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Gay Wedding Cakes at the Supreme Court

Well, the “gay wedding cake issue” is in the news again, as the Supreme Bureaucrats have heard the case of the Colorado baker who for religious reasons refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

This “gay civil rights” and “transgender civil rights” stuff these days shows that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has obviously expanded beyond its intention, which was to outlaw “Jim Crow” laws and forbid governments, bureaucrats and government-run functions from discriminating against people based on race, religious beliefs, and sex.

Now “civil rights” means allowing people to enslave others to serve them, involuntarily. It is beyond mere trespassing and extortion.

The problem with that Civil Rights Act is that it didn’t just apply to government-run functions (such as schools, parks, city buses, etc.) and public property, but it also applied to private property as well, privately-owned property, whether businesses or functions otherwise known as “public accommodations.”

I can see why by 1964 the separation between public and private property had been blurred, given how the 1913 income tax allowed the federal government to seize private wealth and order the people to have to report their income, their wages and earnings to the bureaucrats. Such “private” property had thus become the property of the State by its own decree. After that point, anything is fair game now. Anyone can use the armed force of government to steal and plunder the income, earnings and savings of one’s neighbors, or live off the work and productivity of others without their voluntary consent.

And obviously the Social Security system which started in the 1930s and Medicare and Medicaid of the 1960s pretty much sealed that. With the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s usurpation of private property now known as “public accommodations,” anyone can sue anyone else for “refusal of service” (or refusal to allow trespass) for any reason. Anyone can forcibly compel private property owners to serve them, let them in or on their property, or associate with them, involuntarily.

And private property is private property, by the way. It is privately owned. And our bodies are our own private property, including the labor we expend. We have the right to decide how we arrange the products of our labor, whom to do business with, etc.

And also it doesn’t matter how big the property or business is, how much of an income the businesspeople have. Private property is no less privately owned (and thus no more publicly owned) the bigger it is or the larger the income the owners have.

And so the idea of freedom of thought and conscience or religious beliefs isn’t really relevant here. The baker and his legal team in the “gay wedding cake” case are using the wrong arguments.

Their arguments should be based on private property rights and freedom of association.

Either private property owners are the owners of their own private property, including their businesses, their homes, churches, schools, etc., or they share in ownership of those things with others, with the community, the government, and so on. It’s either one or the other.

So either A has a right to force B to do extra labor to serve A or associate with A involuntarily, or B has a right to not serve or associate with A for ANY reason.

Those are the two choices: freedom or compulsory association. There is no in-between, there is no “grey area.”

It doesn’t matter if someone is “racist,” anti-homosexual, anti-transgender, whatever. The prospective consumer can easily find someone else who will be of service. In most of these recent “civil rights” cases, the prospective customers who were turned away were easily able to find someone else to serve them. But, being social activists, they sued the bakers, photographers, florists, mainly to punish those people for their views, and extort money from them as well.

But regarding “civil rights,” when we go beyond the areas of race and religious belief, and into the areas of lifestyle choices, those who don’t want to associate with others, based on lifestyle differences, have a right to exercise their freedom of thought and conscience on their own private property. The business owner’s own business is one’s own private property, it is not owned or co-owned by the community or by the government.

For these reasons, it is necessary to either repeal the entire Civil Rights Act of 1964, or amend it to only apply to government-run functions or public property but not apply to private property.

On this current Supreme Court case, I don’t expect any renewed respect for private property rights. And if the Supreme Bureaucrats do rule in favor of the baker, it will be based on “religious liberty,” although there may still be a superficial mention of “private property” in some way. (Would they rule in favor of atheist bakers who refuse to serve a Christian couple? Many conservatives, including the ones on Salem Radio who don’t understand private property, would probably say no on that. Hey, “religious liberty” and all that. )

The rulers and their judicial bureaucrats know that if we restore private property rights, we will then have to go after all “civil rights” laws, all income tax-thefts imposed by governments and all programs of forced redistribution including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Abuse Victims Going Public: Now Hitting the Classical Music Business

Since my commentary on Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Al Franken, Bill Clinton et al., now we are hearing about the world-renowned opera and symphony conductor James Levine, with three adult males now coming forward to accuse Levine, 74, of sexual misconduct toward or with them when they were teenagers (and possibly pre-teens).

Now, I’ve been a classical music listener for decades and decades. Not particularly opera but definitely symphony orchestra music. Rumors of James Levine spending too much time with young male musicians including boys and of possible child molestation have been around for decades. So, I am not surprised to hear these most recent allegations.

The descriptions of the alleged sicko abuses are really gross.

According to this New York Post article, “The alleged victim said that Levine first fondled his penis when he was around 16 years old. He said the alleged encounter happened at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Ill., 10 miles from the Ravinia Festival…Levine would masturbate in the bed or in the bathroom, the alleged victim told police….In 1987, he said the alleged abuse escalated and Levine ‘put his finger in my anus,’ according to the report…’Levine was not a person you ever said no to,’ he told police.”

How disgusting! The police report was filed just last year.

The Metropolitan Opera of New York, of which Levine was music director for 40 years and associated with for 46 years, has suspended Levine and cancelled his scheduled appearances based on the allegations, according to the New York Times. The Times noted that the alleged violations go back to 1968, and named the first accuser who was not named in the Post article, and named the other two accusers. I am not naming the accusers here.

According to the Times, one accuser, “who played principal bass in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for more than three decades, said that Mr. Levine masturbated him that summer — and then coaxed him to reciprocate — when [he] was 17 at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan. Mr. Levine, then 25, was a rising star on the summer program’s faculty. [Another accuser] said that Mr. Levine also masturbated him there that summer when [he] was 17 and a cello student — the first of many sexual encounters with Mr. Levine that have haunted him. And [the first accuser referred to in the Post article] who grew up in Illinois near the Ravinia Festival, where Mr. Levine was music director, said that he was sexually abused by Mr. Levine starting in the summer of 1986, when [he] was 16…”

According to the Times article the 66-year-old accuser said he decided to come forward because of all the news of famous people being accused of sexual misconduct.

While the rumors of James Levine’s alleged extra-musical divertimentos have been around for decades, the British music critic Norman Lebrecht has emphasized the importance of presumption of innocence for Levine on Lebrecht’s blog, “Slippedisc.com.” One commenter on that post pointed out Lebrecht’s 1997 book, Who Killed Classical Music?: Maestros, Managers, and Corporate Politics, in which Lebrecht wrote, “[James] Levine’s foes were murmerous, among them some board members who barely suppressed their outrage at extra-mural activities that, according to TIME magazine, involved ‘liaisons with people of every age and hue.’”

In another post, Lebrecht wrote, “A couple of decades back, when the Verbier Festival named James Levine as music director of its youth orchestra, I asked the festival’s founder, Martin Engstroem, if he shared the awareness in music circles that Levine had a predilection for teenaged boys. Engstroem replied that he had known Levine for years, and that precautions would be taken to safeguard orchestra members. No Verbier incident has ever come to light.”

But if those above descriptions by alleged victims mentioned above from the New York Times and New York Post are really true, I want to know exactly what the hell is going on with James Levine, for crissakes? Who the hell does those things, and with little boys or teenage boys (or girls)? Like with Bill Cosby, I mean, Cosby has admitted to drugging up women and then having sex with them, like while they’re unconscious? Who the hell would DO that? Wait a minute, now as I’m googling I’m learning that Cosby admitted to also doing those things with teenagers. Doh! What the hell is going on with these people?! They’re very sick people, in my view.

But in the Lebrecht posts on James Levine including in the comments, it is becoming clear that the people at the Metropolitan Opera and Boston Symphony Orchestra, and several other musical organizations Levine has been a part of, probably had knowledge of Levine’s alleged behaviors off stage, but they swept it all under the rug. It sounds very much like what we are now hearing about in the show-biz industry with Harvey Weinstein, in the TV news business with Matt Lauer et al., and in politics. Well, politics, the very nature of politics is dirtiness, corruption, invasiveness, criminality, etc. etc. I guess show-biz and news “journalism” is very much like politics. It’s all very sleazy, it seems.

With the Bill O’Reillys, the Charlie Roses, the Matt Lauers and the Harvey Weinsteins, and their abuses and assaults toward women, it seems as though some people are just extremely narcissistic and believe that their attractions toward others are automatically reciprocal. But with the child molesters (whether or not that includes James Levine, we’ll hear a denial or admission soon, I hope), there’s something really sick going on with those people, very disturbed people.

The behaviors of the womanizing degenerates are very “inappropriate,” whether on a date or (but especially) in the workplace. But when someone gets sexual or in an unclothed manner with a child (and when it’s a grown adult doing something with a teenager, I call that a “child” in relation to the grown adult), it is violating and invasive, and exploitative as well. The child molesters out there should know the kind of negative, haunting effects that go on for years within the victims, as noted by some of the victims in those articles above. Those violators are real criminals, in my view.

Have there always been this many degenerates among the general population, though?

UPDATE, 12/10/17: James Levine has issued the following statement of denial, according to the New York Times:

“As understandably troubling as the accusations noted in recent press accounts are, they are unfounded,” he said in a written statement. “As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor.”

Mr. Levine made it clear in his statement that he hopes to resume conducting.

“I have devoted my energies to the development, growth, and nurturing of music and musicians all over the world — particularly with the Metropolitan Opera where my work has been the lifeblood and passion of my artistic imagination,” he said in the statement. “My fervent hope is that in time people will come to understand the truth, and I will be able to continue my work with full concentration and inspiration.”

The Times continued:

“He is lying,” (one accuser) said of Mr. Levine’s statement in an email. “The examples of instigating sex with a minor, physical abuse using physical pain leading to break down crying, all happened. I will take a lie-detector test. Will he?”

(The accuser) said that he was a 17-year-old cello student at Meadow Brook when he was abused in Mr. Levine’s dorm room. He described numerous later incidents of abuse; he said that once Mr. Levine had pinched him painfully until he cried, and then continued pinching him, to wound him.

And (another accuser), 66, who played principal bass in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for more than three decades, stood by his account that Mr. Levine had abused him the summer before his senior year in high school, when he was 17.

“Sexual abuse at any age is inexcusable,” he said. “Further, belittling those of us who were abused as less than fully human is repugnant. I stand by the story.”

Your Tax Dollars At Work in USSA Amerika

In yesterday’s post I stated that if I were in Congress I wouldn’t vote for any tax bill, including a tax cut that was really a tax cut for everybody, period (with no special favors for this special interest or that special interest, etc.). But ANY tax bill that doesn’t repeal the income tax and abolish the IRS is a tax bill that endorses government stealing of private wealth, and promotes institutionalized theft. “Tax cut” bills are still theft bills. So, that’s my view on that.

And regarding the current legislative crap that was just passed by the Senate, the “Here’s Your Tax ‘Cut,’ Suckers!” bill (that the shyster Rethuglicans, the “Tea Partiers,” the “Conservative” Carcass in the House will make compromises with, of course), Robert Wenzel posts a list of some of the crony deals in the Senate’s tax bill. Yech.

And David Stockman has some more analysis on that. Stockman was the Reagan Administration’s budget director. He wrote: “Technically, you might call that a ‘tax cut’ because it does involve a tiny minus sign. But it is also undoubtedly the smallest, not the biggest, individual tax cut in history; and given the facts essayed above, it will not move the needle one single bit when it comes to the issue of growth, jobs and revenue reflows.”

And Stockman concludes: “At the end of the day, the GOP tax bill boils down to borrowing more than $1 trillion from the American public in order to pay higher dividends to wealthy private stockholders. And that’s a real con job.”

Speaking of con jobs and crony deals, I also wanted to follow-up on my recent post on Elizabeth Warren’s “Consumer Financial Protection” (sic) Bureaucracy. Just a few days ago, Rush Limbaugh was referring to the Bureau as a “money-laundering” racket for liberals and Democrats for their further shake-downs of the U.S. workers and producers. I’m glad Limbaugh provides transcripts of his show online.

Rush Limbaugh said, “What this organization did was launder money. It was nothing more than a money-laundering scheme. And it had another purpose. The fines that it levied for anti-consumer policies and anti-consumer behavior at these banks, what do you think they did with the money? The CFPB was a pass-through, and the fine money was given to Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, or take your pick of any left-wing activist group.

“This was an independent agency set up to be able to legally get money from the financial industry and then turn around and give it to left-wing activist groups. And that’s what they were doing with it. And that’s why they are so desperate to hold on to it.”

Now, does Limbaugh have actual proof of this?

So in my searching for info on that, I did manage to see in this Examiner article that CFPB executives and workers gave 593 donations to Democrooks to 1 donations to a Rethuglican. (When the truth is, neither Party deserves donations!)

And this Federalist article states that

The agency was then stacked with partisan ideologues and allowed to conceive its own arbitrary and wide-ranging rules to go after any practice it found “abusive,” “unfair,” or “deceptive.” The CFPB was sanctioned to “administer, enforce, and otherwise implement federal consumer financial laws, which includes the power to make rules, issue orders, and issue guidance” without any genuine due process. It could then mete out penalties of its choosing.

According to Paul Sperry of the New York Post, regarding the fight between former CFPB director Richard Cordray’s personal pick of Leandra English to be his temporary replacement and Trump’s pick of Mick Mulvaney, Sperry wrote:

So who’s funding this extraordinary legal battle with the White House? English’s lead attorney, Deepak Gupta, refuses to say.

All he’d disclose is that they had set up a “structure” similar to a “legal defense fund” to cover his fees, but he wouldn’t name any of the donors contributing to the fund.

Hmm. Anonymous donors. Mysterious funding. Shady network of outside groups…

Gupta worked directly under Warren, who was tapped by Obama to set up the CFPB in 2011 and who is now publicly backing English’s claim to control the bureau. Before founding his law firm in 2012, Gupta served as CFPB’s senior litigation counsel and senior counsel for enforcement strategy.

Gupta sits on the board of several left-wing groups. Warren worked directly with Americans for Financial Reform, a cabal of anti-Wall Street progressives, to help draft the legislation that created the CFPB.

The agency — whose apparatchiks have given nearly all donations to Democrats — forces financial institutions it prosecutes to donate to third-party community organizers. Penalties in such cases are deposited into the bureau’s now-$170 million-plus Civil Penalty Fund, which has, in turn, channeled almost $30 million to “consumer advocacy” groups.

Which groups? The agency won’t say. The fund has avoided independent audit.

This is the fiefdom Democrats are hypocritically protecting with their own dark money.

So I think we can connect the dots. And not only is it the Democrooks who love these huge thieving bureaucracies to shake down Americans to fund far-left social advocacy groups, but as we can see from the phony-baloney tax-“cut” bill, those damn Rethuglicans also love Big Government, just can’t let go of their own little fiefdoms and their powers to legally steal from innocent people and live high off the hog at the expense of the actual workers and producers of society.

I Don’t Support Current Tax “Reform” Proposals

I don’t support the tax “reform” bills that are going through the U.S. House and Senate right now. Some of the proposals remove the state and local tax deduction, and remove other deductions as well. Some middle-class taxpayers may be unfortunate to find themselves moved up to a higher tax bracket in the new 3- or 4-bracket scheme (whatever it is now), rather than moved down to the lower tax bracket, depending on what their income level is. Not only that, but the individual tax cuts will only be temporary, even though the corporate tax cuts are permanent, supposedly. And some people are saying “well how will we pay for the cuts because of the trillion-dollar deficit they will cause?” Nobody except for a few people in Washington is suggesting “cutting spending”! It’s all central planning scheming crap, as usual.

Now, if I were in Congress right now, I would not vote for these bills, or any tax proposals, even if they were permanent tax cuts across the board and without changing the brackets or removing deductions. I know, Laurence Vance and others say that any cuts in taxes or keeping deductions is a good thing.

However, what these tax cut bills are saying is: “We will keep the IRS and continue to take some of your income whether you agree to it or not. We will just take a little less from you — well, some of you, anyway — to make things a little easier for you. Temporarily. (Until we cause the whole economy to collapse like the Soviet Union while spending like drunken sailors in our enslavement of you, the ‘taxpayers’ and your hard labor to serve us, etc., etc., etc.”)

So these tax bills are continuing to empower the government to steal the people’s money, and continue to force the people to have to report their private financial, employment and business matters to the government (violating their 1st, 4th and 5th Amendment rights), information that bureaucrats have no authority to demand. And the stealing (which is the government demanding that you pay them a portion of your earnings involuntarily) is criminal. Generations of people have rationalized such criminality, especially since 1913.

So, if a tax bill proposes to abolish the income tax and the IRS and that’s it, then I would probably support that bill. “But how will we pay for all our important government programs?” Actually, most of what the federal government does in unconstitutional, because it is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution, and most of what the federal government does is also immoral and criminal. Everything from invading countries overseas that were of no threat to us and occupying and trespassing on foreign territories and bombing and murdering innocent people and causing blowback, to arresting innocent people for having or buying a government-disapproved plant, to funding baby-killing and all the rest.

If those who support all those things that government gets involved with think it’s all worthy then let them pay for it from their own pockets, voluntarily. Cutting off the Washington-Soviet parasites’ funding is the only way to restore a free society and avoid a full Soviet-like collapse.

What’s With All These Cases of Sexual Misconduct Now?

I thought that I was the only one who hadn’t witnessed or heard about any kind of abusive, coercive or intimidating, degrading or sexually harassing treatment of women by male workers at any place that I had every worked. But yesterday I heard Mike Gallagher on the radio asking the same thing. “Am I the only one who hasn’t been aware of any of this where I have ever worked? So I’m not alone.

(Okay, there was this one time during the 1980s when I worked in an office environment and while I was in the photocopy room the head maintenance guy was going into a small storage room across the hallway with one of the housekeepers, but she clearly wasn’t being coerced or anything. I don’t think that counts as far as the “harassment” that we’ve been hearing about. But other than that situation, I hadn’t heard of anything going on at any of those places. I’m in my mid-50s now.)

So is all this we’re hearing about with Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Roy Moore et al. a new thing? Well, we heard about Bill Clinton from the very beginning of his 1992 presidential campaign with Gennifer Flowers, and then subsequently Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and 50 or 100 more, I can’t remember how many now.

So I have a feeling that this kind of behavior is nothing new. Given that so many males are being outed now as extreme pervs, sexual assaulters and violators, and if all this has been going on since time immemorial, who else in the past actually acted this way toward others or toward co-workers? Walter Cronkite? I hope not! And did Jimmy Carter really only “commit adultery in his heart”? (Probably.)

These issues are just being aired out and taken seriously now. However, given the high profile cases of false accusation such as with the Duke LaCrosse case and the Rolling Stone magazine article on the UVA campus rape case and other cases, it is fair to ask if any of the current allegations against politicians, show-biz celebrities and journalists are false. Most of the accused such as Matt Lauer have admitted to their predatory behaviors, but some such as Roy Moore continue to deny it. They all have a right to due process, in my view.

But with the exception of the rare female teacher who seduces her teenage boy student, I have yet to hear about any female movie director, journalist or politician who has been accused by a male co-worker or underling of sexual misconduct.

So then is this sexual misconduct just a male thing? What about the perv stuff? Just plain sicko stuff? Variety states that,

As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.

Huh? And Lauer admitted to all that? What’s with that guy? So this is beyond just a “sexual misconduct” thing. It shows someone who is a deeply disturbed individual (if the above accounts are true). Who the hell would say those kinds of things to anyone? But, it appears so far that Lauer has not denied any of these things.

And regarding Charlie Rose, the Washington Post asserts,

Most of the women said Rose alternated between fury and flattery in his interactions with them. Five described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions. Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.

To be fair, Charlie Rose responded to the allegations: “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed…I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

Now, I think that that statement — “I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings…” — is not atypical of the kinds of narcissists we see in these fields of TV news, show-biz and politics. In those fields we are plagued with extremely narcissistic people, those who crave attention, love being filmed, admired and watched by others. So is Charlie Rose one of those narcissists who is so in love with himself that he just projects his “feelings” onto someone else, assuming that she feels the same way about him? But, if the allegations of his touching and groping them and prancing around naked in front of them are true, there is that sexual pervness going on as well, that might be a part of the typical narcissist’s personality.

Besides the narcissism problem, it is also a power issue. The so-called men use their power or authority to coerce women into sexual relationships or else they will lose their jobs or a promotion.

And notice how most of the accused in these current cases align themselves with Big Government, with supporting candidates or policies promoting the expansion of government power over the lives of others? They align themselves with the armed police power of government. They are not “liberals”! Government is power and control. Most of these guys are definitely not advocates of freedom and individual liberty, that’s for sure.

Perhaps these power-lusting people are more examples which show that the government power and controls they support are really predatory in nature, and go against the freedom and security of the people.

What Should Happen to the “Consumer Financial Protection” Bureau?

Now that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray has resigned, it is unclear as to who the new replacement director will be, either the one Cordray himself chose, Leandra English, or Donald Trump’s choice of Mick Mulvaney the current budget director. Both English and Mulvaney have emailed staff, with both of them signing the emails as “acting director,” according to the New York Times.

Why is there a “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”?

In its hysterical reaction to the 2008 financial crisis and following its extremely dishonest bailout of Wall Street, Congress created the CFPB in 2010 to, according to the law as quoted in Wikipedia, “promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘too big to fail,’ to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes.”

The law is known as the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” named after then-Sen. Chris “Countrywide” Dodd (D-Countrywide) and then-Rep. Barney Frank (D-OneUnited, “Hot Bottom,” Moonbat City), and the law created, among many other intrusions, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a central planning replacement for something that was long ago much more efficient at stabilizing markets and finances, the free market.

You see, what caused the 2008 financial crisis in the first place, just as with the Great Depression, were government intrusions into the market, government programs such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and so on. Bureaucracies that should never have existed in the first place.

But it really should be called the Elizabeth Warren Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or the Elizabeth Warren Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren is the one who met with Obama in 2009 and 2010 many times in the first year of the Obama administration to organize the central planning atrocity, because she, like other wiser do-gooders, was concerned about people getting suckered into mortgages or credit cards without reading the fine print.

Warren was not concerned with getting at the underlying causes of the 2008 financial crisis, such as those government intrusions (e.g. “Community Reinvestment” Act) into the home-loan business and other financial matters, intrusions that already shouldn’t have existed.

In order to attempt to prevent further “instability” following the 2008 financial crisis, professional meddlers and moonbats formed this huge unaccountable bureaucracy, the CFPB, in which instead of concentrating on serving the consumers the regulated firms must please the regulators, the bureaucrats.

The truth is, none of these bureaucracies should exist, whether it’s these new ones from Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama, or the old ones from FDR, Wilson and LBJ. All these governmental intrusions need to be repealed, dismantled and thrown into the dustbin of history.

In 2015 then-Congressman Mulvaney had co-sponsored a bill to completely abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yay. Maybe he can try to do that again.

But, as long as the Bureau still exists, I’d like to see Elizabeth Warren and the CFPB prosecute one of the biggest financial fraudsters of our time, Barack Obama who knowingly lied when he told us “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

The truth is, most of the fraudsters of our time, including Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Barney Frank, Trump, Bush (as well as FDR and all the rest), have been government fraudsters!

The Military Today

According to this article in USA Today, “People with a history of ‘self-mutilation,’ bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

“The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

If you read further into the article, it only gets worse. I’m sure all those frothing militarists out there such as the Salem Radio talk show personalities are thrilled to hear those kinds of things about their beloved U.S. military. (Hmm, I’m beginning to refer to the “Salem Radio talk hosts” in the same way that Hugh Hewitt refers to those “Steelers fans,” and Rush Limbaugh says, “for those of you in Rio Linda…” I better watch my manners.)

And that reminds me, I heard Dennis Prager, another one of those Salem Talk hosts, say that the people on the left are “anti-America,” when in reality he and his ilk the neocons, they are the “anti-America” ones, because they are militarists and warmongers, warvangelicals, collectivists.

Militarism is the opposite of liberty, which was what America was founded upon.

As Jacob Hornberger pointed out in this article, many of the Founders including James Madison and Patrick Henry, were skeptical of even having a standing army. They knew from experience that a standing army would be used by the rulers to inflict tyranny on the people.

And, given all the times U.S. Presidents have sent the military into foreign lands for no good reason except to provoke foreigners and cause blowback, as Laurence Vance wrote in this article, “A military not strictly for defense of U.S. borders, shores, coasts, and skies is nothing more than the president’s personal attack force staffed by mercenaries willing to obey his latest command to bomb, invade, occupy, and otherwise bring death and destruction to any country he deems necessary.”

So given how authoritarian and obediently loyal the Salem Radio talk show personalities are to the U.S. National State and its Flag, I think they have no idea as to the real damage the U.S. military has wrought in their violence overseas, especially in the Middle East. Being obedient sheeple, they believe what the government and its national security state tell them, via the government’s spokespeople of CBS News, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review and Weakly Standard. (And Rush and his dittoheads as well, quite frankly.)

Many people really believe that U.S. military are invading and occupying foreign territories to “defend our freedoms.” But the truth is, as Jacob Hornberger has noted in this other article as well, the troops are not defending our freedom. When people are invaders on other peoples’ lands and criminally destroying their homes and businesses, their schools and markets, how can those U.S. military invaders be said to be “defending our freedom”?

And as I pointed out in this article on martial law in Amerika, given the militarist, police-statist mindset that many have now in the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” if economic collapse and civil unrest occur here there is a good chance that the U.S. President and his minions, military commanders and governors will order “martial law,” i.e. turn the apparatus of war against their own people, which is the Constitutional definition of Treason.

Add to that, as the USA Today article above notes regarding the military’s admittance of depression sufferers and drug abusers, the lowering of academic standards for recruits (including training how to fabricate high school diplomas for drop-outs), and those soldiers who were admitted with violent criminal records. And we get soldiers who “just want to kill people at any cost,” as Spc. Adam Winfield observed which mirrored the disillusionment that Bowe Bergdahl felt when he was sent over to Afghanistan for no good reason. Some people (such as the Salem Radio folks and the Rush dittoheads) think that those guys are “traitors” for not showing blind loyalty to a corrupt government in Washington and its militarist criminality, but it’s really the opposite of that. The ones who sent those troops over there and who started these wars are the real traitors, in my view.

Another Salem Radio talk host, Michael Medved, recently wrote a book about the “American Miracle,” in which he really seems to believe that the USA is divinely inspired. Sadly, some people just live in a fantasy land of propaganda that whitewashes the U.S. government’s crimes over two centuries. And they naively believe the myths surrounding the legacy of Honest Abe Lincoln, the lies told about the U.S. military’s slaughter of tens of thousands in Japan, and so on.

And now we have hard-core militarists and warmongers in Washington at the controls, the generals McMaster, Kelly and Mattis. From them all the way down to the lowest-ranking enlisted men (and women, and transgenders, etc., etc.), we’re going to have a bumpy ride if there really is civil unrest and martial law in our future, with weirdos, misfits, psychopaths, degenerates, murderers, rapists, sexual assaulters, and depressed and suicidal maniacs confiscating private firearms, unlawfully detaining and falsely imprisoning innocent people, and who knows what else.

Eventually, the Anti-Federalists will be proven right. (Wait. They already have been proven right!)

Authoritarianism in Amerika These Days

I’ll admit, my previous post was not the best written one I’ve ever done. It’s Thanksgiving. But a lot of issues in the news and on the radio talk shows are really frustrating now.

I’m glad that people are being critical of the college campus intolerance, the censorship, the Soviet-style conformity-impositions, and the Orwellian Two-Minute Hate orientations. And people are critical of the mainstream media, as they should be.

But as I wrote in my previous post, people are critical more because of the media’s leftist ideological agenda-driven “news,” (a.k.a. propaganda, a.k.a. “fake news”), but not as much because of mainstream media’s alliance with the State, which is the most important reason why people should criticize the media. That’s because a lot of the media’s critics are also True Believers in the State, particularly the centralized State, the U.S. government.

I really don’t understand why people especially conservatives and nationalists like those Salem radio personalities get so upset if someone such as those NFL players don’t want to stand for the national anthem, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The flag people get all emotional and even angry if someone doesn’t see the flag as they do. That’s because their allegiance, in my view, is mainly to the State which is represented by the flag.

So, I’m not someone who cares that much about a flag, and I’m certainly not an authoritarian as those nationalists are. I don’t care much about “making America great again,” as much as I want to see America free again, which I’ve written here before. I think that a lot of people, if given the choice, would rather have an America with less freedom and prosperity (as we have now) than freedom and prosperity without an America. For the authoritarians it’s Country First.

In other annoying news, this Breitbart article says that nearly half of “female” transgender inmates are sex offenders. At least in England. (It’s probably more than that in crazy US of A.) Does that mean that outside of the prisons those males who “identify” as females and who want to invade the ladies rooms and locker rooms and showers might really be sex offenders who just want to see the unclothed ladies (or worse)? I’m only asking, not accusing anyone of anything.

This Daily Caller article says that U.S. troops were told for years to ignore the sexual abuse of little boys in Afghanistan, because that’s a “part of their culture” there. Well, I’m not surprised that our corrupt military goes along with that crap, given that U.S. military have been excusing sexual assault within the military as well. What a sick culture. If you’re young and graduating high school and not sure what to do with your life, don’t join the military. No one should join the military, because the feds send you off to foreign places for no good reason except to invade, occupy, bomb and shoot and murder innocent people. (But you can now use the military as a means to surgically change your gender apparatus.) And also the military is not worth the permanent PTSD, being turned into a life-long cripple, not to mention crippling you emotionally so you can’t enjoy a relationship, a marriage, i.e. a normal life. (Oops, I’m not supposed to say “cripple,” but I don’t know what the PC-acceptable term is right now. Maybe James Watt knows.)

Speaking of the wonderful U.S. military, this article on Activist Post says that coinciding with Donald Trump’s escalation of hostilities in Afghanistan, the opium poppy cultivation has expanded. So, if your son or daughter, husband or wife or brother or sister has become addicted to heroin or prescription opiates, thank the U.S. military and CIA and their boss, same as the old boss, Donald Trump.

Also, another terrific article by Laurence Vance on whether to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Laurence Vance points out that the Constitution and its 2nd Amendment are irrelevant, because the right of the people to keep and bear arms is a natural right that all people have inherently, which preexists the formation of any government. Repeal the 2nd Amendment? Well, I’d take out the words “militia” and “regulated,” because those are too vague, and I think they were put in there by the centralists to be deliberately confusing. It should just say, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be violated.” Period. (And there’s another recent article by Scott McPherson who says that gun control is elitist and wrong. Yup.)

You see, the authoritarians on the right (mentioned above) if given the choice would prefer to have a society with a heavily armed government and a disarmed civilian population, rather than a disarmed government and an armed civilian population as it should be.

So, there’s a lot of authoritarianism in Amerika now, from the moonbats on the Left and the flag-worshiping military-worshiping nationalists on the right. I really don’t know what to make of all this.

Thanksgiving Day in Amerika

Today is Thanksgiving. And tomorrow is “Black Friday.” What, only black people are allowed to do holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving?

I really don’t have much time this week to write stuff, but here is my Thanksgiving day post.

Yesterday I heard Who Knewitt Hugh Hewitt on Salem Radio interviewing Hillary Rotten Clinton, and frankly it was like listening to Air America and Rachel Maddow. Talk about one softball after another. But Hugh Hewitt is very ambitious and I understand. (What? There’s no more Air America?) Did he ask her about the Clinton Foundation’s relationship with the Russians and the Saudis? What about Bill Clinton’s meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac? God forbid. So is Hewitt really one of the media swamp creatures whose loyalty is to the State and all its apparatchiks? The Salem network is described online as a “Christian” radio network, not particularly “conservative.” (But should they have moonbats hosting?)

Dennis Prager is also on Salem radio. He’s extremely authoritarian in his mentality. You’ve probably seen some of his “Prager University” videos. I recently saw some of Sharyl Attkisson’s video on why no one trusts the mainstream media, and I was a bit disappointed. It seemed like maybe someone else wrote her lines, it didn’t seem like what I was used to from her writing or interviews I’ve heard. Maybe it wasn’t “anti-State” enough, which is what I think people need to be in their skepticism of the mainstream media, because the media are mainly propagandists for the State (especially the national security state), unfortunately. The talk radio personalities on Salem Radio are as well, in my view.

But regarding Dennis Prager, he’s been promoting his new book that will be released in a few months on the Bible. His commentary on the Bible that he says is his most important work in his lifetime. Well, given how authoritarian he is, I think we can expect an authoritarian interpretation of the Bible. Some people think the Bible already is authoritarian, but not entirely.

In contrast, Laurence Vance, a libertarian author and speaker who has degrees in history, theology, accounting and economics, is an expert on the Bible and who has written books on the Bible, most recently King James, His Bible and Its Translators, and other books, including several books on Christianity and war. Laurence Vance is clearly an antiwar Bible-believing Christian. (And here is  Laurence Vance’s great recent article on feeling helpless against the IRS. Yes, it should be abolished.)

Sadly, many people who claim to be Christians (or believers in “Judeo-Christian values”) are warmongers and “warvangelicals” who defend the U.S. government’s many wars it has inflicted on other parts of the world especially the Middle East in these past 25 years. If you want to get a good sample of the “warvangelicals,” just listen to the Salem Radio personalities.

Hmm, what else have I been hearing on the radio, besides the show-biz celebrities, politicians, and media personalities who have been accused or admitted to sexual harassment or worse? Well, Mrs. Rand Paul, Kelley Paul has written an article on CNN stating that Sen. Paul is in a lot of pain even just to breathe. Rand Paul is the one who was attacked by a neighbor while mowing the lawn, and the vicious neighbor gave Sen. Paul several broken ribs and fluid in the lungs, and now pneumonia. Mrs. Paul scolded the biased mainstream media in their spreading false stories that the attack on Sen. Paul was because of a lawn care dispute, which she says it clearly was not.

I think our society is quite crazy now, with social and political activists resorting to physical violence, and with neanderthal males in positions of authority intimidating young females at the workplace to do illicit sexual things with them. Or now we have people who just physically attack people or shoot them like at the Republican baseball practice.

By the way, why do people have to have “sensitivity training“? They need to be trained to not act indecently, intrusively, or criminally toward others? Like apes and monkeys have to be “trained”? (Don’t call me a “racist” with my reference to “apes and monkeys,” most of the people recently in the news accused of sexual harassment are white people.)

It’s really a United States of Sodom and Gomorrica now. Like, what is going on with Judge Roy Moore who at 30 years old wants to date teenage girls, Harvey Weinstein who seems like a power-lusting psycho, Al Franken whom nobody really liked anyway, Kevin Spacey nutso, Mark Halperin and Glenn the “Hack” Thrush, and yes, even George H.W. Bush. Should we be surprised about the elder President Bush? After all, he starts a war on Iraq in the early 1990s, imposes sanctions and no-fly zones that results in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians which led to 9/11 and our beloved police state, and he’s now 93 and living a good life.

Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t drink and drive. And don’t argue with your mother.

Why Do You Still Vote?

Well, this post is going to have to be another sarcastic rant, because I can’t believe how many suckers and dupes there are in America. Do you really believe the scam tax “reform” plan and “cuts” being proposed?

On those alleged “tax cuts” that Donald Trump and the U.S. CONgress want to impose, it appears now that they will raise taxes on lower- and middle-income taxpayers, according to Robert Wenzel. And you’ve probably already heard that while the corporate tax cuts will be permanent, the individual tax cuts will only be “temporary.” Huh? What are they doing over there in Washington? (A lot of snorting, grunting, and oinking, that’s for sure.)

For the actual workers of society, their tax cuts will expire at some point, and then their taxes will go up again. So how the hell will the commoners be able to really plan their financial futures when they know that at any time the government is going to suddenly start stealing more away from them?

And that’s in addition to moving some workers up into higher tax brackets, known as bracket “creep,” named after each and every member of CONgress who votes for this crap. Those “creeps.” Moving 10% up to 12%, and others from a current lower tax bracket up to a new higher tax bracket. (I may have heard that reported by the AP correspondent Soggy Megonner, but I’m not sure.)

And this is all going to happen as the thieves and robbers on Crapitol Hill take away many people’s deductions, which in and of itself raises their taxes. It makes them have more of their earnings stolen from them so that the Merchants of Death such as Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Raytheon are happy, along with all the other parasites who enrich themselves off the labor of the commoners.

These tax proposals in the U.S. Senate and the House are all central-planning fantasies. Well, they whine, we have to raise these people’s taxes while we cut those people’s taxes, based on our predictions of growth over 10 years, blah, blah, blah. No, bureaucrats, the truth is, your tax system is a theft system. You’re just stealing from the people.

And central planners can’t project growth or crashes because they can’t predict the future. (Although those with the Austrian school mindset are better at understanding cause and effect, that’s for sure.) But worse than all that is they refuse to cut spending! They’re snorting, grunting and oinking pigs feeding at the trough, worse than ever, worse than I’ve ever seen in my 50+ years.

However, those who know the history of freedom and free markets know that the more freedom there has been the more prosperity there has been. And that’s just a fact of history. As Ron Paul has said, get rid of the income tax and the IRS, and replace them with NOTHING!

And all this sexual harassment stuff in the news now. I am not at all surprised to hear someone with sexual assault or harassment complaints against Al Franken, the one from Minnesota who “won” his election probably thanks to felons voting illegally.

And Roy Moore, the judge from Alabama who has been accused of dating or sexually harassing or molesting minors while he was already into his 30s.

So, there has been his obsession with the Ten Commandments (Moore’s obsession, not Stuart Smalley), which he wants to place on public property. I say that’s fine with me, but you have to accept ALL other religious documents or excerpts to be displayed if someone wants to do that, including from the Qoran or even from a “devil-worshiping” religious group. Yes, a devil-worshiping religion. A lot of people scoff at that, but if we say that the government may not “establish” (according to the First Amendment), then the government may not have the power to decide which religions are valid and which are not. (No, I am not a devil-worshiper, I’m not an anything-worshiper. But a lot of ignorant, subservient sheeple are government-worshipers, oh well.)

Other than that issue with Roy Moore, there was this article by one of his staff attorneys who presented specific cases decided by Moore or from which he dissented, cases that show, supposedly, that Moore is actually good for liberty. Who knows. So what if he wants to date teenage girls while he’s 20 or 30 years older. At least they aren’t teenage boys, for crying out loud. (Sorry, that was a botched joke.)

Are We Doomed?

The first president of Facebook Sean Parker admitted that the original cast and crew at Facebook consciously and deliberately formed applications with “likes” and other “validations” for a “little dopamine hit every once in a while” for Facebook dupes and chumps. Tucker Carlson asks if Congress will call social media honchos in to discuss the “addictive” nature of such platforms in the same way they had the tobacco company executives testify about the harmful effects of smoking.

Well, I think that’s a bit hysterical. But, Dr. Delaney Ruston explained on the PBS NewsHour just how the screen time affects people’s thinking and behavior: She said that “dopamine (is) secreted in the brain’s pleasure center when we get new bits of information and we look at the screens …” And Dr. Ruston noted that there have been studies which looked at “MRI scans of the brain of kids who play a lot of video games, 20 hours or more of video games a week. And when they compare them to people who are addicted to, say, drugs or alcohol, their brains scans are similar…” In the PBS feature it was also noted that multitasking behaviors (such as “switching rapidly back and forth between digital devices”) studied on mice showed that such behaviors compromised the test subjects’ learning capabilities.

Hmm, perhaps this is why young cashiers don’t know how to make change unless their computer/cash register tells them how much to give back? Have you noticed this? They can’t subtract. But then, their math retardation could also be because the schools aren’t teaching adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, as well as reading and writing. Do they even use books anymore in schools? Is it all electronic devices? Hypnotizing the kids who are already zombiefied enough by all the Xanax, Zoloft, Adderall, and poisonous processed foods and food dyes. So they’re growing up using those electronic devices they shouldn’t be using, just as they’re being given terrible poisonous drugs they shouldn’t be getting.

And this trend in dumbing down is especially the case here in the good ol’ US of A.

The U.S. last year ranked 31st out of 35 developed nations in math, as well as 25th in reading. It will probably be worse for 2017, given these trends. And it’s not just because of “Common Core.” The schools have been infiltrated with social activists whose main concerns are indoctrinating the kids with nonsense human-hating ideologies like global warming and “climate change,” and the LGBT agenda with its irrational and abusive, made-up “transgender” stuff. A lot people believe all that stuff now. We have people on the left in mainstream media outlets nonchalantly calling critics “deniers” in an intentional and insulting reference to Holocaust deniers, and legislatures or city councils attempting to outlaw referring to a male as “he” if said male prefers to be referred to as “she.”

I know, there are some people who like my writing and my views on government totalitarianism, but they then feel offended by my realism when it comes to the transgender issue or the “climate change” fanaticism. Well, if you’re brainwashed by years of TV-hypnotizing and government school indoctrination, I think you should get yourself deprogrammed, quite frankly.

Related to the USA’s terrible educational ranking, its economic freedom also went down in 2017, since just 2016. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom for 2017 shows that the U.S. is #17, with the U.K. and the UAE being ahead of us. Now, why is that?

The “tax cuts” (sic) they’re currently attempting in Washington will be the usual scam, and that’s part of the problem. They will not make any actual necessary cuts in spending in the government budget, because the criminal parasites just can’t let go of all their agencies and bureaus, their little fiefdoms, and all their higher-than-private-sector salaries, perks and pensions. Washington is filled with very ignorant, selfish, covetous parasites, thieves and psychopaths. (I wonder what prescription drugs many of them are taking? But I digress…)

So, the U.S. will go back to being #1 in economic freedom like it used to be, if the criminal vultures in Washington (and in the states and cities, etc.) repeal their income tax-thefts and other intrusive prosperity-killing regulations. Just repeal the 1913 income tax. Dismantle the bureaucracies in Washington and close down the blowback-inflicting military bases abroad, and we’ll get our prosperity back along with our economic freedom.

But sadly, the brainwashed and screen-staring zombies of the next generation of “leaders” don’t understand those things. They believe in impossible things like “income equality” and they are told that “diversity” matters more than freedom. We live in a cult of cognitive degeneracy now.

And as far as the freedom of the Press is concerned, the Reporters Without Borders/Freedom House rankings show that America’s Press freedom has declined dramatically from 2006 to 2016. And it’s not just because of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. There are fascists on the right and on the left who want to censor the truth, especially when it comes to telling the truth about the government criminals in Washington, as Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, James Risen and James Bamford and others have tried to do.

And now we have young college-aged snowflakes and 20-and 30-something millennials wanting to shut down the always subjective “Hate Speech.” If these trends continue, not only will we have no more Internet alternatives to inform us on what government is doing to us, but I’m sure CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, and others will also be shut down, and, as some U.S. Senators seem to want, the only available “news” outlet will be Government-Approved News.

No wonder so many young people are so depressed these days. A recent study by researchers at Columbia University and City University of New York showed that kids age 12 to 17 diagnosed with clinical depression increased significantly in the past 10 years, from 8.7 to 12.7, according to CBS News.

You see, a lot of people feel “depressed,” and then they are given those powerful antidepressants (which they shouldn’t be getting!) which then cause them to become even more depressed. The schools and pediatricians are giving the young people all these prescription drugs, and the drugs make the kids’ problems worse. Dr. Peter Breggin explains the studies which have shown this.

And Dr. Paul Andrews of McMaster University, whose research also shows that antidepressants cause or worsen depression, has shown in his latest research that antidepressants can increase the risk of death by 33% because of their interference with serotonin which is crucial for vital organ functioning.

Now, as I have written before, for those who are taking any of those drugs and want to get off them, to prevent a possible dangerous reaction to withdrawal, see Dr. Breggin’s book on psychiatric drug withdrawal, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families.

So in the future, will we have a population of drug-damaged, screen-staring brain-damaged ignorant zombies ruling over us? (It appears they already are, quite frankly.)

Can we reverse this whole trend? I hope so.

Government Interventionism Causes Further Problems: More Examples

12-year-old Texan Alexis Bortell is being treated for what were severe epileptic seizures with Haleigh’s Hope, a kind of medical marijuana that does not have the psychoactive properties of “regular” marijuana, and says that she has been without seizures for three years. But, she and her family had to move to Colorado where marijuana has been legalized to get the Haleigh’s Hope, because it is still illegal in her home state of Texas. The other alternative that some doctors wanted to do to her was brain surgery.

So now Alexis is joining a lawsuit against U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions who wants to viciously enforce federal drug prohibitions, disregarding the will of the voters in the states who legalized marijuana. Sessions stated in an interview, according to the Washington Examiner, “I do not believe there’s any argument [that] because a state legalizes marijuana, that the federal law against marijuana is no longer in existence … I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states and we will do our best to enforce the laws as we are required to do so.”

Apparently, Sessions has not read the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Or he has read it, but has contempt for it in letter and in spirit.

And I’ve heard some defenders of prohibition and other fascist policies on the radio speak of the “supremacy clause.” So it seems that these people don’t understand that it is the states who are supreme over the federal government. The people of the various states, the states that existed at the time of America’s founding, wrote a Constitution which then created a 3rd-party agency known as the federal government.

The people of the states are the government’s boss, not the other way around! Many people still don’t understand that. As Tom Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, wrote on his blog regarding the relationship between the states and the federal regime in Washington,

If you and I give a third person (call him Person C) a limited power of attorney to help govern our affairs, and that person oversteps the boundaries outlined in the contract we signed, who gets to decide if Person C is in violation of the contract? Is it Person C himself? Or is it you and I, the people who wrote and signed the limited power of attorney in the first place? Likewise, the states, as the principals to the constitutional compact, have a far better logical claim to be the judges of constitutionality than their agent, the federal government.

Meanwhile, to remind us of the absurdity of the drug war in and of itself, in Detroit one precinct of government police went undercover as drug dealers to arrest buyers, while police from another precinct were undercover in the same location as drug buyers to arrest the drug dealers. And when the two groups met they got into a big brawl. Heh. As Jacob Sullum of Reason observed,

What went wrong, aside from the obvious lack of coordination and professionalism, is that the government decided to violently insert itself into peaceful transactions between consenting adults, which led police officers to pose as such so they could lock people in cages for actions that violate no one’s rights. In this case, each side to the transaction wanted to lock up the other side, and each side understandably resented the other’s intention. But at least the collateral damage was kept to a minimum. Maybe this is how the war on drugs should be waged from now on.

It’s amazing how modern neanderthals government bureaucrats still haven’t learned from Prohibition of the 1920s.