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Sunday, April 11th open thread: ‘Down Rodeo’

April 11, 2021

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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The musical selection this week is Rage Against the Machine performing “Down Rodeo” live.

“The structure is set ya neva change it with a ballot pull”

Can’t waste a day when the night brings a hearse
So make a move and plead the fifth ’cause ya can’t plead the first

“A ballots dead so a bullet’s what I get”

New Hampshire Governor opposes COVID-19 vax passports

April 9, 2021

New York became the first fascist State in the nation to introduce COVID-19 vaccination passports which would be needed if a person would like to travel, go out to eat, or attend a sporting event or concert, and this news was quickly followed with the news that, despite Dr. Fauci’s claim to the contrary, the Biden administration was looking at doing the same thing on a national level.

Some States immediately came out against this show-me-your-papers mentality which was last seen in 1930’s Germany. Naturally Florida and Texas are leading the way but I am pleased to report that New Hampshire Governor Sununu also opposes this draconian idea. Here is more:

Requiring citizens to have a government-issued vaccine passport to travel and to attend public events would needlessly stir more controversy over the risk of contracting COVID-19, Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday.

“Washington is so removed from what is happening on the ground. We shouldn’t be mandating anything. These vaccine passports, creating the haves and the have-nots, you are just going to create a lot of problems and anxiety,” Sununu said.

Sununu said the passport runs counter to New Hampshire’s tradition of treating vaccines as voluntary.

“I am very hesitant about any of that. At the end of the day, it is an individual choice,” Sununu said.

Here is what the New Hampshire Senate President had to say about this issue:

“Here in New Hampshire, we believe in common sense and personal freedom. While I would encourage every citizen to get vaccinated, a ‘vaccine passport’ that separates our state into two unequal groups of people is both offensive to our shared values and disruptive to a functioning, unified community,” Morse said.

“Additionally, this type of restriction can only further harm the already ailing small businesses here in New Hampshire.”

Joe Manchin opposes using budget reconciliation to bypass filibuster

April 8, 2021

Democrats have been threatening to use budget reconciliation in order to bypass the filibuster and push through their radical agenda with a simple 50-50 majority. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has a message for Democrats; he did not like it when Republicans did this and he does not support the Democrats’ plan to do this either. Here is more:

Unfortunately, our leaders in the Senate fail to realize what goes around comes around. We should all be alarmed at how the budget reconciliation process is being used by both parties to stifle debate around the major issues facing our country today. Legislating was never supposed to be easy. It is hard work to address the needs of both rural and urban communities in a single piece of legislation, but it is the work we were elected to do.

I simply do not believe budget reconciliation should replace regular order in the Senate. How is that good for the future of this nation? Senate Democrats must avoid the temptation to abandon our Republican colleagues on important national issues. Republicans, however, have a responsibility to stop saying no, and participate in finding real compromise with Democrats.

He almost sounds like he has a little integrity there, but of course if he did he would not be in Washington in the first place. The truth is, being the one guy who opposes something your party really wants has advantages. You can wield great power, you can hold out until you get something you deeply desire. I would expect when push comes to shove they will come to an agreement…

Fauci’s research agency bypassed oversight of Wuhan clinic which was researching COVID

April 6, 2021

Here is an interesting story that is not making the news for some strange reason. Media darling and leftist hero Doctor Fauci, who cannot keep his story straight when it comes to COVID protocols, was the head of an infectious disease research organization which received a grant from the United States to research bat-based diseases, however this agency bypassed Federal oversight and allowed the clinic to do its research unchecked. The results of this lack of oversight have been disastrous.

Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said it is “very concerning” that the federal infectious disease research organization led by Dr. Anthony Fauci bypassed federal oversight of a grant that funded a lab in Wuhan, China to genetically modify bat-based coronaviruses.

Why is the United States funding a lab in China to genetically modify any disease in the the first place is a legitimate question in and of itself, but back to the story:

Infectious disease experts say the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) grant with the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance, which involved the transfer of $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), described scientists conducting gain-of-function research on SARS-like viruses to make them even more contagious. But a federal oversight board created in 2017 to scrutinize such research was not notified of the grant because the NIAID opted against forwarding it for review

“When it comes to oversight of U.S. tax dollars headed to the Chinese Communist Party, Dr. Fauci seems like he’s literally whistling past the graveyard,”

Pay no attention to the research being done in China, nothing to see here. It is almost like Doctor Fauci had a dollar or two to make of this pandemic if it reached this level…

He is risen!

April 4, 2021

He is risen!

  “When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.” (Mark 16:1-4 ESV)

But when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:3-6 ESV)

Iowa Governor signs Constitutional carry into law

April 2, 2021

Today Iowa became the 19th State to pass Constitutional carry into law when Governor Reynolds signed H.F. 756. Here is more:

Gov. Reynolds signed H.F. 756 into law and it takes effect on July 1, 2021. Upon signing the law, Reynolds stressed H.R. 756 “protects the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals.”

Reynold’s signature makes Iowa the 19th state to end the requirement for law-abiding citizens to get a permit before carrying a gun for self-defense.

The other 18 states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Welcome to the fold Iowa! This is an important issue and it is good to see more and more States recognize what is so clearly defined in the Bill of Rights, especially in light of a recent 9th Circuit Court ruling which found that the second amendment does not give the people the right to open carry as well as the much expected gun control push from the Federal Government.

Pete Buttigieg backs away from miles driven tax

March 30, 2021

Last weekend Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg floated the idea of funding an infrastructure bill with a regressive miles driven tax which would have disproportionally hurt the lower classes and minorities. The outcry must have been overwhelming because yesterday Pete Buttigieg backtracked from the idea, claiming this is not on the table. Here is more:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg ruled out plans on Monday to increase in the federal gas tax or charge drivers a fee based on miles driven to pay for the Biden administration’s $3 trillion infrastructure plan.

“That’s not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill,” Buttigieg told CNN on Monday when asked about implementing a vehicle-miles-traveled fee in lieu of taxes paid at the gas pump. “Just want to make sure that’s really clear,” he added. “But you will be hearing a lot more details in the coming days about how we envision to be able to fund this.”

Buttigieg also dismissed the suggestion of a gas tax increase to pay for rebuilding the nations roads, tunnels and bridges but he said measures being discussed “are carefully thought through, responsible ideas that ultimately are going to be a win for the economy.”

Well this is certainly good news, if we can take what he says at face value and this is not snuck into another, unrelated bill, however you did notice that there is going to be some kind of new tax or tax increase coming our way? And once again I can guarantee this tax will not be just on those making over $400,000, despite Joe Biden’s promise…

Biden administration working on COVID ‘passports’ for travel and dining

March 29, 2021

“Show me your papers” might be a term closely associated with Nazi Germany but it is getting closer and closer to being a reality in the United States of Amerika in 2021. Last week Herr Cuomo announced that New York would be introducing “COVID” vaccination passports for people who would like to reenter society and while the Empire State might be the first to do so it is just a testing grounds.

It did not take long for the Federal Government to follow suit, according to this story Joe Biden likes the idea so much his administration is working on Federal COVID vaccination cards as well. Here is more:

Along with private technology and travel companies, the Biden administration is working to develop credentials – referred to as passports, health certificates or travel passes – showing proof of vaccination as individuals and businesses emerge from lockdown, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

As individuals and businesses “emerge from lockdown.” Did you ever think you would hear those words describing the situation in the United States of Amerika? But I digress, back to the story:

According to the Washington Post, the administration’s efforts are housed in offices of Health and Human Services, with the White House this month taking a “bigger role coordinating government agencies involved in the work, led by coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients.”

“Our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy,” Zients said at a March 12 briefing.

If you have to divulge medical information there is no privacy, but I digress again.

The passports offer a glimpse of a future after months of COVID-19 restrictions. Officials say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smooth the way to travel, entertainment and other social gatherings in a post-pandemic world.

If you want to travel, go to a ballgame or a movie, or simply go out to eat, according to this story, you will have to show your papers to the proper people or you will be refused admittance. Isn’t this the type of measure the Democrats usually call racist?

We are just a heartbeat away from losing freedom as we know it and it does not feel as if there is anything that can peaceably be done to stop the inevitable march toward totalitarianism. We should never have let it get this far, we should have fought back a year ago when the lockdowns began.

Sieg Heil!

Sunday, March 28th open thread: ‘The Patriot’

March 28, 2021

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

Here is Topher with The Marine Rapper doing “The Patriot.” Enjoy:

Pete Buttigieg floats ‘vehicle miles’ tax

March 27, 2021

The idea of taxing people for how many miles they drive in a year is something that has been floated before and now Pete Buttigieg, the new Transportation Secretary, seems to be behind the idea. Here is more:

“When you think about infrastructure, it’s a classic example of the kind of investment that has a return on that investment,” the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor said.

“That’s one of many reasons why we think this is so important. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more.”

Stop right there! The idea behind the miles driven tax is supposed to be to raise money for infrastructure but as you can see in that last quote this is really just another attempt at forcing part of the green new deal onto an unsuspecting populace. Okay, back to Pete Buttigieg:

A vehicle miles tax would cost drivers based on how far they drive, not how much gasoline is consumed.

“A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it,” he said of the possibility of generating revenue to pay for the impending spending proposals.

It is not clear whether a vehicle miles tax would replace the federal gas tax or be in addition to it.

A mileage tax “shows a lot of promise if we believe in that so-called user-pays principle: The idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive.”

Two things about that last quote stick out to me. First; I think we all know that this will be in addition to the gas tax, there is no way the Democrats are going to repeal and replace. Second; in theory the gas tax already taxes a person based on how much they drive. The more a person drives the more he pays in taxes, that is pretty simple is it not?

In addition to the bureaucratic nightmare this will create and the unfair burden this will put on the lower income people who have to travel long distances to work there is the broken promise of not raising taxes on people making under $400,000…