Some More Background Information on Rebekah Jones

I’ve been writing about Rebekah Jones for the past few days. I was aware of her because of the faux controversy she stirred up over her firing from the Florida Department of Health. IIRC, she was fired for insubordination because she refused to stop making statements outside of her area of expertise. Jones is a geographer, not a heath professional. That controversy is generally outside of this blog’s area of expertise, so I’d left that story to other venues.

Last week, Jones filed a Maryland peace order petition for the purpose of suppressing Christina Pushaw’s free speech and free press rights to write about Jones. Now, that’s something that is clearly within the historical purview of this blog. Over the next several days, and it will take quite a few, I will be laying out Jones’ history of civil litigation and criminal charges.

The earliest information I’ve found is from 2016 when Jones was fired from Louisiana State University. Records from East Baton Rouge Parish show a Case Number 08-16-0601. Jones had been banned from campus and wound up being charged with a misdemeanor offense of Entry/Remain After Forbidden. She was also charged with two counts of Battery of a Police Officer and one count of Resisting a Police Officer. The disposition of the case indicates that she agreed to a pre-trial intervention program.

In 2017, Jones moved to Florida and entered a PhD. program at Florida State University. We’ll examine her history of restraining orders, posting revenge porn, a failed pro se defamation suit, and more this week.

Stay tuned.

Free Speech at UVA

My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up about a federal lawsuit relating to free speech at the University of Virginia. A medical student’s questions about microagressions got him banned from campus.

Skepticism and disagreement are impermissible on the 21st-century university campus. Bhattacharya’s questions made him a Thought Criminal, and soon UVA faculty ordered him to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

The former student Kieran Ravi Bhattacharya has sued the university, and a federal judge has rejected the school’s motion to dismiss.

The school’s founder Thomas Jefferson was unavailable for comment.

Raaaaacist Corporations?

Georgia has early voting at polling places. Delaware does not.

Georgia has no-excuse absentee ballots. Delaware does not.

Georgia allows voters who are more than 150 ft from a polling place to receive food or drink even if they are in line to vote. Delaware does not.

Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines are incorporated in the State of Delaware. If they were serious about supporting voting rights, they would move to another state.

Get Woke, Get Whiter

MLB has moved the All Star Game from Atlanta (39 % White/54 % Black) to Denver (69 % White/10 % Black) because Georgia will begin requiring voters to show ID just as they must in Colorado.

I suppose that makes sense because Colorado’s raaaaacist election laws affect a smaller proportion of its population than Georgia’s.

Article IV, Section 4

Article IV of the Constitution deals with the relationship between the United States and the individual states. Section 4 requires that the United States “…  shall protect each of them [the states] against Invasion[.]”

Would this create a cause of action for a state on the southern border against the federal government because of that state being flooded with foreign nationals who the feds are allowing to enter the country illegally?

How Confident Are They?

During last year’s elections, the Democrats managed to get their guy into the White House, just barely flipped control of the Senate, and maintained a slim margin of control of the House. OTOH, they did not do well in state races, and they will not be in control of the reapportionment of House districts coming before the next election. Moreover, many states are reforming their election laws to improve election integrity. 2022 could be a challenging election year for the Democrats.

Looking at the Democrats’ legislative agenda, it appears that they are trying to ram as much of their wish list through as quickly as possible, regardless of the political cost. For example, their pending “infrastructure” bill spends a couple of trillion dollars with less than half going to actual infrastructure projects. The bulk of the bill simply directs government spending into the pockets of favored businesses and not-for-profits.

They’re proposing the biggest tax increase in almost 30 years to pay for their schemes. Now, Joe Xiden was in the Senate in the 1990s, and if his mental faculties were intact, he should remember that tax increases and gun control were what caused the Democrats to lose control of the House in the 1994 midterm elections. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi managed to keep their House seats in ’94, but they should remember that loss and what caused it. So why are they pushing legislation that’s likely to ensure a similar loss in 2022?

It could be that they don’t remember or that they discount the possibility of an electoral backlash because they believe America has changed. They thought that was the case when they rammed Obamacare through on a party line vote, and they lost the House in the next election, but they may think that this time will be different.

Perhaps, but I believe that Xiden (78), Pelosi (81), and Schumer (70) see this Congress as their last chance. They see handwriting on the electoral wall for 2022, and they want to get as much of their agenda passed while they still can.

Whether because of arrogance or desperation, we should expect the Democrats to act recklessly.

Is it 2023 yet?

A Change in Staffing

CNN (they haven’t folded yet) reports that Richard Torres-Estrada has been reassigned from his recently hired job of head of diversity and inclusion at US Special Operations Command. Questions have arisen about his qualifications for the position following the circulation of a photoshopped image that compared Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler.

Actually, I’m surprised by this development. I had supposed that the image in question demonstrated Torres-Estrada’s qualification for such a post in the Xiden Administration.

Hmmmm.

The Glenn Kirschner Pledge

Glenn Kirschner is a former federal prosecutor. He has launched a campaign to compel “every business in America” to take a pledge averring that “[t]he 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results.” Based on the currently available evidence, Hogewash! cannot in good conscience take such a pledge.

Even if the available evidence clearly supported the belief expressed in that pledge, Hogewash! would not take it under duress. Previous efforts by others to change or control the editorial policy of this blog through harassment and intimidation have failed. Mr. Kirschner should expect his to fail as well.

Quote of the Day

Marxism is a flight from the magic of the person and the mystique of hierarchy. It distorts the character of western culture, which is based on the charismatic power of person. Marxism can work only in pre-industrial societies of homogeneous populations. Raise the standard of living, and the rainbow riot of individualism will break out. Personality and art, which Marxism fears and censors, rebound from every effort to oppress them.

—Camille Pagila

Be Thankful for Government Inefficiency

Not the Bee reports that after Portland cut its police budget by $16,000,000, the city has seen 19 more murders so far this year than last year. Assuming the same average over the rest of the year, the city should see 114 excess murders this year. That’s about $138,000 for each murder.

$138,000.

Isn’t that a lot of money to speed just to get some random poor and lower-middle-class resident weeded out of a city’s population. And the money was spent. It didn’t disappear from the city’s budget. It was diverted to other politically correct uses.

OTOH, there are times to be thankful for incompetence. As Milton Friedman said,

I say, “thank God for government waste.” If government is doing bad things, it’s only the waste that prevents the harm from being greater.

Yep.

Standing Up to Bullies

The woke crowd that is ruining everyone else’s good time are basically a bunch of bullies, and time and again, it’s been shown that best way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them. Glenn Reynolds has a piece over at the NY Post about how to deal with the current crop of little monsters.

Does this mean we should be less tolerant of our own minoritarian tyrants? In a word, yes.

I don’t mean that they should be forced into camps, or even driven from their jobs and from polite society, as the woke are all too willing to do to their opponents. But they need to be deprived of the thing that is most important to their self-image: moral credibility.

Part of what is wrong with bullies is that they have an overabundance of self-esteem. They imagine their superiority, moral or otherwise, entitles them to enforce their desires on the rest of us.

The woke think of themselves — and want everyone else to think of them — as deeply moral. If they have a flaw, it’s that they just care too much. They’re too idealistic, too empathetic, too eager to make the world a better place.

That’s bulls–t (pardon my French, Pepé!). If you look at what they do, rather than what they say about themselves, it quickly becomes obvious that the woke are horrible, awful, people, and they should be treated as such and reminded of this whenever they raise their head.

Indeed. It’s all about power, the power the wokies want to have over our lives and culture, power they hope will fill in the empty spaces in their lives.

I propose this strategy—DON’T let the wokie win!

The President’s Speech

Joe Xiden gave an allegedly live speech this evening. When I went to check on it at YouTube, I found that all the various feeds had a total viewership of just under 130,000 as of 9:30 ET this evening. That’s a total for views during the “live” feed and views afterward. That’s fewer than one view per 600 of his “voters.”

His Fraudulency doesn’t seem to be stirring much interest among the public.

A $15 Dollar an Hour Minimum Wage is Racist

All the arguments that have been presented for increasing the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour rely on claims that a lesser wage does not provided enough money to a worker. Such claims are based in the use of arithmetic to compute the worker’s financial status and implicitly endorse the proposition that there is such a thing as a “right answer.” However, it now received educational theory that the very idea of a “right answer” is a racist concept. Thus, in order to advance minorities and suppress white supremacy, it is vital that we not only defeat the Fight for Fifteen but also must also repeal the existing minimum wage laws that have been used as tools of oppression for decades.

I’m So Old …

… I remember when we reformed what was then called “welfare as we know it.”

I remember that Joe Xiden voted for the Welfare Reform Act in 1996, but it seems that he’s changed what little is left of his mind. According to a report by The Heritage Foundation, the Administration’s welfare plan would significantly raise cash grants while ending existing work obligations in the current child credit program. It abandons any link between work and welfare established by welfare reform in the 1990s and goes back to the principle of unconditional entitlement to taxpayer-funded benefits.

How the Grinch Stole a Birthday

Theodor Geisel’s birthday to be precise. Geisel’s pen name was Dr. Seuss.

It seems that Dr. Seuss’ caricatures of “people of color” are too raaaaacist for an outfit called Learning for Justice, and they’re demanding that schools avoid reading Dr. Seuss because his books allegedly have “racial undertones.” BTW, Learning for Justice is the education arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Since before the turn of the century, 2 March has been Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The reading recognition day was founded by the National Education Association, but schools in some of the usual-suspect jurisdictions are removing any connection between Dr. Suess and Read Across America Day this year.

Neither the red fish nor the blue fish was available for comment.