State Control of The Economy Never Works

But that’s what they want in California. The Silicon Graybeard: California – Killing Jobs Since Forever – Freelance Writers Hardest Hit.

But naturally, the wonderful state thinks they’ve made these peoples lives better by making them unemployed. The reality is the law was written without the slightest care for writers like these two women. It was written to protect cab drivers from Uber and Lyft, and wreck any other choice of working arrangements people might like.

Of course lawyers wrote the law, so they exempted themselves. What a shock.

False Flag Actions in Virginia

VA State Senator Issues an Unnerving Warning for Monday’s Gun Rally

I want you to be aware of how we are being set up.

Does the Patriot Act ring a bell?

Does the National Defense Authorization Act ring a bell?

If people show up wearing any kind of uniform, patch or other symbol on their clothing signifying they belong to a militia and something goes wrong, you could/will be held as a domestic terrorist.

Then there is Antfa…

There is more elsewhere.

HOAs Are Evil – Example 137

Because this kid hasn’t been through enough. HOA forcing orphan teen to move out of grandparents’ home.

Fifteen-year-old Collin Clabaugh’s parents died two weeks apart while the family was living in California.

The lawyers for the HOA says there is nothing they can do. Rules are everything.

They said the HOA could have legal troubles if they don’t enforce this rule.

But then the grandparents should never have moved into an HOA. No one should live in an HOA. Rights? You have no rights.

The Deep State Will Destroy This Country

American Greatness writes about The FBI’s Darkest Hour.

Our Constitution won’t protect us unless our own cops with guns respect it. After 2016, one wonders whether the FBI looks upon the most famous alumnus of its Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, with fear—or envy.

But then elected officials don’t respect their oaths to “defend the Constitution” so why should their lackeys?

It’s the greatest scandal in U.S. legal history. Most chilling of all is that the current FBI chief, Christopher Wray, recently shrugged-off FBI agents lying to the FISA court. He said of the damning Horowitz report that, in his mind, what was “important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”

If that’s what he believes and thinks is important, then the FBI is truly constitutionally bankrupt.

The article includes footnotes to the Inspector General’s report. (Hat tip to Small Dead Animals: When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal.)

Gun Control Does Not Make You Safe

But then it is about control, not safety. Woman whose husband was killed in gun-free zone fights red-flag laws.

A stalker shot and killed her husband in a so-called gun-free zone. Now Nikki Goeser is worried that another gun control measure widely gaining popularity will result in other firearms owners being victimized.

She obeyed the law, and didn’t carry in a restaurant. The bad-guy-stalker ignored the law, and shot and killed her husband.

And Red Flag laws are even worse. (Hat tip to Crime Prevention Research Center.)

This was completely predictable

It begins: Virginia forms active militia to protect sheriffs, citizens from unconstitutional laws.

Virginia – Earlier in the week, we reported on how lawmakers over in Virginia were threatening to use the National Guard if members of local law enforcement refused to enforce laws passed in the state that they felt violated the second amendment.

Well, looks like Tazewell County isn’t going down without a fight. On top of calling themselves a second amendment sanctuary county, they’re also crafting a militia as well. The Virginia county has taken the movement that has swept across the state and added an element that is sure to trigger pro gun-grabbing politicians in the state.

This is really not going to end well. But then as the saying goes… TINVOWOOT. (Hat tip to The Daley Gator.)

The Left Hates Free Speech

No surprise really. Professor Demands Censorship.

Thomas J. Main is a professor in New York City. Of course he is.

As Stacy McCain does, I give Thomas Jefferson the last word.

Permit me to quote a Virginia slave owner:

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself … she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”

So wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

There is more on the Liberal Professor, and more from The Other McCain. Go read the whole thing.

Oh, Those Lovable Socialists And Their Internment Camps

The names change, but the strategies remain the same. NorCal City Asks Permission to Essentially Incarcerate Homeless Population.

So there are a lot of homeless people in California. (It is impossible to build affordable housing, and government programs to do so are just scams.) So the mayor of Redding, California wants to lock people up, because that is what communists and socialists do. But hey, it is a “state of emergency” or something.

As Vice points out, that’s basically incarceration. “There’s a lot of reasons why this kind of approach is not likely legal,” National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty legal director Eric Tars tells the publication. “I would call it an internment camp, or a concentration camp. If it’s not a jail, then what else could it possibly be?”

The hat tip goes to MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word… who notes the historical precedents.

Once they get started who is next?

Once they outlaw guns…

Think Hitler/Stalin/Mao….

It is a fair question. If you can be locked up for interfering with (or disagreeing with) your socialist betters’ way of life, where does it end? Why, where it always ends, of course.

The End of Freedom in Germany?

But then I’m not sure Germans have really had freedom in over a Century. Not during WWI, and definitely not during WWII. And I don’t think they’ve had much since then. It isn’t getting better. Angela Merkel and German ‘Freedom’ of Speech.

Germany can limit “Hate Speech.” Define Hate Speech. It isn’t possible. I don’t like communism. I point out how communism has killed hundreds of millions of its own citizens. You get triggered and call me a hater for casting aspersions on your hero Marx, or the Russians or the People’s Republic of China. It gets even worse if we talk about illegal immigration because then you call me a racist. My speech about economics and history and open borders gets censored.

Instead of violence, which is a physical act, language is entirely abstract. Merkel’s definition applies an immeasurable emotional filter to language in order to drag it from the abstract to the physical. By speaking of hatred and dignity as if they are physical bodies of flesh and bone that can be torn or cut, Merkel deliberately destroys the boundaries between words and violence. Is it any wonder why the phrase “speech is violence” is now widely accepted?

As they say, go read the whole thing.

“Do Something!” – Even If It Is Insane

The Future is Stupid. Swedish Police Respond To Shocking Rising Crime Levels By Inviting Gang Leaders For Pizza.

Explosions in Malmö, which is home to several no go zone migrant ghettos, are becoming commonplace, with the city suffering three blasts in the space of just 24 hours earlier this month.

An alarming 29 per cent of residents in Malmö say they have been victims of of crimes against an individual.

According to Wilhelm Agrell, professor of intelligence analysis at Lund University, the situation is so dire that it threatens the power monopoly of the Swedish state.

Paul Joseph Watson is angry. But he’s right. Second City Cop says that they pulled this brainstorm straight out of Chicago’s playbook. And we know how well that has worked.

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.)