German police raid 36 homes for ‘hateful’ social media posts

German police recently raided the homes of 36 people accused of writing “hateful” posts on social media, with most of the raids targeting right-wing individuals.

“Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence and violence either on the street or on the internet,” said Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office.

Full article: German police raid 36 homes for ‘hateful’ social media posts

Sounds like a liberal paradise to me.

This isn’t my idea of a “free society,” and if you are reading this, chances are, you agree. But when you let one group decide what is hateful and what constitutes violence, this is what you get… a tyranny where the people still think they are free.

And if you think this isn’t the goal of our current set of SJW snowflakes, you have your head in the sand. Thank God we have a Constitution and a Supreme Court that, so far, are keeping us from getting to this point. But it could be in our lifetimes that Germany’s idea of a “free society” comes here to the USA, making us far less free.

If you think it’s far off, ask Wild Bill for America how his trip to Canada went.

Here Comes the TSA Again!

According to this, the TSA is now coming for the books in your carry on!

Travelers already have to remove laptops from carry-on bags and place them in a separate bin. The new policy would let TSA employees flip through books to see if anything is hidden in their pages.

  • The Hill

I am convinced the TSA is just a racket at this point. As most of you know, you can pay a fee before flying to undergo a “pre-check.” It costs $85 and requires an in-person appointment. They verify your fingerprints, ID, etc. And it takes a few weeks to approve. But it helps keep you from getting molested by strangers before taking your flight.

The TSA has prevented zero terrorist attacks. They actually accomplish very little, and it seems it just keeps getting harder and harder to get through airport security with any clothing on at all. And God help you if you are someone like my mother who has prosthetic joints! My mom had double knee replacement, and she flew one time after having the surgery. She presented a doctor’s note stating she had them, she was wanded, and the buzzer went off on her knees as expected. Front and side were OK. But when it buzzed on the back of her knees – as you would assume it would – she was hauled off to a private room and almost strip searched.

My mother would really have no choice but to pay them $85 for the pre-check, otherwise she risks a strip search because they don’t grasp the concept that if the knee replacement sets off the buzzer on the front and side of her knees, it is going to set the buzzer off on the back of her knees, too.

Basically, if they make getting through TSA on the day of your flight as difficult and painful as possible – needlessly – you’ll dish the $85 to skip the damn thing. Parents will pay it to keep the TSA from manhandling and jostling their kids (I will never forget the time the woman in front of me at the airport had her toddler literally ripped from her hands screaming by a TSA agent).

So yeah, I think the TSA is nothing more than a racket to get you to pay $85 to get through.

Three Teens Arrested at National Mall for Selling Water

Three plainclothes police officers went undercover at the National Mall to bust three young black teens on Thursday as they were breaking the law in our nation’s capital. Their crime? Selling water bottles without a permit for some extra cash.

Source: Police arrest black teens at the National Mall. Their crime? Selling water – Red Alert Politics

If it pleases the crown, these three teenage boys would like to take initiative and earn some extra summer money by starting their own small business.

Seriously, what the hell?

They were selling bottled water. Have you been to D.C. in the summer? It’s nearly impossible to get a drink of water or use a bathroom. As far as I see it, they were filling a need. But the government didn’t grant permission for that, so no. They should have paid the government for the permission to make a few extra dollars over the summer, waiting possibly the entire summer for the permit to come through, and then needing to hustle to make back the money they had to give the government to say they could do it.

So we’re going to waste time, resources, and tax payer dollars to get the kids off the street and stop them from selling bottled water to tourists. Give me a break. Were they selling drugs? Were they hurting anyone? Were they harassing people for not buying the water? It appears to be no to all of the above, so what gives?

My message to the teens: don’t let this prevent you from taking the initiative and making your own way. Good on you for seeing a need and filling it. Don’t let this break that spirit. That’s the American dream.

The FBI’s Briefing On GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn’t Be More Bizarre

Well, the takeaway of the briefing was characterized well by the Associated Press headline about it: “FBI: Gunman who shot congressman had no target in mind.” The Associated Press reported the FBI:

  • believes the gunman “had no concrete plan to inflict violence” against Republicans,
  • “had not yet clarified who, if anyone, he planned to target, or why,”
  • believes he may have just “happened upon” the baseball game the morning of June 14, and that the attack appeared “spontaneous,”
  • are unclear on the “context” of Hodgkinson’s note with six names of members of Congress,
  • does not believe that photographs of the baseball field or other sites “represented surveillance of intended targets,” and
  • “painted a picture of a down-on-his-luck man with few future prospects.”

In fact, USA Today went with “FBI offers portrait of troubled Alexandria shooter with ‘anger management problem’” for their headline, since that’s what the FBI emphasized in the briefing.

Full article: The FBI’s Briefing On GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn’t Be More Bizarre

If you have a moment, read the above full article. This was really, really bizarre. And completely unacceptable.

Senate GOP weighing penalties for uninsured in healthcare bill

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Senate Republicans are mulling over a provision to their healthcare overhaul measure that could bar Americans from purchasing insurance on the individual market for six months if they don’t maintain continuous coverage, Vox reported Saturday.

The provision would address concerns over the bill’s current lack of penalties for those who choose not to purchase insurance, and could be introduced as soon as Monday, according to the report.

The Senate bill prohibits insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. But without penalties that would otherwise encourage healthy people to buy insurance, the bill could lead to a system in which only the sickest people purchase coverage, leading to staggering insurance premiums, Vox noted.

Under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, Americans who don’t purchase health insurance are subject to a fine.

Full article: Senate GOP weighing penalties for uninsured in healthcare bill: report | TheHill

This is why the whole damn thing needs to go. I’m sorry, but none of this is sustainable. None of it.

I will say again… I support doctors and hospitals having a “menu” with their prices so you can shop for the best care at the best prices, and I support concierge doctors and hospitals. When government gets involved, it gets too big, too complicated, and more and more people end up getting screwed.

New Hampshire Lawmakers Accidentally Pass Law Allowing Pregnant Women to Kill People

This whole debacle began when Republicans passed a bill that would make killing a fetus “fetal homicide.” After 20 weeks of pregnancy, the unborn child would be legally be defined as a person. Similar laws are already on the books in some 38 states.

Senate Bill 66 did attempt to make some exceptions. Women who wanted abortions and their doctors could still take drastic measures. If a legal abortion were to take place, it wouldn’t violate the new law.

In that effort, though, the language got a bit muddled.  It read “any act committed by the pregnant woman” would be legal, even “in cases of second-degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, or causing or aiding suicide.”

It is difficult for some to see this as a simple accident. The wording seems quite specific, and based on some legal interpretations of the law, a pregnant woman could kill anyone over 20 weeks old with impunity and without consequence. Even so, many of the lawmakers who voted for Senate Bill 66 had not noticed the language. When it was brought to their attention, they scrambled to find a fix.

Full article: New Hampshire Lawmakers Accidentally Pass Law Allowing Pregnant Women to Kill People. | Tribunist

For anyone wondering, yes, it’s been fixed.

But I think we’re going to need to add this one to the list of crap I shouldn’t laugh at, but did anyway.

I was out to dinner with friends tonight and read this during a bathroom break. Went back to the table and the one couple there has four kids, so I told them about this, chuckling. The husband says, “Oh they need to fix that, people are going to die!” At which point his wife busted out in maniacal laughter. LOL!

That about sums it up.

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