Thursday, June 23, 2022

I am confused

I like to think that I have a modicum of intelligence, but sometimes I see things that just make no sense to me.

Thursday, the Supreme Court of the United States threw out a New York law that required a person to prove they had a "proper cause" for getting a permit to carry a concealed gun.

Clarence Thomas wrote majority decision Photo: https://conservativefighters.org

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority, stating

We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant's right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self defense.

Of course, leftists across the country are having fits. Even though the Second Amendment of the Constitution specifically says

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,

a number of people feel that state and local governments should be able to write laws that restrict that right. Kamala Harris tweeted:




Today's Supreme Court ruling on guns is deeply troubling as it defies commonsense and the Constitution. Lives are at stake. Congress should pass the bipartisan gun safety proposal immediately and continue to do more to protect our communities.
 
How does that violate the Constitution?
 
New York Governor Kathy Hochul slammed the decision, claiming that it puts people in danger.
 
Does this make any sense?
 
The good governor said
Does everyone understand what a concealed weapon means? That you have no forewarning. That someone could hide a weapon on them and go into our subways, go into our grocery stores up in Buffalo, New York where I am from, go into schools in Parkland or Uvalde. This could place millions of New Yorkers in harms way.

The Manhattan subway shooter was in New York City -- known for its strict gun laws. The Buffalo grocery store shooter was in New York State, also known for its strict gun laws. These shootings happened on your turf Governor with the restrictions that heretofore were in effect. What did those laws do other than let the shooters know that they would face no opposition?

The schools in Parkland and Uvalde to which you refer are gun free zones. No law abiding person would have been able to enter without breaking existing laws. Both those shootings continued while the first police on the scene cowered outside except for one Uvalde officer who tried to rescue his wife but was disarmed and detained. In other words, those police that leftists have not succeeded in defunding proved to be useless in protecting the most vulnerable.  

Is Governor Hochul familiar with the case Castle Rock v. Gonzales where the Supreme Court ruled that police are under no obligation to protect individuals?

In 2016, John Stossel did a video outlining the issues with getting a gun permit in New York City.
 
Peons need not apply.
 
What it all boils down to is that leftists are upset that the Supreme Court said that something that the Constitution specifically says is what the Constitution specifically says.

Meanwhile, leftists have their knickers in a knot about how Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization may result in overturning Roe v Wade. They say that Roe is established case law and therefore carved in stone never to be overturned. Apparently they think Plessy v Ferguson should still be applied and that Brown v Board of Education was an illegitimate decision. If not then they are upset that the Supreme Court ruled that something that the Constitution does not specifically says is not specifically said in Constitution.

Currently, the only thing that applies to Federal laws regarding abortion is found in the Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The contradiction befuddles me.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Whacha talkin' about, Biden?

Back in my radio days, it was considered good practice to pre-read anything before reading it live on the air. 

I often would not heed that advice. One such time was when I was reading a story about Muhammad Ali having a match with a sumo wrestler. In the middle of a paragraph, the subject of the story became an upcoming Grand Prix race. The next paragraph switched back to the Ali match. That was a bit embarrassing to work my way around that live on the air.

This came to mind when I was listening to President Biden speaking at the latest PR disaster involving the administration. As shown in the beginning of the following video, Biden gets lost in his delivery. As I listened, I got the impression that he had never seen the words on the teleprompter before in his life.

I could drop a book on the floor and had a better time finding my place.

It is hard to understand why this happens. Are the President's handlers keeping the contents a secret from him? By doing this, it makes it more likely the Biden will speak off the cuff and say things that his spokespeople -- if they don't pass it off by saying they never heard him say that so they can't comment -- have to "clarify" or claim he that he did not mean what he clearly said.


...hear no stupidity....
 
The President has such a hard time keeping his train of thought on line that late-night sycophant Jimmy Kimmel cuts to a commercial to contain the toxic spill from the derailment.

 

"I hear the train derailing...."
 
What we are witnessing is sad. Hopefully we can start repairing the tracks in November.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Nah, it couldn't be

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is very concerned about the safety of the Canadian people. To further the issue of safety, The PM's Liberal Party has introduced legislation to ban the selling, buying, or transfer of handguns in the country.

Thank you for your concern, Mr. Prime Minister.

How bad is the gun violence problem in Canada? According to Statista.com, there were 277 homicides by firearms in Canada in 2020. As for gun deaths overall, GunPolicy.Org says there were 695 firearm deaths in Canada in 2018 -- part of an up and, mostly, down trend since 2000.

Yes, the Prime Minister has the best interests of the Canadian people at heart -- the same Prime Minster who feels it is his job to weigh in on what views are not acceptable.

Speaking like a good man of the people.
 
Yes, the best interests of Canadians are of paramount interest to the good Prime Minister. To that end, the Trudeau government has authorized the Province of British Columbia to virtually decriminalize hard drugs. 

Why shouldn't they? After all, in the first ten months of 2021, there were only 1,782 deaths by overdoses in British Columbia alone. The wisdom of the Canadian governments is that it is better that six times more people die from overdoses in BC than are killed by homicide with a fire arm in the entire country, two-and-a-half times more than people killed by guns for any reason.
 
The reason for this is because having drugs be illegal makes addicts feel bad about themselves.
 
Don't you feel better already?
  

The argument could be made that drug addiction is a mental health problem. It could also be argued that the War On Drugs has done more to militarize governments from local to national levels. However, does giving tacit governmental approval for drug use do anything to combat the problem? Would authorities be just as open minded for possession of alcohol in a public park?

Let's make it easier for people to shirk personal responsibility, while making those who shoulder such responsibility pay for the results. It couldn't be that governments want to be able to micromanage the populous, making sure we are too stoned to realize what is happening -- could it?

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Stay of Execution

After one of the worst roll-outs since the Edsel, the Department of Homeland Control, I mean Homeland Security is putting its ill-conceived Disinformation Governance Board on pause.

Even this was more successful that the DGB. Photo: Personal collection

This comes after wannabe musical star Nina Jankowicz  became more well know for serving up more Whoppers than Burger King about such stories such as the Hunter Biden laptop and the Christopher Steele Dossier.


Wouldn't play in Peoria.

The blame for all of this is being placed on those pesky American citizens who, for some unexplained reason, objected to a government agency being the arbiter of truth. How dare they labor under the mistaken notion that the purpose of the First Amendment is to allow people to be express commentary on current affairs? 

Why shouldn't Jankowicz be trusted? After all she worked for the "independent"  Woodrow Wilson Center,  named after the only President in American history to be even more cognitively impaired than Joe Biden.  She believes in Freedom of Speech, as long as the government, or at least acceptable people control it.

 

What could ever go wrong?

We have been assured by no less a luminary than Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas that the board would only be concerned with disinformation from foreign sources. Somehow that is not not very comforting considering that we were told that the Hunter Biden laptop story was a Trump Campaign trick based on Russian disinformation. Once the government declares that something is Russian of foreign disinformation, even if it is factual information from a domestic source, what is to stop the government from silencing it? Isn't that what the First Amendment is supposed to prevent?

 Be assured, though, that there is no reason for concern. After all, the Disinformation Governing Board will have no operational authority. 


The DGB has no operational authority, but they will give information to those who do.

The government should not have this kind of overt power. All the government has to do is label honest domestic dissent as foreign disinformation, then all bets are off. Once the government takes that power, there is no way for citizens to pull it back.

Given the history of the past few years with government and political malfeasance, we cannot afford to take the risk.




Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The more we're told, the less we know

The situation in Ukraine has many people scratching their heads. Not all people, but many. There are those who say that we should demand that the United States declare war on Russia and every able bodied person from 18 to 60 be drafted to fight a holy war against Ivan the Terrible. It is odd that many of those people supported Communist North Viet Nam fifty-five years ago. Maybe they invested in the Military Industrial Complex and now believe having the United States involved in never-ending wars is a good thing.

I still don't know what to make of the situation in Ukraine. Perhaps I could read more about it, but I have little confidence that anything I read has any degree of accuracy. We were told about the Ukrainian pilot who heroically protected his homeland until he was killed in action in March.  Now we find out that he never really existed.

Another thing we have been told is that Vladimir Putin is threatening to start a nuclear war if he does not get is way in Ukraine. Is that true, or is that hyperbole? It would have been one thing for the Soviet Union to nuke the United States which was a hemisphere away, but would Russia want to flatten a country with nukes that is on its door step? That almost seems like burning a your house down to get rid of a wasps' nest.  

Vladimir Putin Photo: The Moscow Times

There might be something to lend credence to that story, though. There are reports that Putin will be undergoing cancer surgery and "temporarily" hand over power to Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev, reportedly a hard-liner and Putin's "only truly trusted person and friend in the system of power." While that might seem like he would continue Putin's actions, it also seems like a Soviet thing to do. "Things are going to Hell in a hand-basket? Well, time to find a graceful way out of it. I got it, Fearless Leader is sick and needs to step aside for a while."

According to Newsweek, Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Chief Kyrylo Budanov has said that the war will end with the death of Putin.

Who knows, but it makes as much sense as anything else we've been told. It could also mean a harder line from Russia.

It would be nice if there was a source of information we could trust.


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

All's fair in Love and Propaganda

During war time, governments prevent some information from being presented to its citizens while promoting other information. 

In World War II, the German government commissioned the development of a new radio that was more affordable than anything previously available to many German citizens. The Germans developed this new radio and included entertainment programs on their radio stations(s) so that citizens would feel like "alles in Ordnung" and make them more willing to listen to speeches from der  Fuehrer. 

While it has been alleged that these radios lacked the sensitivity to pick of foreign broadcasts such as those from the BBC in the United Kingdom, there is no evidence that this was true. Any limitation to the radio was due more to economy of design and manufacture than for any political reason. The government did make it illegal to listen to enemy broadcasts under penalties up to and including death.

Volksempfänger (Peoples Radio) model VE301 photo: https://spectrum.ieee.org

Across the channel, the British government shut down all radio stations except for the BBC Home Service. The government prohibited the manufacture of radios that could receive the long wave band -- a band below the AM band as known in the US that never caught on in North America but was widely used in Europe until years after the war. They even shut down movie theaters and restricted radio entertainment. Eventually the British realized the error of their ways and allowed more entertainment. 

Whether you agree with such policies or not, you do have to realize that Great Britain and Germany were direct participants in the war.

Today, we are -- if the globalists have anything to say about it -- on the brink of World War III. Despite Joe Biden's best, or most clumsy, efforts the United States is not involved in the fight between Ukraine and Russia. 

The story is that Ukraine is an innocent state viciously attacked by a brutal neighbor. Little has been made of the fact that there has been talk of Ukraine becoming a member of NATO, or that there have been reports of the United States funding biowarfare labs in Ukraine. How do you think the United States would react if there were similar reports about Russia and Cuba? It has also been alleged that some reports of atrocities are fraudulent.

In the United States, the MSM is giving us the information the government wants us to have. Anyone, such as Tucker Carlson, who tries to provide the public with complete information is portrayed as a traitor. Big Tech is going along with the program as well. DuckDuckGo, who has positioned themselves as not being like those oppressive Big Tech companies who track everything you do; suggesting, although not saying, that they are also an unbiased utility for on-line searches has come out and said that they now downrate any search result that does not support the party line.

Screen capture: Conservative Treehouse

At this point we have no dog in this fight. I do not know what to believe. It does not help matters that if the Biden Administration were to say that the sun rises in the east, I would wake up early to see for myself. It is a sad state of affairs when people do not believe that their government does not have their best interests at heart -- but here we are.

 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Rights and those who wrong them

The Founding Fathers of the United States had the wisdom to add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. One of the Amendments included in the Bill of Rights is the First Amendment which reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Many people today interpret that to mean the right to distribute pornography and to express criticism of Republicans. While it those rights may be protected, the Amendment also includes the right to be critical of Democrats as well. It does not suggest that the government can use private companies to censor certain criticism; it is generally considered that if someone acts at the behest of the government, they are considered part of the government and have the same restrictions.

Years ago, Jourdan commented on these pages that while the United States is not the only country where people have rights, it is the only country where those rights are considered innate rather than granted by the government. 

Leftists are charging headlong into claiming that anyone who wants a free flow of ideas is a danger to society and must be silenced. As if on cue, Robert Reich, a man with an ironic last name if there ever was one, has claimed 

(Elon) Musk has long advocated a libertarian vision of an ‘uncontrolled’ internet. That’s also the dream of every dictator, strongman and demagogue.

I must have missed that in my reading of history. I was not aware that tyrants have advocated the free flow of ideas.

A fair and balanced press is vitally important to an open society.  Up north, Canada's one-man advertisement for the Electoral College has been making Elon Musk look like a piker. For a while now, the Government of Canada has been subsidizing the main stream media. Nothing guarantees a balanced watchdog media than having the government subsidize that media. That is over and above the normal government support that the government gives the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. None of this money goes to such upstart news organizations such as Rebel Media who have the audacity to present information that is critical of the government.

The government has taken this one step further. The government is now issuing Journalism Licenses. Whether an organization qualifies to be granted a Journalism License is up to whom? Let me see, it wouldn't be the government now, would it?

Why yes it would. The government gets to decide -- after deliberating in secret. That is sure to instill confidence in the minds of the people of Canada that they are being given accurate information about government affairs.


He may not be Fidel's son, be he sure acts like he is. Photo: Time.com

Maybe it is the optimist in me, but I see these actions as the last gasp of a dying mentallity.

I hope I am right.

Monday, April 11, 2022

What a difference location makes

After not being able to take much of a trip for over two years, we finally had the chance and took an extended trip to the Lone Star State to visit the children and grandchildren. It has been something of a culture shock to say the least -- and I mean that in a good way.

People are friendly down here. It is a pleasure to see people. Back home, you would not dare to ride in an elevator with a stranger for fear of causing the downfall of Western Civilization. Even before the current pearl clutching over COVID, you still would not dare to have a conversation with someone in an elevator. 

Not here. You get on an elevator with a total stranger and get off with an old friend.

Yesterday, a man noticed our BC license plates and was ecstatic. It made his day to see someone who had traveled from so far away. We had a nice conversation for a good five minutes.

You do see masks down here, but not that many. In places of business of national companies you might see employees wearing masks, but most of them are below their noses if not on their chins. As for customers or people on the street, I would say that less than five percent of people wear a mask.

I observed a while ago that I missed seeing the faces of pretty women. I also missed seeing the faces of ugly women. I missed seeing faces, period. I shudder to think what the nonsense is doing to young children. Not a problem here.

The politics are much more conservative here. I have seen pictures of the Biden "I did that!" stickers. I saw my first one last week. In the breakfast room of our hotel, Fox News is usually on the TV. I found that quite refreshing. A couple of days ago I was at breakfast and looked at the TV. I saw a headline at the bottom of the screen: "Russia installs ruthless general in Ukraine fight." That jarred me for a moment. That did not seem like a headline that Fox would use. The I looked; someone had put CNN on. We went to breakfast a couple of weeks ago. The son of the owner had a Reagan/Bush 1984" t-shirt on, and behind the counter were a couple of "Let's Go Brandon" signs.

We did a run to a liquor store. It cost us $117.00. We looked on the BC Liquors website and compared: it would have cost us $270.00 in BC. Granted, there is the exchange rate to consider, but it is not that much. 

The weather is a bit different here. It has been a little muggy but not much worse than we experienced at home. It rains here, but rather than the constant drip for days on end, the clouds turn on a fire hose for a few minutes then turn it off. We have seen some of the wildest lightning either of us has seen, though.


Sunny days are a bit different, too. I have long heard the expression "It's ## in the shade." There is a reason temperatures are measured in the shade -- the ambient temperature is what is needed and the sun could heat the thermometer itself, giving an inaccurate reading. I really understand the reason after being here. You can be outside in the shade and it does not seem all that warm. However, when you step out into the sun you feel like someone has pointed a blow torch at you. And it is bright -- even with my sunglasses on I squint.

All in all, we are enjoying our time down here.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

How's that again?

According to Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, the truckers protesting in Canada are a "fringe minority" with "unacceptable views." Who knew is was the job of the Prime Minister to declare views "unacceptable?" He has since used the leftist death ray of calling the protesters "misogynists" and "racists." At least they are according to Mr. Blackface Copafeel.

CNN has joined the fray by saying 

The protests involve a minority of Canada's truck drivers, some far-right activists and a variety of other citizens.

Both sources say that this "minority," despite being small in number, is a threat to democracy and are stopping the economy of Canada.

Who knew that such a small number of people could cause that much damage. Because certainly, there are not that many people protesting.

If you look closely, you might see a couple of people and trucks -- (Photo by Nate Tabak/FreightWaves.com)
 

The CBC has chimed in with a report that a criminologist claimed that the events in Ottawa have "crossed line from 'expression of ideas' to 'extortion.'" Good reporting from the network that not only get government money in the normal course of events, but also receives money from the Trudeau government to support Canadian "journalists."

The protest in Ottawa has even drawn its own Rays Epps.

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https://gettr.com/post/pt6tl4faLast November I wrote

Much of what those in power, whom I have previously called "Cesspoolians," believe is based upon what their allies in the media are saying. Just as social media sites are selective as to what their "fact checkers" check, there is little truth in what is allowed to be stated publicly. The Cesspoolians are believing their own lies.

There is a YouTuber named Thomm Harman who posted a video titled Are Truckers Suckers To Foreign Troll Farm? Comments on that video mention how polls show that most people do not support the Freedom Convoy. One commenter says how people support "responsible truckers."  Maybe the "foreign trolls" include the Polish women who grew up under communism, or the trucker from Iran who had his freedom taken away by the Ayatollah. What do they know about totalitarian governments?

Polls supposedly show how people should get vaccinated. None of the protesters in Ottawa are against the vaccine. Many have been vaccinated. They are just tired of the draconian measures that have been imposed with negligible results and think that a person ought to have a say as to what gets injected into his body.

Governments have found a way of controlling their citizens. Today I was in a store and they had a sign that said

Please wear a mask to stop the spread of viruses (emphasis mine).

It isn't just COVID. You might get a cold or the flu. It's not like you have an immune system or anything.

The current concept of freedom to protest means that you can protest until the government acknowledges the protest, then you should just shut up and go home. The government won't act to redress your grievances, but you had your say so shut up. Honking horns is a danger to society. Government leaders and media elites wonder why you don't do something peaceful like burn down cities.

I used to wonder how events such as the French Revolution or the mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin could have happened.

I am beginning to see how.

 


Friday, February 4, 2022

Don't believe something just because you want to

Years ago on the old TV show Lou Grant, they had a story line about, as I recall, a small mining town that was supposedly run by a corrupt company. For some reason the paper sent a young inexperienced reporter to the town to see what he could find. A photographer called Animal, one of the main characters on the show, goes with the young reporter. The reporter finds a young somewhat ne'er-do-well in town who is more than willing to dish a ton of dirt -- for a price. The reporter, with visions of Pultizers dancing through his head, is excited about what he is being told.

Every time the reported meets with his source, he pays. As long as the source gives information the reporter wants to hear, the reporter is willing to pay for it. If no further information is provided, the gravy train reaches the end of the line.

Animal finally points out the obvious to the reporter. Again as I recall, the reporter then goes to other sources and finds that most of the information from the original source was a load of manure.

There are a couple of recent videos going around that brought that episode to mind.

The first is a video about Kari Lake, who is a Republican candidate for Governor in Arizona

That video is on Rumble. I could not find it on YouTube. Unfortunately, Blogger no longer accepts EMBED code for videos, the link function for videos only seems to work with YouTube, and I don't see how to download the video so I can upload it here myself. You can find that video here.

There are some things that bother me about this video. I do understand that Lake was a news anchor so her voice is well trained and professional. However, I have heard high school girls who were more well spoken than that "reporter."

I also cannot help but wonder what the source is for that video. If it was made by a staffer for Lake, the camera would probably be hand-held. In that case, the shot probably would have moved around and more than likely shown the camera for the TV station involved. Also, the audio is too good to be from an on-camera microphone. That would suggest that, if the video is authentic, that the video was released by the TV station. What are the odds of a TV station releasing a video of someone making mincemeat of one of their reporters?

While I am not saying with absolute certainty that the video is a creation by the Lake campaign, there certainly is enough to make me think that it is. 

The other video is from someone named Benny Johnson. Not that I go looking for new people to follow on the internet (I would not have time for anything else if I did), but I have never heard of Mr. Johnson before.

His video tells of upcoming changes at CNN, information coming from "sources I cannot name."

Yes, I would love for CNN to adopt a new business model by practising journalism. However, how many times in the past couple of years have we been told "The world will be made safe for Freedom and Truth and Justice shall prevail in three months." Of course, none of this comes to pass.

Trey Gowdy went to the House of Representatives and seemed to be a voice for the American People.


However, despite much of his time in the House being when Republicans held the majority, not much ever happened as a result of his confrontations. In fact, to many people his name has come to mean "Saying things to get people worked up but never delivering anything of substance."

According to things we have been told, Hillary Clinton would have been in prison a long time ago. I understand that not everything we want to see comes to pass. However, we have really seen little if any effort to accomplish anything we have been told was about to happen.

It is nice to see videos and "news" articles that say what I would like to be told. I just want to see those things actually happen. The point is that we need to scrutinize sources that tell us what we want to hear just as much as sources that tell us things we don't want to hear.

I, for one, have more Arpège than I will ever need.