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Monday, March 29. 2021
What Happened to Rules Girls?
Dolphins spotted in East River — a great sign of NYC’s environmental progress
It’s Official. “Vaccine Passports” Are Required In New York
Turns Out What Biden Called Texas’ ‘Neanderthal Thinking’ In Eliminating Restrictions/ Mask Mandates Was Right
UK Supreme Court Judge Expects People Will Be Forced To Wear Masks, Stay Home For Ten Years
THE WEEK IN CANCEL CULTURE: FIRST EDITION
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE GREAT EVIL OF OUR TIME
US Special Operations Command Appoints a Political Commissar to Make Sure the Whole Place Is Woke Enough to Suit the Left
The Not-White Party
How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare
THERE IS NO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
Why Trump’s White House Leaked and Biden’s Hasn’t
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Vaccine passport: Freedom has offically ended in the United States. We knew it was coming. It has been creeping for some time. Now it is out in the open.
Old people have a choice in New York: Vaccine certificate or Death certificate.
"Freedom officially ended?"
Grow up. Get your vaccination and stop whining.
Yeah, take the experimental vaccine. If you do what they tell you to do, you’ll still be free!
These vaccinations aren't government mandates. If you don't want one, don't get it. The vaccine police aren't coming to get you. Maybe an ambulance, but it's your decision.
"You're not the boss of me" is losing its cache as conservative virtue signaling.
If you need a vaccine (presumably to travel across state lines although we don't actually know what restrictions are being envisioned), that is a government mandate to everybody who wants or needs to travel across state lines.
We can resume this conversation if that happens, which it won't.
The travel industry has been lobbying the White House for setting standards for “health passes” or “passports.” According to the Business Insider, it is expected that they will be required for access to many types of private businesses and venues (https://news.yahoo.com/biden-administration-developing-national-coronavirus-132820782.html), which is more draconian than I posited above. To your point, it hasn’t happened yet. We will see what they do or not do.
Probably not constitutional if ordered by the government, probably is if it's a private business decision, but we'll see when and if and can discuss in the context of actual rules instead of the "we must be persecuted" mindset here.
Ah. So, you're conflating a concern about a government measure that would be used to control the movements of individuals - a platform for recording vaccine dosing, which could be used for other things, because that's how these things work, historically - with concerns about the medical issues related to actually getting a shot of a vaccine that hasn't been tested as exhaustively as previous vaccines have? And using the 'grow up and be manly' argument as your rhetorical foundation? Tell us why you trust the government so much, and give us some recent examples to convince us about their competence and goodwill.
Pretend persecution and imaginary conspiracies are what gets you people up in the morning.
I think I'm getting fed up with this incessant whining and the "I'm afraid of needles" or "you can't make me" or whatever is behind this endless bullshit. No, you're not a True American Patriot and you're not the equivalent of the Minutemen at Concord for not getting a vaccine. You people are looking more and more childish and becoming more and more irrelevant.
Just kidding. There's no such thing as the covid virus. But the gummint's actually gonna take your first born male child and sacrifice him to Moloch if you don't take the Needle and swear allegiance to the DNC. This is true, I read it on the Internet.
A pity there isn't a shot for reading and comprehension, eh?
Shut up and bake the cake. Where the mask, Shut down your business. Pay all the teachers full pay and benefits while they vacation in Puerto Rico and your kids are locked in their rooms. Pay the mortgage, taxes and insurance on the rental you bought as an investment while your tenant refuses to pay you and the state won't allow you to evict them. Papers! Where are your papers? You can't go outside without your papers!!
We don't need no stinking papers. VOTE the bastards out. I don't care if your day was a Democrat and your grand dad was a Democrat YOU are being screwed over by the Democrats and this ain't your dad's Democrat party anymore. They have been taken over by the communist and you better figure it out really soon
The immigrants, legal and illegal, our your replacements. Replacing your vote and your job. The Democrats intend to Make America a Big Rustbelt and you and your kids will live like the Appalachian's did after the great society of the 60's was implemented. This is much bigger; the great reset, the NWO, but it will be racism 24/7 and tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend. Like your car? It will be taxed out of existence under the Democrats. Like your job? It will be given to Jose or Ahmad. Like your guns and religion? You bitter clingers will be re-educated and if you don't get in line sent to jail.
They aren't fooling! Back when they were trying to do these things but lying through their teeth claiming they weren't, maybe then it wasn't serious. But now they have all the power and their lust for power is naked for all to see and they intend to lock that power into law; HR1 is just the beginning.
Paranoid yet? You better be because you are in the bullseye. Yes you will be persecuted a 1000 different ways. They are coming for you, they are coming to loot the country, they are coming to bury you and by the time most of us figure it out it will be too late. Get serious! They are serious. Go to the school board meetings and the city council meetings. Look up your politicians and find out who they are. THEY are organized against you but you are so busy trying to support your family and live your life you aren't noticing.
You seem unable to understand what is wrong. Are you legally or willfully blind?
Just concerned you're about to blow a gasket and stroke out.
I think that you are wearing the mandated mask too high and you can't see what's right in front of your eyes. You would prefer to argue/bully people to stroke your ego. You are blue pilled and simply unaware.
Weak. You need at least four more memes to be credible. Keep trying.
See you can't help yourself. Do you live in your parent's basement?
Sheesh, why don't you just go and eat a sour pickle? Sure glad you've volunteered to be the lab rat.
This is a cool video.
When you watch it think of the bulls as those of you who don't want shutdowns, the person directing the dogs is the governor and the dogs are the police.
"Why hasn't Biden's White House been leaking? " is a little bit of question-begging - just because the press hasn't been reporting any leaks from the Biden White House and just because they were reporting that Trump's White House was leaking like a sieve doesn't prove that either one of those propositions is true. All you have to note is the number of "anonymous sources say" stories they published about Trump and the dearth of such stories about Biden. What, the media suddenly have moral and ethical standards about publishing gossip, rumors, and hearsay?
That is a fair point about the receivers of the leaks, who participate as much as the leakers/non-leakers. Perhaps we should view it as an ecosystem where people do what they need to keep their jobs.
It will be interesting, and may happen sooner than later, when the system destabilises over Kamala's succession. Conservatives are focused on how the groundwork is being prepared to move her in, and that is true of some in government and many in the media. But Biden's roots go much deeper, and he has many who will want him in as long as possible, for their own needs. How the media, prefering one outcome but wanting to protect their flanks, will respond to this bears watching. Especially as both sides will be covering their leaking with full-out attacks on one conservative or another as a distraction.
My theory is that leaking in a democrat administration carries a significantly greater risk for the party at each end of the leak. Likely a mortal risk, as has been demonstrated openly.
Shafer addresses the subject of Trump Administration leaks, and then proceeds to regurgitate a long list of Fake News stories that were eventually shown to have been untrue all along, after their damage had been done. He forgot to address that particularly swampy part of the story though - trying to see if he can't get a few last shots in, I guess. Now if I recall, Biden hardly came out of his basement during the campaign, and even then only in tightly-scripted low-attendance settings. Talking about Biden Administration leaks is like discussing the architecture of Hollywood sets. There's no 'there', there.
The last leaker was Seth Rich and he became the example of what happens when you turn against the left wing Mafia.
Frank Bennet's thesis that the military's main duty is to protect the "neoliberal order" is incomplete. The woke military is being purged of conservative white men so that it can be used to suppress the white population. This is, in fact, one of the goals of the neoliberal order.
PS. If you have been vaccinated you already have the covid passport showing who you are and when, where, and what you got. They even laminate for you so you can carry around.
No offer to laminate my covid card, and it couldn't serve it's purpose were it laminated. It's made like a military shot card (at least like they were 50 years ago), i.e. a table with several blank rows remaining to record follow-up vaccinations and booster shots if needed.
That was a good piece on Lewis's "Screwtape Proposes a Toast." At the turn of the century, National Review called his Abolition of Man one of the two most prophetic books of the 20th C. ([i1984[/i] was the other. I would have included the soft-power dystopia Brave New World, myself.)
Lewis was seldom directly political, but his cultural comments often struck to the heart of what was happening in politics, discerning the trends long before others.
The Surprisingly Plausible Theory that the Pyramids were Poured from Ancient Concrete
Since a good portion of us here are New Englanders:
Honestly not sure which is more pathetic. A grown ass man scared of COVID or a grown ass man scared of a shot. Nut up and get on with your life.
Spoken like a man who has never been asked for his “papers” by armed police while strolling the Arbat.
Nope was never asked for papers in Moscow...Madrid yes and once in Bogota...I muddled through.
I've been getting asked for my papers for the past 45 years, every time I enter a US military installation.
Scrapping sheet music
From the Breitbart article that's not behind a paywall.
In response to student demands “arising from international Black Lives Matter demonstrations,” the Oxford faculty is also considering placing a heavier emphasis on “non-Eurocentric” musical traditions such as Hip-Hop and Jazz,
... said no one who has ever seen a jazz chart or tried to play Giant Steps by ear.
#2 Jerryskids: Biden's not leaking because the Dems and the media are in cahoots. That should be obvious to all.
UK Supreme Court Judge Expects People Will Be Forced To Wear Masks, Stay Home For Ten Years: Muslims won't stand for that.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: THE GREAT EVIL OF OUR TIME: Yes, let's all hate each other!
University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raise concerns about music curriculums' 'complicity in white supremacy' after Black Lives Matter movement: So, it'll all be on black sheet music????Critical Race Theory: The Great Evil of Our Time
The Meaning of the Woke Military: WE SURRENDER!!!111!!!!!
Why Trump’s White House Leaked and Biden’s Hasn’t: The Dems and the media are in bed together. I don't KNOW if one is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the other, but it's obvious to me that they are in cahoots!
This is not immigration or political asylum: See comment just above.
Suggest you not use this term. You control the debate by controlling the terms. The left says "immigration," or "immigrants," which suggest some kind of permanent right to be here under the Immigration and Nationality Act. This is their way of winning the public relations battle because nothing short of full citizenship is the goal. But until they have a right, those people are aliens, or undocumented or illegal aliens.
"University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial'"
Wouldn't it just be easier to simply teach POC how to read sheet music then maybe they wouldn't fear it or think it was witchcraft.
Nah, you must make things as easy as possible for our 'betters'.
We'll discard civilization because guilt-obsessed academics decide that it's better to burn everything down because someone, somewhere, might find it difficult to learn how to maintain it.