It took the Federal Government taking Associated Press telephone records to FINALLY get the attention of the Fifth Estate that THIS Administration is up to no good. Guess they know where their bread is buttered.
I could go on, but, I would overdose on my antacids. And that would probably bring me to the attention of the FDA…
And I wouldn’t want THAT.
OpenMarket.org advises us of yet another behind the scenes move by the current administration to control more stuff.
This time it’s blogging…
by HANS BADER
Can websites be forced to change to accommodate the disabled — by using “simpler language” to appeal to the “intellectually disabled,” or by making them accessible to the blind and deaf at considerable expense?
The key passage:
But now, the Obama administration appears to be planning to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force many web sites to either accommodate the disabled, or shut down. Given the enormous cost of complying, many small web sites might well just go dark and shut down. The administration wants to treat web sites as “places of public accommodation“ subject to the ADA, even though they are not physical places. Courts used to reject this argument when it was made just by disabled plaintiffs, but now that the Justice Department is making it, too, some judges are beginning to buy it, opening the door to trial lawyers surfing the web and sending out extortionate demand letters to every small business whose web site is not accessible to the blind (or perhaps too hard to understand for the mentally-challenged).
Can you say government wholesale censorship? Sure you can. And I can, too, but perhaps not for long.
Miss Cellania shares with us truncated tales of seven outlaws who achieved ‘folk hero’ status. This includes an analysis as to why this occurs, to wit:
1. The outlaw is a victim of injustice from authorities, and is paying back the favor.
2. The outlaw helps common people.
3. The outlaw is sacrificing his life for a political stance.
4. The outlaw does things the average Joe would love to try, if he had the courage.
5. The outlaw’s outlandish adventures provide entertainment in the manner of a long-running serial.
I’ve often wondered why this happens, historically. After all, some folks, in spite of their fledgling pretense at ‘social justice’ are nothing more in reality than murderers. Bonnie and Clyde come to mind.
Also, William Ayers and the Weather Underground. I’m all for political protest, but blowing up folks and setting fire to their homes is hardly a brave act of protest. And being unrepentant for it years later, and saying they didn’t do enough – after becoming a college professor (!) molding young minds. Disgusting.
Angela Davis? The cop-killer being lauded by the N.A.A.C.P. Mao. Fidel. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. – murderer and bigot. Every time I see some college fool or rock star wearing a Che’ shirt – it turns my stomach.
There are many others.
How are they heroes? Except perhaps to Lenin’s useful idiots.
(an addendum to the post below…)
PHOENIX — Three months before a new state law goes into effect requiring police to sell any weapon they receive, Phoenix officials plan to destroy as many guns as residents bring them.
Those efforts begin Saturday with a gun buyback at three churches in the city, and two more events are scheduled later this month.
After that, gun buybacks coordinated with Phoenix police will likely cease.
(The Arizona Republic)
Sounds like previous post commenters had a good idea – offer the City some healthy competition across the street!
PHOENIX — Over the next three Saturdays, Phoenix will be hosting the largest gun buyback program in the city’s history.
On Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law that keeps cities from destroying guns collected during buy-backs but that law doesn’t take effect until 90 days after the current legislative session ends. Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said guns turned over in the Phoenix events will be melted down.
“We will check the guns to see if they’ve been stolen or used in the crime and then destroy them within this 90-day period.”
Martos said the city initially intended to offer gift cards for people turning in high-capacity magazines but that has been scrapped to allow the bulk of the gift cards to be used on firearms.
“We would prefer that people bringing in the firearms have them in the glovebox or trunk or bed of a pickup and unloaded. We don’t want people approaching these events with guns in their hands.”
The buy-backs will take place at the following locations:
• Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1923 E. Broadway Rd.
• Betania Presbyterian Church, 2811 N. 39th Ave.
• Sunnyslope Mennonite Church, 9835 N. Seventh St.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the city runs out of gift cards.
The city is giving away $100 gift cards to AJ’s, Basha’s or Food City for handguns and shotguns and $200 for semi-automatic assault rifles.
PS – AJ’s is a high-end yuppie market, with nice stuff. A $100 gift card will get you some arugula and a large T-bone. All three markets are owned by the same liberal family, whose patriarch just passed away. Basha’s is middle-class, Food City for the underclass.
h/t KTAR Radio
I wasn’t even going to make a passing comment on today, the so-called Earth Day. I remember in high school (in 1970) when a bunch of like-minded college folk decided to create a holiday to support recycling, and not fouling the environment. One of my pals (another David – David Mitchell, where are you?) even put a bumper sticker on his 1966 Chevy Nova which read “Ecology NOW!”
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not for intentionally fouling the Earth’s water, air or resources. And I do believe we are stewards of the planet. But, when our friend the government gets involved, buoyed by persons with an agenda, we have political forces far beyond a few Earth-friendly hippies trying to get us to think about waste and pollution. Think Nixon’s EPA…
We end up with green fascism. Tried to purchase a 100-watt incandescent light bulb lately? Or throw out one of the new, squiggly ones-made poorly in China? With mercury? Or seen photos of Al Gore’s energy gobbling/carbon spewing house in California?
Do as I say, not as I do come to mind?
The Silicon Graybeard shares his opinion with us of the farce that is Earth Day.
As for me, I’m having a bumper sticker made:
…and I harken back to that whole Paul Revere (William Dawes, Dr. Samuel Prescott, et al) thing.
I remember reading history (guessing it’s not even offered in school, anymore, unless it’s politically-correct) about Mr. Revere, patriot, silversmith, artisan.
It seems his father had emigrated to the British Colonies from France (!) His name was Apollo Rivoire, and his son Paul was his namesake. Sadly, many of the English New Worlders had difficulty pronouncing his name – so he changed it.
To Paul Revere.
Or in his father’s words, “I changed it so the bumpkins would find it easier to pronounce!”
Bumpkins in the Nation – even back then!
…and Bob Owens, as well. For not buying what they are selling.
WaPost op-ed blames whites for mass shootings; fact remains minorities are over-represented for ALL murder types, including mass murder.
A pair of sister-researchers that make their living off the government teat have decided to blame white men for mass shootings:
Whites are under-represented by race in mass shootings, as are Hispanics, when you look at percentage of total population. Don’t take my word for it, either; look at the stats kept by über-left-wing Mother Jones.
Over-represented are Asians, like Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, One L. Goh, Jeong Soo Paek, Jiverly Wong, Byran Koji Uyesugi and Gang Lu who are all East Asian, and West Asian/Arabs, such as Nidal Hassan, and Abdelkrim Belachheb, whom the sisters dishonestly label “white.”
Also over-represented are black mass murders like Omar S. Thornton, Maurice Clemmons, Charles Lee Thornton, William D. Baker, Arthur Wise, Clifton McCree, Nathan Dunlap, Colin Ferguson, and we’re not even including the DC Snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, because they are arguably serial killers instead.
While white mass murderers are given considerable airtime, black mass murderers are ignored by the mass media as quickly as they possibly can… including the racist Washington Post.
Are these overtly liberal sisters really sure they want to start playing race games? As it invariably leads back to the failure of progressive social engineering, I don’t think they do.
As for calling us racist, I’m certain someone will. It’s their modus operandi.
It’s amazing how the p****fication of America continues. I saw an article the other day regarding violence in the schools, and how there was a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for such things. Including the phrase:
Violence never solved anything!
Certainly juveniles need to be taught how to solve their differences without physical conflict first, but, failing that, learn next how to pick and choose their battles, then to win them! These last two elements seem to have been lost to the dustbin of history.
This can and should be extrapolated to relations between nations. Speak softly and carry a big stick works for me, for the ‘street’ and the schoolyard (although most schoolyards prohibit sticks or their moral equivalent).
Certainly children emulate their parents, more than copy their words. If you solve problems at home physically, your child is likely to copy you. I saw a stair-step family in the mall one day, six or seven kids in a row, in diminishing height, accompanying their mother. (side note – father was nowhere to be seen.) One of the middle boys punched his sister in the arm – the mom spun around and cracked the boy full-palm across the face screaming “Don’t you hit your sister!” I wonder where he learned such behavior?
I remember my daughter, after two years of karate, being harassed at her bus stop by a boy who was a head taller than she. This was happening daily. Obviously, the boy was repeating something he heard at home, something inappropriate for this venue or 6th Grade girls, which my daughter was. She implored me, “Can I hit him?, Can I?” I asked if he had touched her, she said no. I advised we would deal with it (by speaking with the school). But, I did tell her if he did touch her, yes, she could respond with force. Fortunately, he was moved to another bus stop, and she didn’t have to do anything. She’d have hurt him, significantly.
I’ve never been the victim of an armed robbery (knock-on-wood) but if I were and the opportunity presented itself, I’d respond with appropriate force. Not inappropriate force, but force. Violence. If necessary. I have been the victim of multiple burglaries (in my former neighborhood). Had I walked in on the miscreants, responding with force concurrent with Arizona law would have been appropriate. And certainly necessary.
I was attacked by a mentally unbalanced person with a knife once. It’s fortunate I was unarmed, or she would be dead. I did injure her to stop the attack.
Violence isn’t always a first choice, but sometimes it is a choice. And sometimes it does solve problems.
Didja ever notice…
The same folks who either want to severely restrict our rights, or eliminate them all together, are the same folks who insist they have their rights, and we shant infringe on them?
They demand the right to to force you to eat what they demand appropriate (or not eat things they deem inappropriate), worship (or not); their right to ‘free’ health care, welfare, food stamps, citizenship, protection both from and by the State (can you say paradox?), ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
And demand you give up your natural (and Second Amendment enumerated) Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Just an observation.
Call your Senators and Congressman, repeatedly to stop the continued erosion of our rights. Yes, my request is ironic.