Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Do you remember that old Sesame Street game and song about "which one of these things is not like the others"? I'm talking the old-school Sesame Street here, in those long gone days before Bert and Ernie were openly gay, Oscar the Grouch was bludgeoned by Teamster thugs for crossing the picket line during a garbage strike and the Count was indicted on charges of running a Ponzi scheme that was in direct competition with Social Security. If you don't remember, I'll remind you in the immortal words of that great orator of our time, the Cookie Monster.

"One of these things is not like the other things, One of these things just doesn't belong; Can you guess which thing is not like the other things, Before I finish my song."

Now, singing that song in your head and looking at the things below, see if you can guess which one of the things listed below is "not like the other things". If you win, you get a cookie.

"If the thief is caught while breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account."

Exodus 22:2

"When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace."

Luke 11:21

"quid enim sanctius, quid omni religione munitius, quam domus unusquisque civium?" "What more sacred, what more strongly fuarded by every holy feeling, than a man's own home?"

Marcus Tullius Cicero

"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter, the main may enter--but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!"

William Pitt

"A man's home is his castle, and God's law, as well as man's, sets a guard upon it; he that assaults it does so at his peril."

Matthew Henry

"A man's house is his castle...and where shall a man be safe if it be not in his own house?"

Sir Edward Coke

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Fourth Amendment, United States Consitution

"We believe...a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is compatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefor the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest...

"In sum, we hold that [in] Indiana the right to reasonably resist an unlawful police entry into a home is no longer recognized under Indiana law."

Indiana State Supreme Court

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not to worry, its for the children, for your own good, officer safety, blah, blah, blah. Tyranny like this played a major role in a rather violent revolution some 200+ years ago. Indiana is frequently used as a beta test for the rest of the country, so be ready for this to come to a neighborhood near you real soon.

Here's my counter proposal. No strike that. Here are my demands:
1. No warrantless searches...period!
2. No low effort warrants. No self writing of same ala Patriot Act and no easy, loop hole warrants via FISA or any other legislation camouflaged as law.
3. No no-knock break ins...ever! I don't care who you are. No more Bravo Sierra wanna-be SWAT team commandos or 'COPS" TV show drama queens. If you don't want escalation, don't behave like a Juliet Alpha. BTW, barging into to a home and yelling out ”Police” does not really make things “legal”. Any crook can and has done the same thing.
4. For law enforcement - no tasers, no clubs, no pepper spray, no weapons of any kind especially firearms. No stealing property under color of law, no more budgetary endowment enforcement actions. No more sobriety, seat belt, or other checkpoints. Clean up your own house and get rid of all badge wearing psycho/sociopaths. You are our servants, not our masters.
5. No military, including National Guard, in any civil matter.
6. No more eaves dropping and recording all communications. No more tracking. No more cameras. No more special ID cards. No more secret lists.

If you don't like my proposals, I hope you like your chains.