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Catholic Diocese Bankruptcy Feb 2/14 Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 February 2014 20:54

Catholic Diocese Bankruptcy Feb 2/14

Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy protection

The Associated Press - By MATT VOLZ - Associated Press

January 31, 2014 11:21pm

Helena Bishop George Leo Thomas speaks at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Helena, Mont. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Eliza Wiley)

This 2011 file photo provided by Ron Zellar, shows the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena, Mont. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday Jan. 31, 2014 in advance of proposed settlements for two lawsuits that claim clergy members sexually abused 362 people over decades and the church covered it up. (AP Photo/Ron Zellar,File)

FILE - This June 4, 2004 file photo, Bishop George Thomas, right, acknowledges the packed crowd at the Cathedral of Helena in Helena, Mont. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena planned to file for bankruptcy protection Friday Jan. 31, 2014 in advance of a proposed settlement of $15 million for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up. Thomas apologized to the victims in a statement and said most clergy members who were credibly accused have died, and none remain in active ministry. Also pictured are Monsignor Kevin O'Neill, left, and the Most Rev. Gabriel Montalvo, the apostolic nuncio to the United States. (AP Photo/Independent Record, Jon Ebelt,File)

Helena Bishop George Leo Thomas speaks at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Helena, Mont. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Eliza Wiley)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up.

Property Rights Bill Virginia Feb 1/14 Print E-mail
Friday, 31 January 2014 21:40

Property Rights Bill Virginia Feb 1/14

America's Most Important Property Rights Legislation

By Mark J. Fitzgibbons

American Thinker has covered the saga of Virginia farmer Martha Boneta, who was cited in 2012 by Fauquier County government and threatened with $5,000 per-day fines for hosting a private birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a permit, and advertising pumpkin carvings -- even though she had a business license.

Boneta's tiny farm store where she sold organic vegetables, beeswax candles and fibers from her over-100 rescued animals was shut down as she took a principled course of action to fight the county.

Every day local governments across the country abuse zoning laws to bully citizens, and violate property and other constitutionally protected rights. Most of these abuses are never known by the general public because citizens lack the resources to challenge these violations, or fear fighting back because of the well-known propensity of government to retaliate.

Citizens often concede to these abuses, and part little by little -- or a whole lot, literally and figuratively -- with their rights. The U.S. Supreme Court recently called some local abuses of zoning or land use laws "extortive."

Local governments have vast opportunity to violate rights on private property because they exercise zoning power through land use laws.

Predatory local bureaucrats and anti-property rights crusaders masquerading as environmental groups figured out that it is easy to override property rights at the local government level. In Willie Sutton terms, that's where the control is.

The National Association of Counties, for example, works more and more with the Obama administration to implement by executive order intrusive climate change and other invasive regulation at the local and national levels.

Into this issue of local government abuses of property rights has stepped Delegate Bob Marshall, well-known as perhaps the most principled constitutional conservative in the Virginia legislature. Marshall has introduced HB 1219, a landmark remedies bill that relies on old and recent precedent to hold abusive government in check.

The essence of HB 1219 is that it makes local government and even government officials subject to consequences for their abuses of rights, but in no way impedes proper uses of zoning authority.

Under the bill, citizens who sue when localities violate constitutional rights through zoning abuses can be awarded damages including attorney fees. Local governments that intentionally violate rights face stiffer penalties. Local officials who intentionally violate this law are subject to liability.


Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 22:07
Passing Anti- Drone Bills Feb 1/14 Print E-mail
Friday, 31 January 2014 21:39

Passing Anti- Drone Bills Feb 1/14

SACRAMENTO, January 30, 2014 – Yesterday, the California state assembly easily passed a bill to strictly limit the use of drones within the state. The vote was 63-6.

Assembly Bill 1327 (AB1327), by Assemblymembers Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to use a drone.

The legislation does include some narrow exceptions to the warrant requirement to allay the fears of law enforcement officials who did not want to be hamstrung in emergency situations when a drone’s use might spell life or death. The legislation spells out such situations to include “fires, hostage crises, “hot pursuit” situations if reasonably necessary to prevent harm to law enforcement officers or others, and search and rescue operations on land or water.”

In all other situations, a law enforcement agency would be able to use a drone only if it first obtains “a warrant based on probable cause.”

“While we as a legislature and as a state try to attract the jobs in aviation, we also have to balance the growing concern about unmanned vehicles,” the bill’s primary sponsor, Republican Jeff Gorell, told Reuters.

The bill also sets strict standards governing the use of a drone when authorized. It would also require public agencies to destroy data collected by drones within six months and would ban the weaponization of drones in California. Evidence obtained in violation of the act would be inadmissable as evidence in an administrative or judicial proceeding. Local governments would be authorized to implement additional restrictions beyond the state standards set by the bill.

The ACLU has weighed in on the issue on a national level, warning that “unregulated drone use could pose serious threats to our privacy.”

Reports suggest that American skies could be filled with drones starting in 2015, with some saying that as many as 30,000 could be flying without restriction. Some privacy advocates take the position that this is just the beginning, pointing to the fact that one of the primary engines behind state and local adoption of drones is the federal government.

“We know that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using grant money to get drones in the hands of local law enforcement,” said Michael Maharrey, communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center. “DHS and other federal agencies will never need to fly a single drone if they can just get all the states doing it for them. Once they’re in the air, they’ll simply point to information-sharing provisions of the PATRIOT Act or other federal acts and have a network of spies everywhere,” he continued. “By passing state laws to restrict drone use, we can stop this nightmare before it ever takes off.”

Inside sources say to expect more states passing such laws this year. A similar bill passed the South Carolina house by a vote of 100-0 earlier this month. And, this week, an Indiana house committee gave preliminary approval to another. That bill is expected to come up for a state house vote in the near future.

Last year, a number of states have passed laws restricting drone use, including Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

AB1327 has been transmitted to the state senate, where it will first be assigned to a committee for additional consideration. If it passes that committee by a majority vote, the state senate will have the opportunity to send the bill to the Governor’s desk for a signature.


Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 22:06
Honest People Common Law Trust! Jan 19/14 Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 January 2014 22:03

Honest People Common Law Trust! Jan 19/14

The Best Asset Protection Instrument for Peaceful People

More and more people today know that a worldwide financial reset is imminent, and as such, you may have wondered if the LLC, foundation, corporation, or statutory trust that you set up will be made extinct or redundant after the restoration of the American Republic has been made widely known and similar changes occur in governments around the world.

There is a centuries-old time-tested asset protection instrument that I have been using since 1993,that I consider to be ideal, because it will continue to be valid even after a Golden Age has dawned worldwide.

There are two types of law -- common law and statutory law.  Common law is generally more attuned to natural law and universal law.  It has been around a whole lot longer and is more agreeable to more people, hence the word "common".   Statutory law, on the other hand, which is what LLCs and corporations are based on, is legislated by politicians and changes from time to time -- often every year.  It can be outrageously complex and has too often been engineered to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

In the USA, a 501(c)3 foundation or nonprofit corporation is a statutory entity that is tax exempt, but it has to file reports to the IRS each year to continually re-justify its tax exempt status.  Its status can be revoked or challenged at any time.

A common law trust, by contrast, especially the kind my associate sets up, has no filing requirements.  It is created based on the unlimited right that we have to enter into contract with each other.  The government has no authority to disallow it.  This is affirmed in the US Supreme Court case Hale vs. Henkle, 1905.  It is one of the most quoted court cases in history and has never been overturned.  So, such a trust can go on being renewed generation after generation, and go on enduring through whatever changes may take place in the statutes.

The advantage of LLCs is that any bank will automatically open an account for them, whereas with a common law trust, we often have to go through 5 or 10 banks to find one that is willing to open an account for it.  Banks don't understand them as well and so have confusing policies regarding them.  My associate and I have, however, found banks willing to open the accounts, and so personally, I have no need for an LLC or a statutory entity.  My associate, however, does set up LLCs and other statutory entities for those who wish to have them.

And, if you already have an LLC and a bank account for it, you can greatly reduce and minimize the taxes that it owes by establishing a common law trust and having the trust be 98% owner of the LLC. 

The pure common law sovereign irrevocable trust can work in any country in the world.  And my associate who can set it up for you also has expertise in offshore trusts, international business corporations (IBCs), and other asset protection structures.  If you have the money to pay for these entities and wish to look into them, my associate can discuss with you which arrangement is best for you.

The pure common law sovereign irrevocable trust not only is income tax exempt, but also has no tax return filing requirements.  Everything that one was doing in one's personal name, or in the name of a statutory tax reporting entity, one can do instead in the name of the pure trust, and operate free from ever having to file tax returns ever again -- at least on the trust entity.

It can hold bank accounts, it can pay all the bills of the trustees and beneficiaries, it can hold real estate, and it can protect just about any kind of asset.  It is not understood by most attorneys, because it is not taught in law school, but it has been quietly used by many of the world's wealthiest families for centuries.

Attached is an overview of the benefits and features of the pure common law sovereign trust, and a letter from the IRS showing how such trusts have no filing requirements.  Although the letter is from 1997, it is still true today.  They're not likely to change it any time soon, because the elite themselves use such instruments.  The IRS is from the USA, but the same tax exemption exists with most countries.

If you have further interest in this, I can introduce you to my friend in Hawaii who sets these up.  He is at once one of the best trust writers in America and also one of the least known.  He is least known because he is a yogi, a surfer, a sailor, property manager, and does not advertise his trust writing services.  Nor does he have a website for it.  He is one of the best because he keeps it small, low profile, conservative, one-on-one, quiet, and safe.  He keeps his clients out of trouble.  To my knowledge, neither he nor his clients have had any legal problems.  That is rare in the asset protection field.

My friend is of the highest integrity.  The information I can send you came from him.  I serve as a screener and introducer, so that only the right trust clients are referred to him.  This is not for everyone.  Only those with the purest of intentions and honest, legal, innocent integrity are appropriate for this.  If you're wondering about the cost of the common law trust, it's $1500 USD.  Compare that to the $3000, $5000, and $10,000 that a lot of trust writers charge.  The only thing I've seen a lot of the others provide that this one does not, is fancier paperwork and more "bells and whistles".  But I've also seen inferior conceptual content in most of those fancier trusts.  The conceptual content in these trusts is elegant, simple, straightforward, and effective.  Very simply, it works.

Yours, for World Enlightenment, Taansen Fairmont Sumeru

The common Law trust accounts will be accepted at our private bank soon to be disclosed in Canada. Want light worker safe secure respectful bank to work with check us out soon! Tami

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 21:38
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