St. Peter likened Satan to “a roaring lion [that] walketh about seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). He might have aptly applied that description to various agencies of our federal government.
Like for instance:
The University of California at Berkeley made available a wide assortment of free college courses online, accessible to anyone who had a computer and wanted to take the courses. We are amazed when a university does anything good, and astounded when it does anything for free.
But instead of being applauded, Berkeley found the Loretta Lunch Justice Dept. smashing down on them for…ahem… violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. ( http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2016/10/12/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-strikes-again/#1b7a6d712f5e )
Well, hey, if a course doesn’t have closed-captioning, it “discriminates” against the deaf. If its video doesn’t have a sharp enough color contrast, it “discriminates” against the color-blind. See, the ADA forbids any and all “discrimination” against any imaginable kind of “disability.” It leaves the door open for all kinds of fanciful interpretations and is a cornucopia for trial lawyers–because the JD is full of maniacal “change agents” who are always on the lookout for another ADA case to prosecute.
So they made Berkeley shut down a lot of the free courses–and also pay damages to those who were “discriminated” against. Ka-ching, ka-ching!
Under the guise of protecting us, leveling the playing field, fundamentally transforming us, creating a utopia on earth, blah-blah-blah, the federal government punished people for doing something good, took away a benefit that many people were receiving at no cost, and helped absolutely nobody but some greedy shyster lawyers: and I guess they made themselves feel like they’d accomplished something.
This is what happens when liberals and other Democrats are permitted to have power.
They’ve all got to go.
Kumquats–somebody’s idea of politically incorrect fruit
Further proof that government, at all levels, has too much of our money, can’t think of constructive uses for it, and needs to be cut back:
A woman in North Carolina with a vanity license plate that said KUMQUAT, as in the fruit, was warned by the state’s Motor Vehicle Dept. that they had received “complaints”–note the plural–“that the plate is offensive and in poor taste.” ( http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20160908/in-reference-to-personalized-license-plate-kumquat- ) The driver was given 30 days to notify the state, in writing, “what the word ‘kumquat’ means to you,” and it had better be good or else we’ll revoke your license plate.
The state has a policy of threatening anyone whose plate is the object of a complaint, no matter how idle, frivolous, baseless, moronic, or unfounded the complaint may be. “Policy” is bureaucrat-speak for “We check our brains at the door.”
In this case the state of North Carolina withdrew the threat when it was proved to them that “kumquat” really is just a fruit, and not a term of racist or homophobic or whatevuh abuse.
Actually, they do taste pretty bad.
Consider this quote by Edward Gibbon, from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter XV:
“The incapacity of a weak and distracted government may often assume the appearance and produce the effects of a treasonable correspondence with the public enemy.”
Which, I think, explains why we are so often moved to ask, concerning our own national leaders today, “Are they wrecking the country on purpose?”
As Gibbon summed up the causes that led directly to the fall of Rome, he noted:
*The destruction of the middle class, leaving only a small stratum of the super-rich and a vast population of the intractably poor, most of them on welfare.
*Public entertainment that became a substitute for work and family life.
*Wave after wave of invading barbarians–many of whom had been invited into Italy by the Roman authorities themselves. And why? As our own leaders might have put it, “to do work that Romans won’t do.”
Does any of this sound at all familiar?
If history is sometimes boring, it is also sometimes shocking.
Oops! They went a tiny bit too far, too fast, and now the Obama administration has to throttle back on its “order” to public schools in America to let boys into the girls’ bathrooms or else: so instead of an order, now it’s just a “letter of guidance” from the Justice Dept.–what???–and the Dept. of Education ( http://abcnews.go.com/US/obama-administration-public-schools-transgender-students-access-bathrooms/story?id=39081956 ).
Remember when the Justice Dept. used to go after guys like Al Capone? Now they go after people who are a bit slow to hop aboard the transgender express.
The “letter of guidance” admonishes schools to allow any kid to use any bathroom according to his, her, or its “gender identification,” which is to be whatever the student says it is on any given day. It comes with a veiled threat to cut off federal funds to any school district that won’t let the boys stand over the girls while they pee.
Excuse me? Did I just hear you say you weren’t going to vote for Donald Trump, or you just won’t vote at all, and you don’t care if Hillary Clinton is elected president?
Remember what not voting for Romney (warts and all) got you.
Why are so many cats so scared of cucumbers? It ought to be investigated, and here are some of the questions that should be asked.
Would the cat be startled by any object that you surreptitiously placed behind him while he was eating, or is it just cucumbers?
Would she be afraid of the cucumber if you first called it to her attention while still holding it, and then put it down where she could see it?
Do objects that look like cucumbers produce a strong reaction?
Are the cats who are startled by cucumbers easily startled in other circumstances?
Whatever you do, don’t contact your Congressman and ask him to get the government to fund a study of cats being scared of cucumbers. He will only wonder, while hastening to spend the money, why he didn’t think of that before.
“Leave the driving to us!”
Automobile and traffic experts recently told the government to slow way, way down in its push to put us all into driverless, computer-guided cars ( http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SELF_DRIVING_CARS_CAUTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-04-08-15-37-19 ).
Granted, there are an awful lot of people who shouldn’t be allowed even to touch a steering wheel. But as always the government favors a one-size-fits-all approach. For the sake of the ninnies who are a menace on the highway, they want all the cars to be “self-driving.”
Because that way they can hook your car up with Big Brother and then they can control it instead of you.
The experts warned the National Highway Safety Administration that the robo-cars are not anywhere near as safe as the government thinks they are: there are still a lot of bugs in the system.
Do you think our beloved leaders care if the cars are safe or not? The very idea of exerting that much control over ordinary people’s ordinary lives is, to them, pure ecstasy.
Tell you what. Let’s save tons of time and effort, and ask our beloved rulers just to list the things they don’t want to control.
You could probably fit it onto the back of a fortune cookie slip.
Nice sidewalks make for nice neighborhoods!
Thanks to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, we finally know the chief cause of poverty in America.
Is it fatherless homes? Nah. Endemic drug use? Uh-uh, not even close. Is it the presence of a persistently criminal subculture? Really lousy education? Crooked politicians? None of the above.
The chief cause of poverty, sez the Sec, is… lack of sidewalks ( http://www.dcclothesline.com/2016/04/03/obamas-dot-secretary-lack-of-sidewalks-is-reason-for-lack-of-achieving-american-dream/ ).
See, you can’t achieve the American Dream–whatever that is, anymore–unless you’ve got nice sidewalks in your neighborhood. Because sidewalks, Foxx babbled, are not just a means to get you from one place to another. Sidewalks are about “getting you to a better life.”
Augh! It’s gotta be a dream, please can I wake up now…
(Thanks to Linda for calling this news item to our attention.)