Saturday, June 22, 2024

Silencing opposition is a well worn tactic of totalitarian regimes

Imposing a Permanent Gag Order on Trump

How long until the same doctrine is being used to muzzle not just Trump but everyone?

Gag orders, constitutionally dubious, are meant to protect the integrity of a judicial proceeding.

However, even with the trial over, the gag orders imposed on former President Trump are not going away.

DA Bragg’s office (which had just freed the antisemitic Columbia Hamas rioters) demanded a continuation of the gag order which prohibits him from commenting on the individuals involved in the trial.

Since Trump is also running for president and Biden is spending $50 million to attack him over the various Democrat trials imposed on him, this effectively bans a presidential candidate from debating a campaign issue.

The New York Court of Appeals claimed that “no substantial constitutional question is directly involved” in gagging a presidential candidate when in reality several are involved.

But weasel words like “substantial” and “directly” give away the game.

Imposing a gag order post-trial on a potentially indefinite basis has no legal validity. There is no longer a judicial proceeding to protect. The basis for Bragg’s demands is the DA’s claim that he’s still getting death threats and that Trump may seek revenge. There will be plenty of people who hate Bragg regardless of what Trump says and the rationale that the rhetoric poses a personal risk rather than a risk to a case allows for a permanent gag order.

It also shifts away from protecting judicial proceedings before and during to protecting them afterward, and from restricting speech by a participant in a legal proceeding to restricting speech that political agitators believe threatens them.

How long until the same doctrine is being used to muzzle not just Trump but everyone?

More leftist threatening behavior

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More proof Democrats are not interested in democracy especially if it interferes with the money flowing to government

California Supreme Court yields to Newsom and Legislature, removes Taxpayer Protection Act from November ballot

We were shocked and angered by the California Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday in Legislature v. Weber, the outrageous lawsuit filed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders. The lawsuit asked the court to order the removal of our duly qualified initiative, the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, from the November ballot in order to prevent voters from passing it.

The seven justices of the Supreme Court yielded to the wishes of the political branches, handing them the victory they sought over the will and the rights of 1.4 million California voters who signed petitions to qualify the TPA initiative for the ballot, as well as the tens of millions of Californians who would have benefited from its protections.

The court put politics ahead of the state Constitution. It is now obvious that all three branches of California’s government — executive, legislative and judiciary — believe the government may decide how much money it needs and raise taxes accordingly, and the voters may not constrain them.

Defying legal precedents and plain common sense, the court declared that the Taxpayer Protection Act was an impermissible “revision” of the state constitution, beyond the power of the voters to enact. Revisions, the court said, may only be enacted through a constitutional convention that is called by the legislature itself.

Since 1911, Californians have had three powers of direct democracy as a check on the power of the government: the initiative, the referendum and the recall. Now the court has effectively declared that the people’s power to amend the constitution through initiative is subject to the approval of the government.

This dangerous decision would likely have prevented Proposition 13 from passing in 1978. It’s the clear intent of the state government to block voters from limiting tax increases at all. In addition to this outrageous ruling, the legislature has placed a constitutional amendment proposal on the November ballot, ACA 13, which selectively sets a higher vote threshold to pass certain constitutional amendments. It applies only to initiatives like Prop. 13, those that set a higher vote threshold to pass tax increases.

What’s more, the legislature has also put ACA 1 on the November ballot to make it easier to raise taxes, cutting the vote threshold for approval from the current 66.7% for special taxes and local bond debt down to just 55%. Loopholes the courts have carved into Prop. 13 (which the TPA would have closed) have already reduced the threshold for passing many local taxes down to 50%-plus-one-vote.

We will be fighting ACA 1 and ACA 13 with all our strength this fall. At the same time, we will be fighting to protect Proposition 13 from another attack by special interests that is planned for 2026.

This is not a drill. This is a firebell in the night.

If you are not already a member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, now is the moment to join. If you are able to support our efforts financially, your donation to HJTA and to the Protect Prop. 13 campaign committee have never been more important. We are in a war to save Proposition 13 so Californians are not taxed out of their homes and businesses. With your help, we will defeat ACA 1 and ACA 13 and come back even stronger in 2026 to fight for the security of California families.

Thank you.

Jon Coupal, President
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Friday, June 21, 2024

An Israeli peace activist was mugged by reality while being held hostage in Gaza

An Israeli peace activist was mugged by reality while being held hostage in Gaza

True peace, one that sees people of good will living in harmony with each other despite differing attitudes on some issues, is a wonderful thing. I’d certainly like to see a world like that, although faith tells us it won’t happen without divine intervention. In the real world, there are bad actors, but some once-naïve peace activists—including one former Israeli hostage—are giving up on their Utopian dreams and finally facing reality.

To understand the lunatic nature of leftist peace activists, let’s take a walk through the animal kingdom. Porcupines speak softly and carry big stickers (pun intended). Skunks speak softly and carry big stinks. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. If you attack, they will respond in very unpleasant ways.

Peace activists, however, don’t understand this defensive principle. They believe that, if you’re a rabbit who sees a fox coming your way (a fox that has as its raison d’etre eating rabbits) and you lie down on your back and show your tummy, the fox will be so charmed by your peaceful attitude that it will refrain from eating you.

If these activists weren’t dumb bunnies, they’d figure out that being a peace activist means encouraging the fox to be a vegetarian rather than encouraging the rabbit to serve itself up on a platter with a carrot in its mouth. Moreover, if they’re making this journey, I’d advise them to revisit the fable about the frog and the scorpion, the one that sees the scorpion sting the helpful frog carrying it across the river because that’s the scorpion’s nature. Put another way, some people have value systems that will yield to reason, and some do not. In the latter case, as we learned with the Nazis, only brute force will change their minds.

Even Israel has its peace activists, although their numbers are shrinking as they realize there’s no mileage in convincing Israeli bunnies to yield while providing excuses for the ravening Hamas fox. One new peace activist is someone who found herself spending two-and-a-half months in the fox’s den. Ada Sagi once believed peace was possible between Israel and Hamas, but has concluded that Hamas’s nature makes such peace impossible:

An Israeli peace activist who was seized from her home on 7 October and held hostage for 53 days in Gaza has told the BBC how her ordeal destroyed her belief that peace is possible between Palestinians and Israelis.

In her first UK interview since being freed in November, Ada Sagi, 75, also told Emma Barnett on Radio 4’s Today programme how she was held in an apartment by paid guards, that Hamas kept her in a hospital before her release - and that she now believes the world hates Jews.

“I don’t believe in peace, no. I don’t believe, sorry,” the Arabic and Hebrew teacher said. “I understand Hamas don’t want it.”

Ms Sagi lived for decades in the Nir Oz kibbutz near the Israel-Gaza border, trying to help reconciliation efforts by teaching Israelis Arabic to speak to their neighbours.

One of the truisms of leftism is that it’s a fantasy that sees totalitarians manipulate dreamers and psychopaths, which has been the case from the French Revolution to Marx to the Russian Revolution to present-day college campuses and Israeli kibbutzim. Leftist peace activism has survived for as long as it has in the once-civilized West because American capitalism propped it up.

Looking at Europe, which has long served as the American left’s role model, America absorbed the world’s defense costs during the Cold War and drove unprecedented prosperity. This meant that Europe’s socialist nations had surplus money for luxury things such as “socialized” (American-funded) medicine, cradle-to-grave (American-funded) child and elder care, six-week-long (American-funded) vacations, etc. It helped that, up until Europe invited in unlimited immigration from Third World countries that didn’t share their values, these nations also had the benefit of strong social cohesion, which allowed them to bask in their low-crime, gun-free status.

Now, though, America is on the way to being bankrupted itself, the Third World (especially the Muslim world is on the move), and the left’s self-loathing (including among the Israeli left) has denied the reality of human nature, something that permeates modern leftism in all countries which it appears, including Israel and America. Raw human nature, once leftism has stripped it of the Judeo-Christian reverence for the human soul, reveals us to be animals ourselves, only with cars and smartphones. And then, as Tennyson said, Nature is indeed “red in tooth and claw,” and never more so than when Nature appears in the form of Hamas.

It’s to be hoped that Ms. Sagi’s terrible experience, and that of others in Israel, brings American leftists to their senses without our first having to be so terribly mugged by reality.

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You have to wonder how they got their riches...scum!

UK's richest family get jail terms for exploiting staff

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The Hinduja family forced vulnerable domestic workers from India to work excruciatingly long hours at their villa in Geneva. The court found the workers were paid a pittance in Indian rupees, not Swiss francs.

Swiss court has sentenced four members of the wealthy Hinduja family to up to 4 1/2 years in jail on Friday for exploiting their domestic workers.

Members of the family were accused of trafficking mostly-illiterate domestic workers from India, confiscating their passports, and forcing them to work 16-hour days in their Geneva villa without overtime pay.

The domestic workers were paid between 220 and 400 francs ($250-450) a month — a wage up to 90% less than what they could expect to earn in Switzerland. However, this wage was paid in Indian rupees into banks back home that the workers could not physically access.

"They're profiting from the misery of the world," Geneva prosecutor Yves Bertossa told the court.

He accused the Hindujas of spending "more on their dog than on their domestic employees."

The Hindujas own the Hinduja Group, which has interests in banking, oil, media, healthcare, entertainment and chemicals.

With a fortune estimated at £37 billion ($47 billion, €43 billion), Gopi Hinduja and his family top the Sunday Times list of the UK's 350 richest people. Gopi himself was not named in the case.

What sentences did the Hinduja family receive?

The defendants were found guilty of "usury" for exploiting the vulnerable domestic workers.

Prakash Hinduja and his wife Kamal were were each sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

Their son Ajay Hinduja and his wife Namrata also received four-year terms.

The family's business manager received an 18-month suspended sentence.

"The four Hinduja defendants knew the weak position their employees were in and knew the law in Switzerland," judge Sabina Mascotto said in her ruling.

The court dismissed the more severe charges of human trafficking charges against the family which has roots in India.

Hinduja family to appeal ruling

The Hinduja family was not present in court on Friday. Their lawyers said said Kamal Hinduja had been hospitalized in Monaco and that the other three defendants were at her bedside.

They also said the family would appeal the ruling.

During the hearing, the family's lawyers claimed that the domestic workers received ample benefits and downplayed claims of exploitation.

"We are not dealing with mistreated slaves," lawyer Nicolas Jeandin told the court.

Another of the family's lawyers, Robert Assael, argued that the workers "were grateful to the Hindujas for offering them a better life.

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Judge Aileen Cannon was told to STEP DOWN from the Donald Trump classified documents case by fellow judges in shocking move

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Is the Pentagon subverted by China. Remember how they behaved when Trump was President?i

The Department of Defense has admitted it has no idea how much money it has given the Chinese to make viruses more dangerous.

The year millions of people were killed worldwide by a virus likely engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese scientists in Beijing began toying with a more deadly coronavirus variant called GX_P2V that killed humanized mice 100% of the time, largely with late-stage brain infections. While not formally linked, the study referenced parallel work executed by Wuhan Institute of Virology scientist Dr. Shi Zhengli.

In March, Chinese researchers at the Hebei Medical University revealed they had created a mutant version of the virus vesicular stomaitis, known to infect cattle, by giving it a protein from the Ebola virus. The hamster test subjects infected with the recombinant virus suffered weight loss, ulcerated eyes, inflammation, multi-organ failure, and then all died.

Apparently, the Pentagon has no idea to what extent it has bankrolled these kinds of potentially ruinous experiments in communist China.

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General released a partially redacted report Tuesday detailing the results of its efforts to track down the money the Pentagon has invested helping the communist Chinese enhance deadly pathogens.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Oakland, California Transformed Into Warzone On Juneteenth

Watch: Gavin Newsom's Oakland, California Transformed Into Warzone On Juneteenth

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THURSDAY, JUN 20, 2024 - 03:55 AM

Dramatic footage has surfaced on X showing a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, California, which was transformed into a warzone in the overnight hours. What appears to be gang-on-gang violence sparked an insane shootout on city streets. In a state governed by radical leftist Gavin Newsom, where common sense law and order are seemingly absent, such scenes are becoming more frequent. This incident further exemplifies why people and businesses continue to flee to safer, red states. 

Local media outlet SFGate reported that as many as 5,000 people attended the Juneteenth celebration in Oakland's Lake Merritt area.

Around 2015 local time, a fight broke out at a sideshow involving "motorbikes and vehicles" at Grand and Bellevue avenues—and that was the moment when all hell erupted.