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USDA Threatens to Shut Down Farm for Opposing Gay Marriage

Under an Obama Era Rule,  Federal Inspectors can shut down an operation for wrongthink.

In 2015, following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that purported to redefine marriage for the entire country, various employees shared articles and information related to the decision. Don participated by sharing an article that expressed the traditional Christian view that God designed marriage as a union between a man and a woman and set forth reasons for that position.

When a USDA public health veterinarian, the on-site inspector, saw the article in the breakroom, well, he had a cow. He removed the article and reported it to his USDA supervisor. The pair stampeded into Don’s office and threatened to remove USDA inspectors—effectively shutting down the facility—if Don returned the article to the breakroom, stating the article was offensive and harassing under expanded agency rules.

This ban on Don’s speech appears to have been grounded on the USDA’s “Anti-Harassment Policy Statement” issued in July 2015, which prohibits written or oral communications that USDA officials consider “disrespectful” or “insult[ing]” on the basis of sexual orientation.

This is part of the reason the left has gone nanners. For eight years under Obama, they had unfettered ability to punish people for not agreeing with their progressive, politically correct ideology using every agency of Government. They got used to being bullies. They got to like being bullies. They thought they would get to bully their opponents forever once Hillary cemented the Progressive Authoritarian Government Obama had begun. One more left-wing Justice on the Supreme Court and it was all theirs.

But now, there’s a slim chance that the people they straight-up bullied for eight years might just have their rights restored.

BTW: The five leftists on the Supreme Court have just decided that a jury’s verdict can be nullified if one of the jurors is politically incorrect. So, I guess this means, if a white guy is convicted of rape, but his defense attorneys can prove that one of the jurors was a man-hating, racist black lesbian… they can overturn that verdict. Right?

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Posted by V the K at 6:35 pm - March 8, 2017.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Whining, selfish leftists + the stupid Americans with Disabilities Act = the loss of a great public asset.

Berkeley previously housed an online library consisting of more than 20,000 videos of lectures. These videos were free and accessible to the public. But they are free no longer: next week, administrators will withdraw access to anyone who isn’t a Berkeley student or professor.

Two employees of Gallaudet University—a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C.—filed a complaint with DOJ alleging that Berkeley’s online content was inaccessible to the hearing-disabled community. After looking into the matter, DOJ determined that Berkeley had indeed violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Berkeley had two choices: spend a fortune adding closed captioning to the videos, or remove them from public view. Cost-conscious administrators chose the latter option.

“If we can’t have it, then no one can,” said the selfish bastards.

Progressive Government at Work

Posted by V the K at 11:09 am - February 19, 2017.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Until I read this article, I had not realized what y-u-u-u-g-e  role the welfare state had played in bringing about the current epidemic of opioid addiction. And, of course, it was idiot progressive policies what did it.

[The Medicaid card] pays for medicine—whatever pills a doctor deems that the insured patient needs. Among those who receive Medicaid cards are people on state welfare or on a federal disability program known as SSI. . . . If you could get a prescription from a willing doctor—and Portsmouth had plenty of them—Medicaid health-insurance cards paid for that prescription every month. For a three-dollar Medicaid co-pay, therefore, addicts got pills priced at thousands of dollars, with the difference paid for by U.S. and state taxpayers. A user could turn around and sell those pills, obtained for that three-dollar co-pay, for as much as ten thousand dollars on the street.

According to the article, 1 in 5 males between the ages of 25 and 55 is on MedicAid.

The reason Conservatives oppose Government-as-the-solution-to-every-problem is not because we hate poor people. It’s because we have the ability to recognize patterns and understand the reason for those patterns. And one persistent pattern is that when Government gets involved in social engineering, it makes every problem worse. And our understanding of this problem is that bureaucracies do not exist to solve problems, because doing so would negate the reason for their own existence and then all the bureaucrats would lose their power and jobs. The imperative of Government bureaucracies is to perpetuate and exacerbate problems so they can grow their power.

The terror attacks of 9-11-2001 are an excellent example. They represented a massive failure on the part of our intelligence agencies and security apparatus to protect the public. These same bureaucracies were rewarded  for their failure with massive increases in funding and power; not a single bureaucrat lost her job, and the worst of them — Clinton crony Jamie Gorelick — went on to  play a role in the financial collapse of 2008 while becoming a multimillionaire in the process. Public education is another example; the more it fails (as measured by our dismal test scores compared with other industrialized countries), the more money it gets.

To be conservative is to have the wisdom to understand that when you reward failure, you get more failure. Whenever possible, we should rely on people who actually want to fix problems, not make a career out of worsening them.

How Washington Works

Posted by V the K at 2:10 pm - January 12, 2017.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

1. High-Ranking Political Idiot sets his email to ‘password,’ responds to phishing emails, embarrasses Democrat Party.

2. Billions in taxpayer funds allocated for ‘Cyber Security.’

The Obama Regime Spends More Money on Lesbians Than Charlie Sheen

Posted by V the K at 11:04 am - August 29, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The Obama Administration isn’t just spending money to get lesbian farmers to sign up for food stamps, it’s also funding a study to see if the Patriarchy causes Lesbians to drink too much

The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $1 million on a study of lesbian couples to see if stress makes them drink too much.

Not just any kind of stress, but the stress of living under Oppressive Patriarchy of White Privilege and Heteronormative Microaggression Triggers.

The research will be grounded in “Minority Stress Theory,” which blames discrimination and stigma for “negative mental health outcomes.” The latest grant, awarded this year, is a follow up to previous work that found “minority stress is associated with alcohol use and related problems via negative affect among lesbians.”

I strongly suspect the study will conclude: 1. Lesbians drink too much because of The Patriarchy 2. Millions of tax dollars need to be invested in programs to prevent lesbians from becoming alcoholics because of The Patriarchy, and 3. Anyone who questions the use of public funding for this study or the programs it recommends wants gay teenagers to commit suicide.

I wonder if anyone could get a grant to study whether the Government wasting money on stupid studies while running up a $20 Trillion debt drives people to drink.

Stuff Like this Makes Our $20 Trillion Public Debt Totally Worthwhile

Posted by V the K at 8:32 am - August 17, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Obama’s USDA is funding a program to get rural gays and lesbians (and all the others sexual variations) hooked on Government Dependence.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding summits to promote the role of lesbian farmers as a part of its “Rural Pride” campaign.

The agency is working with singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper for a “day of conversation” about the struggles of gay and transgender individuals in rural America. The agency says its wants to change the perception of what it means to be a farmer in America away from the “white, rich male.”

And of course, the focus is on getting more people hooked on Free-Sh-t-From-the-Government.

The all-day summit will teach lesbian and transgender hillbillies how to get subsidies from the government like rural housing loans and “community facility grants.” Bullying will also be discussed.

Democrat-Run Armpit State Looks to Ban Drinking Coffee While Driving

Posted by V the K at 7:35 pm - August 8, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

New Jersey, the state that regards its citizens as too stupid to pump their own gas and regulates the living f— out of firearms is also looking into making it illegal to drink coffee (or anything else) while driving. Because nannies gotta nanny.

Assemblymen John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson) would advance a bill that calls for a ban on drinking coffee, eating of any kind and personal grooming.

Wisniewski and Chiaravalloti’s bill calls for a $200-$400 fine on the first offense, $400-$600 for a second offense and $600-800 for a third violation. At that point, a driver would receive points on their license and face the possibility of a 90-day suspension.

Yeah, let’s give cops ONE MORE STUPID REASON to pull someone over and make a traffic stop and potentially got shot. (As we are repeatedly told that traffic stops are the most dangerous part of a cop’s job.)

I seriously wonder how long History and Nature can tolerate the existence of a culture as stupid and detached from reality as ours has become.

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Darn

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 6:01 pm - June 30, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Freedom,Great Americans,Media Bias

This quote is brilliant:

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…. I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

It’s usually attributed to Thomas Jefferson. It pops up on well-meaning Internet sites which favor liberty and sound money. Recent example here.

Unfortunately, Jefferson scholars say it’s a fake.

The first part of the quotation…has not been found anywhere in Thomas Jefferson’s writings…the words “inflation” and “deflation” are not documented until after Jefferson’s lifetime.

[The second and third parts are loose paraphrases of Jefferson…] The first known occurrence in print of the spurious first part with the two other quotations is in 1948…

Chalk it up to “Things that Jefferson should and probably would say, if he could see us now.” And always Google your quotes from dead people; especially if they’re too good to be true.

Addendum: Even though the Community Conservatives article linked above used a fake Jefferson quote, it had a number of other good things to say. For just one, it is the first place where I have seen the phrase “political/financial complex” to describe the elites who (mostly) rule us today.

I myself use (and I had the experience of coining) the phrase “Big Government / Big Banking complex.” Saying “political/financial complex” conveys the same idea – in fewer words. (But the same number of syllables. Odd.)

UPDATE and shifting topic, since this is sort of a Random Thoughts post: Here’s anti-Brexit harpie Christiane Amanpour trying to play ‘gotcha’ with Daniel Hannan of the pro-Brexit campaign, for nine minutes.

It’s a bit tragic. Hannan is clearly telling the truth and making good points. But Amanpour’s thinking is so cliched, so stuck, so “canalized” on her You Are All Racists narrative, that she can hardly let him talk, and ends up interviewing herself. She must have felt that she was scoring points on Hannan; others of us shake our heads at her foolishness and incompetence.

A new day for Britain

Congratulations to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland for voting to leave the European Union. It seems real because it has prompted Cameron to resign.

The EU began in 1957 as the European Economic Community, originally a free-trade zone for western Europe. And that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, over the decades (and especially after it became the European Union in 1993), the EU devolved into an intensively oppressive bureaucracy that imposes endless, krazy regulations on its member states and, for practical purposes, voids democracy in them.

Britain should gain a brighter economic future from the separation. The “Remain” campaign, of course, tried to claim the opposite. Britain does massive trade with the rest of the EU, and the “Remain” campaign tried to scare voters that the trade will be lost. Which is ridiculous; the EU itself needs its British trade, and the example of Switzerland (not to mention China or the U.S.) proves that independent countries can do massive trade with the EU.

But it’s not just the economics: Separating from the EU (if that is now put into practice) should mean that Britain has regained an important part of its sovereignty and its democracy.

On a personal note: This event is a pleasant surprise for me. Despite the “Leave” campaign’s leading in many British polls, I was sure that the British-EU elites would manipulate the election so that “Remain” had to win. (Manipulate the voters and/or the voting, the counting, etc.)

In other words, I was sure that British democracy was already dead. Today’s news reminds me, in a happy way, that I don’t know everything. Just to put sprinkles on the ice cream, it’s also a well-deserved slap in President Obama’s face.

UPDATE:

UP-UPDATE: Cyril’s comment inspired me to adorn the post thusly:

keep calm and f--k socialism, on a Union Jack background

How to Micromanage a Nation of 300Million People

Posted by V the K at 5:30 am - May 5, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

“We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.” Barack Obama, June 7, 2013.

Bullshirt.

The Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance for an Obamacare regulation mandating calorie labeling in restaurants, which includes a 171-word definition of “menu,” and will apply to coupons and advertisements.

The final guidance includes a 96-word definition of “combination meal” and a 163-word definition of “restaurant-type food.” The government also goes into when “Aunt Cora’s French toast breakfast” must have its calories listed and tells restaurants not to use plus or minus signs on their menus because they are too “confusing” to Americans. [Emphasis added.]

The government considers a menu to be the “primary writing of the covered establishment from which a customer makes an order selection, including, but not limited to, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus; dessert menus; beverage menus, children’s menus, other specialty menus (such as catering), electronic menus, and menus on the Internet.” The full definition is 171 words. Merriam-Webster has a 12-word definition for menu.

The phrase “from which a customer makes an order selection” opened the door for coupons and advertisements to be included in the mandate.

The FDA said calories must be listed on coupons if they have the restaurant’s phone number, and advertisements can be “considered a menu.”

Americans are too stupid to understand plus and minus signs? Really?

I think by “Americans” they mean “Democrat voters.”

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No Trust for the Government

Posted by V the K at 12:37 pm - February 17, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The Obama Government wants to force Apple to decrypt a dead terrorist’s iPhone so they can see who he was in contact with and what they were up to. Apple says no.

If people really trusted the Government that the information on the phone would only be used to protect them against terrorism, they’d be more willing to go along with it. But in recent years, we’ve seen this Government abuse access IRS records, abuse access to medical records, selectively prosecute people and companies who oppose Obama’s policies while letting friends of the Regime get off scot-free for far worse. We have seen them send armed SWAT Teams against ranchers who stand in the way of Federal Land Confiscation policies while giving sanctuary to non-citizen lawbreakers.

If people could trust the Government not to abuse or misuse information it found on the phone, or to not use the knowledge gained from breaking it to break into other phones, we might say, “Sure, go ahead.” But only a tiny minority of people still believe the Government can be trusted.

So, no.

It is interesting that Apple’s move is being cheered by the very same people who want the Government entrusted completely to control their medical records, their access to health care, their educations, and indeed every part of their lives.

Bureaucrats Who Want to Run Your Life Move Toward Zero Tolerance Driving Policies

Posted by V the K at 12:09 pm - January 15, 2016.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal intoxication standard to the point where a single drink with dinner would make it illegal for people to drive.

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content to 0.05 “or even lower.”

They admit, at one  point in the article, that there’s no conclusive evidence this level of blood alcohol really increases the risk of an accident, but they want to regulate the behavior anyway. Why do I suspect that this has less to do with safety, and more to do with 1: Bureaucracies making more work to justify their existence; 2. More revenue for law enforcement and insurance companies; and 3. Busybody leftists who want to run everybody else’s life for them.

And I don’t even drink, so this law doesn’t even affect me.

The Nanny State also wants to ban all cellphone interactions within automobiles; even hands-free devices.

“We have recommended prohibiting all cell phone use, including hands-free, because a driver’s mind must be on the driving, just as their hands must be on the wheel,” he said.

They might also want to do something, then, about the music the young people are listening to. It can also distract drivers.

Mitt Romney Proven Right Again

Posted by V the K at 11:16 am - August 14, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

When Mitt Romney said that ‘Big Bird’ didn’t need public funding, the left exploded in outrage. (Technically, the left is in a continuous explosion of outrage, the only thing that shifts is the immediate target.) Apparently, without billions of dollars in taxpayers subsidies, there would be no educational children’s programming. And without Federally-funded children’s programming, underprivileged children might grow up to be illiterate, unemployable, prone to violence, and dependent on welfare. An outcome that has been entirely prevented by massive public investment in public education and children’s programming.

Turns out, Mitt was right about Sesame Street. Just like he was right about Russia.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy Award-winning program, Sesame Street, and HBO, the nation’s leading premium cable network, today announced a new partnership that will make the next five seasons of the iconic series available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet only SVOD service HBO NOW. As a key part of the deal, Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.

I would be willing to bet Planned Parenthood could get by without half-a-billion in Federal subsidies either.

Absolutely Essential Government Spending

Posted by V the K at 6:43 pm - May 27, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Gay Culture

The Government thought it would be fun to finance a study to help schizophrenic Lesbian Gay Bullying Totalitarians [LGBT] deal with the oppression of convenience store clerks.

The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $52,293 in taxpayer funding to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to study how to reduce discrimination of lesbian, gay and transgender people with schizophrenia by members of the community they are in frequent contact with, like the “convenience store clerk.”

Oh, the crippling austerity. When will it end?

While Veterans Die Waiting for Treatment, the Progs Waste Money Studying Buttsecks

Posted by V the K at 11:06 pm - April 20, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

$20 Trillion in debt, and the progs say all of the spending is absolutely necessary, in fact, say the progs, we have to end the heinous ‘austerity’ that right-wing extremists have inflicted on Government that has crippled the capacity for Government to provide vital services.

In reality, Government is spending money so that perverts can talk to young black men about buttsecks.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $400,000 studying the satisfaction levels of the first sexual experiences of young gay men.

The four-year study, being conducted by Johns Hopkins University, is examining the “meaning and function” of first “penetrative same-sex sexual experiences.”

A rational and reasonable person (i.e. “a racist homophobic h8r” as the progs call us) might ask, “What possible value to society is this research?” Well, possibly down the road, it may lead to Government programs to help young gay men enjoy their “first penetrative experiences” more. The researcher claims that the study will … somehow, vaguely… help contribute to HIV prevention. Which is complete BS because the secret to HIV prevention has been known for thirty years.

But let’s instead ask, “Who came up with the idea for this study.” Most likely, someone with a research pedigree and a fetish for young, African-American men (assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dr. Renata Arrington-Sanders), who figured out a way to get taxpayer-financing for her fantasy of having young African-American men describe their first buttsecks experience to her.

More Great Reasons to go $20 Trillion in Debt

Posted by V the K at 7:58 am - April 17, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

In San Francisco, not only are the public schools serving free breakfasts to all the kiddos, (Parental responsibilities? Who needs them? The State is Mother, The State is Father), but they are also serving them in the classroom, so the little snowflakes don’t have to deal with the “social drama” of the cafeteria.

Adapting to the lifestyles of many San Franciscans, school officials launched a breakfast in the classroom program this year aiming to give students a healthy start to their day.

The program has also removed the social drama of the cafeteria from the program by feeding students in their classrooms.

“Eating breakfast in the cafeteria can be very socially isolating,”

And yet progressives pretend that taxes only pay for roads, schools, and first responders.

Hat Tip: Sondra K. Who notes the Air Force is paying a consultant $2,222 an hour to lecture airmen on kissing and other forms of sexual harassment.

The Left and Mr. Godwin

An Obama administration official says that elected officials in Indiana — who passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Law virtually identical to laws on the books in 19 states AND a Federal law signed by BJ Clinton — are Nazis.  (Hat Tip: Sooper Mexican)

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Interesting implied threat at the end there, isn’t it?

This is the same whiny, six-figure bureaucrat who whined about her paycheck being delayed during the “Government Shutdown” of 2013.

EPA Looking to Get Into Your Shower and Barbecue

Posted by V the K at 9:17 am - March 19, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

The enviro-religious fanatics at the EPA want to clamp down on backyard barbecues and hotel shower length.

“We expect to limit the overall air pollution PM [particulate matter] emissions from barbecuing and to alleviate some of the acute health hazards that a barbecue pit master can experience from inhalation. The particulate matter present during cooking with and without the grease diverter and PM2.5 filters will be tested and compared to that of current data using a conventional propane barbecue using a fumehood chamber with detectors at CE-CERT. Personal exposure of PM2.5 will also be monitored throughout the experimentation period to determine the degree of acute exposure of particulates to the cook.”

And….

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower.

The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.”

Gee, and to think some people think the Tea Party is irrational for thinking Government is too big and too intrusive. Isn’t it worth having $18 Trillion in national debt to receive this kind of quality effective Government?

FedGov Spends Nearly Half-a-Mil to Study if Using Grindr Leads to Sex

Posted by V the K at 7:37 pm - January 22, 2015.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

First it was studying fat lesbians, then the Emperor’s Government decided to spend more taxpayer dollars to see if gay men used hook-up apps to, um, hook-up.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

“Smartphone technologies have provided a new venue for sexual partnering among men who have sex with men (MSM),” the grant for the project states. “Indeed, there are a rapidly growing number of smartphone applications designed to facilitate sexual partnering among MSM.”

The Feds wanted to know if men would use apps to hook up with other men and then have unsafe sex; not that they would do anything to halt or discourage the practice, because the gay left would have a fit. So they spent a bunch of money to figure out what everybody already knew was going on, with no intention of doing anything to alter the activity they were researching.

Debt? What debt?

The State of the Union

My basic reaction to both the Oscars and the SOTU

My basic reaction to both the Oscars and the SOTU

Y’know, the State of the Union Address and the Oscars have a lot in common. They are annual ceremonies held by coastal elites without the first clue about how normal Americans live. They are full of politics, full of pomp, insanely hyped by the media, and they will each be completely forgotten within a week of the broadcast. And in both cases, the point is to celebrate their ability to get the public to buy into elaborate fantasy worlds painstakingly created by people who have no grounding in real life.

In Hollywood, people who can’t stand each other pretend to like each other. In Washington, people who like each other pretend they can’t stand each other. In both cases, the goal is to keep the public in the dark about what’s really going on.