HOAs Are Just Evil

This is one of the more stupid actions a home owners’ association has taken. Woman whose son was killed in Aurora warehouse shooting told by North Carolina homeowners’ association to remove Aurora Strong flag.

So this grieving family was threatened with fines of $100 per day, because flag poles are evil in the view of the HOA.

“I contacted the association and said to the architect, can I tell you about the five people who were murdered and the five policemen who were shot? Can I tell you about the other people who will never be the same who were there that day?” Kendra said.

Once the story was picked up by a local news station and the idiocy of the board was on public display, they backed off on the fines, but still want the flag pole gone. Or at least moved. And they only want her to fly the flag honoring her dead son one day out of the year.

School Officials Are Afraid of MAGA Hats and American Flags

This headline is a baldfaced lie. North Carolina school officials cancel football game after cheerleaders’ Trump 2020 banner.

They canceled the game because they didn’t want to be on the national news with a bunch of people telling them what idiots they are.

A week after authorities placed a North Carolina high school cheerleading squad on probation for displaying a pro-Trump banner before a football game, school officials abruptly canceled the school’s Friday night game due to safety concerns.

There is a school policy that bans kids from displaying political signs/banners and distributing political literature.

School officials said in a statement released the day after the photo appeared. “Stanly County Schools respects the rights of its students, staff, and visitors to express their opinions in a respectful manner on their own time; however, Stanly County Board of Education policy prohibits the display or distribution of political advertisements on campus or at school events.”

I’m no lawyer, but I don’t see how this is compatible with the First Amendment. Maybe it could be “while in an official school uniform” like cheerleader or athlete. And even then, as long as no official coercion was involved… wouldn’t this fall under the same laws as prayer. Teams can pray, as long as no one is forced, and no official leads the prayer. But hey, just because that’s what the Constitution calls for, doesn’t mean that’s how the courts have decided stuff.

Anyway, a bunch of patriots had decided to attend the game, wave American flags, and support the cheerleaders. There would probably have been more than a few MAGA hats in attendance as well. Being the spinless jellyfish they are, the school-board cancelled the game.

The Tyranny of Bureaucracy

Tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, over ridiculously small crap, like installing a washing machine. The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer..

Many examples of a bureaucracy that was supposed to stop cranes from falling, stopping people from doing simple stuff.

The response from the bureaucrats, once they got around to acknowledging the issue.

The agency was merely enforcing the laws as written.

That old law of Unintended Consequences.

So the next time you hear people telling politicians to “Do something,” consider that they almost always do the wrong thing. See Huxley’s definition of “Progress” is you’re confused.

The Left Says a Black Man Can Be a White Supremacist If They Disagree

This would almost be funny, if Antifa wasn’t actually acting like the Brown-shirts. Antifa Calls A Black Man Who Has De-Radicalized KKK Members A White Supremacist.

“I laughed, I thought it was funny,” [Daryl] Davis told the DCNF. “What it proves is they had no point. They had no evidence of anything. When it boils down to just name calling people and you don’t show any proof and you refuse to talk to them … they refused to even come in. There were no Klansman or Neo-Nazi’s in there or alt-right people.”

And the talk itself had to be moved because Antifa is a violent, terrorist group.

About 40 Antifa members showed up to protest “Ending Racism,” which was moved from a New Jersey theater to a center in Pennsylvania because Antifa threatened to burn down the theater.

I’m sure somewhere in the media, they are portrayed as “peaceful protestors,” despite the threat of arson. (Hat tip to Ace.)

Stop Trying to Save Us From Ourselves

Florescent and LED bulbs are a good idea, some of the time. But rules don’t apply some of the time. Lost Ground Can Be Regained. Who Knew?.

But centralized bureaucracy cannot abide “where it makes sense”. Rules are applied everywhere, all at once, with a sledge, by people who haven’t got a fucking clue. Examples abound: A dude in a swamp in Michigan has a low flow toilet because water is rare in Phoenix. My truck’s seat belt alarm goes off, when I’m driving firewood across my lawn. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Incandescent bulbs are theoretically inefficient. You know what their waste product is? Heat! You know what the temperature was this February? -42 Fahrenheit.

I’ve never been in conditions of -42 Fahrenheit. The coldest I’ve ever seen the mercury, was -31. (Temperature, not wind-chill.) Minus 20 was a common occurrence in Chicago. (Look on YouTube, you can find plenty of videos where people take a pot of boiling water off the stove, throw it in the air, when it’s -20, or colder, and it turns INSTANTLY to snow.) -31 meant that pets died. Hell people died. And just plain old frostbite is a serious thing.

A couple of cities, Minneapolis among them, swapped out all of their incandescent bulbs in traffic signals, and the snow stopped melting off of said signals. That caused accidents, and while I’m not 100% sure, I believe at least one death. Some savings. And so they added heaters to traffic signals. Every. Traffic Signal. How much money do you think they spent? How much heartache did they cause. But they are helping! (Oh, and learn the lesson from others? As I said, MULTIPLE cities, and not all in the same year.) Anyway, back to AC…

Especially in my chicken coop. I’m trying to keep it warm enough that the chickens don’t die. I don’t care if a bulb puts a few spare BTUs into the coop… it’s a good thing. But NOOOOOOOO. Some douchebag in D.C. who’s never hammered ice out of a chicken waterer with numb fingers and a screwdriver thinks they know better. I don’t give a fuck about saving $4 annually in electricity at the cost of $300 in dead hens. Stumbling around pitchforks and hay bales in the dim gloom of a fluorescent that can’t quite do the job is a special piece of hell too. Also, the damn things cost much more than incandescents and they don’t hold up nearly as well as they should.

As they say, read the whole thing.

Dan Crenshaw: Red Flag Laws, And Limiting Free Speech

Two videos. I have not watched all 17 minutes of the 2nd video. MUST WATCH: Dan Crenshaw’s Wife Allegedly Steals Phone From Activist to Delete Gun Control Rant by Husband.

At first, Crenshaw attempted to explain that although he does not support any red flag laws that are currently in place, he would theoretically support a red flag law to deprive U.S. citizens of their firearm rights if it was written up to his standards.

Then the Congressman’s wife tried to delete the video. And failed, so he’s on record, even if an iPhone video in a crowded area isn’t the best audio.

Don’t Support the Organizations That Don’t Support Us

Using Google, F*c*Book, Twitter and all the associated insanity is supporting the people who want to destroy your rights, your privacy, and the Constitution. Fall Back To The Fortified Blogs!.

Given the ongoing “cancelling” of conservatives and libertarians on social media, I’ve been using the title of this post as something of a catchphrase, and occasionally educating random yoots on how blogs worked before Jack and Zuck enticed us into their walled gardens. The rest of us ought to be giving some serious thought to those alternatives in case Google, Facebook, and Twitter decide to take the gloves off and just boot everyone who even looks like they might vote for Trump off their platforms before the 2020 elections.

As they say, go read the whole thing. And…

Here’s a useful article from Techdirt back in June listing plenty of options to avoid Google.

Molotov Cocktails, Water Cannon and Gunfire in Hong Kong

Because communists hate freedom in any form, the Chinese are turning nasty in Hong Kong. And the citizens of Hong Kong are turning nasty right back at them. Hong Kong: Shot fired, water cannon deployed after petrol-bomb attack.

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully during heavy rain at a sports stadium in the Kwai Chung area of the city on Sunday. A hardcore group then took over a major road in the neighboring Tsuen Wan district, erecting makeshift roadblocks and digging up bricks from the pavements. Some also threw petrol bombs at the police.

And since I don’t think the government of the People’s Republic of China cares much how they look in the western press (when the media isn’t fawning over them anyway) I expect that the body count will be quite large.

Google: Modern Tech’s Answer to the Soviet Union

How dare you blow the whistle on Google? Retaliation? Google Whistleblower Claims FBI, SWAT, Bomb Squad Appeared at His Home.

“They got inside the gate, the police, and they started banging on my door… And so the police decided that they were going to call in additional forces. They called in the FBI, they called in the SWAT team. And they called in a bomb squad,” Vorhies told Project Veritas.

“From what I’ve understood from other attorneys, they are trying to establish that I’ve got some sort of mental problem in order to make their case easier. This is a large way in which they intimidate their employees that go rogue on the company,” he explained.

Which is straight out of the playbook of the USSR. (Hat tip to Doug Ross.)

89 Percent of Mass-shootings Happen in Gun-free Zones

Don’t expect this fact to enter the debate. Breaking down Mass Public Shooting data from 1998 though June 2019: Info on weapons used; gun-free zones; racial, age, and gender demographics.

With all the discussion about having another assault weapon ban, only 13% of mass public shootings are done with any type of rifle. Among the other findings, about 9 in 10 of the attacks are in gun-free zones

Because “Assault weapons” are only the first step.