"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836)

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " :
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Throughout history there have been tyrants and murderers. And for a while they seem invincible, but always they fall. Always."-Mahatma Gandhi

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings: Helen Keller

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is , more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime ; he is a good citizen driven to despair.--H.L Mencken

"When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" Harry S. Truman

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"

"Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously...step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone." ~ Baron Lane

U.S. Constitution - R.I.P.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Former police officer sentenced

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- After reading an emotional statement of apology to his family and former employer, former Schenectady Police officer Jeffrey Curtis was sentenced to four years in prison on a drug possession charge, one to three years for tampering with evidence, and one year probation. Curtis admitted to stealing drugs from a Schenectady PD evidence locker and even admitted to selling and using them. His lawyer said if he didn't take the plea deal, he could have faced a harsher sentence. Both the defense and the prosecution say the sentencing was fair.

"He impacted the police department moral of the police department: the standing of the police department in the community, the way the city of Schenectady feels about their police department. The way the officers feel about their job and fellow officers. He impacted the criminal justice system corrupting cases," said Bob Carney, Schenectady County District Attorney.

As a Schenectady resident, my opinion of the local gestapo hasn't changed a bit. Their reputation as a bunch of criminal thugs on a power trip has been well established for a good many years now. Mr Carney is incredibly out of touch if he thinks they had any good standing left to be tarnished.

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