Ted’s essays

Censoring the census

Sigh… apparently my turn came up again for special attention from the USofA Census Bureau. I received bonus letters in the mail, phone calls, Agent Smith visits and, today a FEDEX overnight letter soliciting my participation in their extra-curricular data mining program. Their constitutional mandate is to count the number of people in each household within the borders of our country once every decade. All else is what our Army calls “mission creep”, Libertarians call “government over-reach” and computer geeks call “data mining”. Regardless of the title, I am not keen on contributing to their dossier on me any more than I have to. The last time the Census Bureau decided to dance with me was September 2010 – […]

the rule of law VS the code of the west

We are unfortunately familiar with “crafty” lawyers convicting the innocent and exonerating the guilty. Accepting that we are powerless as individuals to correct this aberration is an irrefutable sign of corruption in our culture. There is even a controversial thread (hotly denied by lawyers) saying that BAR membership is indeed affiliation with the British Accreditation Regency or the British Accreditation Registry INSTEAD OF USofA citizenship. That would clearly make its members unqualified to participate in our government in the legislative, executive or legal branches. That those licensed to practice at the bar make up nearly half of our ruling class is certainly a large part of why the laws of this land seem to be lawyers’ tools rather than essentials […]

courtin’ disaster

My wife’s news tidbit of the day was an NPR story this morning that the brown color in some “food product” was actually made from cow poop. I don’t know if that is true or not, but my mind skips that discussion and jumps straight to the next step that will happen VS what should happen. What will happen will NOT have any negative consequences for the people who decided to put cow poop in a product sold as food. Neither is it likely to compensate the people who paid for and consumed stuff they no longer consider to be good food. No. Third and fourth parties who have no dog in the race at all will move a bunch […]

Any law repugnant to the Constitution….

We are approaching the most serious intersection the USA has faced since the Civil War – some say even more serious than that. The Kuna City Council can join other cities, counties and states in the USA that are heading off what is shaping up to be a horrifying confrontation between the defenders and usurpers of the Constitution. In my run for sheriff and since, I have heard the seriousness and resolve of Idahoans who will not compromise their rights to self-defense. This is not a few crackpots, but a huge mass of people who understand the Constitution to mean what it says and take seriously their role in preserving it for our future and that of our offspring. In […]


This is going to be interesting. Today’s incoming mail contained a summons to jury duty for the Idaho state coordinator of the Fully Informed Jury Association. I have never served on a jury. Oh, I’ve been called in. I have sat in jury rooms and court rooms for days. I have approached baliffs with explanations of why, or actually attempted to explain why I should be ALLOWED to go back to work as there is NO WAY they will let me serve on this one or that for this reason or the other. But NO, I have to sit quietly and watch the most painful show on earth as three law school graduates test the patience and willingness of the […]