Bits & Bytes

2d and 14th AMENDMENTS: Gun control enthusiasts would like us to believe that the Second Amendment was adopted to prevent the federal government from disarming state militias.

But the 14th Amendment, adopted on July 9, 1868 during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, constrained the states from depriving any individual or group of individuals of their civil rights without due process.

In other words, the 14th Amendment makes it clear that the 2d Amendment prevents both state and federal governments from disarming individuals.

One impetus behind the 14th Amendment was to forestall efforts by Southern Democrats to deprive newly freed slaves of their right to bear arms. Democratic President Johnson opposed it to no avail; Congressional elections in late 1866 had given Republicans veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.

In 2020, Americans bought a record number of firearms. Blacks were the top demographic among the millions of first-time buyers; their overall gun ownership went up 58.2%.

BORDER: Thank you, Uncle Joe, for making us all safe from Donald Trump’s mean tweets.

Just hours after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the border arrests of two Yemeni men on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security removed the press release.

CALIFORNIA: CLICK [5:24] to hear OANN report on the total mess California Democrats have made of public education.

FAUXTUS LIED: Official Press Liar, Jen Psaki, continues to assure us, “This Administration remains committed to transparency.”

MEDIA MALPRACTICE: CLICK [3:31] to hear Florida’s Gov. DeSantis drop a nuke on the slanderous episode of 60 Minutes. “I know corporate media thinks that they can just run over people, you ain’t running over this Governor. I’m punching back.”

At the Fox link below, see DeSantis on Fox & Friends talking about how CBS selective edited a clip to push a false claim that he engaged in a pay-to-play scheme.

At The Federalist link below, read about the inaccurate stories corporate media keeps putting out about what a hell hole Florida is.

MORMONS: During their recent annual conference in Salt Lake City, the elders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints renewed their opposition to abortion. Elder Neil Andersen urged Christians to offer “love, encouragement and, when needed, financial help” to mothers experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

PHOTO OP PRESIDENCY: CLICK [:24] to see FAUXTUS and FLAUXTUS on Easter. They’re on an outdoor balcony … in the sun … waving to an empty garden … and they’re wearing masks.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: The guy who took the photo above says he was at an intersection in New Minas, Nova Scotia, when he saw a car pull over and a man from inside jump out, get a snow shovel out of his trunk, and run over to clear the sidewalk for the fellow on the mobility scooter.

I had something similar happen once. I was running errands with 4 kids in the car when I paused under the traffic light on a 4-lane street to wait for a chance to turn left. Right there, with cars whizzing past on both sides, I felt and heard my clutch cable snap. As fast as I could, I got the kids out of their car seats and lined up, with their backs to a brick building on the corner.

I shouted at them, “Do Not Move!” then turned and … it still makes me weepy to remember this. At least six people had stopped in the crossing to block traffic and jumped out of their cars to push mine into an empty parking spot that was miraculously free right on the corner my car was lined up on!

I was able to get our belongings out of the car, feed the meter, retrieve my terrified and very obedient flock of little ones, and walk us all to a phone.

Thank God for good people!

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: When Trump was in office, he created a Commission on Unalienable Rights to advocate for religious freedom across the world. Last week, FAUXTUS’ Secretary of State deep-sixed it.

During the press conference where he announced it, SecState Blinken criticized the Trump administration for prioritizing some rights, such as religious freedom, more heavily than others.

Then, he announced plans to make abortion a priority for his State Department.

ROE v. WADE: [2:10] – On Good Friday, the long-awaited “Roe v. Wade” film was released on online streaming sites. The film tells the true story behind the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on demand at any time and for basically any reason throughout the fifty states.

Over the weekend, some prominent entertainment news sites slammed the film, claiming it distorts history, but they didn’t mention, much less refute a single alleged inaccuracy. An extensive independent fact check of the film found it depicted the events as they happened.

SNL: Saturday Night Live‘s April 3 show painted a perfect portrait of today’s cultural landscape.

VAX: On Tuesday, a senior official for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said, “In my opinion, we can now say it, it is clear that there is an association (of the brain blood clots) with the vaccine. However, we still do not know what causes this reaction.

So yay! You won’t get the rarely fatal coronavirus, but you might have a stroke! What a bargain! Where can I sign up?

CLICK [28:47] to hear an expert talk DATA and SCIENCE about COVID-19.

WOKENESS: In the name of “racial justice“, the MLB has moved its All-Star Game from a majority Black city (Atlanta) to a majority White city (Denver).

GRAMMY NOTES: I had a neighbor’s cat visit me once. We had a very realistic sculpture of a cat in the “crouched and totally focused-on-the-hunt” pose under a chair. The real cat caught sight of it and jumped backwards, then stalked all around the edges of the living room, never taking its eyes off the statue. When the statue didn’t move at all, the cat got braver and finally approached, sniffed it, then did the “I never thought that stupid cat was real” pose. LOL


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2 responses to “Bits & Bytes

  1. That last poster for some reason strikes me as really funny. How many decades since that song came out, and nobody thought of this before? Well, some probably did right away, but I didn’t.

    BoB o’ Tech, I noticed that the left sidebar “Garden Paths” link to my site goes to a section (“blog-heap”) that hasn’t been active for quite a while. If you would, just cut it down to the “” part.

    Since I’m taking a comment slot, I proffer my latest silly webwork, Biden in Wonderland.

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