• REBEL WITH A CAUSE
    (Self-important rant alert)
    I didn’t pick the fight. Boulder did. Or, maybe Kroger did. Either way, they pushed me over the edge. Boulder County Health regulators recently reinstated the indoor mask mandate for publicly open buildings in the County. This includes the King Soopers (Kroger store) in Louisville that I frequent, where I curate and harvest healthy, tasty, professionally approved grub. Now, I don’t believe in the Church of Maskism, because I have never seen any actual science supporting its doctrines, only shifting edicts from the CDC as handed down from on high by Saint Fowchee of White Coat.
    However, I believe it was Sun Milley Tzu who said when it comes to dealing with extremist fanatics, it is prudent to pick worthwhile fights. I believe pushing back against symbolic social controls is certainly worthwhile. But, an archaic tome called the New Testament suggests it is wise to count the cost before building a tower. I’ve self-servingly–don’t say lazily or timidly–interpreted this to include eyeballing the chances of success before crying “Banzai!!” and hurtling headlong. The chances of victory in pushing back signal bullies are enhanced with backup, with fellow warriors to join the fray and spread the fight and keep the rulers off balance. But, unlike such meccas of resistance as Douglas County or Weld County, I live in Louisville, a miasmic Ring to Boulder’s foul Saturn. The local sheep are militant about enforcing sheepish conformity.
    Plus, the messengers who would call me on my transgression are likely to be teen baggers, whose work we want to encourage, or maybe middle aged cashier moms who need the job. I’m grateful they show up for work. I don’t want to make their tasks harder or traumatize them with futile drama that accomplishes zilch. So, till now, I have been a compliant sheep to help maintain shopping tranquility.
    And then. The normal elevator music—which truth be told, is actually a not bad mix of oldies, classic rock, and current ear candy—got interrupted by an official message. One that is repeated with annoying frequency. Cue the anchorman’s dulcet, upbeat baritone:
    “In keeping with local executive orders, all employees, customers, and vendors must wear a mask while inside any King Soopers grocery store. We thank you for making adjustments while we all cooperate to keep ourselves and each other healthy.”
    Executive. Order. Why does Kroger have to embrace and trumpet that suspect concept? Why couldn’t they say “local health regulations” or even “emergency guidelines” or *something* that feigns to apply normal civic principles? No, they leave ringing in my ears that I am under somebody’s order.
    But I am not! I am a civilian. I follow the law, not orders. Even a school kid or younger who’s watched Sesame Street, knows, from city to state to the Grand USA, how a bill becomes a law. And I will not tacitly endorse, submit to, or participate in normalizing the concept that civilian citizens are subject to any commander’s ORDER. So, in the spirit of Spartacus, Patrick Henry, and Vincent Van Gogh, I slipped the loop off one ear, and marched through the aisles like Sherman burning cultural pieties. There, for all to see is my bra-less face, and my mocking, dangling, idled gag.
    In three return trips, I have yet to be apprehended, questioned, or bayonetted. I’m negotiating a nice film deal with Ken Burns.
  • FYI.
    This is similar to President Biden’s Federal program for minority businesses that was ruled unconstitutional by a Federal judge.
    Governor Polis is trying to skirt the law with Colorado funds.
    Forward this information to your friends who qualify so we can try to get the Colorado program ruled unconstitutional

     

     

     


    From:
    Wen Fa [mailto:WFa@pacificlegal.org]
    Subject: RE: Colorado’s Discriminatory Grant Program

    Pacific Legal Foundation is looking to identify small businesses in Colorado that may be interested in serving as public interest clients (i.e., with our pro bono representation) in challenging Colorado’s program that prioritizes grants to certain minority owned small businesses. Below is a summation of the issue. If you know of anyone who might be a good fit, we would be very interested in connecting with them.

    Colorado is in the process of creating guidelines to distribute 1.7 million dollars in grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID pandemic. The law that authorizes this program expressly gives a preference to “minority-owned business,” and disadvantages businesses owned by someone who is white or Native American.   Last week Colorado posted guidelines for the grants: https://oedit.colorado.gov/disproportionately-impacted-business-grant .   The grants are for up to $10,000 per business, and applications are open from September 17 to October 3, 2021.

    The program will give a preference to minority-owned businesses in distributing the grants, which we still believe is unconstitutional.

    Given the short application window, we want to speak with individuals who own small businesses and are interested in applying for these grants as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Wen Fa | Attorney
    Pacific Legal Foundation
    930 G Street | Sacramento, CA 95814
    916.419.7111

     

     

  • The Tax System Explained…in Beer!
    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. The men decided to pay their bill the way
    we pay our taxes, which went something like this…
    The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing
    The fifth would pay $1
    The sixth would pay $3
    The seventh would pay $7
    The eighth would pay $12
    The ninth would pay $18
    The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59
     
    The ten men drank in the bar every day and were happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball –
    “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20?. From $100 to $80.
    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for
    free. But what about the other six men?How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?
    The bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the
    principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now
    pay. And so…
    The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
    The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free.
    But, once they left the bar, the men began to compare their savings.
    “I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!”
    “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”
    “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”
    “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”
     
    The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
     
    The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came
    time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of
    the bill!
     
    And that is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax
    reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore!
  • The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.”

    The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green .”

    The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion.

    As they approached the lion on his throne, the donkey started screaming: ??Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?”

    The lion replied: “If you believe it is true, the grass is blue.”

    The donkey rushed forward and continued: ??The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him.”

    The king then declared: ??The tiger will be punished with 3 days of silence.”

    The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating ??The grass is blue, the grass is blue…”

    The tiger asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?”

    The lion replied, ??You’ve known and seen the grass is green.”

    The tiger asked, ??So why do you punish me?”

    The lion replied, “That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is degrading for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with an ass, and on top of that, you came and bothered me with that question just to validate something you already knew was true!”

    The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn’t care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t.

    When IGNORANCE SCREAMS, intelligence moves on.

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