[PJMedia] The left is becoming more unapologetically totalitarian every day. Every freedom-loving American should be alarmed.
From hounding conservatives out of restaurants to spitting on Trump supporters at rallies, from firing employees for politically incorrect statements to fining people for "misgendering" a person, the left is on a path toward absolutism.
Even some former and current leftists have recognized this intolerant trend and broken from their colleagues, lamenting their intolerance of opposing ideas and disturbing mission to suppress dissenting opinion.
Just the other day, three incidents typifying the left's authoritarianism popped out at me as I was surveying the morning news.
The Federalist reported that venues in three North American cities -- Toronto, Brooklyn, and Portland -- canceled screenings of a movie about Canadian psychologist and author Jordan Peterson because of leftist criticism. Peterson exploded onto the scene in recent years with his no-nonsense, brilliant, and clear-eyed critique of insane cultural trends, especially those concerning gender. Rest at PJMedia
[Guns America] A judge in California issued a tentative order this week finding a "disconnect" in the ATF’s classification of AR-15 lower receivers as "firearms."
The case began when the ATF launched an investigation and subsequent prosecution against Joseph Roh, who they accused of illegally manufacturing and selling AR-15 receivers in a warehouse outside Los Angeles.
After deliberating for more than a year, US District Court Judge James V. Selna determined that because an AR-15 lower receiver does not house the bolt or breechblock and is not threaded to the barrel, as defined in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11, it does not constitute a "receiver" and cannot be considered a "firearm" under federal law.
"No reasonable person would understand that a part constitutes a receiver where it lacks the components specified in the regulation," Selna wrote.
Therefore, the judge determined, "Roh did not violate the law by manufacturing receivers."
The case garnered national media attention after CNN reported that prosecutors in the case struck a plea deal with Roh to avoid the judge’s tentative order becoming permanent.
According to CNN, "Sources familiar with the agreement said prosecutors wanted to strike a deal in order to prevent Selna’s order from becoming permanent, drawing publicity, and creating case law that could hamper ATF enforcement efforts."
BTW__ I submitted an earlier article on this from TTAG a few days ago but it apparently didn't pass the Mods's' sniff test...along with several others in the past week or so, tho, I'll admit the toilet paper one was a bit over the top....8)
About 16 million AR-15s are in civilian hands with the law as it stands now. I have a hard time believing any effort to jigger the existing law will result in anything that would look like an improvement from a pro Second Amendment point of view.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/18/2019 11:10 Comments ||
I submitted an earlier article on this from TTAG a few days ago
Is this the article you’re referring to, Mercutio?
I will delete articles in the hopper that are duplicates, are missing URLs if I’m too busy to search the internet for the article, are outside of Rantburg’s areas of interest, or are overly excited rather than factual.
A search reveals your Charmin post was published here, Mercutio. Really stupid people who deserve to be mocked — while they were fussing they did not look into the fact that Procter & Gamble has been responsibly managing forests for paper manufacture for almost a century. And really, recycled paper toilet paper is only one small step above the Soviet stuff. Still, the nice thing about a capitalist economy is that those who want recycled can sand their bottoms while we who are willing to be comfortable have other choices available.
[Spiked] The people are rising up against the elites. No, I don’t mean Extinction Rebellion. I mean the Rebellion against Extinction Rebellion. Today’s clashes on the Tube between the commuting working classes and the time-rich, bourgeois fearmongers of the XR cult is a wonderful illustration of the elitist nature of eco-politics and of rising public fury with the eco-agenda.
For more than a week now the XR elitists have been disrupting everyday life. They’ve stopped flights from taking off, preventing people from going on well-earned holidays or visiting loved ones abroad. They’ve clogged up roads in city centres, irritating cab drivers and people on buses. And they’ve stormed Smithfield meat market and Billingsgate fish market ‐ smug middle-class vegans lecturing hard-working traders about the correct way to think and live.
But today their sneering campaigning went too far. Today they disrupted the Tube. Yes, this mass, largely electric public-transport system used by millions of people is the latest target of these arrogant disrupters of the masses’ lives. And people got pissed off. Really pissed off.
They'll never stop because they're right right right and everyone else is wrong. This is how much they hate you.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
10/18/2019 7:12 Comments ||
If someone feels I'm entitled to their opinions to the extent it disrupts my life, I guess they are entitled to my opinion of that too.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/18/2019 8:12 Comments ||
That's a beautiful video. Orwell would have enjoyed the irony of the overeducated morons put in their place by working people of common sense. "Only an intellectual would do such a thing. Nobody else could be so stupid."
The very same people that think that there must be a "Living Wage" and the "Freedom of the Individual" think nothing of stealing your personal time and income by obstructing your freedom of movement.
A pox on all of these smarmy little totalitarians. Your right to protest does not give you a right to hold the uninterested hostage and forced to listen to your message.
[ChicagoBoyz] The irony of very well-recompensed nominally-American basketball players of color reacting with wild indignation to American criticism of China with regard to heavy-handed treatment of citizens of Tibet and residents of Hong Kong is of a density so thick and heavy that it threatens to drop through the core of the earth and come out the other side. This of course, after months of rather public displays by professional athletes of color making a big thing of knee-taking and demonstrations of disapproval during the playing of the American national anthem at the start of various games. This cheap display of woke-virtue sporting world division may already have sunk the National Football League, in the minds and hearts of those fans of football in Flyoverlandia-America. I suppose now we can look forward to seeing the same fatal holed-below-the-waterline-and-sinking-fast pattern in the round-bouncy-ball franchise; honestly, it’s as if the NBA is basically saying, "Hold my beer and watch this!"
...That China in general, or China as a consumer seems to exercise so much economic power over American pop-culture generally is a matter to give one pause. Perhaps it's time to curve-stomp pop culture?
[The Blaze] Pete Buttigieg was praised by many on the left for using religious language during CNN's climate change town hall, including the assertion that it was a "kind of sin" for skeptics to deny climate change.
"Let's talk in language that is understood across the heartland about faith," said Buttigieg, an openly gay presidential candidate.
"You know, if you believe that God is watching as poison is being belched into the air of creation, and people are being harmed by it ‐ countries are at risk of vanishing in low-lying areas ‐ what do you suppose God thinks of that?" he asked rhetorically.
"I bet He thinks it's messed up," Buttigieg answered.
"And you don't have to be religious to see the moral dimensions of this, because frankly, every religious and non-religious moral tradition tell us that we have some responsibility of stewardship, some responsibility for taking care of what's around us," he continued.
"Not to mention taking care of our neighbor. Eventually it gets to the point where this is less and less about the planet as an abstract thing, and more and more about specific people suffering specific harm because of what we're doing right now," he added.
"At least one way of talking about this is that it's a kind of sin," Buttigieg concluded.
The South Bend, Indiana, mayor experienced a surge in polling early in the 2020 nomination race, but his support has since tumbled back to Earth. He is polling at 5 percent, tied for fourth place, in recent polling.
Y'know, the next Bond movie could be called that. It could be about a deadly toxin spread by am evil wacko to make people pass more gas and speed up the earth's demise. And a gay Bond trying to thwart that.
007 - 'A Kind of Sin'
Matt Bomer as James 'Shimmy Me' Bond
Nicholas Cage as the one-eyed, very male wacko.
Billy Porter as Moneypenny.
'Climate change' is simply the same environmental hysteria I've been hearing all my fucking life, except with this decade's label. It was overpopulation in the 60's, global cooling in the 70's to early 80's, then it was global warming until 2004 - 2008, and now we have the latest iterative phrase in a supposed pending apocalypse which never happens. That is why nobody gives a rat's ass besides your neurotic supporters, gay guy. Now get the fuck off the political stage, you useless twit.
[Townhall] It may not have been the most exciting debate. The September debate was filled with more swipes at one another, but the Democratic debate Tuesday night once again showed how insane this party has become. One could see why impeachment is on the minds of Democrats; it may be the only way to beat Trump in 2020. Trump has an agenda of fewer regulations, tax cuts, a booming economy, over three million new jobs, bigger paychecks, and record unemployment across the board. The Democrats want to increase taxes, wreck capitalism, torch the economy, confiscate guns, give illegal aliens health care, and cannibalize private health insurance. On the latter, it’s the only way for Medicare for All to work.
The top of the 2020 crop is a democratic socialist who just had a heart attack, a fake Indian who can’t answer the simple question about whether her health care plan will jack up middle-class taxes, and a former vice president who is beyond incoherent. They’re also all very, very old. It’s like Night of the Living Dead. Of course, Warren’s health care plan would increase taxes. Everyone’s taxes will go up and she knows that. Hence, her prevarication on the subject. And Warren was treated like the frontrunner Tuesday night. It did not go well; she was raked over the coals for her vague health care remarks. Biden didn’t fare much better and he’s emerging as one of the weakest frontrunners to run for the presidency in recent memory. There’s a reason why he never reached such status in past presidential bids; he’s just not that good. And 85 percent of the reason why he was atop of the polls was due to name recognition. After his serial gaffes on the trail, I think there are a lot of Democratic voters having second thoughts. Yet, Mike Rowe, the former host of the popular show Dirty Jobs and narrator for Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, had the most brutal observation about that night.
[Washington Examiner] The SEAL admiral who oversaw the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Ladin claimed the American republic is "under attack" from President Trump.
William H. McRaven, 63, published an op-ed in the New York Times on Thursday titled, "Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President," the sub-headline of which reads, "If President Trump doesn't demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office."
McRaven begins the piece by discussing two recent military events he attended, which he said "reminded me why we care so very much about this nation and why our future may be in peril."
One of the events he referenced, the O.S.S. Society dinner, had "films and testimonials to the valor of the men and women who had fought in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. We also celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day."
McRaven added that the United States sacrificed "so much to fight Nazism and fascism," but later added that current service members "have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen."
The piece concluded, "And if this president doesn’t understand their importance, if this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office ‐ Republican, Democrat or independent ‐ the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it."
Actually the general's right, in this sense - Trump is attacking parts of 'the Republic'; you and I call it the Deep State. It would be nice for people going after Trump with this kind of shit to actually highlight what their differences are with him. As far as I can tell without reading the paywalled source, this one fails that test.
Trump is a passing phenomenon. He's a symbol of a change and the change he represents is fundamental.
The forces he has set in motion - the unmasking of our elites' "global citizen" nonsense, their utter corruption, their disdain for our people and our Constitution - this force will only gather strength post-Trump as American politics undergoes realignment.
Against the Bush-Clinton-Obama Global Grifter uni-party will form a national party that will focus on security for ordinary, non-insider non-coastal non-global grifter Americans.
The admiral doesn't see this, but it's coming.
Trump isn't the messiah; he's more like John the Baptist in a red necktie and orange spray paint, ranting and hollering in his caveman voice and wearing his grubby animal skins.
Even if he ends up with his head on Salome's platter, the End is Nigh for the Global Grifter class. Repent! Think on your sins!
IF DJT is bad? WHAT can one say bout the rest of the FAR SIDE GOOGLE EYED want to be's, wanting to RUIN OOPS, I mean run things. They fly in circles because they have just one wing and it is the LEFT.
I don't encounter anyone who says "You know what, we aren't involved in enough wars, we don't send near enough of our kids overseas to be killed. And, hell, everyone knows the economy needs the boost..."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/18/2019 11:48 Comments ||
He needs to start by going home and making his bed...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
10/18/2019 12:31 Comments ||
Yeah. These people have been in government *so long* that they literally cannot see the difference between their own desires and what's good for the country. They see them as one and the same.
Our future's not in peril. Theirs is, though.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
10/18/2019 13:26 Comments ||
Re #17 Just be sure not say the name 3 times
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
10/18/2019 15:28 Comments ||
They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own.
"If President Trump doesn't demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office."
I agree. Conversely, if he *does* demonstrate the leadership America needs, then we should re-elect him to at least one more term. Personally, I'm rather pleased with the job he is doing, if only for the chaos.
It is possible that a New York real estate developer is playing the Great Game at a higher level than a Navy admiral can conceive?
[American Thinker] Amid all the star chamber secrecy in what is fundamentally an unfair "legal' process in the House to remove President Trump, street protests are beginning to form.
The Daily Caller tweeted out one happening in Washington just a few minutes ago:
It's more than a hundred people, and a respectable showing for a work-hours weekday. Some have Trump campaign regalia; some are coming as they are.
It also coincides with the record fundraising seen in the Trump re-election effort as well as campaign rally attendence ever since the far left's impeachment bid began. Combined with the huge GOP turnout in last weekend's successful Louisiana electoral showing, it suggests energized voters on the GOP side. We don't see anything comparable on the Left.
The GOP historically is very slow to hold protests, and those are often sparse as well as few and far between. But they do happen ‐ remember the "Brooks Brothers" protest, when Democrats attempted to steal Florida for Al Gore by counting and continuing to count until they got the result they wanted? Remember the Tea Party protests against President Obama's overspending? This looks pretty similar.
Information is pretty sketchy at this point as to whose these people are (organized? unorganized?), but that will eventually come out. I have a sense that given the secrecy and "Soviet" tactics of the Democrats in their desperate attempt to oust President Trump, these protests will only grow.
These people will reduce the USA to Venezuela, Sudan, Pakistan level of unstable. When elected representatives will have to rush to other countries for fear of public execution and the national wealth will be openly looted by fuckers from far off Somalia and harridans standing straight supported only by the botox in them.
Democracy the too little that passes for it itself is under attack.
No meaning to the right to universal suffrage is what it means basically. The business of State is best left to people who the unelected bureaucrat would 'rather work with', and the citizen can go fuck himself.
Same thing is happening in the UK, where the people are being shown a tiresome soap opera over Brexit and their will denied. France is seeing those yellow vests who have so much to be mad about that they're probably never going to be heard.
I think if coup and pitchfork mob based politics is what the left wants in America, the best thing would be for the right side to initiate it. Give them the USA they so desire.
A close-knit posse of trusted officials in the state dept, police, military - fire all the traitors, replace them with your team and have the DoJ issue warrants for sedition charges and high treason against obvious infiltrators like Omar and Tlaib, democrat senators and critters who openly support impeachment for fictive reasons, Pelosi. Arrest the Obamas for meddling and create a narrative with what is known fact, trust me no one will disbelieve it. Round up all the bastards in white cells with no lawyers or press. Troops in the streets, bullet for molotov, truncheon for protest and indefinite jail for a squeak. The far-right and fringe nationalists can form 'watches' across red cities and keep the crazies out, armed and serious. No arrests for a few diverse bodies dropped, every county sheriff already briefed. And fuck the state judges, close down the courts for a few days until they are 'investigated'. A total purge.
Who will they complain to, the UN ?
Oh dear... I'm treating it like India ! What a stupid, scary thought.
There is hope that the rebellion will come on November 2020.
Trump has been holding rallies the past few weeks and I've watched them on Fox News. Even in Minneapolis there were upwards of 20,000 wildly enthusiastic supporters there to cheer him on. This was in the midst of the bogus impeachment. Those 20,000 supporters didn't care what Pelosi and Schifferbrains think. Are any of the Democrats getting that much support in red states? I don't think so. Surely it'd be in the news if they did.
Last night Trump was in Dallas at another sold out event with wildly enthusiastic supporters overflowing into the parking lot.
The people at these rallies are wise to the bullshit that the mainstream media is peddling. And if there are that many people at the rallies, how many people weren't able to attend or are just not rally types of people but are still in agreement?
I think Trump will win in 2020 and I think it will be a landslide.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/18/2019 12:55 Comments ||
[American Thinker] William Buckley once said he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston phone book than the entire Harvard faculty.
After watching the October 15 Democratic Party presidential candidate debate, I would rather have as president any of the first 2,000 in any phone book in any city in the USA than the present weird bunch of Democrats.
Joe Biden is out of it. He said "coupon-clippers in the stock market" should pay the same tax rates as teachers and firefighters. The "coupon-clippers" are primarily those who buy municipal bonds that are tax-free. The interest is tax-free to induce investors to buy bonds floated by cities, school districts, and states to fund public projects. Maybe Biden doesn't know this. And he doesn't know that the tax rate on taxable dividends and interest is the income tax rate and not the capital gains tax.
Maybe Biden should ask his son Hunter, who is such a savvy investor that the Chinese gave him $1.5 billion to invest. Or he could have asked Tom Steyer, the arrogant billionaire hedge fund guy who pays the capital gains tax and not the "teacher and firefighter rate." Steyer spent $40 million to get in the debates. Steyer is one of the coupon-clippers described by Biden. If Steyer, who has the same chance of winning as Beto, were a Republican, the Dems and the media would ask how many poor people could have been fed with the $40 million wasted by Steyer.
Elizabeth Warren, AKA Pocahontas, says she will fund Medicare for all by taxing the "wealthy and big corporations." Even Joe Biden found this ludicrous and unbelievable. She refused to answer the question whether she will raise taxes on the middle class to fund Medicare for all. We all know that tax rates have to be raised on all taxpayers to fund Medicare for all.
All the candidates have proposals to "fix health care." Nobody asked the candidates why we need to "fix health care," since Obama supposedly fixed it with his Obamacare. We were told by Obama, Biden, and Pelosi that Obamacare would reduce premiums and insure the uninsured and that we could keep our doctors. Evidently, Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and the rest of the gang lied to us. Shocking.
Don't fall for the cameraman and makeup stylist's art. the on e in white is hippo-thighed and squirrel-cheeked.
She's hot the way the only real girl at a drag show is hot, or the way a one-eyed man leads a kingdom of the blind.
For all the sensible things she says -- and really, it's just the rather inaccurate use and repetition of her single sarcastic phrase, "regime change war," that is her sole credential for wisdom -- she's a minor league backbencher with the usual left-wing virtue signaling cliche book.
If she looked like Klobuchar or Fauxcahontas, or had to face real competition and run in a state even half the size of theirs, we'd have never heard of her.
They are politicians, parsing their words like lawyers. Listen to them. They speak like politicians, stiff and brittle, never spontaneous, never off script. Off script is where they get into trouble and they know it.
Instinctively, they see Trump as being not one of their own. Republicans see it too and they hate him for it. Trump is not a politician. He is a real human being and he talks like a real human being. The grammar is not always correct. Sometimes he doesn't finish his sentences because everybody knows where it's going and he wants to move on to the next thought. There is no teleprompter. It's all off the cuff...because he's that smart. They hate him for that as much as anything else. But his biggest sin is that he is not corrupt. All of the Democrats and most of the Republicans are.
They loath and despise honesty more than anything. They're not weird. They are reptilian psychopaths.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/18/2019 13:11 Comments ||
[The Hill] Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) called out Republican lawmakers on Thursday night following President Trump's remarks likening Turkey's military offensive against Syrian Kurds to a schoolyard fight.
"Enough is enough. Republican silence is a historic travesty," Schatz tweeted in response to Trump's remarks during a campaign rally in Dallas.
So, where are all these dems who have done freelance diplomacy against America in the past? Jawn F'n Kerry to the smelly brown courtesy phone...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/18/2019 7:43 Comments ||
Schatz, Schiff, The Squat: all appropriately named tentmasters for our national Shitshow.
You cretins have thoroughly botched our foreign policy.
You failed to secure our border, provide any meaningful economic security to over half the population, and then you told us that the majority of Americans are racist shits.
You have actively helped rogue intel and justice officials at all levels to try to pull off a coup against a sitting president.
You promoted and continue to promote an utterly ludicrous conspiracy hoax that makes Joe McCarthy look like a piker.
You have repeatedly slandered and suborned the slander of one of our finest judges, our policemen, and even schoolchildren visiting D.C.
You've done and said nothing as this economy's finance and tech sectors were taken over by a handful of robber barons who signal their virtue even as they preside over the degradation of our politics and our culture. You did nothing to turn around this country's shitty educational system-- in fact you and your idiot oligarch made it even worse, with his/your foolish "Common Core" non-reform.
You unleashed over 20 million illegal aliens, semiliterate peasants whom no one but sweatshop owners have any need for, upon our communities, our schools and hospitals, crushing wages, ruining school performance, causing ERs and hospitals to close, filling the prisons.
And you have the nerve to attack those of us who call you out on your record of unbelievable incompetence and stupidity.
Syrian Kurds are already talking to Syrian government and Turks are already talking about a cease fire to allow the Kurds to get out of the way.
What folks don't understand is sometimes when a big player is involved the smaller players know they don't have to make concessions because they'll be bailed out before a total loss. This is the fallacy of the UN that has allowed conflict in Kashmir and Palestine areas since it was formed because the players know they won't be totally crushed before the UN stops the battle and thus they don't have to be reasonable.
By having the US step aside the Syrian Kurds have been forced to recalculate between peace/survival and continued conflict.
I've said it before: If Schatz and others like him feel so strongly about fighting other peoples' wars, let them go and do the fighting. Let them put their own asses on the line instead of sending our brave young men to do it for them. But do not ask me to pay for it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/18/2019 13:19 Comments ||
Ref #8: I've said it before: If Schatz and others like him feel so strongly about fighting other peoples' wars, let them go and do the fighting.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.