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Alas for Britain

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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.


UK to Ban ‘Gender Stereotyping’ in Advertisements

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Totally forbidden gender stereotype!

You’d think there were no real problems to be dealt with anymore, the way governments keep zeroing in on bulls*** like this.

In the United Kingdom, the government’s Advertising Standard Authority has acted to prohibit “gender stereotyping” in ads… because it “might be harmful to people” (http://www.mrctv.org/blog/uk-ban-ads-promote-gender-stereotypes).

How could it be harmful? It could “lead to unequal gender outcomes–” What? what the blazes are they talking about?–“in public and private aspects of people’s lives.” Which is silly, isn’t it, because if the government’s going to step in and regulate some “private aspect” if your life, it isn’t private anymore, is it?

What exactly is a “gender stereotype”? Search me. Any acknowledgement that there are men and women and that they aren’t exactly the same, aren’t interchangeable… but how, then, do you go about creating ads in which “gender stereotypes” do not appear? Sure, you can show people playing bridge, or some other activity in which “gender” is irrelevant. But, see, if you were to show a woman sitting at a sewing machine–well, that would be unforgivable! From now on, you can only show men using sewing machines. Oops–just created a new gender stereotype.

Do they have nothing more serious with which to occupy their time?

We don’t have a bunch of commissars in charge of advertising in our country–not yet we don’t. But even these dorks in Britain could surely find something more important to do, if they really put their minds to it: presuming they have minds. How about coming down on blatantly false advertising, eh?

But no–these are the whoopee crowd, our betters, the enlightened ones: and by thunder, they’re going to tell us what to say and what to think, and they are going to re-mold our culture in their own little know-it-all hands and bring forth Social Justice if it kills us…

As C.S. Lewis once pointed out, the robber will reach a point where he’s satiated; but the self-righteous do-gooder will never reach that point, will never have enough of meddling in other people’s lives. And if his ministrations are actually killing them, he will be quite unaware of it.

 

 

 


Yeah, They’re Still Crazy

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission website has changed a little since I last visited it a few years ago, and I couldn’t find the same quotes that appalled me back then: but they’re still crazy, still committed to “a vision where everyone feels they are an important part of the community…” Note the word “feels.” We are about to dive into the wonderful world of regulation based on people’s feelings.

Anyhow, here are a few quotes from OHRC’s official site (http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/2012/07/18/human-rights-in-the-ontario-workplace-what-you-need-to-know/).

The tricky part is when “intent is not required” in cases of discrimination, which you can be guilty of “even if he or she doesn’t mean to…” This would be “constructive adverse discrimination” which “might not be intentional.” It’s so hard to avoid breaking the law when you really don’t know what the law is.

And so the orcs from ORHC see it as their mission to regulate “policies, practices, and patterns of behavior and attitudes (including organizational culture)…” They are careful not to define, exactly, “organizational culture,” which, five years ago, included “interpersonal relationships.” In other words, they claimed the authority to tell you whom your friends should be. I couldn’t find that particular language there today, but I would be surprised to learn that the spirit of it has been abated.

So there you have it–a vision of government control over practically every little nuance of human life.

Somehow a heaven designed by sinful human beings always winds up looking like a hell.


Oops! Media Almost Set Off WWIII

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There’s fake news that’s done on purpose, and then there’s fake news that just happens because people make mistakes.

This weekend, the world almost went to war because of a cock-up by a couple of nooze agencies (  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-14/chinese-media-almost-sets-world-war-3-erroneous-north-korea-headline ).

North Korea was having its annual “Day of the Sun” parade, honoring the depraved homicidal maniacs who run the place: this after repeatedly declaring they were going to test a nuclear weapon, breaking an international treaty, and threatening to bomb America’s allies and military bases. So that made a lot of people nervous.

Well, they haven’t set off the nuke yet. What they did was to trot out their new improved long-range missile for the parade.

First China’s Xinhua news agency reported–oh, boy!–“North Korea Fires Projectile.” Shoulda been North Korea displays projectile. America’s Bloomberg news agency picked up the Chicoms’ fumble and ran with it, full speed to the wrong goal line. And it seems there was a bit of a military scramble started until someone sorted out the error before anyone could start shooting.

Remember, in Jaws, Roy Scheider sees the giant monster shark and tells Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”? And Shaw doesn’t listen to him, does he–and his boat gets wrecked and sunk and he gets eaten by the shark.

We need a bigger boat than the one designed and built by what passes for human wisdom.

God is the only one who has such a boat. Reminds me of a boat He once lent to Noah and his family…


Montana Dems Want… Sharia?

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No, this is not an April Fool story. Yesterday all the Democrats in the Montana state legislature voted against a bill to ban Muslim sharia law in their state ( https://lynx.media/2017/03/31/montana-democrats-vote-bill-banning-sharia-law/ ).

All the Republicans voted for it, so the bill passed, 56-44. But now it will go to Montana’s governor, another Democrat. I will be amazed if he signs it.

A nut-case in the legislature said any measure banning the use of foreign legal systems in Montana would send a “dangerous message to minority groups.”

What? You mean competing legal systems would be a cool thing to have in your state? Including the Muslim system that calls for oppressing women and putting homosexuals to death? Do Democrats really, truly, think that would be a good idea?

I guess they do. Which means they’re crazy. Sure, let’s have a nice hefty dose of sharia in our state! That ought to lead to some really interesting jurisdictional squabbles. Along with some deaths.

The sooner this insane political party gets put out of business forever, the better. Because now they’re not only a perpetual annoyance, but a threat to public safety.


Sweden: Crazier than America

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The country that proudly bills itself as having “the world’s first feminist government” has made it mandatory for students at all its universities to take courses in “men’s violence against women” ( http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/03/28/sweden-male-violence-women-university/ ).

Daft old Sweden, where last winter a new “feminist snow removal” policy left the capital, Stockholm, choked with snow and all but impassable, now has an “equalities minister” in the cabinet and indulges in “state-directed changes to higher education.”

By the way, women initiating violence against men–which Swedish sociologists now say happens more often than the other way around (surprised?)–seems to be okay with the feminist government. At least no one’s mentioning it.

For some reason not accessible to any sane mind, Sweden’s feminist government appears to have no problem at all with the country becoming the rape capital of the Western world. Do you want to guess how that happened? Could it possibly, conceivably, have anything at all to do with the mass importation of young, able-bodied, unemployed Muslim males who think it’s virtuous to rape infidel women? I mean, that’s just my wild guess: certainly the feminist government has turned a blind eye to it.

I wonder why the leaders of Western Europe seem bent on national suicide. You’d swear they hate their own countries and want to scuff them out of existence as soon as possible.

But then they don’t call it the Stockholm Syndrome for nothing, do they?


Socialism and… Toilet Paper

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What is it with socialist governments and toilet paper? In Venezuela they’ve had a toilet paper shortage for umpteen months. And now, in the workers’ paradise of China, they’ve installed high-tech face-scanning machines in public toilets to combat… toilet paper theft ( https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/20/face-scanners-public-toilet-tackle-loo-roll-theft-china-beijing ).

So you don’t get your toilet paper ration–yes, they’re rationing it–unless the face-scanning machine says you’re okay to receive it. City authorities say they had to do this because “the elderly” have been stealing rolls of toilet paper for home use.

And you’ve gotta wait for the scanner to do its thing, which sometimes takes a while because the machines have not been as efficient as one would wish. There’s a little dance you can do while waiting for your toilet paper ration.

I guess they should’ve listened to Sheryl Crow when she recommended that everybody be restricted to just one sheet of toilet paper per visit to the john–to Save The Planet.

There you have it, folks–Big Government at work. They can’t even guarantee you a–well, you get the idea.


Venezuela Busts Bakers for Baking Brownies

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No croissants allowed, either!

Ain’t socialism just the bee’s knees? What a pity we don’t have more of it here! Serves us right for not electing Hillary.

The Western Hemisphere’s showcase of socialism, Venezuela, has arrested four bakers for “making illegal brownies and other pastries” (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/venezuela-arrests-brownie-croissant-bakers-bread-war-024355524.html ).

Illegal brownies? You bet! Venezuela’s “ruling Socialist Party”–they don’t much cotton to having other political parties there–has bollixed up the oil-rich country’s economy six ways from Sunday, and so, for the past three years, they’ve had a bread shortage. The Party recently send soldiers–yes, soldiers–into more than 700 bakeries to make sure nobody was trying to make and sell croissants.

Of course, none of this will persuade any of our own academics or Democrats that maybe having the central government in charge of every little thing isn’t such a hot idea after all. Socialism only sucks in Venezuela because of the inept clowns in charge of it down there. It’ll work like gang-busters when we impose it on our  country, with American liberals to manage it.

Legend has it that Marie Antoinette, on the eve of the French Revolution, having been told that “the people have no bread,” infamously replied, “Then let them eat cake.” Well, there won’t be any cake, either, in Venezuela. Not if the socialist government can help it.


The Brain-Eaters: Our Predatory Justice Dept.

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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 )

What???

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.


State DMV Goes Ballistic over ‘KUMQUAT’ License Plate

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.


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