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May 09 2021

Birthing People’s Day Flowers Offensive to Climate

Happy Mother’s Day — or as our moonbat rulers might call it, Birthing People’s Day. Just be sure not to give Mom flowers. That would be offensive to the climate:

[F]lowers can generate serious carbon emissions because of refrigeration and long-haul transport. … In 2018, Valentine’s Day flowers grown in Colombia and flown to US airports produced some 360,000 metric tons of CO2, according to estimates by the International Council on Clean Transportation. …

To top it off, after they are flown to the USA, they are distributed by truck, which entails using fossil fuels.

Maybe we should grow the flowers domestically to cut down on transportation. But no; that won’t save the polar bears:

When grown in cooler climates, flowers need heated greenhouses. That means domestic flower production can also generate high CO2 emissions because it’s electricity-intensive… [T]he carbon footprint of flowers grown in cooler countries like the US can be more than 5.5 times greater than that of equatorial countries…

If we don’t listen to leftist scolds and stop buying flowers, the weather will become too hot. Then, according to climate doomsayers, the British will have to stop growing potatoes and lettuce. Fortunately, they are developing suitable alternatives:

Potatoes and lettuce will have to be replaced in the UK by small, mustardy root vegetables and dandelion leaves as a warming climate means we cannot rely on traditional crops, Kew Gardens has said.

Celebrate Mother’s Day politically correctly. Give Mom a bouquet of dandelions harvested locally from your backyard.

On tips from Steve T.

May 09 2021

Courageous Pastor Artur Pawlowski Arrested

As they consolidate power, leftists will punish dissidents more forcefully. Artur Pawlowski, a Calgary pastor who immigrated from formerly totalitarian Poland, lifted our spirits when he threw the Covid police out of his church, sending them off with their tails between their legs. Surprisingly, you can still watch it on YouTube:

Pawlowski has the courage and the moral standing to rally wider resistance. This would be unacceptable to the authorities, so they obtained a secret warrant allowing them to use “any force necessary” to disrupt his church services.

Now he and his brother Dawid have been arrested:

Both have been charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, in addition to “requesting, inciting or inviting others” to join them, said the Calgary Police Service in a statement.

In other words, they were arrested for holding a church service. Similar incidents must have occurred in Poland under communist rule in Pawlowski’s youth.

From here resisting will only become more difficult. But whatever the price of resisting, the price of not resisting is guaranteed to be higher.

On a tip from Troy H.

May 09 2021

Open Thread

Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual. - Walter E. Williams
May 08 2021

Take a Drive Through Portland

The city of Portland has succumbed to leftism. Here is what happens if you try to drive on streets ruled by Antifa/Black Lives Matter while they are staging their daily “mostly peaceful protests”:

[A] vehicle apparently leading the group came upon a pickup truck driver who was traveling toward the marchers, and the lead vehicle blocked the driver’s path — and in seconds, numerous militants descended upon the pickup truck driver and began threatening him.

The driver, who was armed himself, demonstrated remarkable nerve in facing down the mob of heavily armed thugs.

As the driver got back into this truck and began to move past the militants, one leftist called him a “f***ing Nazi” as others demanded he “get outta here!” Then just before he reached the intersection — apparently after one of the leftists hit or threw something at his truck — the driver stopped, got out, and confronted the group.

He was hopelessly outnumbered.

Soon the driver was requesting an ambulance, asking for his gun back, and telling the leftists that he’s a disabled Marine.

This is what liberals are turning our country into:

The same mob of thugs attacked another vehicle the same day for trying to move past their blockade rather than obeying their orders. Looks like they punctured at least two tires, smashed the back window, and injured the driver:

Marginalize the police as Democrats have been doing and you get Antifa/BLM instead.

It’s hard to believe that even Biden voters want to live in a country like the USA is rapidly becoming. Yet they must. It has been clear since well before the election that Antifa/BLM are allowed to run riot because they are doing the work of Democrat authorities, serving as cat’s paws to terrorize regular Americans.

If members of a right-wing militia ever behaved like this, they would be dead or in long-term lock-up within a few hours. In contrast, Antifa/BLM are confident that for them there will be no consequences. For all intents and purposes, they are in charge.

On a tip from Varla.

May 08 2021

Mask Up in the Shower

Dr Fauci has changed his looks to avoid being hounded by the paparazzi, but his voice gives him away. Here the Caliph of Covid explains why we need to wear ChiCom virus masks in the shower:

On a tip from Lyle.

May 08 2021

Wakanda in Colorado

The idea is to actualize the comic book black utopia of Wakanda. Given the Colorado setting, maybe it would be better to describe the dream as a Galt’s Gulch for Black Lives Matter types. But if it ever comes into existence, Hammer City is more likely to call to mind the Donner party.

Black Hammer is praised by the media as an activist group that hands out masks and other goodies to People of Color. Its ideology goes beyond racially exclusive good deeds.

RT reports:

Openly communist, overtly anti-white, and proudly anti-Semitic, the ‘Black Hammer’ organization isn’t afraid of a fight. The group’s Twitter account fires off hourly invectives against the “cave beast” white race it sees as “colonizers,” and against the Jewish people it accuses of funding the “pig departments and prison systems that mass incarcerate and kill us everyday.” Bizarrely, the group has taken a fix on Anne Frank, calling the Holocaust victim a “bleach demon” …

Black Hammer’s members have been stockpiling cash. A GoFundMe campaign organized by the group has pulled in nearly $65,000 since last July. The group wants $500,000 to build a city of their own, with free healthcare, free rent, and no cops. White people and Jews are presumably not welcome.

Now Black Hammer says it has “liberated” 200 acres high in the Rocky Mountains. Whether that means they bought the land or are planning to squat there is unclear. What we do know is that the soil in that region is not ideal for farming, and winters are harsh and long.

Barking slogans inspired by critical race theory puts food on the table for college professors, journalists, and Democrat politicians, but these are all parasites feeding on civilization. It doesn’t work out in the wild.

On a tip from R F. Hat tip: Pirate’s Cove.

May 08 2021

Open Thread

When you start paying people to be poor, you wind up with an awful lot of poor people. - Milton Friedman

Hat tip: Joann.

May 07 2021

AOC Praises Planned Parenthood for Saving Babies’ Lives

Our Democrat rulers take gaslighting to extremes so surreal, they would give Rod Serling a chill. With Mother’s Day coming up, Future of the Democratic Party Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praises Planned Parenthood for the many babies’ lives it has saved.

After denouncing the legal system for executing murderers even if they are black and hospitals for not being completely run by Big Government, AOC barks,

“Let’s talk about how many lives Planned Parenthood has saved and how many babies have been born because of the prenatal care provided by Planned Parenthood.”

No, let’s talk about how many babies have been killed by this lavishly taxpayer-subsidized abortion mill, which serves as a money laundering service by channeling $millions of its government subsidies back into the Democratic Party. According to its 2019–2020 annual report, PP provided 8,626 prenatal services and 354,871 abortion services — a ratio of over 41:1.

Either our rulers despise us enough that they think we will believe that abortion mills save babies’ lives rather than snuffing them out, or these maniacs are so insane that they believe it themselves. It’s hard to say which is more frightening.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

May 07 2021

New York State May Suppress Bitcoin Mining

The Biden Administration has been doing everything possible to create hyperinflation, intensifying interest in alternatives to potentially worthless fiat currency. Big Government’s predictable reaction — crackdown — has already begun. The pretext: BitCoin is offensive to the climate.

Via Gizmodo:

A new bill that hit the New York state senate on Monday is aiming to put a multi-year pause on crypto mining operations across the state until authorities can fully suss out what that mining is doing to the climate and local environment. …

Bitcoin mining has come under increasing scrutiny for the staggering carbon footprint tied to electricity use to keep operations running 24/7.

The bill would impose a 3-year moratorium on Bitcoin mining in New York state.

During that period, officials would try to measure the greenhouse gas emissions tied to mining as well as the impacts on local wildlife, water, and air quality.

If virtual mining for Bitcoin is suspected of all that environmental havoc, think what physical mining for gold and silver must do. Big Government might need to impose more moratoriums.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 07 2021

Not the Education Most Parents Have in Mind

Letting moonbats run public schools turns out not to be such a good idea. Young America’s Foundation reports from Washington state:

Jennifer Miller, a 1st grade teacher in Bellingham School District, subjected her six and seven-year-old students to I am Jazz, a book that details a two-year-old biological male beginning his transition to a female, with the support of his parents.

It isn’t surprising to see teachers subjecting children to sexually warped propaganda, considering who runs the school board:

Jennifer Mason, president of the Bellingham School Board, owns and operates a self-described “all-ages” sex toy shop.

The shop is called the WinkWink Boutique. It bills itself as “a woman-owned, all-ages, inclusive, not creepy sex shop.” Readers may or may not take Mason’s word for it that the shop isn’t creepy.

“I want to show people if sex isn’t something to be ashamed about, then I should be able to be an elected official and own a sex shop at the same time,” Mason told the local paper. “That’s what it means to live your values.”

What’s scary is that these people indoctrinate small children with their values.

On a tip from R F.

May 07 2021

Covid Isolation as a Reprieve From Racism

By rewarding designated victims for theatrically wallowing in paranoid neuroses and stripping them of the concept of shame, the liberal establishment has reduced them to sniveling wrecks. The New York Times recently featured a letter to the editor from Michael Reid, complete with photos and the following title:

Covid Isolation: A Reprieve From the Stresses of Racism

Reid reports that he feels himself to be oppressed:

I am a Black man weighing in at about 200 pounds. My Afro hairstyle adds a couple of inches to my six-foot frame. Consequently, I stand out in the predominantly white spaces I inhabit.

The term “white spaces” is a clue that we are dealing with someone with advanced training in moonbattery. The white space he inhabits is Santa Fe — not exactly a hotbed of political incorrectness.

The town seems to draw eccentrics. Reid may be one of them.

In the early months of the pandemic, I noticed myself growing more relaxed. I welcomed isolation and the familiarity of my home. My breath grew deeper and more regular. … It felt safe being inside.

But as I begin to venture back outside, now fully vaccinated, I realize that my transition from a normally high level of stress and anxiety was not entirely due to shielding from the coronavirus, but the sudden absence of everyday encounters with racism and microaggression.

No specific microaggressions or encounters with racism are described or even hinted at.

If he wants a permanent reprieve from the stresses of racism, he could always move to a country where blacks have it better than they do in the USA. Problem is, there is no such country.

On a tip from Bruce L.

May 07 2021

Olympics, Utah Supreme Court Succumb to LGBT Lunacy

To the list of institutions that have been infiltrated, subverted, and reduced to a sick joke by moonbattery, we can add the Olympics. Women’s weightlifting competitions are officially meaningless. All other women’s sports will quickly to follow.

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will reportedly become the first transgender Olympian after qualifying for this summer’s Tokyo Games, according to various reports.

Hubbard is a man, and used to compete as one. But now he identifies as a woman. He will lift in the women’s super-heavyweight category. In the unlikely event that he encounters any real women who can lift as much as he can, his next step toward Olympic gold may be to identify as featherweight.

By pretending to be a woman, Hubbard got himself named the winner at the Pacific Games in Samoa in 2019. Tough luck for whichever actual woman deserved the medal.

Circling the drain along with the Olympics is the Utah Supreme Court, which has followed other courts in decreeing that because LGBT ideology ranks above biology, the sexually disoriented can have their birth certificates changed so as to give the incorrect sex.

If you identify as someone who was born in a different city, presumably you can have that changed too. You might try having your parents changed, to put yourself in line for a big inheritance.

LGBT militants celebrate yet another victory over sanity:

For transgender people, having a driver’s license or identification with “the wrong [i.e., the right] gender marker on it can force a transgender person to out themselves on a daily basis, putting them at risk for ridicule, discrimination and violence,” the group Transgender Education Advocates of Utah said in a statement.

An easier way to avoid ridicule would be not to go out and about in clothes appropriate for the opposite sex.

Transsexuals will be heartbroken when the postmodern War on Reality moves on to a new front, and they discover that they are not the center of the universe after all.

On tips from Bluto and ABC of the ANC.

May 07 2021

New Ant Gets Woke Name

No one escapes from woke totalitarianism — not even insects. Here is how the authorities impose their bizarre gender ideology on ants:

A newly discovered ant is now the first animal species to be given a scientific name ending in “they” to honor gender diversity.

Some might go into the sciences as a way to escape from moonbattery. But there is no escape anywhere. Leftists impose their outlook on everything conceivable.

Researchers named the miniature trap-jaw ant from the luscious tropical forests of Ecuador “Strumigenys ayersthey.”

Typically, when species are named after people, the scientific name ends with -ae (after females) and -i (after males), but this group of researchers wanted to celebrate nonbinary people.

The “ayers” part of the name made me wonder if the ant was named after communist terrorist and Barack Obama mentor Bill Ayers. Actually, it was named after “activist and artist Jeremy Ayers”:

Ayers, who passed away in 2016, was a gay human rights activist who fought for underrepresented communities and nonbinary individuals.

Maybe they will keep Bill Ayers in mind for the next time they find a new species of cockroach.

On tips from Wiggins and Lyle.

May 07 2021

Open Thread

Irresponsibility breeds irresponsibility. The finances of government are so central. You'd think that would be pretty obvious. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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