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Now is the time at the Castle… when we dance

I was 15 and not-quite-a-half on April 30, 1975.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was pretty politically aware even at that age (I’d be a “Reagan ’76” partisan the next year, even though I wasn’t old enough to vote), and I knew quite a lot about the Vietnam War.  Learned even more reading about it when I was in college.

Generals and politicians (though I may be repeating myself) should have been whipped through the streets over this.  I thought so then and I think so now.  There was no reason we couldn’t have won that conflict; we had them on the ropes after Tet, in 1968, but the media then as now lied to the American public.  After the initial surprise, we’d regrouped along with the ARVN and beat the living shit out of the commies, nearly causing them to surrender.  They did sue for peace and a cease-fire.  But did the media report it that way?  Of course not.  And the commies sat at the Paris Peace Talks for years after that, shoveling bullshit, until Nixon fucked up so badly he had to resign, and Ford had little or not stomach to keep fighting.

And that’s how we got Carter and the four wasted years until Reagan soundly thumped his ass back to his peanut farm in Georgia.

Now we have Resident Bidet, good ol’ #rapistpedojoefauxpres, and friends, things are going to get worse before they get better.  Inflation is already here and will do nothing but get worse until we get a handle on all that free faux fiat cash that’s been infused into our banking system.  The Chinese are ugly (well, some of their women aren’t hard to look at, but their minds are ugly) and they’re not going to get any better until their population of young’uns crashes, which some folks say is already happening and that’s why Winnie the Xi is being such a bitch and trying to ruin the world — or the part of it that works, anyway — so completely and so fast.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese still aren’t free, still nominally Commie (or, more accurately, an autocratic dictatorship, same difference) but at least they are halfway capitalist, these days, and inclined to be friendly with the US the Viet Cong used to hate.  And they hate the Chinese more than we do.

I think there’s a lesson in that.

A little cheese with your whinge, sir?

Ross K. Baker, whoever the fuck he is, is a moron.

Gun control is a lost cause. Come despair with me.

What kills such efforts in Congress, [massive hyperbole excised because it was enough to make me puke – ed.], is the recognition in the minds of politicians that there are voters in their states and districts who are Second Amendment absolutists, whether they be the kind of people who shoot at targets for practice or those who might shoot at people because of malice or derangement.

He’d be even more upset if he understood that his 1st Amendment absolutism (at least as far as his own speech is concerned, and I’m sure he believes implicitly that he has a right to say and write what he pleases) is protected in the end by all those 2nd Amendment absolutists he despises.

So strong is the constituency for firearms ownership in Congress that a law is on the books immunizing gun manufacturers and sellers from lawsuits arising out of the use of their products for mass shootings and mayhem on smaller scale. It is the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that became effective in 2005.

Are knife manufacturers liable when someone, out of malice, kills someone else with one of their products?  Is someone going to sue the manufacturer of the knife the woman in Columbus was going to kill the other woman with, based on some idiotic theory of “gross misuse”?  Attempted murder and murder using knives goes back an awfully long way.

If I pick up a brick and kill someone with it, is the state going to sue the brick manufacturer?  People have been hitting other people over the head with heavy objects for a long time, too.  Think Cain and Abel.

What about auto manufacturers?  Vehicular homicide is a thing.  Gonna sue the alcoholic beverage distiller or brewer, too, because the driver was DUI?  People have also been getting drunk and killing people probably since the first time someone drank off the liquid from spoiled grain [eww -ed.] and discovered the magic of fermentation.

That gun manufacturers had to be specifically exempted in law from this sort of thing suggests there are major legal issues that had to be enunciated in law before idiot lawyers (but I repeat myself) would stop trying to wrongly apply liability law in the hopes of a big payday and a black eye for the firearms industry.

The response of the gun industry has been, from a business standpoint, quite rational: Sellers give the consumers what they demand. The only limit is that they cannot manufacture or sell fully automatic machine guns.

This is a gross simplification of the issue, and it’s wrong anyway.  Certain classes of fully-automatic firearms and firearm accessories (suppressors, for instance) prohibited MAY be manufactured and sold to the public, but require an onerous permitting process via BATFE *spit* and typically require a fee of $200 for a federal tax stamp to validate the permit.  In other words, you don’t walk into your friendly neighborhood Class 3 firearms dealer, slap your credit card on the counter, and walk out the same day with your machine gun and suppressor.  That’s because the permitting process for such weapons and accessories can take months.  Moreover, attorneys familiar with this sort of thing advise their clients to put all such special weapons into a not-for-profit family corporation rather than own the weapons personally, since it would be next to impossible to transfer them either by gift or by last will and testament to one’s own children.  (Otherwise, new fees and permits would be required for such transfers, one supposes; I’m not able to afford such things, so I have no idea.  Ask Mad Mike.)

In addition, sellers who hold Federal Firearms Licenses (FFL) must require a Form 4473 and run an instant background check on anyone who wants to purchase a firearm from them.  Such instant background checks can fail for any number of reasons, including that you moved recently and the database hasn’t caught up yet.  The last time I bought a handgun, a woman who was there to pick up a firearm via FFL transfer had that very problem; she’d moved two weeks before and a hold was put on her background check.  “Give us a call in about a week,” was all the counterman could tell her.

The problem with the “red flag” laws he moans about is that they don’t work because the alleged behaviors under which they can be invoked rarely show up on a background check.

Besides which, the dude who shot up FedEx in Indy a week or so ago WAS QUESTIONED BY THE POLICE A YEAR AGO.  In other words, he was a “known wolf,” as many of these recent shooters have been.

The bottom line is that any gun control law is going to succeed only in controlling the law-abiding.  Anyone who would go on a mass-shooting tear by definition doesn’t give a flying fuck about your gun control laws.

The once plausible argument that gun ownership was somehow connected to membership in state militias was cast aside by a Supreme Court dominated by “originalists” who developed historical amnesia about the Founding Fathers’ dread of standing armies and preference for “a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” and declared that the only operative phrase in the Second Amendment was “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.

No, you dumb fuck, it was put in there because the Framers KNEW citizens needed to be able to defend themselves from their government.  We talk about “taxation without representation” as being a root cause of the American Revolution, but when it came down to cases, the war started because the British tried to take our guns.  That’s what the Battle of Concord was all about.  See again the above where I ask if Mr. Baker understands that his freedoms were and remain secured by force of arms, and the only thing protecting his freedom to disparage gun ownership and bemoan the inability of the government to control arms is an armed citizenry.

Yeah, “The Second Protects The First” is a tired and hackneyed phrase.  But it’s no less true for it being tired and hackneyed.

Moreover, the idea that gun manufacturers are in reality a bunch of evil mercantilists who wink and nod while piously protesting that their products are intended for sportsmen and personal defense is no different from every Jew in the world being blamed for the soi-disant depredations of a few rich Jewish families or the (false) claims of blood libel that have littered the world since the Middle Ages.

And this is where things stand: Daily, weekly, monthly massacres of sizable numbers of victims enabled by a patchwork of ineffective, indifferently enforced state laws, and the awesomely destructive firepower of many of the weapons used in these assaults.

Unbalanced, vengeful or politically motivated assailants armed, in many cases, with charismatic weapons patterned on those used by the military will continue to inflict death and grievous injury on innocent people. There is, effectively, no way to stop it.

Yes, there is.  AN ARMED CITIZENRY, unhindered by infringing possession and carry laws, or “gun-free zones” which are, in reality, killing zones for cowards who can’t control their urge to kill.  One armed citizen could have put a stop to most if not all of the “massacres” that have happened since Columbine.  If an unhinged person understands that they’re likely to get dead if they try something like that, they’re probably going to be less likely to try — even in their unhinged state.

But you can kill in mass with a knife, too.  Ask the Chinese.

33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree

Rampaging Chinese man kills 7 in ‘random’ knife attacks

Chinese man attacks 22 children, 1 adult with knife outside primary school (same year as Sandy Hook, FWIW)

Knife-wielding attackers kill 29, injure 130 at China train station

Those were all first-page Duck Duck Go search hits on “chinese man kills with knife”.

In sum:  Mr. Baker is an idiot.  I see now that he is employed by Rutgers University, so somehow that doesn’t surprise me.

Donks try to cancel the FCC

Disgusting.

But one FCC commissioner fights back.

Shine the light on the Donk cockroaches, maybe they’ll go scurrying back into the woodwork where they belong.

For Immediate Release

DEMOCRATS PRESSURE FCC TO DENY SALE OF SPANISH-LANGUAGE RADIO STATION IN FLORIDA BASED ON POLITICAL VIEWPOINTS
“To win in 2022 this must stop!” Florida Democrat Says of Campaign

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2021—Congressional Democrats recently called on the FCC to reject the sale of a Spanish-language radio station in South Florida based purely on politics. According to the Democrat Representatives, the FCC must block this change in ownership to prevent what they view as a progressive broadcast station from beginning to air conservative viewpoints to Miami’s Hispanic community.

As Newsweek reported, “Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) mobilized … to pressure the Federal Communications Commission to … reject the sale of the well-known Miami radio station Caracol 1260 AM.” Separately, Newsweek wrote that Florida Democrats are sounding the alarm and reported that one former Obama Administration official called the sale of the station “‘a problem’ for the party.” Former Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell added that “To win in 2022 this must stop!” in reference to the Newsweek story.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr issued the following statement in response:

“This attempt by Democrats in Congress to pressure the FCC into blocking the sale of a Spanish-language radio station based on the political viewpoints that it would broadcast to South Florida’s Hispanic community crosses a line drawn by the First Amendment. The FCC has no business doing the Democrats’ bidding or using our regulatory process to censor political opinions that Democrats do not like. What’s worse, the Democrats appear to be treating the FCC as merely an arm of the DNC—expressly pressuring the agency to take action that they believe will increase their electoral odds in Florida in 2022.

“This is a deeply troubling transgression of free speech and the FCC’s status as an independent agency. I call on my FCC colleagues to join me in publicly rejecting this attempt to inject partisan politics into our licensing process. Doing so would go a long way in assuring the public that the FCC will review this proposed transaction free from political pressure and according to our long-standing rules and precedents.”

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Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr: (202) 418-2200
www.fcc.gov/about/leadership/brendan-carr

Media Contact:
Benjamin Arden, (202) 418-0288 or benjamin.arden@fcc.gov

Cancel the 4th, Cancel Biden.

Fuck you, Resident Biden.  (Not a typo.)

Biden Threatens To ‘Cancel’ July 4th If Americans Refuse To Get Coronavirus Vaccine

You don’t have the authority or the power.  You cheated your way into the White House.  It will need a thorough sanitizing and fumigating when you’re finally thrown out of it.  I find it amazing the grand old place hasn’t simply fallen in on you; I wouldn’t blame it.

You are a cad, a jerk, and a serial plagiarist.  Even your dogs don’t like you.

You are a boil on the ass of the American Republic,

Hie thee hence, criminal.  We don’t want you and we don’t need you.

Fuck you in places nobody’s thought of before.

And the Congress you rode in on, too.

The new Intolerable Acts

Government by E.O. is not government.

And I say that as one who applauded most of Trump’s Executive Orders.  Because most of Trump’s E.O.s fixed actual problems (OK, OK, the bump stock E.O. was an own goal) while not attempting to go around Congress to make new law.  You’ll notice he didn’t issue an E.O. repealing the ACA after John McCain traitorously blindsided him.  That’s because he knew he couldn’t do that.

Creepy Uncle Pedo Joe, on the other hand…

The new Executive Order signed on April 15 (what a great day to sign anything that takes Americans’ rights away) is entitled Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian FederationBut as the American Thinker points out,

Contrary to its title, this EO is not about Russia. It is designed to allow the Biden administration to deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government.

The Biden administration unilaterally makes the determination and requires neither criminal acts nor intent. The punishment is blocking assets and a prohibition on any dealing with the accused person. Spouses and adult children of individuals found guilty by accusation under this EO are punished, too.

Yeah, spit on the Constitution some more, Creepy Uncle Pedo Joe.

And it wouldn’t be a Joe Biden E.O. without added new plagiarism:

Some of the language in this EO borrows from another: EO-13224 – Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism. George W. Bush signed EO-13224 on September 23, 2001, in response to 9/11.

However, Biden’s EO is as similar to Bush’s EO as an atomic bomb is to a sniper rifle. Bush’s EO targeted financing terrorism. It defined terrorism clearly and narrowly. It minimized legal jeopardy to US persons. It did not strip away the standard for criminal liability requirements of action and intent. It did not target spouses or children of accused individuals. Additionally, Bush made a legally meaningful promise to use it with due regard to culpability and the Bush administration used it with restraint. Even so, Democrats criticized it harshly, opposed it, and fought it in courts.

In contrast, Biden’s new EO is directed mostly at US persons. It criminalizes speech and political activities, based on whimsical and arbitrary definitions. The Biden administration can define “malicious activities,” “democratic processes or institutions,” and the activities that undermine them as it wants.

I encourage you to click the link above and go read the whole thing.

But the fact is, these E.O.’s are unconstitutional on their face.  They set out penalties for actions that are Constitutionally-permissible and rest under the wide banner of free speech.

Moreover, they create penalties in law without the consent of the Congress (though I’m sure that consent would be forthcoming, given the razor-thin majorities held by the traitor progressives in both houses).  The fact is, Congresscritters don’t want to touch this sort of thing with a ten-foot pole, or a six-foot Russian, either.  If they can’t guarantee a win for their party in a given district, they run too much risk of losing enough seats in 2022 to not just overturn those razor-thin majorities, but to possibly create veto-proof majorities as well.  (Though I suspect the latter is pie in the sky; after all, Dominion still dominates.)

We revolted against George III for less, and we wrote protections into the Bill of Rights to prevent precisely this sort of governmental tyranny.

So I have to say, I’m wondering when the next Shot Heard Round the World will be fired.  And when the Boog will officially start.

The Biden E.O.s are the new Intolerable Acts.  And once upon a time, we proved we wouldn’t tolerate them.

If not now, when?

Pretty much, yes, Part II

H/T Michael Z. Williamson on MeWe.

Go give it an upvote.  Assholes are downvoting it.

Pretty much, yes.

Seen on MeWe.

The day-drinker is off her rocker.

‘I’m A Street Fighter’: Pelosi Says She Would Have Fought Capitol Rioters

Yehshureright.  I think it’s more like this, granny:

Or maybe this:

Democrats sure are violent, aren’t they?  Almost like the Brown Shirts they want to impose on us, though in Pelosi’s case, it’s probably more like Brown Sharts.

No, I don’t have any respect for Congress.  Why should I?  I would wear a charge of “Contempt of Congress” as a badge of honor.

Fuck Congress.  (Not literally.  Ewww.)

It’s time, Mayor Hogsett.

Masks are useless, and so are lockdowns and low percentage occupancies.

Texas Has Fewer COVID Cases Than Michigan—Despite Nearly 20M More People and No Restrictions

Despite what [Al] Franken and many other critics predicted, Texas didn’t see an explosion in COVID cases. Instead, the Lone Star state saw cases reach a record low. Indeed, in the month since Franken mocked the announcement, daily cases in Texas fell from 6,834 to 2,078. That’s a 70 percent drop.

Meanwhile, Franken’s home state of Minnesota has experienced the opposite trajectory.

Open Indianapolis up.  Open it all the way up.  You’re only prolonging the pain and suffering.

But you’re a Democrat, so that figures; it’s what you do.

By the numbers, this “pandemic” hasn’t been any worse than an everyday seasonal flu.

So go fuck yourself and your worthless “but it’s for the people!” attitude.  You little bitch.  Only the city of Indianapolis would actually vote you into a position where you could fuck things up.  We were smart enough not to elect you governor, at least.

The people should rise up and run you out of town on a rail.  But by and large, the Indianapolis citizenry isn’t smart enough to understand how you’ve suckered them for the past year.

Fuck you, Mayor Hogsett.  Die in a fucking fire.  Along with the City-County Council.

Kristi Noem proves she’s worthy.

Instapundit points to an article on SD Governor Kristi Noem’s EOs following her veto of the legislature’s bill that would ban men from playing women’s sports.  (Let’s call a spade a spade; “transgender” is a bullshit term and we all know it.)

After failed negotiations between South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and the state’s House lawmakers, the governor issued two executive orders Monday designed to limit participation on women’s and girls’ school sports teams to people assigned female at birth.

Earlier this month, state lawmakers passed a bill restricting transgender athletes from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity. After signaling support — even excitement — for the bill, Noem declined to sign it over concerns the law would not survive legal challenges. Instead, she asked lawmakers to revise the legislation’s language. Major conservative backlash ensued and on Monday, South Dakota lawmakers failed to come to an agreement.

“Only girls should play girls’ sports,” Noem tweeted Monday evening. “Given the legislature’s failure to accept my proposed revisions to HB 1217, I am immediately signing two executive orders to address this issue: one to protect fairness in K-12 athletics, and another to do so in college athletics.”

Neither of the governor’s orders mention transgender athletes specifically but Mark Miller, the governor’s general counsel, says because legislators did not approve Noem’s changes to the bill, she issued the orders as a temporary fix.

(My emphasis.)

I wondered about this from the start. It sounds to me like Gov. Noem recognized there were problems with the bill that would make it hard to defend if challenged in court, tried to work those problems out with the legislature, and when the legislature balked, she vetoed. Now she has two EOs out that more or less deal with the issue and all but guarantee the NCAA won’t penalize the state (which it could do with impunity, since SD is small potatoes in the NCAA’s grand criminal* scheme).

The commenters at Instapundit are mostly full of shit, which is a shame because they don’t want to admit they were wrong about Kristi Noem. Calling her a flip-flopper is just an insult. (Comparing her to Nikki Haley is grounds to be challenged to a duel.) The first two paragraphs of the linked article ought to put paid to that, but it seems the right is rapidly becoming as rabid as the commies over ideological purity. (I mean, how many times did Trump piss you off, and you still identify as Trump supporters? He pissed me off plenty, but I still voted for his re-election.)

If you’re still pissed off at Kristi Noem over this, you need to think about WHY she vetoed the bill. Sometimes a bad bill is just a bad bill. We’ve grown so used to the idea of the veto power being used negatively, it seems we no longer recognize when the veto power is used positively.

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*For what it’s worth, I hate the NCAA with a passion, and have ever since the late Myles Brand, may he rot in hell where he belongs, took it over.

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