ACLU sues Portland Police

Of course they did.  See, the Portland Police have been sharing video of riots on social media.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau, challenging its livestreaming of protests.

The ACLU contends the bureau’s practice of filming and broadcasting protesters violates state law that prohibits police from collecting or maintaining information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of people who are not suspected of criminal activity.

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The way of things

I believe in empirical constructive dialectical materialism.
… Good
… Not good. Kunstler began as a mild Liberal. That changed
… Not good at all.  Fred was a journalist and is a retired Marine.... [Read More]


It Is Finally Happening

Yesterday a federal judge in New York ordered that deposition testimony of Jeffrey Epstein mistress and co-conspirator, Ghislaine Maxwell, be unsealed and available to the public. There are a couple of interesting observations from the story to which I have linked. First, the headline says “Maxwell documents” leading one to think that there is no legal significance to them, i.e., that they cannot be used for evidentiary purposes. However, if you read into the story, you will find that these “documents” are really over 400 pages of deposition testimony, which can be used as evidence either to impeach a witness or for substantive purposes, such as statements of an opposing party. Furthermore, the deposition was given in a civil case that pertains to the exact same facts and circumstances from which Maxwell’s criminal trial arose, so, again, these “documents” can be offered as evidence. And one last thing before moving to point number two: depositions are given under oath before a court reporter and judge. This is what gets them over the hump of being merely hearsay.

Second, the stories–at least as the New York Post presents them–are in a slow, drip, drip style. This means that if you do not follow all of the stories released by the Post, you are likely not going to see the ones that detail who was participating in what. Here is an example: the story that I linked to above only mentions Prince Andrew and nothing more. However, the Post also has stories about Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz, but you are not going to see this unless you follow the story line, as laid out by the Post, down the rabbit hole.... [Read More]


Owen Benjamin’s Karma Ran Over Patreon’s Dogma

Comedian Owen Benjamin, not to be confused with YouTuber Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), was kicked off Patreon last year. His supporters on Patreon were not pleased and used a provision of Patreon’s terms of service to demand arbitration for their complaints. This provision required Patreon to front the arbitration fees.

Patreon’s terms included language that allowed any users of the plaltform to litigate their case individually under California’s JAMS arbitration scheme.... [Read More]


Why Republicans Suck

It is not enough that the GOP has to always oversee massive expansions of the general government’s budget. It is that when they craft spending bills–with money we do not have–they always find a way to give it to the military even when the purpose of the spending has zero, ziltch, nada to do with the military. The GOP is going to get destroyed this November and part of that reason is going to be because people like me are fed up. I am in their natural constituency group. I am someone who wants less federal government and more individual autonomy. But all I ever get from them is more government, albeit at slightly slower pace that the Dems, and no spending cuts. Yet every two years, they make “balancing the budget” an “issue” for the voters and push all the blame on Democrats. Well their credibility is shot. For those who are not like me, how can they talk about cutting budgets of social programs when they continuously shovel billions into the Pentagon furnace? And for folks like me, shoveling those billions into that furnace means that, even if there were cuts in social programs, that money would likely be shifted to largest welfare program in the history of man: the U.S. military.

Surprise! $29.4B in Pentagon Pork Tucked into GOP Relief Bill... [Read More]


The Strings That Pull You

It is time to face one serious fact: there is a cabal of powerful individuals who are well placed in our society that attempt to control how you live your life and they do it for their own benefit. In an age where Catholic priests (along with other formerly respected positions of authority) can diddle little children and face scant punishment and power elites can be involved with the sex trafficking (Epstein anyone?) of minors and face no scrutiny, the idea that we, the “little people,” are not being played by those who hold every single lever of power in our society is just no longer credible. Now, our latest example of “Wake the eff up America!!!” is this episode yesterday involving actual doctors going to Washington D.C. to tell people that there is no reason to fear this stupid virus that has spent the last five months making all of  our lives miserable. What happened? Well they simply stated that they have treated COVID patients with a very inexpensive, damned near over the counter drug that has basically cured them of COVID. And then the powerful began pulling on the strings of the marionettes in the media and the big tech industries resulting in this episode of the doctors being removed from all social media–and I would guess all network television too.

Infuriating? Most certainly. There is nothing more infuriating than knowing that someone is abusing power that negatively impacts you while knowing there is not one single thing you can do about it. Oh sure, we can all go to the little alternative sources that allow us to share this type of information with the 15 other people on these platforms, but in a country of 330 million people where some 175 million of those people vote and decide your political leadership, the impact of these alternative platforms is no more effective than you standing on top of the Empire State Building and screaming into the wind that Mises was right. Society is actively being shaped by a small cabal that has control over these various avenues of information and they are manipulating a sizable portion of the population. But why?... [Read More]


Batting Average

It seems to be occurring  to many people simultaneously  that what  we’re watching In Portland, Seattle, etc., is a lot like what happens in Gotham when the inhabitants of Arkham take over the city.  The gates of the asylum breached!  The criminally insane swarm out to impose their own version of reality on the city.
(it occurs to me that I don’t know where the criminally insane are warehoused these days.  I know there must be such institutions, since certain kinds of offenders face “civil commitments “ on top of whatever term of incarceration they serve—but where are those places?)

I’m thinking both of the Joaquin Phoenix movie and of the recent eponymous  TV series, Gotham, which I really liked, set while Bruce Wayne is still a callow adolescent.  In that Gotham, the sun never seemed to shine.  There were fires everywhere: always in the fireplace at Wayne Manor,  and throughout the Ravaged city, in the shells of buildings,  on the streets.  In the film of the Present riots, it’s always late at night;  then we’ll see a reporter standing alone in the sunshine next morning, in front of a battered fence and a building covered with obscene graffiti.  Where did the violent avengers disappear to?  Back to the asylum?  Mom and Dad’s basement?  Are they all at IHOP breakfasting together?  Why doesn’t anybody ever film the early dawn hour and find out where they go?  And is there some signal,or is light itself the cue to disburse?... [Read More]


Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson: Big Tech censors COVID-19 video featuring doctors

QUOTE; “Social media giants pulled the video of doctors in lab coats talking about coronavirus research and they hid it from the public.”

IMHO; a darn good presentation, I encourage you to watch it. The video has been posted under a different heading, what I am hoping to illustrate is his observations on this and the reason(s) for the demon-crats and big business and internet giants blocking it thereby influencing the election.

A whole new version of dirty politics…... [Read More]