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Empire Confiscates Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber Under New Red Flag Law

From The Babylon Bee:

CORUSCANT—The Empire recently passed a series of red flag laws designed to help identify individuals who might be a danger to themselves and others. The laws passed the Galactic Senate unanimously with one vote from the Emperor, since he is the Senate.

And it was just in time, because the Empire was able to utilize the laws to confiscate the lightsaber, blaster, and X-Wing from known unstable terrorist Luke Skywalker.

“Luckily, thanks to red flag laws, we were able to identify Mr. Skywalker as a threat and disarm him before he could do any damage,” said Emperor Palpatine. “Imagine how many jobs he would have destroyed if he had been able to stop the construction of Death Star II from proceeding.”

“Thankfully, the battle station will be quite operational.”

While some expressed their concern about the unilateral ability of the Emperor to declare people a threat and just take away their ability to defend themselves, the Empire’s press secretary, K’rynne Gene’pe’rre—hailed as the first gay trans black Twi’lek individual to hold the role—assured reporters that Skywalker was given due process during the proceedings, and that all the paperwork checked out.

“This red flag law worked exactly as it was supposed to,” Gene’pe’rre said. “We were able to get his weapons from him and stop him before he harmed himself or others.”

One reporter grilled Gene’pe’rre on a more pressing question—how a starcruiser could jump to lightspeed through another starcruiser despite that not ever having happened before in the history of the galaxy—but Gene’pe’rre said she would have to “circle back” on that.


Republican Negotiator For Red Flag Laws Booed By Texas Crowd At GOP Convention, by Tyler Durden

There’s been too many feckless Republican compromises on gun rights. No more, and roll back the present abominations. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Republican Senator John Cornyn did not get a warm reception at a recent Texas GOP convention, highlighting mass conservative resistance to new gun control legislation.  Cornyn, to his credit, did not flee from the stage, but he did not address the main reason for the anger in the crowd; his participation in a bipartisan senate working group that seeks to undermine the 2nd Amendment with the ultimate concession of Red Flag laws handed to anti-gun Democrats.

Just as the mainstream media has done, the ten Republicans involved in the legislative effort have been very careful to avoid any thorough examination of what Red Flag laws really entail.  Essentially, they are engaged in lying by omission by keeping the details under wraps and misleading the public with claims that they merely want to take guns “out of the hands of mentally unstable people.”

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Red Flag Laws Aren’t, by Eric Peters

Red flag laws are pre-crime; loss of rights and property without due process of law. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

The most alarming thing about what are styled “Red Flag” laws isn’t that they threaten to take guns away from people.

It is that they aren’t laws, at all.

Well, they aren’t laws – in the sense of any having been violated as the prerequisite to enforcing them. What “Red Flag” laws do is empower the effective conviction – and punishment – of people who are “guilty” of having worried someone. Perhaps a vengeful estranged or former spouse. A white coat who is “concerned” that you aren’t taking the drugs he prescribes – or declined to answer certain questions you’d rather not answer.

Possibly someone you don’t even know – who read something you wrote (or heard something you said) and didn’t like it. Enough to make a call – anonymously – to express their “concern.”

Hut! Hut! Hut!

As for (repeated) example the Hut! Hut! Hutting! of people legally carrying weapons in public.

It is a legal irrelevance – under these laws – that you didn’t actually break any. Much less were convicted of having broken any. Your offense is having been accused.

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Red Flagged Nation: Gun Confiscation Laws Put a Target on the Back of Every American, by John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead

This is the point that may be reached: you’re crazy if you own or want to own a gun, so under a red flag law, they can take away your gun because you’re crazy! From John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” — Ayn Rand

What we do not need is yet another pretext by which government officials can violate the Fourth Amendment at will under the guise of public health and safety.

Indeed, at a time when red flag gun laws (which authorize government officials to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others) are gaining traction as a legislative means by which to allow police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, it wouldn’t take much for police to be given the green light to enter a home without a warrant in order to seize lawfully-possessed firearms based on concerns that the guns might pose a danger.

Frankly, a person wouldn’t even need to own a gun to be subjected to such a home invasion.

SWAT teams have crashed through doors on lesser pretexts based on false information, mistaken identities and wrong addresses.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws allowing the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats. If Congress succeeds in passing the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order, which would nationalize red flag laws, that number will grow.

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Gun Rights Groups Respond To Senators’ Bipartisan Gun Control Framework, by Jack Phillips

In classic chickenshit Republican death-by-compromise, it looks like enough “pragmatists” will accede to the Biden administration’s gun control legislation that it will get passed. Be triple-alarm worried by anything in Washington labeled bipartisan. From Jack Phillips at The Epoch Times via zerohedge.com:

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) both issued statements Sunday after a bipartisan group of senators announced they’d reached an agreement on a gun control and safety package.

Here we go again, Republican legislators compromising your rights and getting nothing in return,” GOA wrote in a Twitter post, referring to proposals in the framework deal.

Federal dollars to bribe your state legislators into enacting unconstitutional ‘red flag’ laws, which could allow a court to seize your weapons, without any due process, simply based on anonymous tips.

A California-legal AR-15 style rifle is displayed for sale at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., on June 5, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

It added that the bill would entail “wait periods and extensive review for those under 21 seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights … we will not allow the government to make those who can vote and fight our wars second class citizens.”

The proposal, which has the backing of 10 Republicans in the Senate, includes initiatives to support state crisis intervention orders, an enhanced review process for gun buyers under the age of 21, expansions on various mental health programs, a ban on straw purchases, and other measures.

Notably, the framework bill includes a red flag provision giving “resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others,” according to a news release from the senators on Sunday.

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San Francisco spends almost $30 per flush for public toilets, by Simon Black

It’s time for Simon Black’s weekly tabulation of the absurd. From Black at sovereignman.com:

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, your finances, and your prosperity.

British school controls where children eat and shop after school

Imagine a man in a high visibility jacket comes into your take-out restaurant, and starts berating your customers, telling them to leave, and threatening them if they don’t.

That is what business owners in Bristol, England are dealing with. The man in the official looking high-viz reflective vest was a teacher, and the customers were students.

It is school policy to restrict what shops and restaurants students can patronize on their way home from school, by sending teachers out to patrol the streets.

Students who disobey the rule are punished with detention, even though this happens outside of school hours and off school property.

The business owner had to call the police to get the teacher to leave, and stop blocking the doorway to his shop (which prevented customers from entering).

He says it has cut down on his business significantly, including intimidating other customers besides the school children.

When the man spoke to the school Superintendent, he was treated to a lecture about how his food is unhealthy, and should not be available to students.

Click here to read the full story.

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Sin Taxes & Other Orwellian Methods of Compliance That Feed the Government’s Greed, by John Whitehead

We live in a kleptocratic, increasingly totalitarian state. From John Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”—C.S. Lewis

“Taxman,” the only song written by George Harrison to open one of the Beatles’ albums (it featured on the band’s 1966 Revolver album), is a snarling, biting, angry commentary on government greed and how little control “we the taxpayers” have over our lives and our money.

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,

If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.

If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,

If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Don’t ask me what I want it for

If you don’t want to pay some more

‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman.

When the Beatles finally started earning enough money from their music to place them in the top tax bracket, they found the British government only-too-eager to levy a supertax on them of more than 90%.

Here in America, things aren’t much better.

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Everyone Wants to Win and Nobody Likes Being Wrong, by Doug “Uncola” Lynn

Doug “Uncola” Lynn returns to a favorite question: is Trump one of them or one of us? From Lynn at theburningplatform.com:

The axiomatic adages contained in the title of this article would be labeled as common sense by most Americans; especially Americans because, in the United States, everyone loves a winner.  It’s also true no one ever wins by being wrong – unless in the instances of dumb luck or corruption and these never ensure long-lasting success.

Of course, the inverse of this article’s title would be: Everyone wants to be right and nobody likes to lose. And, particularly, in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. The shining city on a hill.

Such are the stories we tell ourselves.

Twenty years ago, this blogger had a friend and former co-worker who entered into a downward spiral in the wake of his father’s death.  Being a former drinking buddy and someone I’d not seen in some time, we ran into each other again at a party and him with a real floozy on his arm. They were making out like teenagers and it was sort of embarrassing.

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