“The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, continue to cast a long shadow over American life. Twenty years later, at home and abroad, the world is more chaotic and less free because the U.S. government exploited our fear to erode our liberties and launch two disastrous foreign wars.
“Forced covid Injection on man at Dallas Parkland Hospital”
“Two states and two Disneys—California vs. Florida—and their radically different approaches to dealing with the pandemic.”
“Government grows in response to a crisis.”
“2020 was an ugly year and so far, 2021 doesn’t look any prettier.
With mass lockdowns still enacted, businesses failing by the hundreds of thousands, rising suicides and drug overdoses, and a pandemic that still has yet to subside, things may seem bleak.
Surprisingly, the 1984 comedy classic “Ghostbusters” can teach us a lot about the situation we’re stuck in and how we can get out of it.
Hint: More government is not the answer.”
One rule of thumb is that all things being equal (which they usually aren't), the side working to control who gets to speak is the one you should worry about.“Thou shalt not dissent” should a be red flag with a siren.
“The government is a big trap designed to keep people in its orbit.
You are supposed to work within the context the government provides to live your life, make money, and affect social change.
Or you're at least supposed to be too afraid of the government to step out of line.
But even rebelling against the government directly is part of the trap. It means you have accepted the importance of the government-- that it is capable of controlling you.
Harry Browne identified different "traps" like these that we fall into in his 1973 book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World.”
“The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020, also known as the EARN IT Act, is a dangerous bill introduced by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. If it becomes law, it will end private communication on the internet.The EARN IT Act is part of a long history of using sex panics to expand state power. If we fall for it this time we may effectively end freedom of expression and open communication on the internet as we know it.EARN IT threatens website providers’ and other intermediaries’ ability to provide end-to-end encrypted services. End-to-end encryption is critical to ensuring private communication and often personal safety.Like so many of the save-the-children bills before it, EARN IT will not combat child sexual exploitation, but it will be the largest expansion of state surveillance powers in recent history, eliminating private communication on the internet."Tip of the hat to The Honest Courtesan.
Despite the best of intentions, the U.S. Department of Education is fundamentally illegal.A short one adapted from a discussion at another site.
“This song was played frequently on KVIL in Dallas back in 1980. Until today, I had feared that this song was lost. When i came across a recorded performance today I was elated! It is a wonderful song of patriotism that this country really needs! Please watch it and share it with your friends and help revive the song!”
“This 4th of July, when you watch the fireworks, will you think about the Declaration of Independence?
We should. After all, the holiday is meant to honor the Declaration. It, and the Constitution it led to, help keep us free.”
“Dennis Prager has traveled all over the world. But at the end of every trip, he returns home with a new appreciation for America. Why? Because no country is more open, more generous, and has done more for the cause of freedom than America has.”
“In the years following the Civil War, Booker T. Washington devoted his life to helping blacks transition out of slavery and into freedom. While his ideas were never fully embraced in his time, today, more than a century later, they remain strikingly relevant. Derryck Green from Project 21 explains.”
“The 2020 graduating class faces challenges unlike any class before it. Uncertainty looms at every turn: job prospects, social interactions, and many other aspects of “normal life” once taken for granted. So what lessons can be learned from this unparalleled situation? Dennis Prager offers three.”
Trouble Won’t Be “Transitory”
“Mounting problems with inflation, the supply chain, and energy shortages are not likely to resolve themselves quickly.”
The new public health despotism
“Draconian rules are suppressing our humanity”
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan
“A spokesman for Dr. Fauci says he has been “entirely truthful,” but a new letter belatedly acknowledging the National Institutes of Health’s support for virus-enhancing research adds more heat to the ongoing debate over whether a lab leak could have sparked the pandemic.”
Sinema Bent on Destroying Biden Presidency to Keep Taxes on the Wealthy Low
“If this report is true, it would likely be a death blow to Biden’s social agenda. Senate rules require that creating or expanding any social program — health care, child care, education, or anything else — can only be made permanent if it has some funding source. If Sinema refuses to support any tax increases on the wealthy, there’s no financing available to come anywhere close.”
Dems weigh ditching Medicare expansion and paid leave in eleventh hour of social spending talks
“Axing either of the two provisions would infuriate progressives and alienate valuable voting blocs. Yet the party might just have to.”
In praise of William Shatner
“His space trip has exposed the cynicism and miserabilism of the smart set.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Message To Concerned Parents Is Clear: Shut Up Or Else
“The collusion between Biden’s White House, woke school boards, and the DOJ serves one purpose: to intimidate parents into silence.”
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic Target Store on (SF) Mission St to Close Amid Shoplifting Tidal Wave
“SFPD tells Globe Mayor Breed falsely claims it’s not about theft, begs company to stay”