….like I did…
1. KABOOM! Pennsylvanian Anita Shaffer, 19, decided to flee her York County home a week ago for a mental health drive. On her way back home, two Pennsylvania State Police officers stopped her about her car’s faulty tail-light. While talking with the officers, Shaffer told them that she was just “going for a drive.” In response, they wrote her a ticket for more than $202.25 for violating the Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order.
That’s the citation above. It says Shaffer “failed to abide by the order of the governor and secretary of health issued to control the spread of a communicable disease, requiring the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses as of 20:00 hours on March 19, 2020. To wit, defendant states that she was ‘going for a drive’ after this violation was in effect,”
State police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski explained the ticket, saying, “Troopers have been encouraged to use contacts with the public as opportunities to reinforce the necessity to abide by stay-at-home orders.”
And how, exactly, does ticketing an individual who is engaged in conduct that cannot possibly infect anyone accomplish that?
Well, Tarkowski blathered, being a soulless bureaucrat incapable of admitting that THE STATE is full of it in this case, “Troopers maintain discretion to warn or issue citations and the decision is specific to the facts and circumstances of a particular encounter.”
Fine. These facts do not justify a ticket by any stretch of the imagination. The officers’ discretion shows they are not qualified to wield the power they have. Indeed, the citation magnifies the extreme arbitrariness of such orders, and their danger when those charged with enforcing them have the judgment of Gestapo officers.
I’m surprised the cops didn’t slap her around a little, shoot her in the kneecap or even rape her, you know, to show the defiant prole who’s boss and not to ever, ever defy Big Brother.
Tarkowski also said Shaffer’s citation is the only one issued for violating the stay-at-home order. It’s good that the police picked a representative one to symbolize the Pennsyvania message to it’s citizens, which is apparently, “You will do as you are told, underlings.”
Well, not to be crude, but screw that.
Shaffer told reporters she was within her rights to operate her car, and plans on challenging the citation. Good. And again I ask, where is our vaunted American Civil Liberty Union on this issue? For three years, we have been hearing false cries of outrage about how the President is an autocrat just waiting to crush our civil rights, and now, when the civil rights of citizens are being ignored by tin pot governors all over the country, the ACLU just shrugs and sighs in its bunker, “It’s for the greater good.”
Oh..there was nothing wrong with her tail light.
2. KABOOM! Yes, the President will really come to regret being mean to Jeb and George W. Bush.
In mid-February, the beneficent George H.W. Bush Foundation helped donate two million masks to China. Now, as we all know, American healthcare workers and the public face shortages of the vital equipment, especially with Americans being advised to wear masks. The Foundation’s sizable donation was backed by Chubb and Walmart, and FedEx comped shipping fees.
The media coverage of this transaction is also telling. The most easily accessed sources reporting the episode are Chinese. The mainstream media buried the story, then and now. For their part, conservative news media and websites are deceptively reporting the donation as if it recently occurred, rather than taking place in February.
To be fair, we all know that “America first” is racist, even in a pandemic.
3. Big Brother, Malibu style: Is this as bad as #1, or was this freedom-loving citizen justly arrested?
In California, a paddleboarder was arrested after ignoring lifeguards’ orders to get out of the ocean. The man ultimately chose to stay in the water near the Malibu Pier for about 40 minutes, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook post.
Deputies summoned their patrol boat from Marina Del Rey, and the unidentified paddleboader swam to shore once it arrived. He was then arrested for disobeying a lifeguard and violating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order, a misdemeanor. The man could face a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail, or both.
Much as I enjoy bashing California, this episode was on the other side of the line from #1. Not only did the scofflaw defy lifeguards, but the beaches are closed to prevent idiots like those who swarmed over Florida on Spring Break from doing their imitations of Annette and Frankie.
If the highways were closed in Pennsylvania, then Anita Shaffer would have deserved to be arrested too.
4. We’re right, they’re wrong. Mailonline reports that English barrister Rashid Ahmed headbutted a female lawyer in her face, leaving the woman covered in blood and lying on the ground .Ahmed, an immigration law specialist, had to be restrained by bystanders. He was convicted for the attack in April 2018 and given a 12 month community service order.
For this offense, a Bar disciplinary tribunal has ruled that Ahmed was “not a risk to the public,” and had “shown insight,” what ever that means. His professional discipline will consist of a three month suspension. In his hearing, Ahmed admitted a single charge of professional misconduct: behaving in a way likely to diminish public trust in the profession.
Local pundits are debating whether this incredibly lenient punishment is because he is a Muslim, or because professional discipline levied against barristers is frequently inadequate. No, it’s because the British have lost their minds. A lawyer who did this in the U.S. would be disbarred, probably for life.