Homeowners Associations: The New Face of Totalitarianism

We Back the BlueHOAs are the worst. It always takes realtors a while to understand I’m serious when I say that I won’t live in one. Liberals Force Neighbors To Remove Pro-Police Yard Signs, Wake To Find Something Even Better

Because signs that say “We Back the Blue” are destroying property values. Or something.

When you live in an HOA, things may be nice on some levels, but you give up a lot of your rights. The First Amendment? Not in my neighborhood!

They are going to contest the issue at the next HOA meeting, but they will lose. Unless they can get a majority of like-minded people elected. And that won’t fix the problem of lost rights. It can just make the board less fascist for a while.

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Leftist Students Proclaim “dialogue is violence.”

We will not discuss things in a civil manner. You shall not think for yourself. You shall only think what we tell you to think. Students storm library, shut down College Republicans meeting.

Hardly surprising coming from the University of California, Santa Cruz. (The University at the Beach.)

They were bent out of shape over the fact that a meeting of College Republicans was underway in one of the Library’s meeting rooms.

A College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group’s existence is a threat to the safety of students.

Because nothing says violence like a peaceful meeting, and nothing says peace like a bunch of screaming, antifa-friendly radicals. (War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery. Everyday it feels more and more like 1984.) [Hat tip Insty]

Meanwhile, in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela…

Human rights? We don’t need no stinkin’ human rights! UN rips Venezuelan human rights abuses, as government orders opposition leader’s wife to court | Fox News

A hard-hitting United Nations report on Venezuela released this week said the human rights situation in the socialist country is “increasingly critical” for anti-government protesters, who are facing “mounting levels of repression” from that country’s national security forces.

The report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), released Wednesday, noted that the security forces subjected those detained, including children, to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”

I wonder where all the Hollywood celebs, who used to run down to Venezuela at the drop of a hat, to congratulate them on their Socialist government are. They must all be working with the deplorables in the Cajun Navy in Houston. Or something. (Just as soon as they get that Instagram problem straightened out, for sure.)

French Government Trying to ‘muzzle’ the Press

It seems the new government of France isn’t full of sweetness and light as they were portrayed. French journalists accuse Macron government of trying to ‘muzzle’ the press – The Local

The new government of French President Emmanuel Macron is showing “extremely worrying” signs of hostility towards the independence of the press, unions representing journalists in around 20 French media groups said Tuesday.

The groups representing journalists report various pressure tactics and legal threats.

I though Macron was supposed to be the best thing that happened to France this year.

Self-defense Shooting Leads Cops to Seize Guns

Cops in Cleveland apparently don’t want lawful gun owners to have guns. Ohio Burglary Victim Says Cops Won’t Return Seized Guns

He went through the trauma of having to fire on a pair of home invaders. Then the cops seized all his guns, and now won’t return those guns.

Bridges claims Cleveland police unlawfully seized his property, “including a Glock 21 semiautomatic handgun, ammunition, holsters and a redcherry piccolo,” to be used as evidence in Akins-Daniels’ case.

Despite the fact that the criminal proceedings against Akins-Daniels are over, police have not returned Bridges’ guns, he says.

The suit wants compensatory and punitive damages as well as an injunction keeping the Cleveland police from infringing on anyone’s 2nd Amendment rights. He also mentions the 4th Amendment but the War on (Some) Drugs™ has killed that.)

Why is it that Socialist and Communist Paradises Have to Wall Folks IN?

Venezuela is worried about people leaving, because starvation and violence. Venezuela Reopens Border With Brazil, Colombia Perimeter Still Closed

The border with Colombia had been closed on the orders of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to prevent 100 Bolivars from entering the country, which he said were being hoarded by “mafias” in the border city of Cúcuta, Colombia.

The border was supposed to be closed for only 72 hours, during which time banknotes were supposed to be delivered to banks and then removed from circulation. However, the border with Colombia has remained closed.

Brazil had to work through diplomatic channels to get their citizens OUT of the country, when Venezuela closed the Brazilian border.

For conditions in the country, see my previous post on the subject.

The Socialists in Greece Follow the Usual Path

First they destroyed the economy. Now they are taking over the media, and using the government – in the form of police raids – to attack anyone who doesn’t do exactly what their betters tell them to do. They will be following the lead of Venezuela in no time and instituting forced labor.

First we have the police raids. Raid on office of central banker’s wife raises concerns in Greece. The central-banker-in-question has clashed with Syriza government on many issues relating to the Greek economy.

Mr Stournaras has clashed frequently over issues of bank governance with the leftwing Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister. Hours before the raid on Mindwork, the central bank rejected the appointment of a new chairman and chief executive at Attica Bank, a struggling small lender with close ties to the ruling party. It also banned new lending by Attica until their replacements were named.

Almost like using the IRS to silence conservative groups in this country.

Then there is the question of controlling the media. European Federation of Journalists Concerned About Media Pluralism in Greece. The government is limiting – for no good reason – the number of private TV broadcasters in the country to 4. There are currently 8 broadcasters and 4 will have to close. (Apparently they were too “independent.”)

“Early this year, the Greek government has passed a law to allow only four TV licences to issue to private broadcasters. The European Commission expressed serious concerns about media independence in the country. On August 30, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government launched the auctions claiming that it would crack down on corruption in the media sector and enable better regulation,” the EFJ announcement said.

In other words, he was tired of having to deal with the media saying things he didn’t like.

We don’t have to worry about that right now because the media in this country are completely in the control of the Democrats. Except Fox which is the control of the Republicans. Independent media? That is SO 20th Century!