15 thoughts on “Open Forum!

  1. Florida Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) has proposed a bill that would require any blogger writing about government officials to register with the Florida Office of Legislative Services or the Commission on Ethics.

    The bill requires “those who write “an article, a story, or a series of stories,” about “the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, or any member of the Legislature,” and receives or will receive payment for doing so, must register with state offices within five days after the publication of an article that mentions an elected state official.

    If another blog post is added to a blog, the blogger would then be required to submit monthly reports on the 10th of each month with the appropriate state office. They would not have to submit a report on months when no content is published.”


    U.S. elected representatives really don’t seem to understand the first amendment very well. The only purpose I can see to this bill is to chill freedom of speech. The government really does not seem to want people to be able to talk about them in ways that they do not approve of. I do not see any possible way that this is constitutional. It seems neither side of the political spectrum has any respect for the rule of law.

    • Speaking of the Sunshine State:

      FL State Senate member Blaise Ingoglia proposed a bill which would “immediately cancel the filings of a political party, to include its registration and approved status as a political party, if the party’s platform has previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary servitude.”

      State Lefties have (heh!) predictably HYPER-$#!T Themselves Sideways

      It’s almost too much to take.


  2. In Massachusetts we now have a governor who checks all the progressive boxes. Her new budget shows a 15% increase and one small item of $1 MM for “returning citizens.” WTF is that? Happens to be progressive speak for those released from jail. I am sure the other two words to be associated with this is “non profit.”

    • Learning something new everyday.
      Move to Mass, go to jail, get a retirement fund when I get out.

      From the internet:
      What is $1 MM in money?
      Using the MM Abbreviation

      For example, 1MM equals 1 million, $34MM equals $34 million and so on. Using M or MM is pretty simple.

      • Trillion-dollar deficits and billions being thrown around like confetti have rendered abbreviations such as “a thousand thousand” meaningless. Almost rounding errors.

  3. The Department of Energy and the FBI both believe that the pandemic was started by a lab-released incident.

    Res ipsa locitor

    • So, why is the Department of Energy making this statement? What, pray tell, does COVID-19 have to do with energy policy? You would think the CDC, DHS, NIH, etc. would be more interested in issuing such a stateme . . . oh. Never mind.


    • It’s fun to see the MSM trying to blow this off as a discredited theory or something like that.

      They keep talking about an animal vector that caused it which, to be sure, has happened in the past. However, they quickly found the animals in question that were infected with whatever disease it was. My understanding is that scientists have tested something like 80,000 animals without finding a Covid positive one. To me that is fairly conclusive — for something like this it simply could not be an isolated animal. There would have to be a bunch, and where would they have gone?

  4. This tweet speaks for itself.

  5. Washington Elementary School District in Glendale Arizona for a little over a decade has partnered with Arizona Christian University’s education department. ACU provided “student teachers” to fill in various teaching and substituting roles over 11 years with apparently exemplary conduct and ability in return the school district provides opportunities for Education Majors to gain valuable real life teaching experience.

    There have been 0 complaints, only compliments of their conduct as teachers, and quite a few of the graduates moved on to full time employment with the school district.

    Recently ACU reaffirmed its commitment to historic Christian values regarding marriage and family. This affirmation which hasn’t seemed at all to even remotely be carried across to ACU’s students proselytizing WESD’s students was apparently too much for the WESD’s governing board which contains a handful of “LGBTQ+” members.

    They have cancelled the agreement between the university and the district and will not only no longer actively provide opportunities to ACU education majors, but will actively deny them those openings as student teachers.

    Certainly in the years to come, this will probably also play out in actively not hiring them when they graduate also.

  6. Walgreens and CVS are pulling abortion pills from 21 states that have banned those pills. The FDA has approved those pills for use in inducing abortions.

    Federalism at work here – should the national level of government BAN a product, it should technically be banned in all the states. HOWEVER, the converse is not true, the approval of something is *NOT* a universal compulsion of use, merely that the Federal level of government won’t stop its use. States are still free to ban as they will. Though even then, if the Federal level BANs a product, there’s no requirement that states actually enforce the law, but merely they must move out of the way if federal agencies show up to enforce the law. Again, the converse does not hold true – if Federal law chooses not to ban something or chooses not to enforce a ban – they are not empowered to step in and stop a state agency acting on state laws where a particular state may have banned a product. All of this is barring a larger constitutional need being met, of course.

    So now, Democrat governors are flipping out, as dictatorial Gavin Newsom has vowed to make it impossible for places like Walgreens to work in California. In fairness, he can afford to say abysmally stupid things like that as CVS’s and Walgreens are fleeing various California neighborhoods in droves since they are routinely sacked by looters which California police will not stop. But that’s a side issue in America’s Blue-state led plunge into becoming a Third World Banana Republic.

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