Enlightening Commentary

When Everything is a Crime

Posted on December 5, 2014

Warning Revenue CameraProtesters were shutting down city streets last night, including Lake Shore Drive, but in our opinion, these protests are aimed at the wrong issue. While the media and certain personalities love to pour gasoline on the race issue, the bigger issue is the criminality of everything.

Eric Garner was selling “loosies”, much like a lot of people do, especially here in Chicago. Why? Because with local cigarette taxes pushing $8/pack, a thriving and profitable black market has been created to fill the void of cheap smokes.

Mildly retarded politicians (oops, that’s probably a felony) say that these sorts of taxes, fines and fees are “for the children” (red light & speed cameras) or are in the “best interest of public health” (sin taxes). In reality they are there to feed broke governments with much needed revenue and you can’t have some dude on a street corner skimming off the top.

It’s ironic that on the anniversary of the repeal of one of the worst laws ever, Prohibition, that it has been replaced by 10s of thousands of smaller, worse laws that are having the same consequences. Or should we say unintended consequences?

PS – Those of you joining the protests, you are likely being “Stingray”-ed, but not to worry, it’s for your own good and for the children of course.

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. Ben Lujan December 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Just a few years ago in the Philippines, I saw people — mid-teens, mostly — selling individual cigarettes on the streets. Shocked at the sight, I told myself “That will never happen in America!”

    Little did I realize that tax-hungry politicians would soon enough prove me wrong!

    • Anonymous December 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Guys who sell “loose squares” on corners and trains is nothing new to Chicago.

  2. john cass December 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    As much as We The People are over-lawed to death – in some cases literally – just ask the average police officer what they think of having to enforce so many non-sensical laws that exist solely for producing government revenue. The victimless crimes that hurt no one except perhaps the perpetrator. Nicotine addicts buying cigarettes to avoid the gross taxation on them? Who can blame them? And really who is hurt except the one that inhales them [since they’re all banished to the outdoors nowadays]. Go ahead and tax cigarettes ten-thousand percent, and the addicts will still find a way around the taxing. Special thanks to all of the pinhead liberal socialists who have sown the seeds for all of today’s unrest. Are you happy with what you have created yet?

    • Darko.23 December 6, 2014 at 4:52 am

      I’m not American but you know that the nicotine addicted are a big issue for the healthcare system !?? So it’s always the same story! In my opinion the solution is to teach every day since primary school tha smoking (in this case) is a cancer of life as well as carrying a gun ! I’m so happy that I don’t live there ! In my entire country there are less than 200 victims per year from gun shooting! We are 60 millions inhabitants! and Chicago has more than 400 victims each year and the inhabitants are 10 times less !

  3. fr.Marquette December 6, 2014 at 6:26 am

    The police should take a week off…seeing as how they sre p
    portrayed in the media they should let the gentle giants like the lad in Ferguson. ..the 31 prior arrested gent in NY…the Larry Hoover wannabes run the city for a week….people might be begging for them

    • rob December 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I’VE SAID THE SAME THING ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. dennyearley December 6, 2014 at 7:24 am

    And here comes Darling Fr. Pfleger, when I see him out in front of St. Sabinas, I think of August 1967. When 3 misunderstood Black kids walked a mile to shoot 2 girls and 1 kid playing basketball. Poor Frank Kelly was shot in the chest while holding a basketball. He walked across the street towards the Church, and Died sitting against the fence. The 2 girls recovered. By the next summer Sabinas was in the middle of White flight, it never recovered. Frank’s name should be Number 1 on any memorial wall.

  5. the count December 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Fr. pHLeger theater of operation is SIN stick to it!

  6. Frog December 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    The dirty little secret is that a fair percentage of poor folk buy and use cigarettes. Even though the lying weasel politicians and other government officials claim to be looking out for the poor, they are taking the poor to death with cigarette taxes. I would bet that not all of that money goes directly into cigarette cessation programs…. Since the cigarette is addictive as we are told, the government is actually taking on the roll of “pusher” — enslaving those that do not possess the means to break free.

  7. a December 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    almost everything is a crime – the taxpayer funded police are ordered/mandated/directed to bounty hunt and deliver maximum customers to the over abundant sbag lawyers/judges – these sbag lawyers/judges gotta eat ya’know. the sbag lawyers/judges don’t care what it costs since the taxpayer funds all the administrative costs (at a loss) – so long as a growing stream of customers are produced.

  8. wolfrunner January 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    These people marching really are marching against the wrong establishment. They really need to focus on all the Executive orders being signed the NDAA extension signed on 12/31/2011 – UCLA has a great explanation – its the government that is creating the totalitarian police state – officers are paid to follow the law – if these people do not like the law – direct your anger at the law makers – not the officers .

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