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California Free Speech Killing Bill: On Hold for Now

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Freedom and dignity are not natural to the inhabitants of a fallen world burdened with Original Sin. The California State Senate keeps trying to prove it.

Hence Senate Bill 1424, introduced by Stalinist wannabe Richard Pan, a bill to make “fake news” or “false information” published anywhere on the Internet a crime, punishable by imprisonment: you could go to jail for “questioning science” and voicing doubt about vaccines, Climbit Change, whatever (https://www.naturalhealth365.com/vaccines-fake-news-2536.html). You could even be jailed for questioning the dogma of Evolution.

After the details of this monstrosity were reported last month, raising a rather loud public outcry against it, the senate has rushed through several major amendments, the overall effect of which will be to “study” it all and kick it down the road to sometime next year. Wait till the heat dies down, then try again.

This bill was a beauty. Every Internet site–I guess that would include blogs, like this one–would be required to “verify” all news stories–the term “news story” is left undefined–before publication. Then, if designated “fact checkers” find any “false information,” up the river you go. No distinction is made between, say, maliciously fabricated mischief or an honest mistake. And we can only guess who would get to be the fact checkers. Oh–and who gets to decide what the “facts” are? Nancy Pelosi? Michael Moore?

This is a remarkable production by people whose academic position is that there is no such thing as truth, there are no facts, there are only psychological or social “constructs”–like your sex, for instance: which they insist is whatever you say it is from moment to moment–who yammer endlessly about “your truth” and “my truth,” only somehow their truth always wins and you get packed off to sensitivity training if you don’t agree–

But what are we thinking? Now they want to pack you off to jail.

How did our country’s political class ever produce such a pack of totalitarians as these?

It’s enough to give fascism a bad name.


I Interview the U.S. Secretary of Education (2010)

It isn’t every day you get to question a federal department head. My chance came in 2010, to fire a question at Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and I took it. The article’s kind of long, but you might find it interesting.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/messianic-secretary-calls-for-messianic-schools

What interests me the most is just how crazy an enterprise public education is and wants to be. It has an insatiable appetite for our money, and its goal is the total infantilization of the American people.


Now We Need Potato Peeler Control

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The newest deadly weapon

A man in Scotland faces four years in prison for carrying a… potato peeler “without reasonable excuse” (http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/05/03/scottish-man-custody-carrying-potato-peeler-public-place/).

The suspect, who is said to have “mental health issues,” was stopped by police for some other reason, which led to them finding the potato peeler in his possession.

Meanwhile, the gun-free zone of London already has 62 murders this year, surpassing New York City’s total. Some of those murders have been committed with guns that the perps weren’t supposed to have, the rest with knives, machetes, or acid.

But none with potato peelers.

Worldwide, how many murders have been committed with potato peelers? I suppose it might be possible, if you really put your mind to it. But then it’s also possible to murder someone by clobbering him over the head with a toaster-oven or forcing a toy dinosaur down his throat. You might even be able to kill someone with a hairbrush, if you were creative enough.

Do our glorious leaders want to “control” everything? Yeah, probably. That’s what makes them tick. It’s all part of a weird ideology that claims that all crime, all disease, all injustice, all inequality, all unfairness, all whatever can be eradicated from our world if only the right philosopher-kings are given absolute power over us. I don’t think the people who believe that are quite all there.

But that’s their substitute for Christianity: sinners playing God.


Oh, Boy! Free College! Again

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Stupidity has consequences.

Already strangling in a webwork of high taxes, the people of my home state of New Jersey committed the ultimate folly of electing a Democrat as governor–Phil “Mr. Sanctuary” Murphy. They actually told man-on-the-street radio and TV interviewers that they hoped their new Democrat governor would lower their taxes.

That’d be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic.

Murphy’s signature projects are the legalization of recreational marijuana and the transformation of our state into a mecca for illegal aliens. But he’s also floating a scheme, announced yesterday, to provide “free” tuition at our community colleges for, like, everybody (http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/04/murphy_free_community_college.html)!

First it’s gonna be just 15,000, er, “poor” people getting free tuition, at a cost of $50 million. Anyone who believes that’s all it will cost is crazy. Then they’ve gotta get some legislation passed–we can pray they find a roadblock there–and then the final tab will be $200 million for “free community college to all.”

Let’s see… It’ll be free, so thousands of people will be going because they have nothing else to do, who otherwise wouldn’t be going… and they’ll need more professors and teaching assistants, more cafeteria staff, more security officers and maintenance crew, more gender consultants, diversity counselors, and microaggression response teams, more boxcar-loads full of Play-Doh and coloring books… $200 million my ***. The cost will be in billions by the time they’re done.

But as Squanderer Phil says, “Education ought to be a right, not a privilege.” Oh, yeah–every warm body in New Jersey has a right to a degree in Social Justice Studies. I’m sure it must say so, somewhere in the Constitution.

I don’t think our people are going to get those tax cuts they were hoping for. Do you?


You Still Support Public Education???

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Right! Back into the nooze. Hip-deep in muck.

Thanks to an insane Obama policy, public school teachers have become sitting ducks for violent students: and all efforts to remedy the situation are being vigorously opposed by–would you believe the teachers’ unions? (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/02/teacher-coalition-seeks-to-end-obama-school-discipline-policy-a-lot-of-fear-in-schools/)

Last week we told you about the PROMISE Act, by which the federal government rewarded local police departments and school districts for ignoring certain kinds of crimes and thus making the crime rate appear to go down. That was the carrot–and now for the stick.

In 2014 the administration of President *Batteries Not Included sent out a “Dear Colleague” guidance letter (why does “guidance” seem such a threatening word, when leftids use it?) to school districts warning them that the Dept. of Justice–“justice”!–and the Dept. of Education might “investigate” districts where school discipline seems to be applied “disproportionately” to “minority” students.

Well, waddya know! In the wake of government pressure to ignore infractions like disruption, fighting, assaults on teachers, etc., student violence against teachers increased dramatically throughout the public schools. In desperation, in 2016 the Minnesota legislature passed a Teacher Protection Act to remove aggressive students from the classroom and to warn teachers about students who’d shown themselves to be a physical threat.

So of course the American Federation of Teachers gets in on the act–opposing measures to protect teachers from violence! Hey, that’s some union you’ve got there, teachers! The AFT is joined by the usual crowd on the Loony Left–the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (taking time out from censoring conservatives on YouTube).

Predictably, the leftids insist that any attempts to rein in “minority” students from violence are… racist! They believe in this thing they call “the school-to-prison pipeline,” it’s systemic racism, to punish juvenile delinquents. To combat “racism,” we have to let certain students physically attack their teachers–not to mention other students. Again, we make the crime rate go down by ignoring it, especially when it’s crime committed by a “minority” criminal.

Hello, normal people! Wake up! These left-wing crazies are wrecking your country and you’re letting them do it! If it goes on much longer, there won’t be anything left to wake up to.


‘PROMISE Act’ Shields Criminals

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As hard as I try, I can’t keep track of all the mischief done to my country by liberals in government. Here’s one I hadn’t heard of until today: President *Batteries Not Included’s 2014 PROMISE Act–which massaged crime statistics by rewarding local police departments and school districts for not reporting certain crimes: mostly misdemeanors, but also some lesser felonies (https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/02/27/promise-program-exposed-by-this-show/).

Well, that’ll make the crime rate go down–simply not arresting or charging offenders.

It also makes a joke of background checks on persons, especially young people, seeking to buy firearms. The vendor checks the background of a chronic offender and, behold–there’s nothing there.

So, if you want to get federal grants, via the unspeakably corrupt Dept. of Justice, for your local police department or school district, you just turn the other way and don’t write it down, don’t take any action, when certain crimes are committed by certain people. It’s supposed to be for “racial justice” or something.

It reminds me of a friend I had in high school. On the dashboard of his aging car, the oil light kept flashing. So he taped a piece of paper over it. Problem solved! Until, of course, the car went belly-up and died.

Could we, like, repeal the PROMISE Act? And please never, ever again allow Democrats to run the country? I mean, just because they really and truly don’t care who gets hurt, who gets killed, by them putting their crazy ideology to work…


‘Why We Crave Fantasy’ (2013)

I’m not talking about the kind of fantasy we have to wade through every day–Climbit change, universal free college, secular utopianism, blah-blah. All that depressing stuff that The Smartest People In The World keep pushing at us, if only we’ll just let them have lots and lots of power over us…

But there’s another kind of fantasy that’s good for us.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/07/19/why-do-we-crave-fantasy/


The World Happiness Council… No Joke

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News from that other religion, the one all those Terribly Smart People believe in:

Did you know there is now an official and bona fide World Happiness Council? It’s true. After years of preparation, it was launched this very month at the World Government Summit in Dubai (https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/26065-be-happy-that-s-an-order). It will be funded by the United Nations, most of which is funded by the defenseless American taxpayer.

As Sheik Whatsisname put it, “The role of governments is to bring happiness to their peoples.” And wouldn’t Ray Bradbury have a field day with that, if he were still alive.

The big shots on the council include globalist zillionaires, a couple of Muslim oil sheikhs, the odd (very odd) Western academic, and a few individuals who were jailers under communist regimes. What could possibly go wrong?

I wonder what the punishments will be for not being happy? And who will decide what kinds of happiness are to be allowed? What if you can only be happy if someone else is unhappy? But we are multiplying absurdities.

Yo, government–you want to make us happy? Leave us alone! That’s right–butt out. Just do the things the Bible says you ought to do–protect us from those who try to do us harm, punish those who do wrong, and try to keep the peace. Actually, that’s more than enough work for any government, certainly enough to keep you busy! A government that can do those things, does well.

But a government who sees it as its job to make you happy? (Shakes head in pitying disbelief)

That sounds like it just might be the most dangerous thing that anyone has ever thought of.


‘Fantasy Disguised as Politics’ (2011)

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?

https://leeduigon.com/2011/11/23/fantasy-disguised-as-politics/


I’ve Been Quoted in the Big Time!

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If you turn to Robert Knight’s column on townhall.com today (https://townhall.com/columnists/robertknight/2018/02/13/free-money-and-pigeons-n2448155), you will find Yours Truly being quoted–in the national media, no less.

The column is about the Stockton, California, mayor’s lunatic scheme to give “the poor” a Universal Basic Income–free money, just for… well, nothing. And its likely effects on the poor devils who will have to keep working to pay for this.

UBI is a favorite fantasy of Democrats and other leftids, and deserves every brickbat we can throw at it.

Here’s a link to my original blog post from a few days ago (https://leeduigon.com/2018/02/05/city-to-embark-on-mad-experiment/).

Thank you, Bob, for helping me to be heard.


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