Free Speech

How Twitter and FB are silencing political speech they don’t like.

Group threatens theaters for showing a political play and suggests they might have to get out the guillotine if a local church airs a documentary about Jordan Peterson. Guess which end of the political spectrum they fall on?

“Earlier this year an anonymous threat forced a D.C. theater to cancel a production of “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers.” The play, produced by Phelim McAleer, featured a reading of texts from disgraced FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.” Click through and you can watch the play.

According to the September, 2003 issue of National Geographic:
There are an estimated 27 million men, women, and children in the world who are enslaved — physically confined or restrained and forced to work, or controlled through violence, or in some way treated as property.

Therefore, there are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade [11 million total, and about 450,000, or about 4% of the total, who were brought to the United States]. The modern commerce in humans rivals illegal drug trafficking in its global reach—and in the destruction of lives.http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0309/feature1/

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Hilarious

Canada’s Prime-Minister has been caught dressing up in black-face several times, and that terribly long ago, either. I am so tired of this stuff coming out about people on the left and the response is “well, it was a different time…” I graduated high school in 1980. I don’t think I ever saw anybody do black face, and I know I never did. Because it was a different time I would not have used words like hurtful or insensitive to describe it. I probably would have said it was grody to the max, though.

We’ve all heard now of the guy in his 20s who managed to get on television during a game with a sign asking for money to his go-fund-me to fill his beer budget. People were so amused they sent him lots and lots of money, and instead of quietly keeping it, he donated it to help kids with cancer. The beer company volunteered to match his donations, so people donated more and kids with cancer got blessed and we definitely cannot have that, So The Des Moines Register searched his background and found a few rude tweets from when he was a minor (he was quoting a movie) and called the beer company to ask if they really wanted to be associated with this racist garbage, let the young man know they were going public with it all, stopped the flow of money to kids with cancer, and then when the public backlash blew up in their faces, they blamed…. the kid for what they had done. They still aren’t really admitting fault.

There are many more examples of this trash.

Remy from Reason has his finger on the pulse of cancel culture, and he gives it the scorn and guffaws it deserves- in rhyme:

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Packing Diary

Sept. 28
Dear my friends,

The arrangement we thought we had with the ministry to take over our house while we are in Malaysia will not happen after all, and I am beyond frustrated and upset for a number of reasons, some of them obvious, some of them water under the bridge. I would not have cleaned out the house and gotten rid of things I have gotten rid of if I had known. It was like a thousand tiny amputations, a few hundred episodes of decision fatigue and grief every day, and I sense the disapproval and distaste of a hundred pack-rat ancestors who went before me. My children are thrilled, of course. It’s like Swedish death cleaning. I also did all this cleaning, sorting, and purging because I thought I had to have it done by this month. I had made several other plans for the use of my last few months in the U.S. and I could not do any of those things at all, for no good reason. I will adjust and accept this in time, but today I am grieving. I also realized that this was really the first time I was facing empty nest stuff. Since our son went off to college while we still lived in the PHilippines, it wasn’t the same. I wasn’t facing that until I was back in this house sorting old school papers and books and the detritus of over a decade in this house.

October 10th:
We’ve been going crazy over our airline tickets. We bought our airline tickets over a month ago. 2 days ago the agency canceled our tickets and told us they would refund in 30 days. DH spent 3 hours on hold and then a couple more hours with a woman trying to reschedule our flight. They turned a 25 hr flight into a 40 hr flight but it was done. Today they canceled again. DH has been on hold or talking in circles to ticketing agent for 3 hours. The only flight they will give us causes us to miss our connection from Kuala Lampur to K.K, our final destination. The agent just admitted to out loud on the phone that the reason is that tickets are more expensive now than when we paid. And just when we thought we had new arrangements, the phone just died before that was finalized. Flights are still up in the air. We can’t buy a new set of tickets without receiving our refund and we do not want to. The cost to us will be likely doubled and it is infuriating to have our advanced plans trashed like this for this reason.

P.S. I am relieved to discover that smiling at people is considered a sign of intelligence and is acceptable in Malaysia and China. Not so much among people from India, but I did know that. More here:https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/culture-and-smiling/483827/o

October 12th: We think the tickets are resolved. The last set of arrangements they claimed to have made for us, they assured us we had a new confirmed flight and were cleared for extra luggage and all our baggage was going all the way through until KL. But they gave us the run around so many times, that when DH got off the phone (after 5 house with this confirmation and an email assuring him of the same) and called the airline to double check.

We had a confirmed flight, but we had one hour in Singapore to collect our luggage and recheck it at a different airline and gate, and there was no way that was going to work, and the airline agrees and is reworked our tickets yet again. We will still have to be the ones to transfer our bags in Singapore, and our original 25 hour journey is now 30 something and we have to leave in the wee hours of the morning instead of the late afternoon- BUT we think it’s done. We should have a six hour layover to collect and recheck our bags in Singapore. We also don’t have extra luggage, and if we want that, it’s 200 dollars per suitcase just for the first airline (we are going through three different airlines). So we won’t be doing the extra suitcases either. We’re calling the airline every other day or so to confirm out tickets between now and when we leave.

Oct. 16
Dear Friends,

I packed our first suitcase for the move to Malaysia last night. I have a spare six pounds to squeeze into the nooks and crannies.
1 down (almost), five more to go. Plus the carry-on, which is basically 3 small suitcases, one purse almost as big as a duffle bag, and two backpacks.

It looks like we found a flat on the 10th floor of an apartment complex (condos there). It’s somewhere around 1000 sq feet. Looks clean, bright, has the basic furniture we wanted in it, mainly a washing machine and a fridge- I was willing to sleep on the floor if we could get those. There’s a small laundry room with lines all over for drying clothes, plus a balcony we could use if I can fit my drying rack in a suit case.
It did look bright and cheerful in the pics we saw, but it also occurs to me that our view is pretty much just other apartment buildings very nearby. Like, from our bedroom window, I think I could lip-read the neighbours in the next building over. So, I suppose the brightness may be the time of day. But if it’s shaded by the other two buildings most of the day that is also not a bad thing in Malaysia.
There is def. an elevator.
Once you reach the ground it’s a five or ten minute walk from the school (probably 15 or 20 with the Cherub, so that’s also a plus.
THe other furniture included is more than adequate for our needs- a small dining room table and 3 plastic chairs, a good sized couch, a long low piece of furniture with drawers within and a television on top, a queen sized bed, a twin bed, and a smaller single bed, a couple small sets of drawers and a desk. The kitchen has a cooktop, two burners I think, and a water purifier that dispenses hot and cold water.
I’m very pleased. We can walk to the school, friends have insisted they will pick us up for church, so the only time we’ll need a cab is to go to the beach or the grocery store.

October 17th

Suitcase #2 is packed, but has not been weighed. Started on suitcase #3, but only put a few things in since I may have to move some items from suitcase 2 to 3 if I packed too much weight, which I generally do and there is a double meaning in that.

I have lists and more lists.

I am feeling more and more confident in my Bahasa Malaysia, PROVIDING people who try to talk to me limit themselves to about fifty words and put them in Quizlet form for me, or write them flashcard and multiple choice style. If they are willing to do that, we can talk. ;-D

I’ve used those vacuum bags for the clothes, sheets, and towels (https://amzn.to/2nUiQ1w). I spent an embarrassing amount of time going over the seams of one that is now on its fourth use and the vacuum wasn’t sucking in air out. I ended up duct-taping all around the edges and trying two or three more times before I noticed, ummmm, I cannot believe I am confessing this here, I forgot to unscrew the cap on the bag.

That was hilarious.

I am able to do all this early packing because right now it is so cold that packing amounts to switching our seasonal clothing- all the 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend items go in the suitcases and I’m pulling out sweaters, leggings, and wool socks from storage.

I will miss the grandbabies, but this cold is making me eager to get to Malaysia.

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News Links

CNN commentator begins by saying there’s a ‘chance’ that Gabbard isn’t just working for the U.S but two seconds later comes right out and says that there is no doubt that Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian puppet:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1184207941496426499

If I was forced to vote Democrat or lose my kids, Tulsi is the one I’d vote for, so I understand why they hate her.

The media wants to be a protected class. What do you want to bet that punishable threats against the media will include insults and basic fact checking? They hate us. If this bill passes, saying that will likely be called incitement.

Hunter Biden might not have been telling the truth when he claimed he didn’t get one red cent from his China deal. Of course ABC didn’t fact check him.

LeBron James thinks kneeling in protest during the anthem of his country is awesome, but speaking out against the totalitarian, murderous government of China is ignorant. It’s a cowardly take all around. Whiny, too. He is a hollow man.

This was fun:

https://videos.whatfinger.com/2019/10/16/everything-you-missed-the-worst-moments-from-the-4th-debate-humor-with-the-clips-put-to-music/

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AG Barr’s Notre Dame speech

Attorney General Bill Barr’s speech to Notre Dame on the dangers of our secular society:

 

The text

 

“…In his renowned 1785 pamphlet, “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments,” James Madison described religious liberty as “a right towards men” but “a duty towards the Creator,” and a “duty….precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society.”

It has been over 230 years since that small group of colonial lawyers led a Revolution and launched what they viewed as a great experiment, establishing a society fundamentally different than those that had gone before.

They crafted a magnificent Charter of Freedom – the United States Constitution – which provides for limited government, while leaving “the People” broadly at liberty to pursue our lives both as individuals and through free associations.

This quantum leap in liberty has been the mainspring of unprecedented human progress, not only for Americans, but for people around the world.

In the 20th century, our form of free society faced a severe test.

There had always been the question whether a democracy so solicitous of individual freedom could stand up against a regimented totalitarian state.

That question was answered with a resounding “yes” as the United States stood up against and defeated, first fascism, and then communism.

But in the 21st century, we face an entirely different kind of challenge.

The challenge we face is precisely what the Founding Fathers foresaw would be our supreme test as a free society.

They never thought the main danger to the Republic came from external foes. The central question was whether, over the long haul, we could handle freedom. The question was whether the citizens in such a free society could maintain the moral discipline and virtue necessary for the survival of free institutions.

By and large, the Founding generation’s view of human nature was drawn from the Classical Christian tradition.

These practical Statesmen understood that individuals, while having the potential for great good, also had the capacity for great evil.

Men are subject to powerful passions and appetites, and, if unrestrained, are capable of ruthlessly riding roughshod over their neighbors and the community at large.

No society can exist without some means for restraining individual rapacity.

But, if you rely on the coercive power of government to impose restraints, this will inevitably lead to a government that is too controlling, and you will end up with no liberty, just tyranny.

On the other hand, unless you have some effective restraint, you end up with something equally dangerous – licentiousness – the unbridled pursuit of personal appetites at the expense of the common good. This is just another form of tyranny – where the individual is enslaved by his appetites, and the possibility of any healthy community life crumbles.

Edmund Burke summed up this point in his typically colorful language:

“Men are qualified for civil liberty, in exact proportion to their disposition to put chains upon their appetites….Society cannot exist unless a controlling power be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

So the Founders decided to take a gamble. They called it a great experiment.

They would leave “the People” broad liberty, limit the coercive power of the government, and place their trust in self-discipline and virtue of the American people.

In the words of Madison, “We have staked our future on the ability of each of us to govern ourselves…”

This is really what was meant by “self-government.” It did not mean primarily the mechanics by which we select a representative legislative body. It referred to the capacity of each individual to restrain and govern themselves.

But what was the source of this internal controlling power? In a free Republic those restraints could not be handed down from above by philosopher kings.

Instead, social order must flow up from the people themselves – freely obeying the dictates of inwardly-possessed and commonly-shared moral values.  And to control willful human beings, with and infinite capacity to rationalize, those moral values must rest on authority independent of men’s will – they must flow from a transcendent Supreme Being.

In short, in the Framers’ view, free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people – a people who recognized that there was a transcendent moral order antecedent to both the state and manmade law and who had the discipline to control themselves according to those enduring principles.

As John Adams put it: “We have no government armed with the power which is capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Read it all.

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