RINO Governors Are Also Drunk on Power

Facepalm X 2For example, The Other McCain highlights Ohio’s ‘Republican’ Governor

Republicans are the party of business, the party of free enterprise and deregulation. So why in the world is the Republican governor of Ohio dictating 10 p.m. “last call” at bars?

This doesn’t even make sense. What, you are not contagious before 10 PM? But reps are fighting the Governors orders.

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Twitter Won’t Let You Post Links to Any Article they Don’t Approve

NOTE: Counting down to the end on WordPress. Please see this post and future posts at my new home: 357 Magnum over on Blogspot. And you should update any links. (Posts are in both places right now. That is a small, but not meaningless bit of work on my part, so it will continue for a VERY short time.)

You might think a thought that they don’t approve of. I wonder if this will cause them to suspend me? I would regain loads of time in my life if I didn’t waste any of it on Twitter. Emails reveal how [Redacted] tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm.

Because why court disaster?

[Redacted] pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company — including one that he said would be “interesting for me and my family,” emails obtained by The Post show.

One email sent to Biden on May 13, 2017, with the subject line “Expectations,” included details of “remuneration packages” for six people involved in an unspecified business venture.

Oh, and in case you are living under a rock, the Redacted name is…

Hunter Biden.

What a shock, that they don’t want you to know “bad” (as in damaging) info for a Biden this close to an election.

Racial Discrimination at Yale

Nevermore facepalmDiscrimination in the name of Diversity. The Ivy League Is Decadent and Depraved.

In this case it is pretty clear that Yale is discriminating against Asians.

Most people disapprove of racial discrimination, and when you show clear and convincing evidence that “diversity” requires discrimination — that is to say, the “motte” and the “bailey” are inseparable — you force the liberal into a crisis of cognitive dissonance. The result? The liberal points an accusatory finger and shrieks: “RAAAAACIST!”

And of course discussions of certain topics, like this one, are off-limits. Free exchange of ideas? Free expression? No! You will only think approved thoughts! Click thru for lot more.

What’s the Opposite of Diversity?

University. Georgia Tech coughs up $50k to settle free speech lawsuit involving MLK’s niece.

So a student group, Students for Life, at Georgia Tech, which is a PUBLIC university, applied for $2350 to host Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. They were turned down.

However, Georgia Tech’s student government asked Students for Life to “guarantee” that King would not discuss “religion, abortion, or LGBT issues.”

Can’t have non-approved ideas running around a University campus. People might begin to think for themselves.

So the student group sued, and won, and not just attorneys’ fees and damages.

Students for Life agreed to settle with Georgia Tech after the school revised its policies so that student groups would receive funding through a “viewpoint-neutral decision-making criteria.”

We haven’t quite lost the fight yet for freedom of expression.

Spotify Employees: “What a bunch of losers”

Nevermore facepalmPoor Spotify employees – who make $120K per year – are going to strike. Spotify Employees Are Now Allegedly Planning A Full Blown Strike If The Company Refuses To Censor Joe Rogan’s Content

First Amendment? Liberty? We don’t need no stinkin’ Liberty!

A contingent of activist Spotify staffers are now considering a walkout or full-blown strike if their demands for direct editorial oversight of The Joe Rogan Experiencepodcast aren’t met.

Oh no! Someone is saying something that I don’t agree with. I’m going to retire to my fainting couch. Or maybe not.

What a bunch of nearsighted, whiney, buffoons. I just can’t understand how any Spotify employee, all of whom stand to benefit over Joe Rogan’s hire, would get upset over this. Upset to the point where they want to go on strike. And for what? A lack of trigger warnings? A desire for more fact checks? Editorial oversight?!?! Give me a break. It’s called freedom of speech, babe. The same way that Rogan is allowed to say what he wants, you’re allowed to turn off your computer and stop listening.

Hat tip to Iowahawk who wishes “them well in their new career paths.”

There’s delusion, then there’s the delusions of 23 year old straight-out-of-Oberlin HR interns who think the righteous power of their pouts will force a publicly traded company to muzzle a guy who just added $1 billion of market cap

And if Spotify does cave, I would be honor-bound to cancel my sub. There are so many other people competing for my music dollars right now it is only inertia that is keeping me (mainly) on Spotify.

Those Peaceful Democratic Arsonists

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSThe Democrats are all peaceful. Or mostly peaceful. Or something. Suspicious Fire Destroys Trump Supporter’s Garage, Truck; Pro-Biden, BLM Graffiti Left At Scene

Burn Loot Murder once again living up to its name.

The family’s garage, trucks and trailer were burned just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Graffiti on the garage read, “Biden 2020,” “BLM” — shorthand for Black Lives Matter — and the anarchy symbol of an “A” with a circle around it. Two 3 x 5 Trump flags were on the trailer and truck.

You are NOT allowed to have a dissenting opinion. You WILL believe exactly what we tell you believe.

That is pretty much the Democratic party in 2020.

So does this constitute a hate crime?

Zero Tolerance = Zero Intelligence

Weep for the state of our culture. Colorado school calls sheriff on boy, 12, who showed toy gun in virtual class.

He was just moving it out of his way. And it is clearly a toy. But that doesn’t matter to woke-scolds in charge of public indoctrination, masquerading as education.

The concerned teacher notified the school’s principal, who suspended Elliott for five days and called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office without first talking to Elliott’s parents, the report said.

“If her main concern was his safety, a two-minute phone call to me or my husband could easily have alleviated this whole situation to where I told them it was fake,” Dani Elliott, Isaiah’s mom, told KDVR.

But her main concern wasn’t about safety; it was about ideological conformity.

Insanity is the order of the day.

Push Back Against The Left’s “Diversity Training”

At Sandia National Laboratory. One man’s ‘grave risk’ sparks inside rebellion against reeducation of white men at federal research lab, report

White male employees were told to expose the “roots of white male culture,” which consists of “rugged individualism,” “a can-do attitude,” “striving towards success,” and “hard work” — which sound great, but are actually “devastating” to women and people of color.

You know it’s funny, but most things I got in like I got through hard work, delayed gratification, striving for success and excellence.

This is an hour video deconstructing the insanity.

Go Fund Me and Outright Bias

Because even though the video shows self-defense, they hate gun-owners. GoFundMe removes campaigns for Kyle Rittenhouse | Disrn

GoFundMe and rival site Fundly have both removed funding campaigns for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with first degree homicide after shooting three rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night.

But you can still contribute to his legal defense via Give, Send, Go. GiveSendGo – Raise money for Kyle Rittenhouse Legal Defense: The #1 Free Christian Fundraising Site.

Hat tip to MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word… who you should definitely be reading.

The Peaceful, Tolerant Left

Issuing threats to those who DARE to disagree. McCloskeys receiving threats after speaking at Republican National Convention, attorney says

The couple’s attorney, Albert S. Watkins, sent out an email Tuesday afternoon that said the McCloskeys have been subjected to an “onslaught of threats and acts of intimidation. Appropriate security measures have been put into place and added measures are being implemented.”

The Left will NOT tolerate a difference of opinion. You MAY NOT challenge the narrative. Do so and they with threaten and assault you.

“The most virulent anti-gun mayor in Chicago history”

Second City Cop tells us how he really feels about Chicago Mayor Lori “Groot” Lightfoot. What a Fucking Bitch.

So while the Magnificent Mile, and a bunch of other neighborhoods in Chicago are looted to death, there is a “heavy police presence” on Mayor Groot’s block to protect her home and her family.

I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said. [source: Chicago Tribune]

Back to SCC.

This from the most virulent anti-gun mayor in Chicago history. A mayor known by insiders to carry a small derringer-type weapon in her ill-fitting suits (her keeping a hand in her pocket all the time is a well known street “tell.”) Guess what Groot? Everyone has that Right, they just don’t have a taxpayer funded army to exercise it. [My Emphasis. Z-Deb]

Remember when certain neighborhoods stood up for themselves and warned interlopers threatening to wreak havoc in their peaceful parts of town that it might be a bad idea? Groot said that residents shouldn’t be taking the law into their own hands…

There is a lot more, including how Groot has been silent on the doxing of officers, and the threats made against their families. There is a link at SCC to a Chicago Sun Times article where Groot goes on at length about the threats she has received, and why they are unacceptable. Apparently she thinks threats made against the young daughters of cops are OK; one Antifa scumbag threatened rape. She is certainly the worst mayor I can remember for Chicago. And I want to go on record as saying I disagree with the people who think she looks like Beetlejuice.

Groot is taking a bunch of fire from the Right side of the internet for this:

Instapundit, has a short comment, but Ace of Spades lays into her at length.

My previous post on this subject was planned much earlier in the day yesterday, but Second City Cop is always worth mentioning, because he is a Chicago Cop, and he has to deal with the insanity that the politicians spew. A good deal of the comments on his site are from cops as well.

University Becomes Police State

It’s for the good of the students. Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times.

A Michigan college is requiring students to download a phone application that tracks their location and private health data at all times in an attempt to protect them from the coronavirus.

There some gaps in their plan.

Though students are required to remain on campus, professors and administrators are not. When asked about this potential loophole in its “COVID-bubble,” the school declined to comment.

Because it is about control, not COVID-19

Privacy is such a 20th Century concept.

Hat tip to Moonbattery, who notes that this college already did away with free speech. Albion College Becomes COVID-19 Police State

College has already largely eradicated the concept of free speech among students. Freedom of movement, freedom of association, and privacy rights may follow.

HOAs Are Evil, Chapter 437

Homeowner’s Associations exist just so that the busybodies can tell their neighbors what to do, and think. HOA will allow Colorado police chaplain to fly ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag.

The “Thin Blue Line” is a symbol law enforcement uses to represent its community and those who support it. Its representation on a flag depicts a black-and-white American flag with a blue stripe at its center.

In June, the chaplain’s homeowners association sent a letter demanding that he take down what they called “the white lives matter flag,” or he would be fined.

It should be noted that the HOA had no problem with BLM flags, just with some forms of speech.

He got help from the local Fox News affiliate in publicizing the problem, and from National Police Association, which enabled a prominent lawyer to take the case.

“It’s very rare you get a homeowners association to admit fault, but they did here, and thank goodness for it,” [high-profile Denver attorney Craig] Silverman said. “Certain principles survive in this country, including the right of my client to fly the flag he prefers. I’m glad for him. He has every right. I’m glad the HOA backed down.”

Never live where there is an HOA, unless you are comfortable with other people controlling large portions of your life. (I owned a condo for 9 months. I actually lived in it for 7 months…)

The Nightmare that is Qualified Immunity

JusticeSo bureaucrats can violate your constitutional rights, and you have no recourse. UConn not liable for unconstitutional punishment of athlete because she flipped the bird on national TV.

The judge said they violated the first amendment and granted them immunity anyway.

Harris noted that the rationale for the creation of qualified immunity was to protect public officials from “the constant fear of liability for ‘reasonable but mistaken judgements about open legal questions.’”

Asked how qualified immunity could be more “reasonable,” Harris told The Fix she understands that public officials need “breathing room.” Yet the current standard lets public officials off the hook for almost any reason, while at the same time “private employees do not have such protections!”

Free Speech? Not if the Left Has Anything to Say

A systematic campaign of cyberstalking was undertaken by a team of eBay executives. Now ex-eBay-executives. Former eBay Employees Sent Cockroaches, Bloody Pig Mask to Mass. Couple In Harassment Campaign.

Their crime? They DARED to criticize eBay in a newsletter.

In a news conference, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said Monday the former employees sent menacing packages to the couple’s home — including a bloody pig mask — to deter them from writing critically about the San Jose, California-based company.

Lelling said eBay executives were “enraged” by the coverage of the company on the couple’s website. One allegedly said he wanted to “crush this lady,” referring to the woman in the couple that ran the site.

Because the Left is convinced that you don’t have the right to say things that they disagree with, and they have the right to do anything they want to stop you from speaking your mind.

The employees allegedly involved in the scheme were James Baugh, eBay’s former Senior Director of Safety and Security; Stephanie Popp, a senior manager of global intelligence; Stephanie Stockwell, an intelligence analyst; Veronica Zea, a contractor; Brian Gilbert, a senior manager of special operations; and David Harville, former director of global resiliency.

All have been fired by eBay.

All six are being charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with an investigation.

“Free speech? We can’t have that! Especially if they are going to criticize US!” </sarcasm>

Free Speech? Not if Left Has Anything to Say

Dr. John Lott on how the Left is doing everything it can to silence people with differing views. Why the New York Times Capitulated.

On Sunday, [a week ago] New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned after daring to publish a column by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who argued for using the military to help quell the riots that arose from George Floyd’s murder.

The publication of a conservative opinion was too much for many staff members and political activists. It simply deviated too far from the liberal orthodoxy.

No one must be allowed to read anything not approved by the SJWs, because they don’t want to try to win in the arena of ideas, they just want to beat you into submission.

He adds a few anecdotes about his own silencing by the Left.

Burning Books Is Just Around the Bend

Of course in this enlightened age, they are going to ask you to burn your own books. At least at first. The Morning Briefing: We’ve Reached the Book Burning Phase of 2020 Riot Wokeness.

It starts off with a nice reference to Fahrenheit 451, the classic reference to book burning. And then a review of the editing of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But it won’t stop there.

Just when you think that there couldn’t be anything more annoying than watching idiots kneel all about the place comes a post on NPR.org titled “Your Bookshelf May Be Part of the Problem.”

Yep. What you are reading, and what you have read is a problem. Of course in the day of Kindle, Amazon can just delete everything they find offensive.

A recurring theme in history is that the thought fascists like to tightly control what the people it seeks to oppress read. Propaganda doesn’t work well if the masses can read whatever they want.

Hence the effort to silence anyone who doesn’t spout The Party’s line on anything and everything.(Hat tip to The Right Way.)

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.)