Maybe Trump Meant “Tomorrow night…”


NY Times:

Residents of a Stockholm suburb predominantly inhabited by immigrants clashed with police officers after a man was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs.

The episode drew attention to Mr. Trump’s vague but pointed recent criticism of the country’s migration policies.

While Donald Trump apparently lacks an “off” button, or a level of tact we’d all appreciate, he is right about the increase in immigrant crime in Europe. It’s unseemly to call Mexicans rapists or Muslim immigrants criminals, but sometimes those things are true.

If your response to being called violent is to smash windows and torch cars, you are in fact an idiot.

Free Speech and Hate Speech


David Solway writes for PJ Media about a conference in Canada:

There is obviously a grey area between free speech and hate speech — human life cannot be reduced to a scientific formula enabling precise distinctions — but there should be no doubt that critical speech, analytical speech, satirical speech, spontaneous speech and offensive speech should not be legislated. Free speech is not a speech act. The term “hate speech” in its current acceptation, however, is merely a pretext for the eventual passage of blasphemy laws, envisaging the death of a free and democratic society.

Canada and the U.S. have different ways to deal with speech which might become an illegal act. The First Amendment still covers Americans whose speech is insulting, critical, even racist.

The trend worldwide is actually to punish so-called hate speech. Germany, the UK and other so-called free countries are now battlegrounds in this war.

It is a war. Or at least the first salvos.  

If blasphemy laws, hate speech rules and anti-free speech codes are a part of the U.S. legal system ten years from now, I wouldn’t be surprised. At that point, opposing illegal immigration, or maintaining some semblance of liberty will be in jeopardy. 

If you can silence someone, then you can silence anyone.  That never ends well.

How many teenagers and young adults get this? And how can they learn it, before it is too late.

The young people who justify violence, seek to enforce conformity of thought, and the media who treat the phrase “hate speech” as if it is already illegal…they’ve gone in the wrong direction. Somehow, through education and conversation, this must be turned around.

David Solway:

To return to the U of T symposium. The event was scheduled to conclude with a talk by controversial author and founder of The Rebel Media Ezra Levant, the highlight of the convention. Books like Ethical Oil, Shakedown and Trumping Trudeau, and the fact that Levant is frequently embroiled in legal battles with aggrieved Muslims (and ethically compromised judges), have made him a major draw on the conference circuit. Right on cue, as Levant stepped to the podium, a throng of protestors, plainly neither conferees nor students, swarmed past a detail of useless security guards and proceeded to wreak havoc. The fire alarm was pulled and the entire building (the Sandford Fleming Engineering Building) had to be evacuated. Classes were disrupted as well as the lectures in the auditorium seating hundreds of paying attendees — and that was the end of the affair. This, as noted, is a standard tactic of the dysfunctional and anarchy-loving student left.

 

Bravado: You’re Doing it Wrong


Consider the thoughts of Bill Schmalfeldt, an individual who has gone out of his way to soil his own reputation and attempts to get people fired.  

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Taking the ‘lame attempt’ Tweet at face value, I assume someone has informed Mr. Schmalfeldt’s employer of Peace Orders, previous urine-related writings, and some other whatnot. I’m on record as discouraging such things, but…turnabout is fair play. Bill’s public statements have made it clear that he has done the same.

I’m focused upon the statement “This is my town, people know me.”

It reminds me a bit of the “fed to fed” Tweet of a few years back in which Schmalfeldt assumed he’s have some common ground with a postal inspector, since he was once a writer for the federal government. The details are fading in my memory, but the tone was much the same. I know the special handshake. No pun intended.

A reminder: Knowing Bill Schmalfeldt is exactly the opposite of liking Bill Schmalfeldt. To know him is to loath him.

Bill Schmalfeldt should take no comfort that the anonymous, pseudonymous or non-Quad Cities individuals who are contacting his employer are strangers, while Bill is known to his employers. After a while, Bill’s personality will be known to his employers. Even without information from the Lickspittles, his employers will come to certain conclusions about him. Management might Google Bill Schmalfeldt. A few listeners might, too. This is a natural process, and one reason why folks generally avoid making strikingly odd statements in public.

As for the second Tweet at the top of this post, involving prosecution: Radio stations have notoriously weak prosecutorial powers. At one time, the phone police were fearsome, as explained by Dr. Johnny Fever:

My copy of the Communications Act of 1932 and its amendments show no actual police powers afforded to radio stations.

I would encourage those who dislike Bill Schmalfeldt to act within legal boundaries. Please don’t put yourselves in jeopardy by exaggerating, overstating or becoming a pest. 

Take the lead of the most wise Stacy McCain:

The best way to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote Bill Schmalfeldt. — RS McCain

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Guess What Endangers the Water at Standing Rock?


 

Protesters who will not leave.

The governor of North Dakota signed an emergency evacuation order Wednesday reaffirming the Feb. 22 deadline for protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp, insisting that people’s safety is now in danger. – snip –

“One of the biggest environmental threats to clean water in the Missouri right now is the camp itself,” [ND Governor] Burgum said. “Because we’ve got five or six months of human waste, debris.”

Burgum said waste is a more imminent threat to the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux than anything else.

These are the Golden Days of Environmental Irony.

New Meanings to Common Words


The words unsafe, violence, privilege, hate speech and others are being redefined for the 21st century.

Sam White at Up All Night:

This is because the activist left has a habit of twisting words to serve its own purpose. There’s a basic disrespect for language, and an unwillingness to be precise. Buzzwords abound, and if you don’t know what they mean, then your ignorance may itself be taken down and used in evidence against you.

Add attack to the list. The long, drawn-out drama of Brett Kimberlin is an example of this. Kimberlin has repeatedly complained of being ‘attacked’ by John Hoge and Aaron Walker and manages to add his associates and family to the mix so he can claim that they’ve all been attacked.

Attacked in this sense means mentioned, reported about truthfully or in the case of Walker, it might mean there was a brief, nonviolent confrontation with Kimberlin recorded in several photographs taken two seconds apart, and adjudicated as “not an assault.” Kimberlin reported various symptoms after the so-called attack. Details here. Yet still the Team Kimberlin group claims to be attacked. Ask a veteran, boxer or mugging victim about being attacked. 

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Hang around Hogewash! or Allergic to Bull for more on the Team Kimberlin group of anti-free speech numskulls. 

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They’ve decided that words are violence. And not embracing gender neutral pronouns might be violence. We hear about ‘structural violence’, whereby just existing in the world can render one a victim of assault and battery.

Photo credit: CBS

“All we are saying, is give fear a chance…”