Some Rights are More Equal than Others | SlowFacts

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I can’t understand why police don’t like being recorded

I’m not being facetious with this statement.  I really don’t understand.  Cops love dashcam video.  It shows their chases, it shows all the bad things people did when trying to run from them.  It adds charges (yes, your honor, he ran three stop signs without slowing down).

Video recordings show the truth.  Or at least the truth the camera sees and hears.

Cops should love cameras because they record when someone does something stupid in their presence.  It protects them against unfounded police abuse accusations (your honor, my lapel video shows the defendant raised a red swingline stapler to hit me when I walked into his cubicle).

The public loves video evidence because it doesn’t lie either.  Instead of complicated diagrams and disputing expert witnesses trying to explain just how the police shot the dead person in the back only with no weapon found at the crime scene, just show the jury the dashcam video, the officer lapel video, and the surveillance camera footage of what happened.  It shows where police officers walk across the street to harass and arrest someone videoing them who is obviously NOT interfering with police duties.  How many people now sit in jail because police lied and there was no video to tell the impartial truth, as in this case in Bloomfield, NJ?

So I have to go with the Photography Is Not A Crime crowd and say know the law on recording in your area and Always Record the Police!

Link to Photography Is Not A Crime website

Link to Photography Is Not A Crime

Absolute Consequences

Quote of the day by Louis Thiers:

Either rights exist, or they do not exist. If they exist, they involve absolute consequences…Furthermore, if a right exists, it exists at every moment. It is absolute today, yesterday, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, in summer as in winter, not when it pleases you to declare it in force.

Hat tip to bastionofliberty.

First it is a right, then it is a privilege, then it is a crime

When someone tries asks you to compromise on your rights, you are coming to the table with total ownership of something (namely whatever right you are talking about) and they come to the table with nothing.  A compromise implies something from one party and something from the other.  Well, when there is total ownership on one side and nothing on the other, if you compromise the only possible outcome is a loss for you and a win for them…

I want you to remember this statement:

First it is a right, then it is a privilege, then it is a crime.

Always make it a point to protect your rights, because once they are privileges, they are gone.

Excerpt from a great article over at




A beginning must be made

Excerpt from “CLEARING DECKS”  by James Fintan Lalor.  Lalor was an Irish revolutionary who played an active part in the Rebellion in July 1848 and the attempted Rising in September later that year.

But how are you to know them, these menials of England in the green livery of their country? By this shall ye know them. Any man who objects to every plan of armed resistance that is proposed, while he produces none or no better of his own. Or any man who tells you that any act of armed resistance even if made so soon as to-morrow even if offered by ten men only even if offered by ten men armed only with stones any man who tells you that such an act of resistance would be premature, imprudent, or dangerous any and every such man should at once be spurned and spat at. For, remark you this and recollect it, that somewhere, somehow, and by somebody, a beginning must be made; and that the first act of resistance is always, and must be ever premature, imprudent, and dangerous. Lexington was premature, Bunker’s Hill was imprudent, and even Trenton was dangerous.

There are men who speak much to you of prudence and caution, and very little of any virtue beside. But every vice may call itself by the name of some virtue or other; and of prudence there are many sorts. Cowardice may call itself, and readily pass for, caution, and of those who preach prudence, it behooves to enquire what kind of prudence it is they speak of, and to what class of prudent persons they belong themselves. There is a prudence the virtue of the wisest and bravest- there is a prudence the virtue of beggars and slaves…

Meanwhile, however, remember this, that somewhere, and somehow, and by somebody, a beginning must be made. Who strikes the first blow for Ireland? Who draws first blood for Ireland? Who wins a wreath that will be green for ever?

Thanks to Sipsey Street Irregulars for the full text of the article.