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1:37 pm on November 23, 2020

Rebellion Grows!

This is the week for inspiring videos, it seems! From Vinnie Terranova comes a link to a clip of New Jersyans confronting their maskless Head Cheese in a restaurant and cussing him out for his bare face though he’s compelled his serfs to muzzle themselves.

Go, Joisey!

12:24 pm on November 23, 2020

As If One Parson Goat Isn’t Evil Enough, Here’s a Herd of ‘Em

Sixty-one pastors at Grand Rapids-area churches have agreed to halt large gatherings, including worship services and weddings, as the surge in coronavirus cases overwhelms healthcare workers and hospitals.

The churches will hold online services.

 “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us sit on the sofa and live-stream.’”

Pastors have been moved by the pleas of front-line healthcare workers, as well as the ongoing suffering and loss of life of Kent County residents as a result of this virus,” the Rev. Khary Bridgewater of Urban Life Church Leadership Center said in a statement.

How damning that they aren’t “moved” by direct Biblical commands not to forsake assembling ourselves together. Meanwhile, aren’t times of “ongoing suffering and loss of life” precisely when churches should not only be open but holding revivals?

Our physicians and nurses are risking their lives, working double shifts, suffering through physical, mental, and emotional hardship to care for patients. We want to give them a fighting chance.”

Your Saviour did more than risk His life: He laid it down, after years of working around the clock rather than mere double shifts and suffering such physical, mental and emotional hardship that He sweated drops of blood. But good that you’re more concerned with His creatures than with Him.

There’s a roll of infamy in the article if you’d like to read the names of all 61 apostates and their churches. I was too busy barfing to do so.

Thanks to Mark Oomkes for helping me keep tabs on the Goats.

11:57 am on November 23, 2020

Collusion: OK and Even Admirable When It Furthers the State’s Agenda

In response to Most Magnificent Video of the Year!, David Maharaj catches the State in yet another double standard:

…[A]ccording to the criminal overlords, it is wrong for business leaders to gather and collude on how to prevent the destruction of their business interests.However, it is perfectly acceptable for government “scientists” to collude, and fix data, that destroys the livelihood of innocent hard-working entrepreneurs. Welcome to the ongoing dystopian nightmare. 

Thanks, but I’m more than ready to leave.

10:05 am on November 23, 2020

Mazel Tov!

I’m no fan of Orthodox Judaism: not only does it deny the clear teachings of God’s Word, but its adherents are also insultingly xenophobic. They can be and usually are downright hateful to “goyim,” as I learned after living in a predominately Orthodox neighborhood for several years.

But I applaud them wholeheartedly for defying North Korea’s—sorry, New York City’s absurd and anti-Constitutional lockdowns, spectacularly and thrillingly: 

A Hasidic synagogue in Brooklyn planned the wedding of a chief rabbi’s grandson with such secrecy it was able to host thousands of maskless celebrants without the city catching on.

…[G]uests crammed shoulder-to-shoulder inside the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg for the Nov. 8 nuptials — stomping, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs without a mask in sight, …

“Due to the ongoing situation with government restrictions, preparations were made secretly and discreetly, so as not to draw attention from strangers,” the [Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt, the publication of the Satmar sect] reported…

“In recent weeks, organizers worked tirelessly to arrange everything in the best way possible. All notices about upcoming celebrations were passed along through word of mouth, with no notices in writing, no posters on the synagogue walls, no invitations sent through the mail, nor even a report in any publication, including this very newspaper.” …

Last month, [New York] state ordered the cancellation of another Williamsburg wedding planned for a grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum … after that publicized event was expected to draw 10,000 people. The congregation called it “an unwarranted attack.” 

They aren’t the only ones: anybody even the least bit friendly to freedom would call said “attack”  “unwarranted.” 

That crackdown led to a determination to keep plans for the Nov. 8 affair under wraps.

Ya think? Unlike Christians, these serfs don’t require a second lesson in tyranny.

The stealthy arrangements continued amid a fear that someone would blow their cover.

“The days leading up to the wedding were filled with tension, not knowing what the next day, or the next moment, will bring; which disgruntled outcast might seize this opportunity to exploit even what hasn’t been written or publicized, to create an unnecessary uproar, and to disrupt the simcha, God forbid,” Der Blatt reported.

Doesn’t that sound like something out of the Communist Eastern Bloc? Which, given that many Jews fled such tyrannies for Brooklyn, gives them practice for dealing with New York’s Marxists.

The synagogue’s stunning willingness to host a potential super-spreader event underscores what critics call the Hasidic community’s ongoing disregard and outright defiance of efforts to control the deadly coronavirus…

Sic for “controlling New Yorkers.” Thank you, New York Post, for cramming your opinion down our throats. Meanwhile, I’m sure Jonathan Nielsen, who sent me this story, would join me in saying, “Good for our heroes! May their ‘stunning willingness’ to defy dictatorship long flourish!”

…Mitch Schwartz, the mayor’s Director of Rapid Response, could not explain why the city failed to detect the enormous Nov. 8 celebration — and let it go off without a hitch.

I can: bureaucrats are to inefficiency what politicians are to corruption.

Next door to the synagogue at 14 Hooper St. is the firehouse of Engine and Ladder Cos. 211 and 119, but the FDNY said it wasn’t called to inspect the synagogue. The FDNY is one of a host of city agencies that inspect sites for COVID-19 violations…

Yeah. Why make work for only one bureaucracy when you can do so for several? But I gotta hand it to the FDNY for this next zinger of a response: 

Asked whether the firefighters noticed anything amiss next door, Dywer said, “Firehouses don’t conduct surveillance on their neighbors.”

Love it! Would that all New Yorkers emulated “firehouses.”

…Asked whether the Satmar synagogue would face any consequences for violating the restrictions, Schwartz gave no answer.

I continue to marvel that the City persecutes these folks. The old saw that Jews own New York is dismissed as anti-Semitic, but it’s factual: they account for about a third of the City’s population; they are intertwined in all aspects of its government; they run its industries, particularly publishing. Yes, Judaism’s three branches diverge politically: the modernistic (read: “atheistic”) “Reform” one tends to be outright Marxist and worships the Dimocrats now that their god is dead, while the Orthodox at the spectrum’s other end generally embrace conservative politics. And the social divisions are also glaring. The Orthodox deride the Reform as “non-Jews” while the latter laugh at the former as hopelessly old-fashioned.

But wouldn’t you think every Jew among the City’s rulers would side with his Orthodox cousins as New York’s despots tighten the noose?

The fact that they don’t, that the COVIDCon is so essential it usurps even Jewish cohesiveness, should alarm us all.

9:16 am on November 23, 2020

The Typhoid Mary Case And Libertarian Theory

On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 3:02 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear Mark:

I think we’re in broad agreement on this.

Best regards,

Walter

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4:23 am on November 23, 2020

Threats, Too, Are Proscribed By The NAP

Dear Fellow Libertarians:

I don’t advocate punishing pre crimes. I suggest that violence is justified against threats.

Best regards,

Walter

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4:21 am on November 23, 2020

Is Framing An Innocent Person For A Crime A Violation of Libertarian Law? Yes.

From: Anonymous

Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 4:39 PM

To: walter block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Question about libertarian theory

Dear Prof. Block,

I’m a fellow libertarian (I mean Rothbardian all the way, etc.)

I’d like to pick your brain on this actual case .

In short, a woman physically harms herself in an effort to frame her boyfriend, claiming that he did it.  Her plot is, thankfully, revealed, and she goes to jail.

But let’s imagine that she succeeded.

How should we analyze this case in libertarian theory?

She lied.  But lying isn’t aggression, as long as it isn’t fraud, i.e. there is no theft.

She used the judge as an instrument against her boyfriend.  However, the judge has a mind of his own, he is not a robot.  Just like Rothbard says incitement isn’t a violation of the NAP, because the people you incide are responsible for their own actions,  similarly, the judge maybe should be responsible for being misled, not she for misleading him.

But, if that’s the case, you see what happens:  Anybody who doesn’t like somebody tries to frame him!   If it works, great.  If it doesn’t, the judge will be punished, not me.   Crazy, right?

Somehow, we need to make the NAP cover lies that intentionally lead to harm, even if it isn’t technically fraud.  I would be interested in your thoughts.  And I would share them with my fellow Greek-speaking libertarian friends, if you don’t mind.

Thank you very much,

Anonymous

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4:19 am on November 23, 2020

Can Libertarianism Be Hateful? Yes.

Letter 1

From: Mike

Sent: Monday, September 07, 2020 3:20 PM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Libertarianism and hate

Sir,

You wrote:

On the other hand, as long as you adhere to the non aggression principle (NAP) of libertarianism, you can be as hateful as you want. You can be an “equal opportunity” hater of everyone, a real misanthrope. Your policy can even be “No Lives Matter, not a single solitary one of them” and you can still be a libertarian in good standing.

To “be as hateful as you want,” while adhering to the non aggression principle, I think of as falling under the umbrella of being as selfish, as self-concerned, as dismissive of others without harming them, “as you want.”  This is why I argue that somebody who pursues of a life of license without harming others can be indistinguishable from a libertarian.  I argued, additionally, the “pursuit of the legalization of ‘medical marijuana,'” remember that? was arguably an advancement of libertarianism, but indistinguishable from people who want to smoke dope without fear of legal sanction, or at least government sanction.  I agree that government has no business telling people what they cannot do with their bodies that harms no one.  The right to life being inalienable, I am not entirely convinced that sanctioning suicide is impermissible.

It’s a shame that libertarians who seek only to be left alone while harming no one, can be so easily confused with license-seekers.  But, well, there it is.

Thank you,

Mike Smith

P.S.  I also figure that working to gain wealth denominated in dollars by using tools of theft or devices that utilize tools of theft such as does the stock market , while eschewing voting as encouraging gangster government, is a conflict, if not downright hypocrisy.

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4:17 am on November 23, 2020

There Are No Positive Obligations in Libertarianism; Only Negative Ones

Letter 1

From: Jens S

Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2020 1:01 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: The peaceful bum problem

Hello Walter,

many people (for example Ben Shapiro) claim that it is not acceptable to just do enough to get by. Instead, they claim, you have a duty to go out of your way to benefit the society around you as much as you can.

In a Libertarian society, this would be nonsense, because only the NAP is a firm boundary.

However, many people have “sinned” by cooperating with the Gov., so they better make up for it before the Libertarian Nuremberg Trials start.

Does this make sense or am I off?

Best Regards

Jens

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4:13 am on November 23, 2020

Politicizing Obscures Truth

Tom’s post concerning the “There is no evidence” refrain as a way of handling any effort to discern the truth of the election fraud is part of a general problem that now afflicts our country. We absolutely need truth but when something gets politicized, the truth is obscured or devalued. And nowadays, everything gets politicized.

No one can do or say anything in the public arena of any moment without having his or her motives questioned or without having to face some phony rejoinder whose aim is to disparage some political stance and to advance some other political stance. Thus, suppose Trump without ill motivation seeks an election fraud investigation, one motive being not to get cheated, another to clean up the system so that future elections are honest. Everyone should want honest elections and seek the truth. Instead the issue is politicized. The Trump opponents accuse him of everything under the sun. He’s embarrassing us. He wants to be a dictator. He’s turning us into a banana republic. He’s diminishing our world standing. He’s endangering the country, there’s no evidence of fraud, he’s a bad loser, etc. etc. etc. He’s even being accused of destroying our democracy. The goal of all of this politicizing is to obscure the truth about the election system and this election while feeding the ill will against Trump and his party. This game is joined not only by Democrats but by Republicans who think Trump has destroyed their party. Several Republican senators are all too willing to accept Biden and have announced that they look forward to working with him. Then there are the daughters like Liz Cheney and the McCain woman who nurse an everlasting antagonism. Allof these people who politicize everything are more than willing to sacrifice the public interest in clean elections to their own narrow agendas and their own petty hatreds and antagonisms. That’s what politicization means and what it does. It’s basically an act of disrespect whose foundation seems to be to advance one’s own agenda. It’s an effort to score political points, which seems to mean to arouse the feelings of some constituency. Truth and the general welfare don’t matter in this sort of thing.

Politics is peculiar in that the media build up people who have no claim to fame if they are merely the offspring of some famous politician. Conversely, if someone like Hunter Biden works wonders as part of a criminal family, the same media ignore it and bury it, or else the jerks running the big social media firms censor it. No one would think of acclaiming Picasso’s 4 children as great people, because their father was one who accomplished so much in the art world.

10:56 pm on November 22, 2020

Vote Fraud in Philadelphia AccomplishedThrough Dominion Machine Programming: A Theory and Some Evidence

Lew referred to a video that contains “smoking gun” evidence of voting fraud in Philadelphia. Lew’s entry is here.

The video is fairly easy to follow, and it’s also quite persuasive. Several things need to be done before it is heralded without reservation or qualification as a smoking gun.

First, the spread sheets shown as exhibits need to be replicated in real time from the basic precinct data. If those exhibits are genuine results from the voting feed data, that kind of replication should be rather easy to accomplish on EXCEL. A replication assures us that the exhibits were not constructed by the video-maker to attain the results shown, but were “natural” outcomes of analysis of the data.

The video analysis makes a case for a particular kind of vote manipulation. Support for this case will be enhanced greatly if the same kind of pattern appears in other voting areas in which it is alleged that votes were undercounted for Trump and over-counted for Biden by machine programming intervention. Failure to find corroboration is not, however fatal to the case presented, because there may exist, and almost surely do exist other ways to tamper with the vote totals by machine. Still, this presentation offers clues as to what sort of tampering may occur elsewhere or what sort of other allied methods may have been employed to build up votes for Biden and take them away from Trump. The method pointed out in this video is for a ratio of Trump to Biden voting that favors Biden one-sidedly to be transferred or made to apply to other precincts, by subjecting the total vote to that ratio. A bad showing of Trump in one precinct then becomes a machine-made seed for many other precincts.

Another experiment that may prove valuable is to analyze the voting in an earlier election that has been widely regarded as non-fraudulent. In such a case or cases, one should not see the kind of pattern that’s illustrated in this video. Conversely, if there are prior elections in which Dominion machines were used and in which fraud was probable or widely thought to have occurred, then if those data can be obtained and analyzed, the same kind of pattern may emerge that seems to be present in the Philadelphia data.

Now, if these experiments are conducted and the theory posited in this video finds support of the kind suggested, then we can be more sure that the Philadelphia vote was manipulated to Biden’s benefit and in the manner suggested.

To nail this fraud down, we could use a further thing, which is some idea of how to code or program the flow of precinct votes so as to produce the results that the video shows.That should not be all that difficult to do.

Ultimately, to get to a smoking gun, there should be identification of the people who bring (or brought)this code into play such that it tilts (or tilted) the election results. Is the code already present? Presumably it is, and presumably it is not a highly abstruse matter for operatives who are trustworthy and who will keep their mouths shut to bring it into play. How was the fraud worked?

Further evidence is required before a smoking gun can be declared with a high degree of scientific certainty, a gun that implicates the Biden side as the perpetrator and beneficiary of election fraud.We surely should have these kinds of experiments done. The cost will not be high but the potential gain is very great in learning how to protect elections that are using machines to tabulate voting results. It may be that all such technologies are to be avoided if there are no ironclad ways to safeguard the true votes.
The presentation is very worthwhile and provocative. It provides a definite theory whose ramifications can be tested with other related experiments. It contains an explanation of how a fraud could be worked or was worked. The theory presented can be falsified, i.e., we can conduct further testing that may reject it.

The evaluation of the election’s validity and fairness is of great importance because elections are one of the few institutional methods of control of government that are non-violent (well, in theory) and that relate to basic rights we wish to preserve.

Other helpful experiments follow. Go to a district or county that Trump won. See if there is the same kind of vote-manipulation going on except in Trump’s favor, and see if the flipping in Biden’s favor is absent or amounts to a rather low amount that’s outweighed by the Trump votes. See if Trump wins without this kind of vote-flipping in counties that he won.

If possible, experiments should be done in districts that do not employ either Dominion machines but paper ballots. The idea is to test that the vote-counting patterns found in the video are peculiar to Dominion and /or to electronic methods of tabulating votes. Mail-in votes present another variable whose possible impact can be explored.

7:24 pm on November 22, 2020

The Fall of the Cabal: The End of the World As We Know It [2020]

The Fall of the Cabal: The End of the World As We Know It [2020]

Take a dive into the rabbit hole. This is not conspiracy but merely facts compiled over the course of the last 20 + years condensed into a 3 hour segment consisting of 10 parts.. Set your cognitive dissonance aside and open your mind to what has been hidden from you for the last century. If you are new to this type of research be warned its not for the faint of heart. Caveat Emptor.

Also take a penetrating look at this intriguing Robert David Steele video interview with Amelia Love and Paul Boys, on JFK Jr., Donald Trump, Election 2020, and the Deep State.

11:40 am on November 22, 2020

The “There is No Evidence” Hoax

Trump’s lawyers have colleccted literally hundreds of signed affidavits attesting to massive, unprecedented vote fraud.  They have put some online and some are public documents.  An affidavit is the same as a sworn statement in court, and you can go to jail for five years if you lie on a affidavit. They are considered to be evidence in all courts of law in the U.S.  That is why the Leftist Lying Media Scum (LLMS), the FOX news liars, and the nevertrumpers are all lying through their teeth once again with their new mating call of “there is no evidence.”  Even the local news channel talking heads are instructed to tell this lie when the subject is discussed in the local news.

Trump may or may not succeed in this latest battle with the deep state, but that does not alter the fact that the “there is no evidence” claim is yet another big lie atop a Mount Everest of big LLMS lies.

9:23 am on November 22, 2020

Idolatrous Irony

“As a believer,” Skip Cook “find[s] it interesting that so many pastors belittle the God given rights and liberties of their flocks, but are more than happy to endorse blood shed committed by their government’s military on poor countries inhabited by brown people.”

If we didn’t know better, we might assume Parson Goat serves Leviathan instead of the Lord.

7:26 pm on November 21, 2020

Singing Sweet Freedom’s Song

Jim Lloyd writes,

[Governor] Kim Reynolds [of Iowa] capitulated to the MaskArena this week, and after reading the proclamation, I was elated to find ‘exemption E’, which states the mask mandate does not apply to “any person giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical or theatrical performance or presentation for an audience”.

Said exemption inspired Jim to creative defiance:

As reluctant as I am to engage in any sort of nationalist nonsense, I do know “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” has four verses that would not be inappropriate for TheCOVID19ExistentialCrisis, and I suspect that singing it in public places would create an audience.

Hear, hear!

6:58 pm on November 21, 2020

Most Magnificent Video of the Year!

A hundred or so local business owners” gathered at “Athlete’s Unleashed, a local fitness center” in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, “to strategize where do they go from here with all the tyranical [sic] shutdowns.”

But then the “Erie County Sheriff’s Office escort[ing] the Erie County Health Department” showed up “in an attempt [to] harass and breakup the meeting.”

The serfs courageously stand their ground! They order the trespassers to leave, yelling “You’re not wanted here!,” asking the sheriff whether he had a warrant (“I don’t need one,” he retorts. Since when?), chanting “Get out! Get out! Get out!” and “We will not comply!”

Eventually, the sheriffs and the busybody from the Health Department leave the premises—but that’s not enough for some of our heroes. They follow them into the parking lot, commanding that they keep going to the road!

This clip is 6 minutes of absolutely thrilling defiance! Buffalo’s entrepreneurs prove peaceful rebellion is not only possible but successful when determined patriots resist despots. 

Thanks to Vinnie Terranova for sending this most heartening clip! 

6:10 pm on November 21, 2020

A Prayer for the Masked Masses

How tragic that the Masked Morons will sacrifice even Thanksgiving with their families merely because various tyrants so order! Presuming such sheeple say grace before their pathetic and solitary meal, Troy Grice has written one for them to recite:

The Overlord’s Prayer

Our government who art in capitol

Hallowed be thy name.

When election come, our will be done,

Our state remade utopia.

Give us this day our daily bread

And remedy our inequities

As you redistribute to those less equal.

And lead us not into liberty

But deliver us from freedom

For thine is the kingdom

And the power

And the glory

Forever and ever.

Amen

 

5:16 pm on November 21, 2020

Is Sidney Powell Gaslighting the Public About Evidence of Massive Voter Fraud?

Tucker and some of his trusted sources close to Trump privately don’t believe she has the evidence. Will she become another Ken Starr (who conservatives assured us was going to lead Bill and Hillary Clinton out of the White House in handcuffs and orange jumpsuits), Bill Barr, or John Durham? Or will she pull the most amazing rabbit out of a hat that anyone’s ever pulled? We shall see, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

UPDATE: yes, love the lay conservative rage against Tucker for asking some questions that even some Trump confidantes have, but not for Tucker endorsing Andrew Yang’s VAT tax to fund a universal basic income program, about which they said little if anything at all.  Lew nailed it: they do indeed hate progressives worse than the state.

5:04 pm on November 21, 2020

New Jersey Gym Owner, Being Fined $15,497.76 Per Day, Is Staying Open

Great point: few if anyone in charge of COVID policy encourages the public to get in better physical shape. Are obsessed with reactive measures such as vaccines and masks.

4:44 pm on November 21, 2020

Alex Berenson: No Evidence Coronavirus is Completely Natural, As Mainstream Media Insist

Li-Meng Yan’s story of a deliberate release of the virus by China’s military made no sense, but that doesn’t mean that the virus is completely natural.

4:34 pm on November 21, 2020

Positive Bias in Vaccine Effectiveness. Go Slowly, Very Slowly

Vaccines for COVID-19 may appear to be effective statistically while actually having zero effectiveness. So writes Andreas Martin Lisewski of Jacobs University.Lisewski notes that the disease has long periods of relative quiescence (inactivity) followed by bursts of high incidence. Assuming that the process that generates infections has this character, Lisewski simulates the double-blind studies being used by the vaccine developing companies. He shows that one can come up with nearly 100% effective vaccines over interim (shorter) periods but still with zero long-term effectiveness. He’s recommending longer trial periods, and he’s suggesting that test statistics that ignore the burstiness of the process are biased toward reporting vaccine effectiveness that’s too high.

Oddly, the recent election shows that unless we understand better the processes that generate votes and the potential influence of mail-in votes, fraudulent techniques, and machines sensitive to interference, we may over-estimate the accuracy of the voting outcomes and fool ourselves into thinking that we have found the clear winner when we have not done so. In the voting case, The voting was notable also for having relatively steady periods, albeit with Trump building up a big lead, followed by short periods of burstiness in which Biden made big gains.

Look before you leap. Patience. DO not adopt untried, or rather unknown procedures and techniques without sufficient bases for doing so. Understand the underlying processes and systems before embarking on wholesale changes in them. Examine long-term consequences.

The Green New Deal and its attempt to get rid of internal combustion engines by some arbitrary date are impatient moves that fail to understand our energy processes and what’s involved in replacing them with alternatives. The adoption of man-made climate change as a working hypothesis is another hasty and ill-thought out belief. Switching from paper ballots to machine turns out to have been yet another error of this kind. A mass vaccine could easily turn out to be another blunder, one in which a failure to understand the disease and its process leads to biased statistical tests and compltely misplaced faith in vaccine effectiveness.

We need to move a whole lot more slowly and far more thoughtfully in many things. Does defunding police make any sense? Do lockdowns and masks make sense? Did it ever make any sense to invade Iraq and Afghanistan? Does it make sense for a mayor to give up 6 city blocks to rioters?

We, meaning the officials who claim to represent us and those of us who support their hasty moves, need to stop running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

The rush of executive orders that impose lockdowns, interrupt businesses, forbid travel and many other activities, these are all examples of rush jobs, paying little or no attention to their meaning for liberty and their consequences. The governors who came out with these orders acted impatiently and emotionally. They lost their heads. They imposed severe and untried measures. They acted impulsively, thrashing around to do something — anything– against the novel virus, whether it be sensible or not, whether it be effective or not.

3:59 pm on November 21, 2020

Mental Gymnastics Over Physical Ones

Eric Morris pays a monthly membership to exercise in a gym across the street from his home. But the “Monon Center” is no ordinary facility: Leviathan owns it. Eric tells me there are four or five private gyms in his town—or were: the “City owned Monon Center and low-cost fitness facilities had their effect over time” and killed one. So far.

That’s our first question: what business, so to speak, do politicians have, establishing enterprises at our expense that compete with some serfs’ livelihoods? And why doesn’t the media ever mourn the jobs government thereby destroys (84, in this case) when it hypes every last one government supposedly creates?

Which brings us to our second question: the Monon Center is double-dipping, gobbling taxes as well as membership fees. But since all taxpayers “contribute” to it, why may only those who fork over additional monies work out there?

And that leads to our third issue: the gym turned Eric away recently, despite ripping him off twice, because he dared show his bare face there. In effect, “they changed the terms of our agreement unilaterally in the middle of the month,” as Eric puts it. That prompted the following letter from him to the gym’s director:

Hi Michael,

I was just denied entry to the Monon Center.  The updated executive order still contains exceptions, including for health conditions, paragraph 3.f.iii, and for drinking water for that matter, 3.f.vi.  There is nothing in this new EO that changes regarding the exceptions, especially including providing some type of proof or documentation of medical exception.

The statement on the signs and your website states:  “Per IN Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-48”.   Please provide where in IN OE No. 20-48 it requires that I would need to provide proof of my medical exception, since your rule is per that order.

 Sincerely,

Eric Morris

The bureaucrat answered at length; consider how much time he has on his hands to address Eric’s objection this completely:

Dear Mr. Morris,

Thank you for your email and sharing your concerns regarding enforcement of the Governor’s face covering

I’m wondering why this jargon has usurped the four-letter, perfectly adequate “mask.” But I guess excess syllables appeal to bureaucrats as much as bubblegum does the vapid.

mandate at the Monon Community Center.

Executive Order 20-48 issued by Governor Holcomb mandates every individual age eight (8) or above within the State of Indiana to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a public building. While no directive from a political subdivision or other local government like Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) may impose less restrictive requirements than those set forward in the Executive Order, Section 12 explicitly permits CCPR to impose more restrictive requirements.

As you noted, there are several exemptions to the face covering mandate outlined in the Executive Order. Section 3(f)(vi) exempts use of a face covering while consuming food or drink. Current restrictions at the Monon Community Center continue to allow individuals to remove their face coverings for this purpose.

Section 3(f)(vii) exempts use of a face covering for “any person while exercising or engaging in sports activity and who can maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from other individuals not in the same household.” (emphasis added) The Monon Community Center is enforcing this requirement. Face coverings may be removed while using an exercise machine or at a workout station whenever the individual is able to maintain at least six (6) feet distance from other guests. When not working out, including while walking in common areas, face coverings are required.

Section 3(f)(iii) exempts the use of a face covering for “any person with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which prevents wearing a face covering.” Section 3(f)(iv) also provides exemptions for individuals that have hearing impairments or individual communicating with a person with a hearing impairment where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Since these circumstances qualify as disabilities and are covered under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), CCPR is following our standard process for considering and granting reasonable modifications for all individuals seeking an exemption from wearing a face covering for a medically related reason. This process ensure consistency in application of the face covering exemption.

Requests for modifications are reviewed by an Inclusion Supervisor, our designated ADA Coordinator,

Hard to tell if that’s one leech or two—but Indianapolis’ population is only 875,929, and I doubt even a Progressive would deem the gym a “core government function.” How many bureaucrats in total infest not only the Monon Center but Indianapolis as a whole?

and all medical information is kept confidential. Qualifying individuals granted a reasonable modification exempting them from wearing a face covering will be provided documentation to present upon entry to the Monon Community Center. The specific qualifying reason(s) for granting a medical exemption will not be identified on the documentation or shared with frontline staff.

Should you wish to request a modification exempting you from wearing a mask at the Monon Community Center during your entire visit due to a medical condition, please submit your request by clicking HERE. If provided documentation supports a modification request, it is always our goal to find a way to help guests

Don’t you hate it when Leviathan pretends its compulsory crap is the same as the private-market equivalent and uses the latter’s terminology? (The TSA especially insults in this regard, calling passengers its “customers.” As if any “customer” in his right mind would pay LaWanda to grope him.) When the revolution comes, I’m going after bureaucrats for this crime alone.

use and enjoy our facilities and services.

Thank you for your understanding as we seek to provide a safe environment for all Monon Community Center guests and employees during the current global pandemic.

 Sincerely,

 Michael W. Klitzing, CPRE

Director of Parks and Recreation/CEO

To this torrent of justification, Eric responded,

I understand you can be more draconian/idiotic/virtue signaling (walk two feet past the entrance and then be able to take it off) than [Gov.] Holcomb, but why suddenly require an ADA ruling to be able to be exempted when the same language was in the previous mask order, including the language allowing you to be stricter.  I am asking you what changed.  Or were employees failing to enforce it appropriately before?  If so, shouldn’t some managers be reprimanded or fired for this serious breach of public safety?

Love the sarcasm with which Eric begins and concludes! A “breach of public safety,” indeed!

Three hours later, Eric reported, “I just walked over there without a mask and worked out.  Go figure.  I counted on government efficiency, i.e. stupidity.”

Always a sure bet, even in these uncertain times!

12:07 pm on November 21, 2020

Investigate the Election. Find the truth of the Election. It’s Necessary for National Security.

When a nation’s entire way of life, its root laws and principles are threatened, when its form of government and its economy are under the threat of a radical, undesired and undesirable change forced upon it by hidden forces and people working in the dead of night secretly, then it just may be time to be thinking about national security for real, and not just as a figment of the imaginations of the warmongers among us.

A fraudulent election that installs a losing team as winner, and a team that begins seizing power even before it has been duly and correctly certified as winner is just such an occasion for thinking about national security and taking steps to assure it and hold on to it. The Biden-Harris ticket lies under heavy suspicion of having stolen this election. It’s essential to investigate the election thoroughly in order to determine who actually won.

Trump’s team of lawyers can only go so far on their own collecting evidence and looking into election fraud. They require investigators to investigate, to gather evidence, to follow up leads. Investigation of this election requires subpoenas to be issued and that requires the activity of judges. It requires local, state and federal investigating powers.

Considering that the election may have been sabotaged by coordinated actions and communications, authority to examine phone calls and e-mails has to be obtained and employed. Considering that the effects of election fraud undermine the state, this is a case that actually does involve national security. This means that a case may legally be made to employ powerful intelligence tools to ascertain the now-hidden fraud activities that may have stolen a major election.

The leaders of both major parties should be loudly seeking this kind of thorough investigation, and if they decline to do so, that’s suspicious. If they were so suspicious of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, when there was no real and significant evidence of any hanky-panky involving Trump’s associates, then why would they not fully support the investigation of this possible attack on national security? Of an election fraud operation on a giant scale? Where are Romney, Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, Comey, Brennan, Clapper and many others now? Where are their voices now? Where is their patriotism now? Where is their love of country now? Are they really uninterested in national security of which an honest election is a large component? Were they just full of hot air for the past 4 years? Are they in on this fraud themselves? Do they have knowledge that they are concealing? And where are the media voices that joined the Russian collusion bandwagon? Where are they now?

As president and sworn supporter of national security, Trump has every reason to challenge us to find and secure the election’s truth. The truth of this election is a highly valuable goal. No one can say it is not. No one can claim we now know this truth. No one can claim that finding the truth is not worth every penny it will cost to find it. The nature of the country’s existence hinges on knowing the truth of this election. Every true American should want to see investigations occur that are thorough, detailed, unbiased and truthful. We all should be committed to abiding by the results.

The moral high ground is to investigate thoroughly even if one’s own ox gets gored, and that’s the problem. That’s the obstacle. The finger of guilt points toward one side primarily, and that side resists investigation. That side is acting as if it’s the clear winner, when it is not. The country cannot overcome this problem without a great deal of moral engagement from a great many people committed to something beyond their own immediate interests, namely, the truth of an election and the survival of a nation and its ideals and principles. This is not a time for censorship. It’s a time for the very opposite, if we are to get to the truth of the election. Everyone has to rise above themselves and commit to finding the truth, without having to worry about being personally attacked or doxxed.

There is more than enough evidence at this time to make a prima facie case. Investigation is absolutely required and essential. There should be several investigations launched in Congress, by the Department of Justice, and in many other locales of public justice at state and local levels. Trump’s lawyers cannot investigate without also hiring investigators and stimulating government investigations.

Too many suspicious voting events occurred during this election. They cannot be disposed of by charging that they amount to an empty conspiracy theory. There are too many affidavits to say that. There is too much already known about the voting machines and their problems and algorithmic capabilities to dismiss the necessity for investigations top to bottom.

The heavy weight and responsibility for finding the election truth should not fall upon Trump’s lawyer team alone. We should assume that weight ourselves through public and official bodies and through those of us who have specific knowledge that needs to be revealed if the truth is ever to be known. Lots and lots of individual Americans know parts of the truth and they should come forward and tell us what they know. The time for doing this is now. If wrongs were done, there are people who know they were done.

9:19 am on November 21, 2020

Spineless Republicans

I can’t speak about Republicans in any other county in Florida, but in Orange County, they are spineless. When I go into stores like Walmart (multiple locations), Home Depot, Lowes, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club (multiple locations), Publix (multiple locations), I see 99.9% mask compliance. I either don’t wear a mask as I walk in or else I put one on just to walk through the door and then immediately remove it (like at Walmart). Once inside, no employee of any of these stores has ever said one word to me about a mask. I purposely walk by managers to see if they will say anything. They don’t. I talk to them. They still don’t. You can’t tell me that only Democrats shop at these stores. It is the same with restaurants. I have had only three restaurants refuse to serve me or seat me because I refused to wear a mask to order or walk to my table. I go to other restaurants and do not wear a mask to order my food, wait on my take out order, walk to my table, go to the restroom, or exit the restaurant. No one in the restaurant, including management, says a word to me about a mask. Yet, I see 99.9% mask compliance. Again, you can’t tell me that only Democrats eat at these restaurants. Republicans are absolutely spineless. They complain about how things will be under Biden, but I see no attempt at resistance now. Orange County has a fascist mayor and has a mandatory mask ordinance. But, per the Florida governor, there are no penalties for not wearing a mask. And actually, there were no penalties to begin with in Orange County. What are Republicans in Orange County afraid of? Take off your masks!

7:59 am on November 21, 2020

Remembering The November 22, 1963 Deep State Coup d’état


President Donald Trump must issue the appropriate executive order in compliance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, and direct all government agencies/entities to make public and unredacted all complete files and records pertaining to the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy as directed by this Act. This information shall be transmitted to the National Archives for full public disclosure to be included in the Archives’ Collection and made available for public inspection and copying.

There is an ever-growing scholarly consensus among presidential historians, distinguished political analysts, and JFK assassination researchers that on November 22, 1963, an insidious coup d’état by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and the highest echelons of the National Security State was accomplished with the brutal murder of President John F. Kennedy.

The official full 889-page report by the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, about the assassination of President John Kennedy on November 22, 1963, established the cover-up of this coup. Their landmark final report was presented to President Lyndon Johnson on September 24, 1964, and made public on September 27.

The “smoking gun” in the cover-up of the assassination is found in CIA Dispatch #1035-960 (available online). This was the crucial covert directive to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird elite media assets to vigorously denounce critics of the Warren Commission Report as “conspiracy theorists.” This is when that particular derogatory term of denunciation and disinformation widely entered the national conversation in an attempt to marginalize, cut off and stifle informed debate on the president’s murder because the path of evidence would lead directly to those elements behind the sinister cover-up.

These facts are discussed in detail in Lance deHaven-Smith’s authoritative Conspiracy Theory in America (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press). Dr. Smith is a widely published scholar in peer-reviewed academic journals and is Professor in the Reubin O’ D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

What happened on that fateful Friday in Dallas fifty-seven years ago led to perhaps the single most important series of events affecting the subsequent history of our nation. It lies at the inner most depth, the dark clotted heart, of what observers now describe as the deep state.

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10:20 pm on November 20, 2020

Defy the Turkeys By Dining On Turkey!

I trust you are either attending or hosting the biggest, baddest Thanksgiving bash ever this year! Swarms of relatives, hordes of friends, all meeting indoors, not a mask in sight, with hugs and handshakes all around!

Send me a report, including such details as how many folks gathered together, the menu (go on, satisfy the foodie in me! Recipes also welcomed!), the ages of the oldest and youngest present, in which state your feast transpired, how many of you hissed when anyone mentioned a politician, and the blessings for which you’re especially grateful. I’ll publish a compendium of these after the Big Day. Let me know whether you prefer anonymity or would like credit by first or full name.

This is the day which the Lord hath made. we will rejoice and be glad in it”! Nor will we allow a shamdemic and the totalitarians exploiting it to ruin our festivities!

5:51 pm on November 20, 2020

The Lethal Bible Club

Mark Seiler notes, 

Your piece on the California “Pastor” that is closing his church just confirmed what I’ve said for some time now. Christianity will be killed with a club that has written on it “Romans 13”. I imagine King James got a shiver up his leg the first time he read it.

And tyrants since have gotten bright ideas about how they can lead Christians around by the nose.

10:48 am on November 20, 2020

Excuse Us, Parson Goat?

Jonathan Nielsen responded to When Parson Goat Becomes a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing with a

…challenge … to all the “Parson Goats” out there. If they don’t believe that now is the time to do anything other than comply 100% with every tyrannical, ridiculous, and pseudo-scientific mandate that sociopaths who obviously serve the devil and hate and seek to replace God can concoct –

Then they need to give an answer as to WHEN we should make like the Founding Fathers and, in the words, of Thomas Jefferson, “throw off such government.”

Just how much abuse, theft, lies, violence, bigotry, double standards, and tyranny of every sort should we accept before saying that it now counts as – again from the Declaration of Independence – “a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably … absolute Despotism”???

I’d love to see what the answers are.

So would I. But I’ve observed that when we present Parson G with unanswerable logic, he doesn’t answer.

10:24 am on November 20, 2020

Three Debates on the Minimum Wage Law

I’ve debated on this subject with three Loyola University Professors; be fair, let me know who you think won these debates.

April 5, 2016. Tuesday. “Catholic social thought and libertarianism: friends or foes?” A debate between Fr. Edward Vacek, SJ, professor of religion and Walter Block, professor of economics. It will take place from 7-9 pm, Nunemaker Hall, Monroe Hall, 3rd floor. Sponsored by the Loyola Institute of Ministry, the Religious Studies Department, the Economics Department, the Loyola economics club and the Loyola libertarian club. Moderator: Gage Counts, Opinion and Editorial Editor of the Maroon. For some background on this debate, see the 2/19/16 issue of the Maroon, pp. 14-15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi-T41lcCX4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYmi7XtB0wI

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2:18 am on November 20, 2020