"If feeding people is a crime, I am
beyond rehabilitation,"
said Sandra Loranger
as she exercised her choice of sentences
between probation, under which she had to
agree to obey all laws,
or 45 days in jail.

This "choice" was imposed on July 6, 1989,
in Municipal Court of Santa Cruz County,
California, as the result of her conviction for
violation of an obscure health code
intended to regulate commercial kitchens
in the City of Santa Cruz;
but applied against Loranger in an attempt to
prevent her from providing food to the homeless.

Loranger was the first person
in the history of the United States, ever,
to be jailed for feeding the homeless.

Loranger was sentenced to, and served,
a 45 day jail term
because she could not stand by
knowing that others of her species were hungry,
and that their only choice, without her help,
was to beg, steal, eat out of garbage cans,
go away, . . . or die.

"The highest virtue is always
against the law."

"No laws are binding on the human subject
which assault the body or violate the conscience."

"Must a citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree,
resign his conscience to the legislator?  Why has every man
a conscience then? I think that we should be men first,
and subjects afterward.
It is not desireable to
cultivate a respect for the law, so much as
for the right. The only obligation
which I have a right to assume

is to do at any time
what I think is right.

"Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it."
          Albert Einstein

"The first and great commandment is
don't let them scare you"
          Elmer Davis

"Liberty has never come from government.
Liberty has always come from the subjects of government.
The history of liberty is the history of resistance."
          Woodrow Wilson

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me,
give me liberty or give me death!"
          Patrick Henry

"I have sworn upon the altar of God
eternal hostility against every form of tyranny
over the mind of man."
          Thomas Jefferson

"They that can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
          Benjamin Franklin

". . . I know of no safe depository
of the ultimate powers of the society
but the people themselves;
not enlightened enough to exercise their control
with wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them,
but to inform their discretion.

Enlighten the people generally
and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."

          Thomas Jefferson

"I believe that the community
is already in the process of dissolution

where each man begins to
eye his neighbor as a possible enemy,

where non-conformity
with the accepted creed,
political as well as religious,
is a mark of disaffection;

where denunciation,
without specification or backing,
takes the place of evidence;

where orothodoxy
chokes freedom of dissent;

where faith
in the eventual supremacy of reason
has become so timid that
we dare not enter our convictions
in the open lists
to win or lose."

Justice Lerned Hand

"Of all the forms of tyranny
over the mind of man,
none is more terrible than fear --
to be afraid
of being one's self
among one's neighbors."

Paul B. Hoffman

"I can't help
an occasional semi-shudder
as I remember that
millions of intelligent men
think that I am barred
from the face of God
unless I change.

But how can one
pretend to believe
what seems to him childish
and devoid alike
of historical and rational foundations?"

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"The safest way to make laws respected
is to make laws respectable."

          Frederic Bastiat

Interesting choice of word, "safest."

Kojak once said, "Police are a thin blue line
that separates society from chaos."

(God I love TV!)

"Things to which men must be driven by force,
cease to be, thanks to the force,
for the common good."

          Leo Tolstoy

tyranny: oppressive and unjust government; despotism; very cruel and unjust use of power or authority.

"A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means
and bad men."

          Thomas Paine

"Bad means" is bad laws, but what did Paine mean by "bad men"?

it's not putting on a badge
that makes them want to act like punks;
it's being punks
that makes them want to put on a badge.

Crime is Contagious

"Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials
shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.
In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled
if it fails to observe the law scrupulously.
Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher.
For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example."

( The real shame is that this sergeant does this all the time . . .
and to cap matters, the curb in front of him is painted RED
-- as in, emergency vehicles only? )

"Crime is contagious.
If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law;
it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
To declare that, in the administration of the criminal law,
the end justifies the means...would bring terrible retribution.
Against that pernicious doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face."

United States Supreme Court Justice Loius Brandeis
Olmstead v. United States

a political group, an organization, a club . . .;
a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship,
forcible suppression of the opposition,
the retention of private ownership of the means of production
under centralized governmental control,
belligerent nationalism and racism,
glorification of war, etc.

Never insult small minded men in positions of power.


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