On his Fox News show Thursday, Tucker Carlson shined a spotlight on how out of control the power-mad enforcers of arbitrary coronavirus “safety” measures have become. It’s obvious that in some jurisdictions, exerting power over certain groups far outweighs any objective standards of safety or any consideration for the Bill of Rights.
At that link is the segment from Carlson’s show, featuring absolutely shocking (in the first case, literally shocking) footage that as he rightly says, makes you question whether we are still living in America.
The first part is a video of a mom in Logan, Ohio, who was watching her son in a sports event when a large cop and a couple of other people, presumably from the school, came over to tell her she was in violation of the state mandate to wear a face mask. She said she has asthma and can’t wear a mask. Besides, the event was outdoors, and she was sitting well away from anyone else in the sparsely-filled bleachers, and the mandate applies only indoors and in places where social-distancing is impossible.
Nevertheless, when she refused to put on a mask or leave, the cop grappled with her, handcuffed her, TASED her (the jolt also shocked a nearby child on the metal bleachers) then forcibly hauled her away under arrest. I don’t know what’s more shocking: the taser, the behavior of the cop and officials, or the fact that so many other Americans just sat there quietly watching this outrage.
Here is more about the story, with a link to the police department’s response. They claim she was not arrested for nor wearing a mask but for criminal trespass, because she refused to leave (note: because she refused to leave a public event where the mask mandate did not apply. Try again.)
I’m normally not a big fan of lawsuits, but I hope she has a real shark lawyer. The same goes for the church in Moscow (as Tucker points out: Idaho, not Russia) where worshippers were handcuffed and arrested for singing hymns at an OUTDOOR worship service.
In what I hope and pray is the start of a new trend that will inspire churches like the one in Idaho, the Capitol Hill Baptist Church has filed a lawsuit against the DC government, arguing that its never-ending ban on gatherings of over 100 people (even outdoors with masks and social distancing) places an impossible burden on the fundamental First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression. The lawsuit points out that DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who refuses to let churches hold services, has given her approval to mass anti-police protests and even appeared among a crowd of tens of thousands of protesters on June 6 and called the event “a wonderful thing.”
The DC church is being represented by the Texas-based First Liberty Institute, which defends religious freedom rights. Click the link if you’d like to learn more and maybe contribute to the legal expenses.
I’m glad to see Americans finally standing up and saying “no more” to this partisan tyranny hiding behind the name of “public safety.” If you can safely attend a protest rally, you can safely attend a worship service. Those who defend the protesters by claiming it’s their First Amendment right might want to read a little further in that Amendment.
This also drives home how vitally important it is that President Trump appoint a Supreme Court Justice who cares about protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and that the Senate confirm that person with all possible speed.
Excellent news: President Trump says he will sign a “born alive infant” executive order requiring doctors to provide medical assistance to babies born alive during abortions.
As the story notes, Democrats blocked a bill to do this in the Senate, arguing it was “redundant.” So if it’s already the law, they should have no objections to Trump putting it into an executive order.
Incidentally, it is already the law that everyone, from homeless people to crooks shot while assaulting police, must receive life-saving medical treatment. There should be no question that would also apply to innocent babies born under any circumstances. Unfortunately, too many people in positions of political power (like the Governor of Virginia) have tried to deny that basic right to babies born during abortions. They’ve had their moral compasses crushed by the ton of euphemisms (“freedom of choice,” “reproductive justice,” etc.) employed to obscure that we’re talking about standing around and doing nothing while a living, breathing human being struggles and dies. At that point, the only “choice” being made is the choice to be a heartless monster.
FROM OUR "VOTER FRAUD IS A RIGHTWING MYTH" FILE
From our “Voter Fraud Is A Rightwing Myth” File: Authorities investigating election issues in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, found nine mail-in military ballots that had been discarded. All nine were votes for Trump.
Skeptics may scoff that it’s “only nine ballots,” but those would be nine US military members who would’ve been disenfranchised from selecting the commander-in-chief who has the power to send them into endess, pointless wars or not, just as every fake vote cast disenfranchises a real voter. Also, we don’t know at this point how many ballots were discarded, only that nine were recovered.
As the linked story notes, this follows a report of three trays of mail, including absentee ballots, being found in a ditch in Wisconsin.
For those who dismiss the Pennsylvania story because it’s “only nine ballots,” we have news that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed 134 felony charges, including election fraud, mail-in ballot fraud and tampering with a government record, against four people in an alleged scheme to steal a Democratic primary election in Gregg County in 2018. In that race, incumbent County Commissioner Shannon Brown was losing to his primary challenger by a handful of votes until mail-in ballots put him five votes ahead, and he went on to be reelected.
Brown is now facing 23 charges with the others filed against three associates. Paxton says the accused engaged in a scheme to swing the election by targeting young, able-bodied voters to cast ballots by mail by fraudulently claiming the voters were “disabled,” in most cases without the voters’ knowledge or consent. 239 of those ballots bore the signatures of just five people supposedly helping the voters fill them out. The investigation came after the challenger smelled a rat and sued, noting that over a third of the ballots cast were by mail and 29% claimed to be disabled, which must make Gregg the most disabled county in Texas.
It’s interesting that as the Democrats are denying mail-in vote fraud exists, we keep getting evidence that it does and is largely used by Democrats (ahem…New Jersey!) In this case, it was (allegedly) used by a Democrat to cheat another Democrat out of an election win! You’d think that would at last raise their concerns about voter fraud.
But then it appears Democrats might be getting concerned about their big “everyone vote by mail” push blowing up in their faces, since they’re changing their position faster than Joe Biden has on…well, name any issue. They’ve been pushing hard for universal voting by mail (not requesting an absentee ballot, but just mailing out blank ballots to everyone on the voter rolls, which would flood the nation with easily-falsified ballots (again, see “New Jersey.”) But now, they’re urging their voters to vote in person.
Previously, the cover story fed to the media for why Democrats had to vote by mail was that while the coronavirus doesn’t spread at leftist protests and riots, it’s wildly contagious among people in masks standing six feet apart in orderly polling station lines. But now, there’s a new cover story: if Trump loses to mail-in voters, he might refuse to leave office and institute “fascism,” something he’s never threatened and that is laughable coming from the people who’ve given us masked thugs threatening people with violence if they don’t vow allegiance to the thugs’ political views and vote the way they’re told.
Stacey Lennox at PJ Media suggests a more believable reason for the sudden flip-flop: while Republicans are listening to Trump (and me, I hope!) and planning to vote in person, far more Democrats say they plan to vote by mail. And while that does make voter fraud easier, they suddenly realized that mail-in ballots are far more likely to be disqualified because voters on their own are more likely to fill in the ballots incorrectly.
Naturally, the Biden campaign denies that they’ve never encouraged anyone to vote by any particular method. So the advice to Democrats remains what it has always been: Vote early and vote often.
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
This week was Small Business Week, and if you’re wondering what the government did to help small businesses survive the endless shutdowns that the government forced on them, the answer is still “nothing.”
Senate Republicans already have a bill that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program and give desperately-needed relief both to workers and businesses. But House Democrats under Nancy Pelosi refused to work with them, adopting a “take it or leave it” attitude toward their own $2.2 trillion bill that spends far more than the Senate wants, much of it on liberal wish list items that have nothing to do with helping struggling Americans. But they have had plenty of time to waste on partisan garbage like writing and promoting a bill to reign in the President’s powers that they know is such a dead duck in the Senate that they aren’t even bringing it up for a vote.
Rep. Steve Chabot, ranking Republican on the House Small Business Committee, took to the House floor this week to remind his colleagues that American workers and small businesses are hurting, and that he has a bill they could pass immediately that would free up $137.5 billion of unspent PPP funds, as well as other measures to make it easier for Americans to get emergency relief. It fell on deaf ears: the House Democratic leadership blocked that bill.
Rep. Steve Scalise says that House Republicans are filing a discharge petition to try to force Pelosi to allow the bill to be voted on, and some rank and file Democrats who are facing tough reelections are reportedly panicking over what appears to be a plan to make Americans keep suffering and hope they’ll blame it on Trump at the polls. I wonder, if Nancy Pelosi and a handful of party-before-country leaders weren’t standing in the way, how many votes would that bill get?