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Lemming Run Seizes Social Media

The lemmings are coming! The lemmings are coming!

 

That didn’t take long. Sure as night follows day, a tragedy in Minneapolis and legitimate peaceful protests were swiftly hijacked into rioting, looting, burning, pillaging and pillorying. A social media lemming run soon followed. Here’s what it looked like on Instagram yesterday:

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This Hallowed Ground

“…we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

– President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, 1863

Memorial Day typically marks the unofficial start of the summer season. Americans across the country take time out to spend with  families, friends, and neighbors. Some may fire up the grill, march in a parade, crank out homemade ice cream, or attend a special service or concert.

And that’s all great.

But let’s take time out today to remember those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” for their country. We honor those brave men and women in uniform who gave their lives so we can enjoy the blessings and responsibilities of liberty today.

Abraham Lincoln’s two minute speech dedicated the Gettysburg National Cemetery just four months after that bloody battle. It memorializes the enormous debt of thanks and gratitude that we, the living, owe to those who gave “the last full measure of devotion” that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.”

We cannot dedicate, consecrate, or hallow the sacrifice of those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” to their country beyond what they have already done. But we can remember. We can reflect. We can humbly honor their sacrifice.  It is up to us, the living, to never forget.

 

Note: This post first appeared on Conservelocity in 2013.


Wouldn’t It Be a Shame if Washingtonians Did THIS?

Wouldn’t it be a shame if freedom-loving Washingtonians from across the state started taking Gov. Mao’s snitch line seriously as it relates to reporting “violators” of his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and:

  • Used the on-line form to report all the “non-essential” activity erupting out of the governor’s office. (Which is pretty much everything at this point.)
  • Flooded the guv’s office with “violation” reports about his office as a non-essential business being open or as a business function performed that is non-essential by using the on-line form.
  • Used the guv’s snitch line to snitch on the governor. (Oh, the horror!)
  • People realized they could file a snitch report anonymously.

It’d also be a shame if Washingtonians flooded the governor’s phone lines at 360-902-4111 to protest the latest extension on his Stay Home order and politely told him to go jump in a lake.

And of course it’d be downright awful if Washingtonian’s started to realize what an empty suit this prez-wanna-be really is and reported him accordingly in November.

Oh, and when Jay and the usual suspects start braying about how we MUST!! have a state income tax because tax revenues have dropped through the floor, it would also be a shame to remember whose policies and asinine orders brought that drop about in the first place.

Yep. Real shame that. Tsk-tsk.


‘If You Give a Mao a Cookie’ – The Sequel

You didn’t really expect Governor Mao to rescind, repeal, or substantively revise his Stay Home order at Friday’s presser, did you?

I mean, hey. Following one of the sorriest presidential runs ever fumbled, Jay Inslee has to do something to keep his mug in the news, right? Besides. Why “allow” Washingtonians to resume normal activities. Normal lives. Normal business practices? Not when we’re having so much fun with threats, fear-mongering, and government tyranny dressed up as “safety.”

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I reluctantly complied with Governor Mao’s initial Stay Home, Stay Healthy order as long as it was limited, temporary, and based in reality.

 

All are now subject to question. In fact, now that The Man Who Would Be King is wandering around La La Land, all of those caveats are out the window.

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Tired of Gov. Inslee’s Closures?

Are Washingtonians tiring of Gov. Mao’s “Thou Shall Not” list related (ostensibly) to COVID-19?

It seems so. Especially as the weather improves and cabin fever leaps into the stratosphere. (The shuttering of private businesses and throwing zillions of Washingtonians onto the unemployment rolls as well as government over-reach related to the China flu is a topic for another post.)

 

Take the closure of outdoor recreation sites. State and national parks. No fishing. Hunting. Picnicking. Swimming. Bicycling. Boating. Breathing. (Seriously? How likely is it that any boater will get within six feet of another boater on a lake the size of Rhode Island?)

 

Stupid on Steroids

These closures aren’t just nonsensical. They’re stupid on steroids.

 

Most outdoor lovers I know aren’t looking to hang with the herd. They want to get away from the crowd. The further, the better. They’re typically not just six feet away from the next human. They’re more like six miles. Or maybe 60.

 

Indeed, maintaining a several-foot distance away from another person is significantly easier to do in The Great Outdoors than it is in say, Wal-Mart. Hello?

 

So I called and emailed Governor Inslee’s office on the subject today. Got a message saying they’re “unusually busy in our office at the moment.” Gee. I wonder why?

 

The next voice mail message – still no real person yet – was a detailed list of how you, too can snitch on  friends, Romans and fellow countrymen if you suspect them of “non-compliance” with the guv’s Stay Home order.

 

Then I was told, by message, that I was caller #17.  Ditto that “our office is unusually busy.”

 

Then it was “Press 1 now to record a message on the comment line.” Pressing 1 takes you to a promo for the census: Take the census. You count. Be counted.

 

I’m not making this up.

 

About a year later I finally reached the guv’s comment line. Did he get an earful.

 

Chime In

Want to chime in? If you have the patience, leave the guv a phone message at: 360-902-4111. Or send him an email here.

Lemme know how that works for ya, okay?


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Why “We’re All in This Together” is Bogus

“We’re all in this together” is the China virus refrain du jour . But is it true? Valid? Well, that depends.

 

The answer may be “yes” if “We’re all in this together” is an expression of:

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Novel Questions on the Coronavirus from The People’s Republik of Washington

Fear and panic do not good government make. Ditto sound public policy. Even during a national “public health emergency.” Additionally, a free and open society cannot long exist when vague, indeterminate lockdown orders are in play for an extended, unspecified period of time. Nor can an economy power up when select “non-essential” businesses are shuttered by government and employees are told to stay home.

I’ve kept mostly mum on the whole coronavirus/Wuhan flu/civil rights and personal liberties debate for a while. I’ve been listening. Observing. Here are some select thoughts on same:

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