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Almost Everything Is A Crime: 14 Most Ridiculous Things That Americans Are Being Arrested For
The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/30/2010 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 12/31/2010 10:38:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Doesn't it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now? Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns. But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things? Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society. While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom. Business thrives when people feel free to live and work. When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down. Just look at places like North Korea. Even though the rest of the world is sending them huge amounts of food starvation is still quite common in that totalitarian regime. That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now. As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.

We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days. It is getting absolutely ridiculous. Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.

That is a sign of a very, very sick society. Either we have a massive crime problem or the "control grid" that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.

Or both.

But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?

Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days. The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for....

#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's email.

#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers. So what was her offense? The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn't clean up.

#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.

#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.

#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.

#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly. For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.

#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10" and “I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.

#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.

#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.

#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school. It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.

#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.

#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free. So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.

#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention. Now it may get you locked up. About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicago were taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.

#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.

Why in the world would anyone approve of the police arresting ordinary Americans for such things?

It seems like ever since 9/11 the whole country has gotten "security fever".

Suddenly we need to "get tough" on everyone.

Yes, crime is making a comeback, but once upon a time the police in this country were able to handle crime quite well and be courteous and helpful to ordinary citizens at the same time.

But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.

It does not have to be that way.

The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country and many of them are deciding that they simply do not want to spend their tourist dollars here anymore. That is not a good thing for our economy.

As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.

America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

That is no longer true.

Now we get thrown to the floor, handcuffed, beaten and arrested for things that we did not even know were crimes.

If America continues to move in this direction it is going to ruin our economy, our reputation in the world and our national spirit.

Unfortunately, history has shown us that once a free nation starts to lose that freedom it is hard to reverse that slide. Perhaps we will be different. Perhaps the American people will stand up and demand that we restore the principles of liberty and freedom that this country was founded on.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: arrest; crime; laws

1 posted on 12/31/2010 10:38:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

everything except being here illegally.


2 posted on 12/31/2010 10:40:33 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those who would trade liberty for security will end up with neither.


3 posted on 12/31/2010 10:43:53 AM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013 - President Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

“ALL THAT IS NOT FORBIDDEN IS MANDATORY!”
—sign over ant hill entrance


4 posted on 12/31/2010 10:44:54 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: gussiefinknottle

That’s their point.


5 posted on 12/31/2010 10:46:08 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

This crap was going on well before 9/11.


6 posted on 12/31/2010 10:46:31 AM PST by Husker24
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To: freekitty

right ho.


7 posted on 12/31/2010 10:46:49 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Says the bureaucrat Floyd Ferris: “You honest men are such a problem and such a headache. But we knew you’d slip sooner or later . . . [and break one of our regulations] . . . this is just what we wanted.”

Rearden: “You seem to be pleased about it.”

Bureaucrat Ferris: “Don’t I have good reason to be?”

Rearden: “But, after all, I did break one of your laws.”

Bureaucrat Ferris: “Well, what do you think they’re there for?”

Continues bureaucrat Ferris: “Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against . . . We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted [Frederick Mann: Obfuscation of meaning is a key element of the con games bureaucrats and politicians play.] - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”


8 posted on 12/31/2010 10:48:29 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SeekAndFind
Cops who go along with this rather than resolving the situation on the spot are thugs with badges.

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

9 posted on 12/31/2010 10:48:44 AM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: SeekAndFind




10 posted on 12/31/2010 10:55:28 AM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: SeekAndFind
POLICE STATE, anyone?

Not only are we generously giving away our freedoms, the PTB are seeing how far they can push the envelope.

11 posted on 12/31/2010 11:00:11 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some LEOs like to say:

“If you are not a LEO like me, then you are just someone who I haven’t arrested yet.”


12 posted on 12/31/2010 11:02:45 AM PST by webstersII
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To: SeekAndFind

Common sense is increasingly uncommon.


13 posted on 12/31/2010 11:02:48 AM PST by miele man
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a Master’s In Criminal Justice. One of the theories I remember having been exposed to Expounds that todays crimes (Murder, arson, etc.) will be outmoded and other crimes will be brought to the forefront. For instance, Murder was a capital crime, once, now you get five years and probation. Opening your wife’s e-mail is now a felony. I shouldn’t have slept through that class as it has become true.


14 posted on 12/31/2010 11:03:15 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Clock King

I’ve been trying to find a quote that was atributed to Ayn Rand — something like, “The only way to make an honest man a criminal is to pass enough laws.” Does that sound familiar?


15 posted on 12/31/2010 11:04:47 AM PST by ChocChipCookie
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To: SeekAndFind

Meanwhile, real crimes go unprosecuted. Black Panthers. Illegals.


16 posted on 12/31/2010 11:05:18 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: Travis McGee

“ALL THAT IS NOT FORBIDDEN IS MANDATORY!”
—”sign over ant hill entrance”

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”.

...should be a sign at all public schools.


17 posted on 12/31/2010 11:12:41 AM PST by albie
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To: gussiefinknottle
everything except being here illegally undocumented.

Be careful not to let that happen again or you could be arrested for your error.

18 posted on 12/31/2010 11:14:04 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind
#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.

Who called the cops? Why?

19 posted on 12/31/2010 11:14:16 AM PST by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."

--Ayn Rand

20 posted on 12/31/2010 11:21:45 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: mylife

My favorite quote from Atlas Shrugged, and truer than anyone who does not have to deal with goverment regulatory agnecies would ever believe. I seriously and really believe that the object of governemnt regulation is to make everyone a criminal. The company I work for recently changed owners and had to get new permits and licenses. It was (and is) a bureaucratic nighmare. The rules are so complicated and convoluted the regulators themselves don’t know the correct answers. You can ask two of them the same question and get two different answers. A quick example, my company and another similar company in the same area used the same consultant for environmental regulations. He is ex-EPA. He advised both of the companies that due to the nature of our business a certain report was not necessary. Eventually, the EPA did an inspection of both companies at pretty much the same time and fined us both $250,000 for failure to file this report. It’s absolutely crazy.


21 posted on 12/31/2010 11:24:23 AM PST by suthener
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To: SeekAndFind

an increase in regulation is a decrease in liberty


22 posted on 12/31/2010 11:25:07 AM PST by marsh2
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To: SeekAndFind
It's nice that conservatives are waking up to this. But it's too little, too late. The Republic is long gone.
23 posted on 12/31/2010 11:31:16 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: suthener

And it has seeped into every level of life.
I feel horrible for our children.


24 posted on 12/31/2010 11:31:16 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Nothing posted on the Internet ever disappears. All of your comments will be retrieved for your fair trial.


25 posted on 12/31/2010 11:33:36 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population"

26 posted on 12/31/2010 11:42:14 AM PST by mewykwistmas
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To: suthener

The PRIMARY purpose of the EPA is to slow the growth of American businesses.


27 posted on 12/31/2010 11:53:53 AM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: webstersII

The reply is, “No, you are an LEO whom a criminal hasn’t killed yet.”

When cops show their Gestapo side to me I always obey because I know that my attorney can easily whip their ass in Court.


28 posted on 12/31/2010 11:57:47 AM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Men rescue deer on half frozen river. "Environmental Police" watch from shore, issue tickets for not wearing life vests.

Video

Rescuers say they would do it again. How much of this are we going to take?

29 posted on 12/31/2010 12:24:20 PM PST by Chunga85 ("Foreclosure Fraud", TARP, "Mortgage Crisis", Bailout)
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To: albie
“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”.

...should be a sign at all public schools.

Nice thought but the inmates students wouldn't be able to read it.

30 posted on 12/31/2010 12:30:01 PM PST by magslinger (Samuel Colt, feminist. Making women equal to men for over 150 years.)
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To: EGPWS

i’m sure someone at justice is going over our forum with
fine tooth comb for when they can grandfather in
further restraints on free speech!


31 posted on 12/31/2010 12:30:40 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: B4Ranch

Bill Clinton: In order to slow the incidence of global warming, it would probably be good if the economy was to slow down”.


32 posted on 12/31/2010 12:54:09 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: gussiefinknottle
i’m sure someone at justice is going over our forum with fine tooth comb for when they can grandfather in further restraints on free speech!

I think that's why the Internet hasn't been banned. As long as we stick with just chatting about things everything is hunky-dory.

33 posted on 12/31/2010 1:03:06 PM PST by Chunga85 ("Foreclosure Fraud", TARP, "Mortgage Crisis", Bailout)
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To: ChocChipCookie

My post is from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. It’s part of the conversation between Dr. Ferris (evil looter) and Hank Reardon (hero).


34 posted on 12/31/2010 2:32:27 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: B4Ranch

But not just the EPA. The Department of Labor (OSHA, Wage and Hour, etc.) serve the same slow growth function as the EPA.


35 posted on 12/31/2010 3:36:19 PM PST by suthener
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To: suthener

That’s true, and the NEA.


36 posted on 12/31/2010 4:47:17 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: gussiefinknottle

So we should sit at home afraid of that little knock on the door? Is this what the US has come to, enslavement of mind and body?


37 posted on 12/31/2010 11:34:07 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country

True. I have a German friend who tells me that she is much freer in Germany than she is here. She is going back.

I am seriously considering expatriating.

38 posted on 12/31/2010 11:40:43 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Clock King

no, we should fight back against the morlocks.


39 posted on 01/01/2011 9:45:32 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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