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    Not Even Your Backyard is Safe...

    Robert Biel, 57, of Brevard County, Florida, is going to spend the next year in prison. He must have done something pretty bad, right? Beat someone up, maybe? Steal a car?



    Er... shoplift a six pack?


    No, something far worse - in the eyes of our protectors in government:
    He kept a bunch of old cars in his yard.

    His yard. Not someone else's. His - you know, the land he gets to pay endless rent to the government for as a condition of the perpetuation of the fiction that he's the owner. Except of course, he's not - and this business about sending him to the clink for a year proves it.


    Biel stores old cars on his land, picking parts to earn money. The county commissars will not have it. First came the harassing letters. Then came the harassing fines. Next came the harassing men with guns - who took Biel to jail for "noncompliance." He was released, but only on condition that he "clean up" his (cough) yard. When he failed to do so, he was sentenced to a year at Hotel Graybar for "violating probation." A felony. (See here for the full new story.)


    "It's my stuff on my own property," Biel argued.


    Well, he's just been educated about who is the real owner of "his" (cough) property.


    What Biel enjoyed the privilege of paying annual rent to the government for is squatter's rights. He - and you, and I - may occupy a house or use a piece of property under certain conditions - conditions subject to being changed at whim of the landlord, the true owner, the government. We have every right to object - so long as we ultimately comply. If the government says you may not keep an old car - or just a car that's not currently registered - on (cough) your property, then you'd better comply, or else. The "or else" being an escalator of coercion that begins with the little love notes received by Biel, followed in time by men in costumes with guns who will make sure you do comply, even if it means killing you to make it so. Which is what will happen if you have the audacity to resist - to actually defend (cough) your property.



    It's important to note that no one - not even the government - accused Biel of actually harming anyone. You know, of having committed a crime. Well, at least not a crime in the old sense of the term, when "crime" necessarily entailed "victim." Biel victimized no one. In fact, he helped people - by finding and selling car parts DIY mechanics needed to keep their cars running. But of course, you must have government permission to do that - and of course, pay the necessary tribute.


    Biel did neither.


    So off to the hoosegow he goes - and in all likelihood, back on the streets will go a real criminal, in order to make room for the made-up kind. American jails and prisons are full to overflowing with non-violent, non-criminals - people who harmed no one but transgressed some arbitrary edict. Since there's not enough space for all, the revolving door of justice swings rapidly - early releasing a Golden Horde of violent thugs, so that pot smokers and guys like Biel, who annoyed the local Aesthetics Police, can get a bed.


    This makes sense - from the government's perspective. A real criminal is a liability - to the government. He creates no wealth that can be confiscated and costs money to house and is a physical threat to the camp guards (whoops, "corrections officers"). But someone like Biel is profitable. He has assets to confiscate - and he (probably) is not physically violent - not being a real criminal.


    This is key to understanding the apparently odd excessive attention the government and its enforcers give to penny ante "offenses" committed by people such as Biel. But it is excessive precisely because of the profit motive - from speeding tickets all the way up to the soon-to-be-here huge fines for failing to pay tribute to an HMO, as per ObamaCare. The government doesn't give a damn about real criminals because real criminals don't have anything to take away. That they create actual victims and cause real harm is a matter of complete indifference to the government. Remember: Members of the Inner Party have little to fear from real criminals. They are protected by multiple layers of security - provided at our expense. Murder, assault, rape, burglary - abstractions merely. Realities for you and I - but we are the Outer Party. So different standards apply.


    The criminals - the real ones - are the proles, of course. And the proles do not matter at all. They have nothing to lose - other than their physical freedom.


    But Biel - and you and I - have several others things to lose first, before we lose our physical freedom. Which is why government is so inordinately interested in us, so zealous and unrelenting in its prosecutions of us.
    You can jump a counter at a 7-11 with a baseball bat, beat the crap out of the clerk and pilfer the register - and end up doing less hard time than a guy like Biel, who dared to keep a bunch of old cars at his place. Not an exaggeration. It happens with depressing regularity. Watch the news; read a few stories about the latest home invasion/killing. Nine times out of ten, the criminals will be parolees. Let loose after having finished a small portion of their pled-down sentence.


    To make room for a guy like Robert Biel.


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    So now that's he's sent off to jail for a year, what happens to the mess? Does it stay there or does the government clean it up? Or do they wait a year and try all over again to get him to clean up the mess?

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    To me it depends on how many he had. In Indiana, 6 or more inoperable vehicles constitutes a salvage yard. I ran one until 1984 so this isn't anything new. There are also zoning restrictions too. My yard had to be located in an industrial zoning classification. Also, every vehicles and major component has to be kept a record of to cut down on chop shops. Kentucky at that time didn't have titles so auto theft was a major problem at that time and most of these laws were passed to stop crime.

    One part of the zoning though, is if the vehicles are not visible from a public thouroughfare, they are not considered abandoned. Where he ran into trouble is he was selling parts.
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    Being sent to jail for a year is rediculous - they could have fined him, and impounded the vehicles.

    I live in an area of $750k - million dollar homes. One of the neighbors started to have cars parked on her front lawn. I got the city to put a stop to that. Then she proceeded to dump gravel on the side of her drive, and park cars there - she claimed it was now a 'drive way'. We got that to stop also - I think she paid a pretty penny to have that gravel hauled away

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    Quote Originally Posted by dBrong View Post
    Being sent to jail for a year is rediculous - they could have fined him, and impounded the vehicles.

    I live in an area of $750k - million dollar homes. One of the neighbors started to have cars parked on her front lawn. I got the city to put a stop to that. Then she proceeded to dump gravel on the side of her drive, and park cars there - she claimed it was now a 'drive way'. We got that to stop also - I think she paid a pretty penny to have that gravel hauled away

    I paid $25,000 for my house in '88. When I added a circle drive to make it easier to get out, I got a permit from the county engineer. 20 years later, the zoning Gestapo told me it was illegal. I showed them the permit, especially when it was dated, then I let the county council and the Mayor of the county seat know I would be suing them both (it's a combined agency) if the harrassment continued. The Zoning Gestapo has a new boss.

    I follow the law. I believe in Socrates statement that if you want to live in a society, you must follow the rules of that society. I also remember who works for who. They work for me through the elected officials. I was told once that a sewer line repair did not require a permit. When I was fixing a collapsed line, a new inspector stopped by and told me I had to have a permit. I held off a day to get the permit. When I went down to get it, the office told that no, I did not need a permit. I sent them a bill for the extra day of equipment rental. They paid it but were not happy. He didn't stay with them very long.
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