You Keep Using the Term “Authoritarian”

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“You know the term ‘authoritarian.’ You think you know what it means. An authoritarian dad, boss, or government says: my way or the highway. They are forever barking orders and see compliance as the answer to all human problems. There is no room for uncertainty, adaptation to time and place, or negotiation. It’s ruling by personal dictate while tolerating no dissent. To be authoritarian is to be inhumane, to rule with arbitrary and capricious imposition. It can also mean to be ruled impersonally by a machine regardless of the cost. Sounds like a conventional government bureaucracy, right? Indeed. Think of the Department of Motor Vehicles.” (06/24/24)

Microaggression madness in Oregon could cost doctors their licenses

Source: Fox News Forum
by Jonathan Turley

“There is a controversy in Oregon over a proposed change in the ethics rule from the Oregon Medical Board. At issue is the use of ‘microaggressions’ to discipline doctors and to make reporting such transgressions mandatory for all doctors. It seems before you can give stitches, you have to join snitches under one of the most ambiguous categories of prescribed speech. I have been a critic of microaggression rules on college campuses and discuss this trend in my book out this week, ‘The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage’. In past debates over this category of offensive speech, I have objected that it is hopelessly vague and highly controversial. That ambiguity creates a threat to free speech through a chilling effect on speakers who are unsure of what will be considered microaggressive.” (06/24/24)

Lawsuit challenges new Louisiana law requiring classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Source: SFGate

“Civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block Louisiana’s new law that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom, a measure they contend is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in the suit include parents of Louisiana public school children, represented by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Under the legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry last week, all public K-12 classrooms and state-funded universities will be required to display a poster-sized version of the Ten Commandments in ‘large, easily readable font’ next year. Opponents argue that the law is a violation of separation of church and state and that the display will isolate students, especially those who are not Christian.” (06/24/24)

The Government Caused New York’s Legal Pot “Disaster”

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“As of early May, more than three years after New York legalized recreational 
marijuana, just 119 licensed dispensaries were serving that market in the entire state. Unauthorized pot shops outnumbered legal outlets by 20 to 1, according to The New York Times, with more than 2,000 operating in New York City alone. The state had less than one licensed pot store per 100,000 residents — in contrast with about six in
Massachusetts, 10 in Maine, 11 in Colorado, 19 in Oregon, and 48 in New Mexico. Legislators and regulators could have avoided this ‘disaster,’ as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently called it, had they learned from the mistakes of other states that have struggled to displace the black market. Yet New York politicians somehow did not anticipate what would happen after people could legally use marijuana but could not obtain it from legal sources.” (06/24/24)

MD: Dali cargo ship leaves Baltimore for Virginia, nearly three months after bridge collapse

Source: Seattle Times

“The cargo ship Dali headed out of Baltimore for Virginia on Monday, nearly three months after it lost power and crashed into one of the Francis Scott Key bridge’s supporting columns and caused the bridge to collapse. The 984-foot Dali started moving shortly before 8:30 a.m. with four tugboats. It is headed to Norfolk, Virginia, for the removal of the remaining containers on the vessel and additional repairs. … A National Transportation Safety Board investigation found the ship experienced two power outages in the hours before it left the Port of Baltimore. In the moments before the bridge collapsed, it lost power again and veered off course. The agency is still investigating what caused the electrical failures.” (06/24/24)

Why Putin Sent Russian Ships to Cuba

by Ted Snider

“On June 17, Russian naval vessels left Cuba without incident, concluding a five-day visit. The visit may have been without incident, but it wasn’t without meaning. Frustrated that their diplomatic messages were not being heard, Russia sent a louder message. But that message may not have simply been about projecting power as the West has presented it.” (06/24/24)

Disgraced former president’s campaign claims he was “tortured” in Fulton County Jail — as it peddles coffee cups with his mugshot

Source: New York Post

“Donald Trump’s team claimed Monday that he was ‘tortured’ in Fulton County Jail during his August surrender on election tampering raps — as it peddled coffee cups with his mugshot. ‘I want you to remember what they did to me. They tortured me in the Fulton County Jail, and TOOK MY MUGSHOT. So guess what?’ a new fundraising pitch from his camp said. ‘I put it on a mug for the WHOLE WORLD TO SEE!’ The missive offered fans the opportunity to purchase one of his ‘limited edition’ coffee cups featuring the mugshot of a scowling Trump during his booking.” (06/24/24)

To Defeat Health Tyrants, Eat Real Food

Source: Mindset Shifts
by Barry Brownstein

“The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a sad old story: the poor quality of the ultra-processed bread in American supermarkets. The WSJ told us they bought ‘fresh’ bread in April, which still looked ‘fresh’ in June. If you enjoy eating real sourdough bread made with very few ingredients, you know it gets hard within days. If the sourdough bread you eat is made with organic whole grains, you reduce your glyphosate consumption, and the impact on your body is far different from supermarket bread. … A war is raging against real food. The war’s first casualty is your health.” (06/24/24)