From Australia to California, wildfires are a Big Brother problem

An article about the current wildfire crisis in Australia brought back echoes of recent comments about the same issue in the USA. It is very obvious who the people are who should be held accountable for the current mess. At the top of the list are the premiers and ministers responsible for land management, such as it is, and bushfire policy, and the public servants in their departments with jurisdiction over forests and national parks. State governments in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have palpably failed to do the most important job they were elected to do: protect the lives and

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When birth certificates become a public safety issue

The law of unintended consequences appears to have struck again, this time in Colorado, where anyone can apply to have their birth certificate amended to change the record of their biological sex at birth. If governmental policy allows IDs to contain false, misleading, confusing, or unverified information, a chain reaction of adverse societal consequences will result. Those formerly comfortable in relying on the information disclosed in IDs will be compelled to undertake their own costly, time-consuming, and difficult investigations in order to verify the true nature of the person presenting an ID. . . . Inability to rely on the accuracy of the

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So much for the evil, racist, bitter-clinger gun nuts of Richmond!

Photographs taken at today’s demonstration against Second Amendment restrictions in Richmond, Virginia.  All are sourced from various Web sites, and have been posted multiple times, so I don’t know their origin.  If anyone took them and wants them removed, or a copyright acknowledgment, I’ll be glad to comply.           And did you notice how much of the left-wing mainstream media went dead silent on the subject, as soon as it became clear that the protesters were basically decent, law-abiding citizens protesting legislative overreach?  They wanted to blare banner headlines about racists and white nationalists – few, if any

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The Virginia crisis: where’s the evidence of wrongdoing?

I’m obliged to Daily Timewaster for posting this video comment on the lead-up to today’s protest in Richmond, Virginia.  The author makes some very good points. He’s right.  If a crime has been committed, or the authorities know that a crime is being planned, arrest those responsible and charge them.  Don’t penalize the entire citizenry of a state for the alleged – but so far unproven – plans, crimes or motivations of a few.  That’s not how the rule of law works . . . but then, in Virginia today, one questions how seriously the rule of law is being taken by the powers that be.  After all, they’re changing those

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Coming to a boil in Virginia?

Many commenters, including myself, have urged caution in the weeks leading up to today’s VCDL “Lobby Day” pro-Second-Amendment protest in Richmond, Virginia.  We’ve pointed out that the newly-installed Democratic Party administration in that state has basically set things up so that they can’t lose.  Any incident is going to be blamed on right-wing agitators, redneck rebels and “bitter clingers“, and used as an excuse to implement even harsher repression against those who place a higher value on the Constitution of the United States than upon current politically correct shibboleths. However, the other side has not been seeking to de-escalate things to a level

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The great inversion: “deplorables” versus intellectuals

Eric S. Raymond wrote a very thought-provoking article a few weeks ago, analyzing how socialist and Marxist ideology has moved its support base from workers to intellectuals in both the UK and the USA.  Here are a few excerpts. There’s a political trend I have been privately thinking of as “the Great Inversion”. It has been visible since about the end of World War II in the U.S., Great Britain, and much of Western Europe, gradually gaining steam and going into high gear in the late 1970s. . . . To understand the Great Inversion, we have to start by remembering what

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Demonizing gun-owners: what to expect, and what to do

The gun control legislation being put forward by the new Democratic-dominated government of Virginia echoes and extends measures already implemented in other anti-gun and anti-Second-Amendment entities such as California, the city of Washington D.C., and many other jurisdictions.  Their common feature is that they seek to demonize gun owners, in so many words, as threats to public safety and security simply because they dare to own – much less use – firearms.  This even includes disparaging their mental health. Those of us living in firearm-friendly jurisdictions have probably not given much thought to how our lives may change if such measures come to our

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The bloody ethics – or lack thereof – of organ transplants

Two articles caught my eye over the past few days, both dealing with different aspects of organ transplants. The first is from Quillette, and is titled “Bloody Harvest—How Everyone Ignored the Crime of the Century“.  It provides ghastly details of China’s harvesting of organs from political prisoners and prisoners of conscience – apparently including current Uighur detainees. In June of this year the China Tribunal delivered its Final Judgement and Summary Report. An independent committee composed of lawyers, human rights experts, and a transplant surgeon, the Tribunal was established to investigate forced organ harvesting on the Chinese mainland. These rumours

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An American dystopia – but is it deliberate?

There’s an old military saying that you’ve seen in these pages before.  “Once is happenstance;  twice is coincidence;  three or more times is enemy action.”  It’s often attributed to Ian Fleming, from his James Bond novel “Goldfinger”, but it’s far older than that.  I’ve seen similar sentiments expressed in eighteenth-century writings.  Basically, it means that if the same thing happens, with similar results, too many times, it’s not accidental or coincidental.  Instead, someone’s out to get you, and you need to do something serious about them before they do. I find myself repeating that saying when I consider the catastrophic

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Potential for voter fraud? Oh, heck, yes .

Kudos to Judicial Watch for stepping up to the plate and continuing its investigation and activist intervention in states and counties that are not maintaining their voters rolls properly.  In a press release, the organization said: Judicial Watch announced today it is continuing its efforts to force states and counties across the nation to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), by sending notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible voter registrations within 90 days. Section 8 of the National

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