People Are Beginning to Push Back

Push back on Governors and other politicians who want to trample their civil rights, that is. As several people have noted, the ACLU has been strangely quiet on a lot of these cases.

First up, Kentucky. Lawsuit alleges Gov. Beshear infringed on protesters’ First Amendment rights.

A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of four protesters alleges that Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear violated First Amendment rights over restrictions to keep protesters at a distance during daily COVID-19 briefings.

North Carolina: ‘We’re concerned that our First Amendment rights are being trampled underfoot’ | Winston-Salem pastor files lawsuit against Governor Cooper.

The lawsuit alleges the Governor’s executive orders preventing gatherings of more than ten people violate the Constitution.

In media news… ‘Protected by the First Amendment’: Media consortiums back Fox News amid coronavirus coverage lawsuit.

It seems a bunch of Karens have decided that Fox News opinion personalities are not entitled to First Amendment protection of their opinions. Not when broadcast on cable television. And while the ACLU can’t be reached for comment, two groups that support journalists, The Internet & Television Association and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have stepped up to defend Fox.

As usual, the Babylon Bee has perhaps the best take on the issue. ‘I Can’t Believe Christians Think It’s Safe To Go Back To Church,’ Says Woman In Line At Walmart.

I found these stories, and many more, when I went looking for more info on the Mississippi Church burning.

Those Damn Freedom-loving Americans

They spoil everything. WaPo writer: We can’t beat the virus because Americans stubbornly love their freedom too much.

The author argues, we may never succeed in the same fashion because such programs would require not only a willingness to surrender considerable privacy rights and freedoms, but also a general attitude of trust towards the government which doesn’t exist in the United States today.

If only we would surrender our freedom and privacy to the .gov, then life would be better, according to the Stalinist-dreamer at the WaPo, anyway.

The Left Showing Its Love of Stalinism

Freedom? What does that have to do with the modern Left? Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties.

Warrantless surveillance, multiple illegal leaks of classified information, a false statements charge constructed on the razor’s edge of Miranda, and the use of never-produced, secret counterintelligence evidence in a domestic criminal proceeding – this is the “rule of law” we’re being asked to cheer.

Because nothing is more important than defending the Democrats. Not defending the Constitution. Not defending Liberty. Just “The Party.”

Anyway, go read the whole thing. (Hat tip to Small Dead Animals.)

We Are Bankrupting Ourselves for Security

You can’t guarantee perfect safety, but Americans want to “feel safe.” Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety.

Physical safety = nothing the scolds view as dangerous. Emotional safety = you can’t say anything that might upset me. It all adds up to insanity.

Why are Americans so obsessed with safety? What is the endgame of those who would bubble wrap the world, both physically and emotionally? Perhaps most importantly, what can we do to turn back the tide and reclaim our culture of self-reliance, mental toughness, and giving one another the benefit of the doubt so that we don’t “bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security,” as President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about?

As so many things, it is about education. And the lack of it.

Education from kindergarten up to the universities is increasingly about teaching doctrines and ideology, rather than critical thinking and problem solving skills. All of this is a dangerous admixture that combines the full weight of the academic, cultural and business elites in this country. And its consequences are far reaching.

Go read it. Grab a coffee first. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

The First Amendment in Washington State

The attacks on the First Amendment and religious freedoms coming from blue states are insane. WA gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed’s legal victory for religious liberty is bigger than media is reporting.

Joshua Freed is running for Governor of Washington.

No, he didn’t win an election that didn’t happen yet. He defeated the Governor’s executive order that prevented Washingtonians from worshiping as they saw fit. Coronavirus lockdowns, especially in left-leaning states, have become rife with attacks on Constitutional rights. The most common one being attacked is the 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion. Despite a 146-page brief filed by the Governor’s office defending their draconian edicts, Freed won. Now, Washingtonians have some of their religious liberties back. We need to get more.

The Democrats seem determined to destroy what’s left of the Bill of Rights.

First Amendment Back in Force in Kentucky

Because tyranny was never going to stand up to legal scrutiny. Not if the judges have any backbone. Federal judge rules that Kentucky churches can hold in-person services starting Sunday.

A federal judge ruled Friday that Tabernacle Baptist Church in Nicholasville, Kentucky, — and churches all around the commonwealth — may hold in-person services Sunday despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Tabernacle won a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of Gov. Andy Beshear’s order barring in-person church services to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

I missed this when it was published last week.

Freedom Is Taking Hold

At least a little bit.

First we have some sheriffs breaking with the governors of their state. Two Arizona County Sheriffs Vow to Not Enforce Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, Say It Would Be a Violation of Their Oath.

[Mohave County Sheriff Doug] Schuster explained that he feels that enforcing the order is a violation of the Constitution.

“If I were to consider enforcing that, I would be in violation of my oath,” he told the paper. “That is something I cannot do.”

Next up we have a veteran schooling some California cops on the subject of freedom and the constitution.

He reminded them that they don’t get a pass on following illegal orders. And a bunch of other stuff.

It’s an 11 minute video, so grab a coffee.

California Police STAND DOWN After Marine Vet Challenges Their Integrity

The Truth Is Racist

If the Left doesn’t like that truth, that is. Sweden: Muslim migrant-linked gang violence increases despite coronavirus.

This should come as no surprise. Bombings by Muslim migrants have long turned many areas of Sweden into a war zone. Sweden saw some 230 bombings in 2019 alone. The majority of shooting suspects were from Africa and the Middle East, and some Swedish politicians have also blamed the large flows of immigrants who arrived in Sweden during the 2015 migration crisis.

230 bombings in 1 year in a country that has a land area (there is a lot of water in Sweden) a bit larger than Montana. But you can’t talk about that, for fear of being charged with “inciting race hatred.” The put a cop under investigation for that charge, because he dared to quote some statistics about serious crimes in that country. Isn’t it a good thing that guns are so controlled in that part of Europe! (Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove.)

In That Place Where Great Britain Used to Be

There is no free speech in the UK, and that most definitely includes Scotland. Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray Indicted.

His crime? He critizised the government, and so he must be sent to jail. A jury? A trail? Don’t be stupid. This is a police state we are talking about.

“The state believes it has finally discovered a way to put me in prison without the inconvenient hurdle of a jury of my peers. Contempt of Court is just decided by a judge. It is extraordinary that you can go to jail for a substantial two years with no jury protection and no test of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’; and on the whim of a judge defending what he may view as the dignity of his own office. This really is the epitome of bad law. To use it against freedom of speech is disgusting. …

“I am charged specifically with saying that the Alex Salmond case was a fit-up [in America we would call it a frame-up for crime] and a conspiracy in which the Crown Office was implicated. So I thought I would say it again now: ‘The Alex Salmond case was a fit-up and a conspiracy in which the Crown Office was implicated, foiled by the jury. If Scotland is the kind of country where you go to jail for saying that, let me get my toothbrush.'”

You questioned their authority. You didn’t do exactly what you were told to do. You believe something that is not government approved. and you said something that is not government approved. Of course the police state is going to put you in prison. What do you think they do? (In the old Soviet Union, they might have sent you to a mental institution. Hardly different.)

But the Politicians Are In Charge. Or Something

And you (both the public and the cops) will do what they tell you to do. Or else. Cops Should Enforce the Law, Not the Whims of Politicians.

With the accumulation of these stories, the populace grows ever more restive at the restraints placed upon them. If the law and civil authority are to be respected, the laws must be respectable, at least to a majority of those on whom they are imposed.

It begins with the story of politicians, and political organizations like the FBI, getting involved in real a real-world incident, and how that didn’t go well. And it moves on to the examples of insanity like ticketing people for attending a drive-in church-service because the politicians hate Christianity.

Hat tip to Second City Cop – Enforce the Law, Not Politics, in which he notes…

This would be the new guy, along with the multiple “merit” old guard (the most incompetent bunch of supervisors yet assembled) running around and issuing orders/directives/missions that run contrary to common sense, the Consent Decree and the Constitution.

We have unconfirmed rumors that already, a few law firms are sending out requests for their minions to troll social media accounts for video of dispersals and confrontations with police in anticipation of a rather large lawsuit concerning Civil Rights.

It has been much more than 50 years, since “I was just following orders” absolved anyone for responsibility for actions they took.

You Do NOT Have the Right to Protest

Not in California. Forget about the 1st Amendment, you do NOT have the right to Peaceably Assemble. You have the right to do exactly what they tell you to do. Encinitas, Ca., Protesters Threatened With Legal Action For Daring To Protest.

It seems the peasants were protesting overreach by the .gov, which didn’t make the overreaching-bureaucrats happy.

If you are doing any of these things within the parameters of social distancing, what’s the problem? Oh, right, power mad little dictator wannabees (who’ve forgotten there are these things called “elections”). So, the people protested, as allowed by the federal and state constitutions.

Of course the way to get out of trouble is to claim to be an illegal alien, because they have special rights in San Diego County.

Yes, San Diego County is a sanctuary jurisdiction. But, hey, why not put these ladies in jail for following the Constitution, while releasing all sorts of criminals, including a killer?

More protests are planned, and you can bet lawsuits will emerge if the county dares to fine or prosecute. Heck, they should file a suit just on the threats by the sheriff alone

NJ Governor vs The Bill of Rights

He’s The Governor™ – He can nullify the Bill of Rights WHENEVER HE PLEASES!

In case you missed the details, members of a Jewish congregation were arrested for attending a religious service.

Police in New Jersey arrested 15 attendees at an Orthodox Jewish rabbi’s funeral.

As I said earlier… Welcome to the Police State.

Liberal Assault on Christianity Comes Up Short

At least in Kentucky. Liberal Mayor: You’re Not Allowed To Attend Drive-In Church Service. Judge: Nope, Gives Mayor Tongue-Lashing.

On Fire Christian Church sued Mayor Greg Fischer and the city on Friday, arguing the mayor’s order banning drive-up service was in violation of their First Amendment rights, particularly since the churchgoers would be practicing safe “social distancing” recommendations.

According to Courier Journal, U.S. District Judge Justin Walker wrote in a temporary restraining order: “On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter.”

Judge Walker “banned the city from ‘enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire,’” the report noted.

And the governor has cops recording the license plates of anyone who DARED to attend Easter Mass. How dare you disregard their authority.

Does This Mark the Start of a New Authoritarian Age?

According to Hoyt: Seven Days In March And she gets bonus points for referencing one of my favorite Cold War movies.

Anyway, the weird thing happening to me right now, through the Chinese-virus-panic, is that I’m sitting here in slack-jawed horror thinking that everything changed, that we’ve lost our last chance at restoring our republic and Western civilization with it, that the US and the world are on the brink of a new authoritarian age. And no one else seems to see it.

I think she just hasn’t thought it through. We’ve always been on the brink of an authoritarian age. An EMP. A nuclear war. A killer virus. A socialist in the White House. The normal state for humanity is to live under an authoritarian state. Greek and Roman democracies lasted for an eye blink. Followed by Alexander and the Caesars, respectively, and then a 1000 years of the dark ages. More or less. As for the part of the world that is not Europe. Well, the largest portion hasn’t ever had democracy. Not if you add China and Russia together.

And her reference, in the title to her post, the Cold War movie Seven Days in May, points that out better than just about any piece of the culture ever has.

Western Civilization has been doomed since the Left gained absolute control over the schools. There is no good and evil. There is no right or wrong. There are only feelings. See my previous post on how the Millennial generation (and the one after it) cares only about their feeling and their wants. They have no empathy, no consideration. Some might call them barbarians. I just think they are broken.

Totalitarians HATE Encryption

And it seems there are bunch to be found in Congress. EARN IT Act threatens end-to-end encryption.

While we’re all distracted by stockpiling latex gloves and toilet paper, there’s a bill tiptoeing through the US Congress that could inflict the backdoor virus that law enforcement agencies have been trying to inflict on encryption for years.

At least, that’s the interpretation of digital rights advocates who say that the proposed EARN IT Act could harm free speech and data security.

Sophos is in that camp. For years, Naked Security and Sophos have said #nobackdoors, agreeing with the Information Technology Industry Council that “Weakening security with the aim of advancing security simply does not make sense.”

We don’t need no 1st Amendment. OR privacy.

And while this will be couched in all manor of “It’s for the children” smoke, it is really about ending encryption.

The Limousine Left Wants You Disarmed

While they enjoy professional, armed security. 11 Examples of Bloomberg’s Folly on Defensive Gun Use.

The reality is that Bloomberg, as a wealthy white man living in upper-class neighborhoods, is statistically far less likely to be a victim of violent crime than most other Americans.

But you’d never know it from the way he spends hundreds of millions of dollars advocating gun laws that reserve armed protection for the special few.

Because he is better than you, and you should know your place.

The Story of Roosevelt Twyne

He was arrested for having “hollow point ammunition.” But the state’s own website lists the ammunition he had as being legal. He was licensed to carry a concealed firearm. He was in New Jersey.

Here is Colion Noir’s take on the situation. The video is less than 5 minutes, so…

Hat tip to Moonbattery.

Minnesota and Gun Rights

The linked article is mostly about a surge in concealed carry permits, but also covers 2nd Amendment sanctuary counties, and more gun control. Record number of Minnesotans have permits to carry guns in public.

Permit holder Sarah Cade Hauptman said that carrying a firearm “gives you more options to respond to dangerous situations. It’s all about having a choice and a chance.”

Hauptman, of Maplewood, said she frames her thinking about the law in terms of being a woman and a feminist.

“I view my gun as a tool that gives me parity of force with bigger, stronger or more numerous opponents,” she said. “I have the ability to enforce decisions about my body and my boundaries without depending on others.

Strange to see that in The Star Tribune.

There are the usually hand-wringers/gun-haters and one statement from a cop who admits he was wrong.

Looking back, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is reassessing his wariness since permit-to-carry in Minnesota became law 17 years ago, back when he was a top St. Paul police administrator and the proposal promoted by the National Rifle Association was under heated debate at the Legislature.

“I was opposed; I just thought it was, I don’t know, scary,” Leslie said last week, referring to the 2001 push to ease restrictions on what was loosely known as conceal-and-carry. “As I have lived through this, I’ve learned it’s been much more freeing for people to have some control back. They want to exercise this right.”

Here’s hoping Minnesota can retain its freedom.

New Jersey Reaches New Low

Because they hate all gun owners, even the ones licensed for their work. New Jersey: Carry-Licensed Security Guard Arrested for So-Called “Hollowpoint” Ammo.

What a load of crock.

The New Jersey State Police Firearms Information FAQ website specifically states:

“Ammunition lacking a hollow cavity at the tip, such as those with polymer filling, are not considered to be hollow point ammunition. An example of this can be seen with the Hornaday Critical Defense #ad / Critical Duty, Car-Bon PowRball / Glaser Safety Slug and Nosler Inc. Defense ammunition.” (Emphasis added.)

Roselle Park Police Officer Louis Plock, nonetheless, arrested and charged Twyne under NJS 2C:39-3F(1) (possession of hollow nose ammunition) for possessing the above-mentioned Hornady Critical Duty ammo #ad.

The guy is suspended from his job. The cops will face no problems because cops don’t have to know or obey the law; only you have to do that.

There is a GoGetFunding page set up for this guy. Legal fees. Unemployment.