So much for states rights! (Campaign promises be damned!)

I was just greeted by a wonderful headline: “White House sees greater enforcement on recreational marijuana“:

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The administration of President Donald Trump expects to see greater federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

Asked if the government would take action on recreational marijuana use, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: “Well I think that’s a question for the Department of Justice. I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it. Because again there’s a big difference between the medical use … that’s very different than the recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice will be further looking into.”

Via Reason, where of course we are reminded of what Trump said during his campaign:

Marijuana legalization advocates condemned the the comments, which appear to backtrack from Trump’s statements on the campaign trail that marijuana legalization was a state issue.

“If the administration is looking for ways to become less popular, cracking down on voter-approved marijuana laws would be a great way to do it,” Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority, said in a statement. “On the campaign trail, President Trump clearly and repeatedly pledged that he would leave decisions on cannabis policy to the states. With a clear and growing majority of the country now supporting legalization, reneging on his promises would be a political disaster and huge distraction from the rest of the president’s agenda.”

The Justice Department declined to comment.

Naturally, they declined to comment. They’ve got a drug warrior in charge there.

Save the fact that he is not Hillary Clinton, from a libertarian standpoint, there is not much to like about Trump.

 

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Collectivists Shouldn’t Generalize

A Professor at Wake Forrest is in trouble with the SJW crowd over something he penned about Islam.

“I come from the American Left. I am a feminist. I am a gay rights activist,” he begins. “Consequently, the argument I am about to make for tighter U.S. controls on immigration of Muslims may surprise some readers. It shouldn’t.”

Gilreath goes on to claim that “Islam is endemically antithetical to the well-being of gay people,” contending that “If anything approaching this kind of destruction had been unleashed under the banner of any political organization, the Nazis or Klan for examples, the Left would be quick to condemn and short on tolerance for adherents who ask us to believe that they only subscribe to the ideology’s nonlethal tenets,” but that “because this mayhem is perpetrated in the name of religion…the gloves stay on.”

And here is the capper:

The article spawned a demonstration on campus by students who claimed that his article was “offensive and overgeneralizing,”

How do you get collectivism without over generalizing? As I have said before, “The ideal of socialism is that everyone gets enough to eat. The ideal of capitalism is that everyone gets what they want to eat.”

H/T Athos.

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It’s only censorship if they’re censoring something I agree with!

I was outraged over the cancellation of Milo’s speech by the University of California Berkeley recently. So were a lot of people — many of whom are on the right.

You know, the people who call themselves conservatives?

And now that a major conservative organization has also canceled his speech, we’re told (by the same people who screamed about him being censored at college campuses) that that’s different!

Hypocrites.

So what’s the rule here?

All inflammatory opinions are equal, but some inflammatory opinions are more equal than others?

Leftists become unhinged when it comes to questioning feminist or diversity dogma. Similarly, religious conservatives become unhinged where it comes to questioning the age of consent. For years they have been calling Harvey Milk a “pedophile” because he had a lover he met when the guy was 16.

They don’t know what pedophilia is. A 16 year old may or may not be ready for all adult activities, but he or she (or whatever he or she may want to call himself or herself) is not a child.

Moreover, in many countries, the age of consent  is 14.

I’m not here to argue what the age of consent should be, nor am I defending the merits of Milo’s opinions. I’m just saying that if free speech means anything, it means being able to offer opinions on feminism, gender studies, Title IX, or anything else.

Including age of consent laws.

I feel like I’m stating the obvious here, but obviously I am not.

MORE: As I haven’t been blogging much these days, I didn’t explain far enough, but Sarah Hoyt has, and God bless her, because this is important stuff.

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A Little Trouble In Sweden

Our President is having some fun with the media.

And Muslims are having some fun with Sweden.

Swedish Riots 21Feb2017

Having spent the entire new cycle trying to ignore the immigrant crisis facing Sweden, and pin the ignorant tail on Trump, both Dagbladet and Expressen reports riots breaking out in the highly immigrant concentrated Stockholdm borough of Rinkeby, Sweden with police firing warning shots as 100s of young people throw stones and burn cars.

During the evening hundreds of young people gathered in the center of Rinkeby, well known for its high concentration of immigrants and people with immigrant ancestry.

The President is better than a reality TV show.

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The Flynn Effect

The following is my take on the Flynn Affair.

I’m betting both Flynn and the Russian Ambassador knew they were being monitored. So the question is – why did they do it? Didn’t Flynn know the motives and methods of his opposition? If he did know motives and methods – he is up to something. Fire him. If he didn’t? He is incompetent. Fire him.

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And Trump trying to hire some one from the intel agencies to manage the intel agencies? Well, given what we know so far that doesn’t seem to be particularly wise.

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Internationalism, 1972

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Joke Of The Day

One sunny day very late in January, 2017, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine looks at the man and says, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here.” The old man says, “Okay,” and walks away.

The following day the same man approaches the White House and says to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine again tells the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here.” The man thanks him and again just walks away.

The third day the same man approaches the White House and speaks to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.”

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looks at the man and says, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man looks at the Marine and says,“Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”

The Marine snaps to attention, salutes, and says, “See you tomorrow, Sir!”

H/T The Deplorable Russ in OR

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More Oroville

Some nice pictures and commentary by engineering geologists at Meta Bunk.

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Conservatism Is The NEW Counter-Culture


About 8 minutes

I did a postmortem of the old Counter-Culture at 60s Nostalgia. I wouldn’t go so far as to say “Conservatism is the new Counter-Culture.” My take is more that “Leave Us Alone” (libertarianism) is the new Counter Culture. I does sorta look like Conservatism if your glasses are not properly adjusted.

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It Will Kill The Narrative

Californians are learning that flooding is a natural event in California. I think this will put a damper on a lot of Global Warming hysteria as citizens turn to more immediate concerns.

Like preparing for future floods.

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When The Levee Breaks

In honor of California. Zepparella

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Loss Of Crest Control

There were warnings 12 years ago about the Oroville Dam. They were ignored.

Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored with concrete, rather than remain as an earthen hillside.

The groups filed the motion with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They said that the dam, built and owned by the state of California, and finished in 1968, did not meet modern safety standards because in the event of extreme rain and flooding, fast-rising water would overwhelm the main concrete spillway, then flow down the emergency spillway, and that could cause heavy erosion that would create flooding for communities downstream, but also could cause a failure, known as “loss of crest control.”

And the government response was the usual. “Nothing bad has happened. So far”

Lucky for them. So far.

In other news the Governor Of California asks Trump for help.

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Oroville Dam May Flood Sacramento

But only if the dam breaks. And what are the odds of that? Rather good I’d say.

But the crisis at Lake Oroville won’t abate any time soon. Northern California is on pace for its wettest winter ever, and Croyle said an estimated 2.8 million acre-feet of snow blankets the Sierra above the dam. Depending on how quickly that melts, it will put additional strain on Oroville Dam in the months to come.

“Our next 60 to 90 days will be critical, how we route this (snow) runoff through this reservoir,” Croyle said. “There’s a lot of snow up there.”

The below videos will give you a better view of the situation than the news reports will give you.

Thanks to LG at Chief IO for the first video.


About 14 minutes

 
 
This one is from The Sacramento Bee.


About 2 minutes

 
 
If I was to hazard a guess on the spillway problem, based on repairs in prior years I’d say bad concrete. Not enough cement (a standard contractor cheat)?, Not enough rebar? Something else?

Someone probably knows – from tests done on the repaired sections.

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Trump Knows How To Stop Crime In America

He did it by signing Executive Orders. Too bad no other President ever thought of this.

Well. Will it work? There is no way to tell for now. The orders are secret.

Here is my take on all this:

“The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

Not too long after making that statement he died in a boating accident.

Trump is just taking out accident insurance, would be my guess.

Another thing Trump said in his speech was:

Trump said he is directing the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security “to undertake all necessary and lawful actions to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and destroying the blood of our youth.”

There once was a great orator who was also interested in the blood of the youths of his country.

I know it cannot be any other way because you are flesh from our flesh and blood from our blood, and in your young minds burns the same spirit that drives us.

You cannot be any other way but be bound to us. And when the large processions of our movement march today….

I wonder if Trump is doing all this to be funny. Or if he means it. Or maybe some one owns him. We shall see.

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“Populism is a libertarian tragedy”

So argues P.J. O’Rourke in a piece that nearly made me weep.

The election of 2016 was terrible because it wasn’t an election, it was a rebellion. America is having a civil war, or, to be more accurate, a War of Incivility. The war is not between Republicans and Democrats or between conservatives and progressives. The war is between the frightened and what they fear. It is being fought by the people who perceive themselves as controlling nothing. They are besieging the people they perceive as controlling everything. We are in the midst of a Perception Insurrection, or, depending on how you perceive it, a Loser Mutiny.

The revolt against the elites targets all manner of preeminence—political elites, business elites, media elites, institutional elites, and, kind reader, you. You’re reading an article in a serious magazine, and the article is about a serious subject (however flippantly treated). This marks you as an elite.

Elite though I may be by that standard, I have excoriated the elite in this blog for over a decade. I can’t stand those people.

And one thing is very clear.

They deserve Donald Trump.

But now that he is getting around to such “populist” ideas as renewed support for noxious policies like asset forfeiture, I am forced to ask a question.

What about the rest of us — libertarians like me who have vehemently opposed the elites for decades and who opposed Hillary Clinton with all their hearts — do we deserve him too?

What options do we have?

My concern is that while the elites were (and are) terribly, terribly, wrong, that does not make the populists right.

TTC_S

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Truck Launching

YouTube has pulled the original video I posted. Man Mountain Molehill in the comments suggested the video you now see.

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A Man Of the People

Donald Trump favors letting government take your money without due process.

Two Texas senators have offered legislation this year to require conviction before someone’s assets could be seized. Sen. Konni Burton, a Republican who often pushes civil-liberties legislation to protect personal information and property, was a fierce critic of Trump during the campaign. She and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, a McAllen Democrat, have formed an unlikely team pushing this asset forfeiture legislation.

Trump’s reaction?

“Who is that state senator? I want to hear his name. We’ll destroy his career…”

Down in the comments there was this:

Maybe his next executive order will be to abolish the 4th ammendment.

And this:

Are you guys stupid? This is big government trying to take your assets before the convicted nobody should want this if you want to live in a free Society

And this:

Don, dude, the people who voted for you do not support the current civil asset forfieture regime (it’s, well, like a swamp monster for them). You reeeeeeealy are killing your base with this uninformed talk. Think about it, Don.

And this:

It is extremely upsetting that Trump is supporting the abolition of the 4th amendment. Civil asset forfeiture is the most grotesque form of fascism.

What people who like giving police this power forget is that they try these tactics out on the Drug War where it is relatively easy to get assent. And then once precedent is well set they roll it out on the rest of us. That way, if you go to court to resist the policy in your case, they have thousands of uncontested cases to point to. Very clever.

Trump should go back and reread his Ayn Rand. Or read this little ditty from Milton Friedman.

“Whose interests are served by the drug war? The U.S. government enforces a drug cartel. The major beneficiaries from drug prohibition are the drug lords, who can maintain a cartel that they would be unable to maintain without current government policy.” — Milton Friedman

Every time a politician claims to be fighting drugs what he really means is that he is aiding the Drug Cartels. I thought we learned that from Alcohol Prohibition. We didn’t even need Milton Friedman to tell us.

And as an addendum for the strict constitutionalists out there. There is no Drug Prohibition Amendment. The Feral (not a misspelling) Government has no legal power to be doing what it is doing in aid of this Prohibition. And they are all in it together – no Republican or Democrat President in the last fifty (or more) years has stood against this policy of theft by government.

You can find out more about this policy (forfeiture) at Forfeiture Endangers American Rights.

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My Favorite Super Bowl Commercial

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There Is No Evidence Of Significant Voter Fraud

Our Republican leaders are trying to help President Trump.

McConnell and other GOP leaders agree there is voter fraud but not on the scale claimed by Trump. “There is no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning.

It will be especially difficult to find evidence if no one is looking.

Trump’s plans for a “major investigation” into what he claims were fraudulent votes by as many as 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants may not get too far without congressional funding, which may be an issue because already Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he doesn’t want to spend federal funds on the investigation….

No matter what Trump finds out about the rest of the country we will always have Detroit.

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Blown Lead

Blown Lead

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