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Taxing Each Bite
What to expect when food purchases hit the scanner: Hot, prepared food is taxed; food a person takes home or cold food prepared in advance is not ["Soup to Nuts: Crazy Food Taxes Penalize the Poor, Benefit the Rich," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 4/4]. As anyone would expect, life is not simple and there are gray areas between these categories. Many cases need to be considered and decided on their own, often in a less-than-perfect way. It's an interesting piece. But the "penalizes the poor and benefits the rich" subhed? Meh. That's a stretch.


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Plucking a Pension
It's not like he ate anybody: How many years did Ross Mirkarimi work for the city before he was elected supervisor? Had to be at least 10 or more to amount to such a pension ["Moral Mirkitude: Nixing the Sheriff's Pension Would Be a Feat," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 4/4]. The health benefits are worth a lot, very expensive if covering dependents. I believe recall is the better method for removing Mirkarimi from office in this case. Leave the man's pension alone — he is not Hannibal Lecter, for christ's sake.


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Blog Comments of the Week
Disrespect for road rules is found on both four and two wheels: Too bad [citizens] can't stop the types of unsavory and thuggish behavior of bullies on wheels — from road rage to cyclists who feel entitled to disobey traffic laws ["Sutchi Hui, Pedestrian Hit by Cyclist in Castro Last Week, Dies," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 4/4].


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May not be in good taste, but it's legal: Sorry, as much as I hate to stand on the side of Arkansas and teacher/student sex — 18 is 18 ["James Hooker and Jordan Powers Should Maybe Move to Arkansas Where Student-Teacher Sex Is Legal," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 4/3]. In this country, a person is legally an adult at 18 and can make adult decisions for him- or herself. The government shouldn't make some [types] of decisions illegal for consenting adults — like having sex with a teacher. The teachers' union can create that rule, but not the government. And by the way, do people really want the government micromanaging the legal decisions of two adults?


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A voter's age does not matter: It's not easy finding articles about Ron Paul that are not riddled with opinions, although I guess the same is true for most politicians ["Ron Paul Counts Bay Area Tech Companies Among Top Donors," Albert Samaha, the Snitch, 4/3]. It's the subtle things that bother me though — referring to CSU Chico as a well-known party school and many of his supporters as college kids. I'd like to find an article about one of the other Republican candidates, something like this: "Romney/Santorum/Gingrich held a town hall meeting today at the local nursing home, sparsely attended by their following of predominantly senior citizens." If someone is eligible to vote, an article shouldn't be written belittling voters' ages.


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In the flowchart accompanying our cover story last week ("Soup to Nuts," Joe Eskenazi, April 4), we noted that "anything made to order is taxed." The law states that a cold sandwich or meal prepared on-site and taken to-go should not be taxed. That said, a number of restaurants we spoke with are taxing such purchases, or taxing the purchase of a pre-made cold meal when additions are made to it on-site. And, of course, a cold sandwich put in the toaster or microwave is taxable (unless you put it in the toaster or microwave).

In short, these laws are Byzantine. SF Weekly has company in misreading them.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The shocking story of Andrew Wordes, who had his property seized and was terrorized to death by the city of Roswell, GA, for the crime of keeping chickens on his land, underscores how "green" zoning laws introduced in accordance with the United Nations' Agenda 21 policy are responsible for a new wave of brutal neo-feudalism now sweeping the United States.

Despite the fact that the city of Roswell allows chickens to be kept on properties less than 2 acres, Wordes was subjected to a sustained campaign of harassment and intimidation by the state which began in December 2008 when the city issued Wordes with a citation for keeping the chickens after a complaint by a neighbor.

After all the charges against Wordes were dropped, city administrators then re-wrote the ordinance to say that only six or less chickens could be kept on a property of less than 2 acres and hit Wordes with another citation.

Wordes won the case for a second time when the judge concluded that he was "granfathered in" under the previous ordinance that allowed for chickens on less than 2 acres.

Despite Wordes constantly winning legal cases, the city would not let up on their campaign of terror, moving to illegally intimidate the mortgage holder on Wordes house, an 80-year-old woman, to sell the mortgage note to the city for 40 cents on the dollar.

Amidst all this constant harassment, Wordes had to cope with his house flooding numerous times and criminals breaking in and vandalizing his property, including one incident where a third of his birds were poisoned to death, an act likely perpetrated by the neighbor who had sided with the city in targeting Wordes.

Now turning to the argument that Wordes' activities represented a "nuisance," the city filed a 55 page civil lawsuit, while simultaneously declaring Wordes' property to be a "Conservation Area or Greenspace," representing the final move in seizing the property under the auspices of tyrannical environmental mandates that were clearly manufactured by the state as a tool of harassment.

Although Wordes attempted to sell his land to the city, councilors then slapped a phony foreclosure notice on the property. When Wordes missed a probation check and was jailed for 99 days, the city immediately issued a press release announcing that his property was "vacant," prompting criminals to break in and steal Wordes' firearms, valuables and other ammunition. City administrators signaled they were unconcerned about the incident and would do nothing about it.

While he was in jail, the unknown mortgage note holder tried to foreclose on the property and Wordes was prevented from mounting any kind of appeal.

On March 26, Fulton County Marshals arrived at Wordes' home to follow through on the city's illegal order to evict him. Shortly afterwards there was an explosion and Wordes' was subsequently found dead. Although initially declared to be a suicide, circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear.

What is abundantly clear is the fact that Andrew Wordes was terrorized, harassed and abused to death by a predatory state whose plan all along was to seize the property under the justification of so-called 'green' zoning laws.

Check out Natural News' infographic for a detailed summary of Andrew Wordes' case.

Americans all over the country are facing similar threats, intimidation and harassment as the state attempts to reintroduce feudal serfdom and arbitrary property seizures all under the justification of environmental zoning laws.

The United Nations' Agenda 21 project, which cities and states are now adhering to in places like California, where building detached family homes is now virtually illegal, dictates that authorities must adopt "sustainable development" policies at all costs.

Under the new system of eco-fascism that the elite are implementing through the vehicle of global warming hysteria, property rights are non-existent as people are forced into high density prison cities wherein any form of self-sufficiency whatsoever, down to the level of keeping chickens, is crushed under the iron fist of regulation, code enforcement, and authoritarian environmental despotism.

Vicente Chaverri
Vicente Chaverri

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