Communism sometimes likes to call itself “scientific socialism” (if you will allow personification as a rhetorical device), and the official religion of communism is atheism.
So why do you have to get a permit from the Chinese communist government before you can be reincarnated?
Something about this just doesn’t compute.
The thought that somewhere, somehow, someone might be happy is a real downer for anyone in government. So on his way out the door, President *Batteries Not Included had his Food and Drug Administration cook up a few hundred regulations against high-end cigars. No legislation was involved. I mean, really, legislation is so passe…
As cigar magnate Rocky Patel told Tucker Carlson, “You don’t see kids sitting around the schoolyard chain-smoking premium cigars.” Brother, you don’t see me smoking premium cigars! Likening them to fine wine or single-malt scotch gives you an idea what these cigars are all about. I had a box of Don Diegos once, many years ago. Rocky’s telling it like it is.
And these stupid regulations threaten the whole industry. Maybe a lawsuit can save it. Maybe President Trump can wipe out these stupid regulation as he’s wiped out others. Maybe even Congress might venture a tiny bit of legislation–dare we hope?
Well, excuse me for the nonce (another hinky word I felt like using today). I’m going to stand out in the snow and have a cigar.
There are many scientific studies, including one from the government’s own Center for Disease Control, declaring that Americans don’t get enough sleep (https://www.wsj.com/articles/americans-dont-get-enough-sleep-cdc-study-finds-1455818427). In fact, says the CDC, fully one-third of us is sleep-deficient: less than seven hours of sleep a night poses a risk to one’s health.
So what is that same government preparing to do to us this weekend?
Why, take away an hour of our sleep, of course!
Yes, it’s Daylight Savings Time again, which means we have to turn our clocks ahead an hour tonight and then, for the next week or so, be short on sleep or else be late for everything.
Is this really stupid, or what?
Bad enough we have neighbors aiming floodlights at our bedroom windows, sedentary jobs that wear us out without benefit of exercise, and a disintegrating culture to stress us out. On top of all that, they’ve got to take away an hour of our sleeping time.
Why don’t they spare us this? Is this just another one of those things that government does because it’s done it for so long, everyone’s forgotten the reason for it–if there ever was one–and nobody thinks anymore, they just freakin’ do it?
“The Spirit of ’76”–we need it now.
Well, here we go again.
At a condo building in Port Charlotte, Florida, a sign has been posted: “ANY AND ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BANNED” (https://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2018/03/08/christian-music-n2458899), reports Todd Starnes at townhall.com.
No Bible study, no group prayers, no hymn-singing, no crosses on doors–it’s all been banned, thanks to a “complaint” made to the government’s “Fair Housing” agency. I am at a loss to understand how this is “fair.”
Do we still have a First Amendment? If so, where is it?
There is, of course, a lawsuit filed against this high-handed decree. We can pray it succeeds. But why should we need a judge to tell us we can listen to Christian music, and come together to share it, if we want to? And what if the judge says no?
Another thing I can’t understand is why a country in which the vast majority of people are Christians seems to be governed solely in the interests of a tiny, rabidly Christian-hating minority–and why we put up with it. We wouldn’t have put up with it in 1776. Why do we put up with it now?
Please don’t say you’re feeling nostalgic for the Obama administration.
Remember this? On your dime, the federal government warned us in 2015 that our Halloween pumpkins with the candles in ’em contribute to Climbit Change and omibaal we’re all gonna die–!
Let’s hope President Trump has fired whoever was responsible for this.
Look at this–eight years ago, this item was posted, and the topic is still with us. Income equality! Hot dog! Democrats are going to give us Income Equality!
Aren’t we all a bit too old for fairy tales?
Is this what happened to the Indus Valley Civilization?
The mayor of Stockton, California–a city that went bankrupt just six years ago–wants to try an “experiment” of doling out a “Universal Basic Income” of $500 a month, “no strings attached,” to certain elements among “the poor” (https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2018/01/22/stockton-gets-ready-to-experiment-with-universal-basic-income/).
It’s just an “experiment,” mind you. For one year, “several dozen Stockton families would get $500 a month, no strings attached.” The goal is to gather data on the “economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income,” especially the impacts on, well, “self-esteem and identity.” There is also a “hope” that this experiment will be so wonderfully successful, it will “encourage other places to give it a try.”
Coulda fooled me. I thought it might’ve been an experiment to see how many times one city can go bankrupt in a single decade.
Leftids have been hallucinating about a Universal Basic Income for years now. See, they say, nobody’s gonna work anymore anyhow, ’cause robots gonna be doin’ all the work, so why not pay everybody to sit around playing video games or writing cowboy poetry? What could be more sublime than a kind of perpetual infancy–dependent on government handouts all your life? And you better do what Mommy tells you, or you don’t get no goodies!
Can you imagine the first city to make a UBI an actual public program? It will draw illegal aliens like iron filings to a magnet. It will draw every ne’er-do-well for hundreds of miles around.
But what if you can’t live on $500 a month? Wouldn’t that make it just money down the drain? If you hand someone $6,000 a year and he still goes under, what have you gotten for your money?
Shut up, you racist.
I just can’t stand it anymore.
Try this on for towering idiocy. The governing body of the city of Stamford, Connecticut, a 40-member Board of Representatives, has voted to get rid of “gender pronouns” like he/she, his/her, in all written regulations, etc., pertaining to members of the board (http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Connecticut-city-s-elected-body-eliminates-gender-12487367.php).
“It’s an act to acknowledge the members of the board… cannot always be described as he or she.”
Which brings to mind a line from Ray Bradbury’s classic little horror story, The Jar: “Is it a he, is it a she, or just a plain old it?”
What kind of driveling dolts are they electing in that town?
Posterity will laugh at us for this.
Obviously posed… I think
By now most of you know about the little 5-year-old girl in Britain who set up a sidewalk lemonade stand–only to have the local government go all Starsky & Hutch on her about it (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/five-old-socked-200-fine-154728017.html)
But really, things are bad in the Mother Country and have been bad for a while.
Is Britain Finished? is a magazine article I wrote for Chalcedon some ten years ago (https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/is-britain-finished). In it you’ll read of some extraordinary incidents.
*Babies (yes, babies) accused of being racists.
*Man stopped by police for displaying the English flag on his car–in England.
*Four full-time police officers “investigating” a 9-year-old calling another child “gay” on the playground.
I don’t know how to lift the whole article onto the blog, so to read it you’ll have to click the link. I strongly recommend reading it.
Meanwhile, let’s not get all complacent about such off-the-wall things not happening here in our country–because they are. In Our Threatened Freedoms (edited by yours truly), R.J. Rushdoony collected dozens of incidents of government at all levels going completely mad. My favorite was the news report of a little boy Out West selling fishing worms that he dug up himself–with five full-time government agents assigned to “investigate” it.
Government isn’t drunk with power.
It’s absolutely crazed with power.