Category Archives: nanny / police state
It’s been all over the news, up here; various Canadian mayors (Toronto, Ottawa, and other important Canadian cities) are talking about an ‘opioid epidemic’ in their cities; and I saw that recently, Stateside, Chelsea Clinton gave a speech on the subject (preparing for a future role in politics, perhaps?).
The big concern is ostensibly about ‘fake’ versions of fentanyl on the streets; some accounts say that carfentanil, a drug used to sedate elephants, is being passed off as fentanyl, but it’s 10000 times as strong, or something such. Other reports mention other things passed off as fentanyl.
I have to ask, why now?
I mean, OxyContin abuse has been a big enough social problem in many places for well over a decade, but all of a sudden The Powers That Be are now concerned about opiate abuse?
What, because a few idiot teenagers win some Darwin Awards, offing themselves by their stupidity?
Why the hell should we care?
Oh, I know: money: I heard that one Canadian city plans to spend some $2.5M fighting the scourge; more education programs, Naloxone kits for cops and firefighters to have on hand, etc.
So that’s all it is, isn’t it?
Big Government, wanting more tax dollars to spend on bigger government, education, law enforcement, etc.
In cahoots with Big Pharma, producing and selling a drug to counter other drugs that they also sell. Convenient!
As well as a big new social crusade to fire up progs, motivate them again to dream big government dreams.
Funny how The Hive always moves together at the same time, after years of inaction…
*Update: Amicus reminds me, in his comment, about the other ostensible issue, fentanyl being passed off as other drugs. My main point still stands; if you’re stupid enough to abuse opiates / opioids / whatever they’re calling them now, and you die, your own damn fault, and it’s only a handful of people offing themselves in this manner, it’s hardly an epidemic. Typical politician / media overreacting, pushing some agenda…
I just read about a case where someone said they’d been ‘working like a Hebrew slave’, and got fined $20,000 for ‘offending’ a colleague.
We’ve heard about various Christian bakers, florists, refusing to do work for gay weddings, ending up hauled in front of ‘human rights tribunals’ (inhumane wrongs kangaroo courts, more like it), and getting fined up to $100,000+, like Barronelle Stutzman in Washington state.
I would love, for once, someone to refuse to pay the fine, on the grounds that the sentence is unjust and unfair.
I would love to see others follow suit.
Not because I want them to suffer unjustly, but they already are going to suffer unjustly if forced to pay exorbitant fines, so (a) let the system pay for them instead of them taking a financial bath, and (b) let more and more people learn about such outrages, and be inspired to work to overturn tyrannical P.C. regimes / legal systems.
It would be my hope that people recognize such imprisoned victims of P.C. tyranny for what they would be – political prisoners – and accordingly be outraged that such things are happening in our supposedly free societies, and work to change things.
Just a thought.
Toronto media and progs scandalized by ‘Hey, white person’ pro-alt-right posters appearing in local parks
Free publicity for the alt-right from squicked media, sensitive souls…
They never seem to learn that it’s better to ignore, rather than generate free publicity.
Ken T says:
I’m not ordinarily in the habit of looking inside police cruisers, but as I was waiting to cross the street at an intersection, one pulled up in front of me at the corner, front windows down, and I noticed a laptop computer mounted in the centre of the console, next to the steering wheel, facing the driver seat. I thought, “Interesting; they will stop and fine someone they catch texting while driving (and rightly so, IMO), but that’s okay? What do they need to look up so quickly that they can’t radio someone back at Dispatch look up for them, instead?”
And wouldn’t that be faster anyway, not needing to pull over to do it themselves?
A group of police in riot gear and armed with truncheons and tear gas was outside preparing to storm the building. St. Rita has been slated for demolition since October 2015.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
As the police began ripping the pews away from the entrance, the faithful, arms locked, broke out in song. The priest continued reciting the ancient prayers. The altar boy remained at his side. A second priest led a small group kneeling beside the sanctuary in the recitation of the Rosary. Some of the faithful prepared handkerchiefs for covering their noses in the case that the police decided to put their canisters of tear gas to use.
As the police stormed the church, the faithful quickly retreated to the sanctuary, encircling the steps to the altar, using their bodies to protect the priest and the altar boy, who were still celebrating Holy Mass. One by one, they were forcefully torn away. The priest who had been praying the Rosary was thrown to the floor and dragged from the sanctuary and out of the church. Fr. Guillaume de Tanoüarn, still engrossed in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, was pulled from the altar by his vestments and forced outside.
The dramatic events which unfolded this morning were made particularly shocking by the fact that less than 24 hours have passed since the funeral of Fr. Jacques Hamel, the priest martyred at the altar during Holy Mass by ISIS operatives in Rouen last week.
As with any developing story, verifying competing and partially contradictory claims is difficult. Here’s what we know with relative certainty:
St. Rita was built in the year 1900 under the direction of the Association of Chapels Catholic and Apostolic (L’association des Chapelles Catholiques et Apostoliques). In 1988, it was made available to Dominique Philippe, the self-designated “archbishop” of a so-called “Gallican” community. Something of a showman, Msgr. Philippe regularly made headlines in France and around the world for his holding annual blessings of pets and various animals – ranging from Cocker Spaniels to Camels – in St. Rita. But for all his Barnum & Baily-esque showmanship, Philippe was not able to attract enough financially supportive parishioners, and when the owners signaled that they wanted to sell the property, the Gallican community was unable to raise the funds to purchase it. Thus, in October 2015, they abandoned St. Rita and the building was slated to be demolished and the property converted into a parking lot. It was at this time that Fr. Guillaume de Tanoüarn, ordained in the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and co-founder of the Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP), began offering the traditional Latin Mass to all who desired it.
It is important to note that the IBP, which offers the Tridentine form of the Roman Rite according to the 1962 Roman Missal, is in full communion with the Holy See and is growing rapidly in France: ten years after its founding in 2006, the number of priests in the IBP has grown to more than 30, and the Institute can boast of an equal number of seminarians. It is governed by the same regulations as more familiar Institutes and Fraternities dedicated to the preservation of Tradition, such as the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP). Contrary to some reports, therefore, it appears that the parishioners who were forcibly evicted from St. Rita were not “Gallicans”, but rather Catholics in good standing with the Church.
The Fifth Republic: powerless against mujahideen; instead waging war upon faithful Frenchmen.
À bas la République française!