This is going to be commonplace for many of us over the next several years as we are forced to come to grips with the fact that this is no longer the “home of the free and the land of the brave.” We can stomp our feet and deny it, we can try to act as though we don’t accept it, but it is not going to change the reality that the great American experiment that was launched just over 230 years ago is finally producing empirical results. The conclusion: People are capable of sustaining individual liberty only for as long as they can be constrained by a system of law that suppresses and contains their true nature.
The current debate about high electric bills in Texas reminded me of this cartoon:
The police are more of a revenue generator than they are a way to protect citizens. They are being replaced by automation. There is a stop sign in DC that is generating $500,000 in ticket revenue a month.
Jack brings up some good points in comments when he points out that many people will want to just allow the commies to take over, in the hopes that they will get eaten last. They want to protect their pensions, their property.
Let me point out that we are just a few weeks into the takeover, and in that time, there are troops fortifying DC, the President has declared war on the NRA and gun owners, taken steps to shut down our oil industry, which has raised average gas prices by 25% nationwide. He has signed 55 Executive orders in all- just 28 days into his regime.
The US government, over the past year, printed or electronically created over 40% of all the dollars that have ever existed. Ask yourself how long that can continue. A large part of our economy is at a standstill. Ford had to shut down its assembly lines. We aren’t producing anything except stimulus checks. Things are getting worse. The police in Portland are being used to keep people from raiding grocery store dumpsters.
The insane policies of the ‘great reset’ are killing the country’s economy. These are the canaries in the coal mine.
I am a landlord. I allow my tenants to have pets, but they must pay an extra, nonrefundable, one-time cleaning fee of $250 when they move in, and I charge an extra $50 a month. This is because pets cause me extra expenses. My insurance costs are higher because of the risk of a dog biting someone. It costs more to clean a home after animals have lived there, and that doesn’t mention the added risks of damage to the property.
I cannot do that any longer. The reason for that is because of people like my sister. My sister has gone online and gotten her pet certified as an emotional support animal. It costs $129 online to get a letter from a licensed therapist, certifying that you are disabled and have a disability requiring that landlords let you keep your pet, and preventing them from charging you extra. (I was going to provide a link, but I decided not to drive business their way)
Last year, Florida passed a law allowing landlords to demand a letter from a licensed healthcare provider, and requiring the provider to have seen the tenant in person at least once. I could do that, but it entails a lot of risk on my part- you see, the law is a minefield. Play it wrong, use the wrong wording, and you get sued under the Fair Housing Act.
So instead, I will simply price that risk into everyone’s lease. I will charge more for a security deposit for everyone. I will charge more in rent for everyone.
A few scammers make it more expensive for everyone.
I have some inside information on this one. Some of the people involved are people that I personally know. I know them pretty well, actually. Back in November, a Kissimmee Police officer (that I don’t know) was at a party and got pretty intoxicated. Some people that I do know were at the party knew that he was too drunk to drive and begged him not to drive. He left anyway.
Nearly 20 miles away, he called 911 to report that he had been carjacked by “four dudes” who “pulled him the f*ck out” and took his truck. His truck was found in a retention pond just down the street. The cop was soaking wet from the knees down. A search revealed that the keys to the truck were found in his pocket.
Now at this point, most people would be in trouble: DUI, filing a false police report, etc. Heck, there are members of the Trump administration that got YEARS in prison for lying to the police. What did this cop get? He got a ride home from other cops.
So who are the bad apples here? Certainly the Kissimmee cop who was DUI for 20 miles, got in an accident, fled the scene, then called 911 and filed a false report of a carjacking to cover it all up. What about the Orange County deputies who let him call his buddies for a ride home? The Orlando police who failed to report it? The Belle isle cops who didn’t report it either? The Kissimmee cops who gave him a ride home?
Was this a case of a “few bad apples?” Or is this yet another example of the “thin blue wall of silence” protecting their own?
This isn’t the first time this Department has had a scandal like this. Not even in the first time this year, nor the past two years. Just another bad apple.
This is me, shocked that the government is angry that all of the lockdowns are preventing their minions in the police department from robbing their citizens on the highway.
The amounts are staggering. Across the state, Florida’s 17.7 million drivers pay $410 million to $540 million a year in traffic fines. Miami-Dade county
revenue police officers write nearly 700,000 traffic tickets a year.
In 2004, someone stole a $200 check from my mail box, forged it, and deposited it in their bank account. I went to the OCSO office and gave them a copy of the cancelled check with my forged signature, the signature of the thief, and his bank account # printed on the back when I filed the police report. I was told that there was not enough manpower available to investigate the crime. I passed three cops on the way home, all writing tickets. There is no profit for the police department in actually solving crime.
A couple left for Hawaii for Valentine’s day. Aware of the COVID testing requirement, she got tested swabbing her own nose in the parking lot of a Walgreens, he got tested at the Mayo clinic.
Well, it turns out that the Mayo clinic hasn’t applied or paid Hawaii to be a ‘trusted partner’ so the husband was not allowed to stay Hawaii and had to fly back to Los Angeles. He is hoping to get tested and return to Hawaii in time to spend Valentine’s with his wife.
I want to take a minute to go over the article that reports the police officers who pepper sprayed a 9 year old girl. They have a 9 year old CHILD in handcuffs. There are at least 7 police officers at the back of this patrol car, and the CHILD is already in handcuffs. The child is upset, and is freaking out, asking for her dad.
They are being rough and aggressive to a child. To any of you with experience dealing with children: Is this how you deal with an upset child? What would happen to a parent who used pepper spray as a method of controlling or punishing a child?
Pepper spray isn’t supposed to be used as punishment. Cops are supposed to punish people.
The officers who lost their patience with a child to the point where they used a weapon on an inconsolable child do not have the patience or temperament to carry a weapon. Fuck these cops. This absolutely infuriates me. Tell me again how there are only a few bad apples. Are you seriously going to tell me that there were 7 bad apples that just happened to be in the same spot?
Seeing this is enough to make me want to cheer if I ever hear about a Rochester cop getting killed. If there are any good cops who see this- why do you not call out the bad apples? If you know that cops are acting like this in your department and you aren’t doing anything about it, you are just as guilty as they are.
I generally support cops. Most of us who are not active leftists do. That trait is being used against us. That is why I can no longer support articles like this one from William Lind.
Mr. Lind makes the claim that we should support the police, because they are “on our side.” I submit to you that the only side the police are on is the side that pays them their pensions. If that means they have to take your guns, so be it. They got their guns, and they get their pensions.
If that means they have to raid your business with an armored vehicle for daring to stay open, they will. If they have to arrest children while pepper spraying them in the face to keep their pension, they will.
If they need to arrest you for trespassing in your own business in order to prove who’s boss, they will.
I know what you are thinking- “Those stories are all cops from other states. I know the cops in my area. They would NEVER do that. The cops I know are good guys.” Just ask yourself- if the cops in your area were given an order, would they refuse to obey, even if it means being fired and losing their pension? I’m betting they would stomp you into the ground, if the choice were between doing that and having to lose their special police power. That is the essence of a police state. You can’t have a police state without police to enforce it.
Watch this video where a woman is arrested for not wearing a mask. No one is near her, other than family. There is no danger. The cop chose to cause and escalate this confrontation, even though there is NO benefit for requiring a mask in this situation (even if you believe masks work, there was no one near her) other than demanding compliance for the sake of compliance.
So, no. I don’t automatically support the cops. I don’t automatically hate them. However, I can clearly see a time coming where I won’t have that luxury. It will be time to choose.
That makes me sad.