bought several hours earlier at a marked up price reflecting whatever the traffic will bear. Enterprising – yes! Pathetic – yes! Laudable – no! The really arrogant ones will try to pass off their produce as “organic”. Maybe it even fell off the truck.

    • Buyer beware! It is a whole lot better than nanny state.

      If you are afraid of making your own judgement about products, shop at the government approved places where you are protected from yourself.

      Leave the rest of us alone!

    • Doc

      So we need fascism to sort it out, right?

    • autonomous

      Street vendors aren’t the only ones guilty of misrepresenting the “organic” label.

    • But everyone is becoming deceptive and crooked – it’s a national disease. The banks and Wall Street et al are no better than money-changing street venders – it’s a symptom of a fascist-police state.

  • jackw97224

    Oh, and police have helped themselves to the stuff they confiscate. I know
    of police in Gresham, orygun who seized some guns and even after the court had ruled
    the gd sheriff was in the wrong, failed to return the heirloom/antique guns to the
    rightful owner, i.e. the police stole the guns that they seized illegally!]

    • jj1982

      orygun?

      • jackw97224

        @jj, yes, it is intentionally spelled that way, not a misspelling. It is a sort of fun thing to do to promote gun ownership and freedom to choose, which the commie/socialist, anti-gun crowd hates. Oh, there it is, the anti-gunners are hate speakers, too.

        • jj1982

          Got it!!

    • charlie

      this is very common, it is considered the spoils of war.

  • autonomous

    “Licensing is when the government takes a right from you, and sells it back.”
    Priceless!

  • eyesofgod

    This is one of those articles that make me so glad I subscribe to The Daily Bell. Thank you, folks, for doing this legal homework. Most people don’t even realize that our Constitution is being violated. Like some others have commented (below), state bureaucracy is top-heavy and winds up squelching life. And it’s only getting worse. I want to build a dome home but have to wade thru so many rules and regulations that favor boxes, rectangles and cubes. My alternatives include going way out in the country where there aren’t so many restrictions–or to another country altogether. And there are just so many other areas of our lives that have become micro-managed by all these rules and regulations. Another alternative that seems to be developing in the culture is to gather together in small groups of like-minded, buy land, build an off-the-grid cooperative community, grow your own, and wave good-bye to most of these gov’t restrictions on life,

    • Thank you! Yes, we are excited about the movements to form like-minded communities. Keep fighting for your dome home! Don’t let them get you down 🙂

    • Wm Osburn

      Off the grid? Don’t you know in some towns they made it ILLEGAL to get off the grid? How DARE you take RESPONSIBILITY and become SELF-SUFFICIENT. Pretty soon the poison will seep to others and there will be NO ONE left to CONTROL. They’ll have to NIP IT in the bud lest there be a REVOLUTION!

    • charlie

      yeah sure until the closest town decides to take you into their tax base and a neighbor decides they want the trash pick up and police protection because they can’t use a gun or want the legal hassles of protecting their valuables

  • Beautiful fresh produce, being sold by a very hard-working American. Leave him alone.

  • Mary

    Note the enforcer’s bald head? Same in our town. All around 30ish, bald heads and usually with sunglass up on their foreheads. And a little overweight. There must be a formula.

    • Larry I. Lund

      Every day they get up and put on a costume. It is an acting job. Shaved head is submission to the lack of free will. In boot camp the first thing they do is make everyone stand in line for a haircut. Then costumes are issued. Next the programming begins with an angry person telling you that HE is your mother. It was all I could do to keep from laughing.

    • Ken Head

      And no moral compass.

      • MountainMan

        Government destroys the “moral compass.”

  • DonnieZen

    They put the guy in ‘cuffs for selling produce. Kalifornia, home of fascist/commie nutbags.

  • TM

    The cop is following orders and the law…it’s not his place or job to ignore the law. He can’t pick afternoon choose what to enforce; if he could, he might choose to ignore or enforce a law you don’t like or agree with. If you have a problem here, then go after the law MAKERS, not the enforcers.

    • The last European country to ‘legally’ follow ‘illegal’ laws was prosecuted at Nuremberg and ‘I was only following orders’ did not cut it then either. Our leftwing/Red ‘Weggie’ Benn claimed: “Conscience is above the law”. If a statist can make such a claim it must be true!

    • Miharu Harjo

      Police pick and choose which laws to enforce EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Have you never been let off with a warning from a traffic stop, or known someone who has? The police absolutely have discretion

      • TM

        Using discretion to adjudicate a traffic infraction on the road is significantly different than using that same discretionary ability to handle a homicide.

        An officers ability to use discretion is limited and closely monitored. At what level do you want the cops not to use discretion? Each person would want it applied in different ways….as such, there are courts.

        The officer is directed to enforce the laws. If you don’t like that, change the laws.

        • eyesofgod

          Naw, doesn’t work that way, TM. The lawmakers are bought and paid for by the Deep State. Most of them, anyway. But, yes, you’re right about police discretion. They have to be smart enough to not enforce laws that repress and take away citizen freedoms. And, you’ll agree, there are plenty of those laws. Yes, police are there to “uphold the law”, but they can only be as sensitive as they are in any moment to the quality of those laws. Meanwhile, we live in a crazy random culture. Currently, there is no Zero Point education. That is what is so desperately needed, including the new consciousness of prior unity, of everybody-all-at-once.

    • Wiley

      In large part, the world is in such a mess because of willingness to follow the dictates of supposed “authorities” instead of thinking for oneself and exercising one’s own conscience. It’s the place of each person to be responsible for his or her own actions, and those actions are not excused by mindlessly following the orders of someone else.

      • charlie

        this probably illegal was also much easier to prosecute than a real criminal and the cop was looking for a way to pass the time and probably was looking for a way to beat the heat while doing a few pages of paper work.

    • RED

      Attempting to change unjust laws in a biased “rigged” system is an arduous if not impossible task! The uniformed thugs are mostly overpaid, underworked public employees with bloated salary and benefit packages anticipating the day when they can go out on LTD just prior to retirement! All at the expense of the already overly beleaguered tax payer!

      And yes, they do have Discretion!. The uniformed thug could just as easily have asked the man to pick up his “wares” and move on. It would also save hard earned tax dollars prosecuting the “hardened street felon” and adding more political “brownie points” for the local DA or ADA.

      Most of the public is sufficiently informed to know how to wash their Veggies prior to consumption. It is an open free market engagement between a willing buyer and seller without recourse!

    • Ken Head

      If he doesn’t want to enforce immoral political dictates, he can stop being a cop. Otherwise, he’s responsible for his actions. Or do you believe that because someone takes orders, they are not responsible for their actions, but people selling vegetables without a license, are? You have a magical view of the power of government, apparently.

      • Wm Osburn

        Same argument concentration camp officials took while gassing the Jews; “but I was following orders…” No, stand up to the law if it is wrong. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing (or obey the crooked laws).

    • kathleen hayden

      I may be incorrect …however San Diego county has told me that enforcement is discresionary….they don’t have to enforce the law, or even a envorce the zoning and building codes.

      • eyesofgod

        Hey, Kathleen, that’s good to hear! My CoOpCom design may have a chance, yet! I’m encouraged! It’s called Espheria, and I haven’t released it to the Net yet. It (the design) solves one hellova lot of human problems. Thanks for your comment.

    • “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” 
      – U.S. Supreme Court, Norton v. Shelby County

  • Didn’t a street vendor protest in Tunsia which sparked of the ‘Arab Spring?’. Perhaps America is also getting nearer to a cathartic event.

    • Don Duncan

      One can hope. But remember: The Arab Spring was unfocused, ignorant rebellion to specific authority, not the concept of authority. As such, it failed.

      • eyesofgod

        Sorry, Don. it didn’t fail. You have no idea how many people around the world were inspired by that event.

        • Don Duncan

          Many monks chose the same form of protest in ‘Nam in the ’60s. Did it inspire? Yes, but what? What lasting lesson or movement? The same for the Arab Spring. Lots of people died and more are missing, probably dead or held prisoner of the state. And it’s “politics as usual”. Why? Because people wanted change without understanding the root of the problem, i.e., faith in institutionalized violence. How could they conceive of the solution without knowing their political ignorance was the problem? How could they realize the solution was self governance? That idea never even entered their mind as a possibility.

          • eyesofgod

            Yes, Don, but how can we come to self-governance without speaking “everybody-all-at-once”? There is no human force on earth (NWO, Deep State, or otherwise) that can stop everybody-all-at-once, or when we speak with one voice. We (the great majority of people) want peace, an end to war forever, and because of the Internet we finally have the means. Please note: prior to ’cause’ is ‘source’. Altho we can agree that there are many, many causes of our difficulties, there is only one source: egoity. Egoity is our sense of separation, separateness, which has us aligning with various ‘tribes’ (tribalism), “us against them”. The elite only gain from this “divide and conquer” quality. They encourage it and seek to perpetuate it. And yet, we humans are actually (obviously) one family, always already and inherently and intrinsically a unity. We don’t have to create a unity because we are already one. We need only acknowledge it and act it out–in everything we do and say (see the book, Not-Two Is Peace).

      • Good point, thanks – we indeed live in hope.

  • Renrah

    “The price of apathy in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ~Plato

    It’s been in the planning for over 100 years now.
    Want to know how communists have taken control ?

    Watch the youtube interview of Soviet propaganda defector named Yuri Bezmenov.
    Done with G. Edward Griffin ( The Creature From Jekyll Island author ).

    Amazingly,it was done in the 1980′s !! and he lays out how the communists would
    bring America down. Taking control of the media was just one of the many ways they have been using for a hundred years. You’ll be amazed after watching to realize how incredibly successful they have been infiltrating our institutions of schools, churches, courts, government , businesses, unions and even the military etc; to twist the thinking in this country.

    Go to youtube and put in search – “Yuri Bezmenov interview”

    Also, a MUST READ is “The Naked Truth – The Naked Communist Revisited”
    Written by James C. Bowers, father of documentary producer of
    “Agenda : Grinding America Down”

    The book is an analysis of a specific section of W. Cleon Skousen’s book,
    “The Naked Communist”. Published back in 1958, the section referred to is
    titled “Current Communist Goals”. Skousen, armed with an FBI background,
    listed what he felt were the top 45 goals of the Communists as of 1958.

    The terrifying reality is that most, I must repeat, MOST,
    of their goals have been accomplished.

    Please share this info w/ everyone you know

    Government is a disease…
    …masquerading as its own cure…

    • It is terrifying how well their plans have worked. Really one they got the schools, it was all downhill.

      • eyesofgod

        Right! Education is a huge part of this consideration. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” When will we begin teaching the obvious fact of our inherent and intrinsic unity as a species? That’s when we can expect real and positive change. And we have the means now. It’s call the Internet!

      • MountainMan

        So very true. This horrific trend has been beautifully chronicled by Charlotte Iserbyt:

        http://deliberatedumbingdown.com/

    • Don Duncan

      Is it apathy of ignorance? Is it willful ignorance or indoctrination? Or both? Is the courage to question destroyed in govt. schools? I am witness to it happening for my 18 years there. I accuse the pubic education system of systematic conditioning people to blindly obey authority.

  • jj1982

    Since most of the farm products come from the Central Valley, here, street vendors are required to show a receipt of purchase from the farmer. You always see mexicans loading up the back of their pick ups and selling elsewhere.

    • Don Duncan

      And, you never see Mexicans forcing people to buy. They don’t violate our rights as police do. They don’t violate the NAP.

      • jj1982

        My point is…they often steal the produce and resell it. When did I say anyone is forced to purchase?

        • Don Duncan

          My point is: Just because “some” people are thieves, doesn’t mean it justifies “guilty until prove innocent”, e.g., “Where’s your receipt?” demand. The LEO needs probable cause. Otherwise, I assume the vendor is not a thief, and I don’t see how “farm products come from the C.V.” is probable cause for requiring a receipt. Many farmers let the workers take “culls”.

          • jj1982

            Here you need to show proof of purchase. If they can, then I wish the fruit sellers success.

          • Don Duncan

            Does that mean you like the “receipt” law but not the license law? Why do you support one law and not another? By what principle?

          • jj1982

            I support both laws. Why should the store down the street pay rent, workman’s comp, taxes, benefits, electricity, fees, licenses, cost of theft, insurance and Jose pockets all his proceeds?

          • Don Duncan

            Where is your principle? By what “right” does a govt. thug force licenses, taxes, regulations?

          • MountainMan

            It SHOULDN’T! NOBODY should! But SOMEBODY has to exercise his NATURAL RIGHTS in order to challenge the police state, or we are all lost!

          • Col. Edward H. R. Green

            “Why should the store down the street pay…workman’s comp, taxes…fees, licenses…and Jose pockets all his proceeds?

            Translation into plain, honest English:

            “Why should Jose not be robbed by government of some of his monetary property as government robs a store owner ? Government should rob them both.”

            Legalized theft is still 100% an act of theft. It is not justice.

        • MountainMan

          Let’s go back to square one: ALL TAXATION IS THEFT. That trumps everything else that might be argued about here.

    • MountainMan

      “receipts” can be forged. What then? Is all the trouble of verifying the “validity” of the purchase really worth it?

      • jj1982

        Let someone on your property and let them take what you worked for and sell it at the swap meet. Of course it is worth it, it is our livelihood. Have a great day!

  • Kevin

    I believe the answer is in changing ordinances or the politicians, not just doing your own thing. Rule of law.

    • Don Duncan

      “…not just doing your own thing.” You mean living freely, exercising rights, without permission, without obeying immoral, unConstitutional laws? Does the “rule of law” trump common sense, common decency? Do we “need” to get a Supreme Court ruling on a clearly unConstitutional law before we can live free, free from arrest? And what if the SCOTUS contradicts itself? What if its ruling is absurd? What then? Do we still obey? Are we the ones in the wrong, and not the political appointees in black robes? What if 99% disagree with the law? What if the law is outrageous, as legal slavery was? What then? Still obey? Why is law more important than human life, reason, justice? Is authority always moral? Do a few elite have the right to make any law, any rule, and we must obey of die, as sacrifices to “the rule of law”? Is this insanity?

      • Wm Osburn

        Why don’t we declare marijuana illegal even though the people of the state VOTED for it? And why don’t we keep it a Schedule 1 drug (no medical use), even though the US government has a PATENT on it and numerous studies has SHOWN data that it is useful. Furthermore, our bodies PRODUCE cannabanoids (CBDs) to heal, protect, and repair the human body. Talk about unjust laws…

    • Ken Head

      If this is rule of law, then we might be better off living under benign dictators. But, it’s not rule of law. It’s political dictates designed to protect some at the expense of others.

      Few people really know what “rule of law” means. It doesn’t mean that if it’s written down on paper by a bunch of politicians, we must be obedient to it. True rule of law means law applied equally to all and not get in the way of people peacefully pursuing their objectives. Selling vegetables on a street corner is no crime. Meanwhile, real crimes go unpunished.

      • Exactly. Well put.

      • MountainMan

        Yes, now you know why Hans-Hermann Hoppe called “democracy” a soft form of Communism, as well as decivilizing.

    • Tecumseh1768

      America has the “Golden Rule” I’ll let you figure it out.

    • The USA Constitution is “supposed” to be the Supreme Law of the Land. As I pointed out elsewhere, the Supreme Court had something to say about “laws” that violate the Constitution:

      “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” 
      – U.S. Supreme Court, Norton v. Shelby County, 118 US 425 (1886)

    • MountainMan

      It’s NOT the “rule of law,” it’s the rule of MONOPOLY.

      What we are talking about is NATURAL LAW, that which has to do with things basic, fundamental, and self-evident, e.g., as living, existing, being oneself, working and staying alive through honest means.

      Therefore, this guy should not have to bother with “ordinances or politicians.”

    • Col. Edward H. R. Green

      When the law demonstrably violates one’s legitimate individual rights, the law is wrong, unjust, immoral; therefore, it does not morally oblige one to obey it. One ought to defy such laws until they are repealed.

      You have a very dangerous, and logically and morally indefensible intrinsicist view of law–one to which many religious people subscribe–a view that regards the law as if it were the voice of a god and its demi-gods on earth, therefore to be obeyed because it’s the law.

  • shredmaster8

    Not wanting to turn your neighborhood into a 3rd world shithole is a GOOD THING.
    California Police: To Protect and Serve the people of California~ not protect and serve some greasy-dirtbag illegal trying to turn it into the crap-hole he ran away from.

    • Don Duncan

      From what many of my friends who have moved to Mexico tell me, they live freer down there. Why? Because the U.S. Empire (USSA) has turned into a legally repressive shithole. I chose to stay and fight against that. I point out the NDAA, the Patriot Act, and the Civil Asset Forfeiture Act are tyranny.

      I found the WY police to be quite friendly and humane so there are still pockets in America that are decent places to live. I moved from CA to escape because I didn’t feel “protected” but exploited, e.g., a 13% income tax. If I saw a CA officer giving a ticket to someone in my neighborhood selling his garden produce or a little girl selling lemonade, I would go confront him in a respectful way, but I would be very cautious. I could be arrested on many charges for so-called freedom of speech. That is the reality of the slogan of “To Protect and Serve the people”.

      • jj1982

        Then why are so many sneaking here?

        • Don Duncan

          1.Because they get their info from the MSM. Are you going to tell me the police violence and regulatory tyranny are exposed by the MSM? 2. The flow to & from the two countries balanced out some years ago. 3. Those who still come are the poorest who are often disappointed by the economic climate and return.

        • charlie

          actually I recently met many Mexicans that seem to be living as well as me coming to the republic of texas motorcycle rally in Austin. they freely come to the us and work and go back to a nice home in mexico. oh yeah they also drive very nice motorcycles and dress and speak educated English. There are millions of south americans that will have children that will soon be the voting majority in America and for sure in texas. only after about three gerations will they become educated voting americans. probably conservative catholics. I am not sure I like this but that’s the way it is. 1000 people a day are moving to tx. that is also not good for me but that’s also the way it is. so much for the good ole days. young people have no idea of what the 50’s were like for young people.

    • Col. Edward H. R. Green

      YOUR neighborhood ?

      Since when, and on what factual grounds do you have authority and ownership over everyone else living in “your” neighborhood when you do not, in fact, own the entirety ?

      Whether the vendor is in the US legally or not is irrelevant. What specific, true criminal act was this vendor committing ? Whom was he robbing ? Whom was he raping ? Whom was he beating up ? Whom was he killing ? Whom was he kidnapping ?

      The produce he was selling apparently was fresh and safe enough for his sellers to be freely willing to purchase. If it looked and smelled like garbage, he would have no buyers except perhaps farmers wanting to buy it to feed to their pigs. In any event he was harming no one, including the businesses with whom he was competing. And tough darts for them !

      As for the CA police, or police anywhere “protecting and serving”, that is propaganda.

      The Supreme court has ruled more than once that the police have NO obligation to protect any individual in any community. Their actual legal obligation is to protect government and its employees and its property. People are responsible to defend themselves.

  • Don Duncan

    There are no activities that do not have some negative consequences. All must be judged in context, i.e., on net.

    The exercise of our rights (freedom) may hurt some, but we don’t assume it will, or require a permit to do so, as if that would prevent all harm anyway; it would not. We require a claim of harm must be made/supported in court with proven damages. That’s where adjudication is prudent for civil society. That’s how the courts started. That’s why officers of the court were created. Is this how the law works now? Are there complainants providing proof of damage? No! There is a prohibition without proof of damage. There is an officer but no damaged party, no complainant. The action alone is punished as if damage occurred or was likely, but no proof.

    How did this perversion of justice, of civility occur? It began when the govt., an elite who are given a monopoly on violence with a moral blank check, took over the courts.

    Perhaps it is unwise to give anyone such a monopoly. Isn’t monopoly a dirty word? Isn’t that justified? Is it past time to remind that monopoly? Isn’t self governance the responsible paradigm for a society?

    • MountainMan

      Well said. Notice their “excuses” for the arrest. Where did they get these excuses? Who made them up?

      • Don Duncan

        There are a great many intellectuals without a moral code that stops them from profiting from fraud. They write the excuse, the LEOs memorize them without scrutiny. Those who do analyze find their job abhorrent and quit. The excuse doesn’t need to be good because most are “true believers” in govt. authority and are subservient, not sovereigns.

        • MountainMan

          Well said. As the old saying goes, “The worst rise to the top.”

          Your term, “intellectuals,” is very descriptive of this group. Many intellectuals have prostituted themselves for personal gain.

    • charlie

      you only wish. there are too many making a very good living stealing from the weak.

      • Don Duncan

        I agree, if by “weak” you mean cognitively impaired by govt. ed. With enlightenment comes boycott of servitude and without the sanction of the victim, the scam is finished.

  • Ephraiyim

    Soon I predict some stupid legislator or councilman will want to make purchasing from an illegal food vendor subject to arrest.
    Think how much can be made by putting someone in jail for a few days?
    We can charge them room and board as well as fees for guards, transportation to arraignment and hearings and on and on… .
    Oh wait, and there are still fines for the original (crime?), attorneys fees, court costs… .
    I think they already do this with everything they make criminal. Never mind.

  • real427 man

    First,cops in Ca don’t know the law, no one does. They lie cheat & steal. They are tax collectors. In Tn. produce is sold off the back of trucks every spring, no problem. MOVE

    • MountainMan

      Any place which allows this nonsense to go on is not worthy of the word, “free.”

  • Brenda Turner

    They looked like good healthy food also. This really is an outrage.

    • MountainMan

      GOVERNMENT ITSELF is an outrage. This is proof of it!

  • Tim Francis

    This is all about taxation. The State needs the revenue to pay for the salaries of all the departments they have created that get nothing done

  • andy chismar

    NOTHING done in California surprises me!

  • Angela P

    The person writing the article missed the part where this was a convicted felon, and he was put in cuffs because when he was asked for ID, he shoved the cop and ran. He also did not have a receipt showing he had legally purchased the produce, and come to find out, he also had a warrant. He didn’t have a vehicle to load up the produce, as like many others, he is dropped off to sell by traffickers. Too bad no one took the pic of his ankle bracelet too.

    • Bobbi

      And where or where did you get your info?

    • Freedom1111

      None of what you wrote was in this article. Are you blowing hot air?

    • 200 Years Together

      Who teh F cares if you are buying produce from a felon? There are educated felons wearing badges and robes too, does anyone care about their job? noooooooooooooooooooo!

    • Tristan Chris Heiss

      And Angela P missed ( purposely?) the part where you post the source/documentation she based her statement on ,so i have to assume she is just lying out her arse, because that is usually the case with ‘persons’ who post comments , like Angela P.’s comment. They end up being found to be just irrelevant pathological liars . Prove me wrong Angela P. and I will apologize profusely, until then I will retain my present belief that you are just another lying ‘assholian’.

  • Michael Ponzani

    I’m probably going to jail. I sent the sheriff’s dept. two sarcastic emails concerning the evil produce. In today’s I wondered if the tomatoes were the Bloods and the grapes were the Crips. I don’t know what veggies correspond to the Latin Kings. And who wears the yellow bandannas.

    • Tristan Chris Heiss

      bandannas or bananas? 😉

  • 200 Years Together

    We’re going to save you from ruining your life with drugs by ruining your life with prison.
    As the old saying goes.

  • Michael Ponzani

    Reading other posts, some people do set up phony farm stands, vegetables can have counterfeit labels, etc. Still, caveat emptor.

    • MountainMan

      How can a farm stand be “phony”?

      • Eddy T. Jones

        I’d like to know that myself also vegetables with counterfeit labels? Say what?

    • MetaCynic

      What?! You labeled that a watermelon? It looks more like a tomato to me.

  • Tash Kreditanstalt

    In Hong Kong I’ve seen illegal hawkers (selling watches) with only the pictures and prices displayed to potential customers. That way, the goods are elsewhere, safe from harassing authorities…

  • Tecumseh1768

    Isn’t that how the Arab Spring started?

  • SEG

    The sheriff’s department had no business attempting to justify the law it was enforcing. It should simply have justified its actions by noting that it was enforcing the law and left it to whatever legislative body passed the law to justify the law.

    • Susan P

      The oath required before one is issued a badge is to “protect and defend the U. S. Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic”. That oath also obligates each individual to refuse to enforce an unconstitutional law. The article clearly explains that requiring a license to do something the Constitution protects your right to do is an unconstitutional law.

      So, the sheriff’s department is violating their oath of office when they enforce and unjust law.

  • comrade

    Gangster USA the little people are ground into the dust by a MAFIA SYSTEM
    enforced by bully boys in fancy dress all these brain dead clowns must have small dicks about the same size as their brain
    soon BABYLON WILL FALL ALL TURNED TO DUST

  • comrade

    What is the point of a law to bear arms millions of weapons
    when a tiny few keep on kicking your ,all these weapons it seems only used to kill defenseless little creatures, seems small dick headed people are in the majority to me all the people are just like the brain dead ruling scum law enforcer

  • Susan P

    Clearly, many of the licenses and fees imposed by states, counties and/or cities to raise revenue violate Constitutional rights and should be challenged in court until those who pass such laws and/or ordinances LEARN what the U. S. Constitution is all about.

    • Tristan Chris Heiss

      They already have been and the courts ruled (from this post , that it seems you didnt read completely thru?)…”In another case, the Court ruled similarly, that “If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.” (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262). It’s time for We the People in MASS to “ignore and engage in” since anymore time in the courts over this is a gross waste of time.

      • Susan P

        To “ignore and engage in” is to NULLIFY. Nullification is also a powerful part of the Constitution that most do not understand. Many will tell you nullification was never legal and others say it was until Lincoln started a war to stop nullification. Whatever! Nullification is a part of the Constitution and should be used when our so-called lawmakers violate the Constitution.

        But, when you say “the courts ruled” and I “didn’t read completely thru”, I think you may be referring to yourself as well. Did you miss the word “until” when I said “should be challenged in court UNTIL those who pass such laws and/or ordinances LEARN what the U. S. Constitution is all about.
        We have been plagued with activist judges for decades who rule on their personal bias and NOT on what the Constitution says is the law. We need to keep bringing cases until we can overturn those erroneous rulings.

        • charlie

          this all just makes lawyers richer

          • Susan P

            So, you would rather surrender your Constitutional rights rather than spend a little money?

          • “…spend a little money?” ??? LOL!

          • Susan P

            Individual Constitutional rights are worth protecting no matter the cost.

        • We need to keep bringing cases until we can overturn those erroneous rulings.

          I am glad that you have the time and money and patience to pursue such a course of action. I don’t. Furthermore, my long experience on this earth has demonstrated that such action is futile and realization of that led me to pursue a different course.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad6f400fbd6f13d3e88f190fdfd066b7fc0e092fb9bf8c4d45ed5086a652b276.jpg

          I wrote about it here:

          http://tinyurl.com/The-Bare-Minimum
          What *IS* The Bare Minimum…?
          — article by Dennis Wilson    + Disqus Comments

          What *IS* the absolute bare minimum that Voluntary Groups of any size–two people or more–need to agree upon, in order to live together peacefully and productively?

          The slow motion collapse of central governments, following the historical model of the Imperial Roman Empire, has already led to conditions in which the Covenant of Unanimous Consent can and should play a vital role.

          • Susan P

            Obviously, you do not know any police or members of the military. They both take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies; both foreign and domestic. They are also taught to DISOBEY an unconstitutional order. I am former law enforcement and I have a close family member who is a Lt. Col. in a branch of the military. The idiots in D.C. do not have total control of either law enforcement or military. If they push too hard against the Constitution, they will do so at their own peril.

          • Obviously, you do not know any police or members of the military.

            Obviously, you do not know anything about me.

            They both take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies; both foreign and domestic.

            President George Bush Jr. took that same oath. See quote in my previous comment. That oath and 5 Federal Reserve Notes will get you a bad cup of coffee at Starbucks.

    • jackw97224

      I don’t think there is any factual evidence that the constitution and law apply to me just because I am physically present in some geographical location such as Ohio or Pennsylvania (The No State Project – Marc Stevens and No Treason No. 6, The Constitution of No Authority – Lysander Spooner. Also, I like what the Zero Aggression Project by Perry Willis and Jim Babka has to say. I recommend Away From Freedom by Vervon Orval Watts as a good source of rebuttal of the fallacies of commie/socialism.

      All that said, when one is attacked by the gd political government, he is forced to defend himself and hence must enter their wicked and evil and diabolical “legal” system, the courts. I don’t think the government has any right to regulate freedom of locomotion, freedom to travel and that means no right to license you or your car for a fee/tax. People use to pay the monarchs for the privilege to do some act, so the gd politicians are no different from such “nobility” of the the ancien regimes, oh but wait, what was that in the constitution about no titles of nobility?

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