Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.
Oppose COVID restrictions? You might be a terrorist.
Leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security is warning about potential terrorism.
But for some reason, it’s not focused on foreign terrorists harbored by the likes of the Taliban— now back in power in Afghanistan.
Instead, the DHS is focused on domestic extremists, saying:
“Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.”
Wait, what?? “Perceived” government restrictions? It’s as if these people think the restrictions aren’t real. We’ve apparently been imagining all the restrictions over the past 18 months.
And anyone who does imagine these “perceived” restrictions, like mask mandates for school children, must be a domestic terrorist.
That makes perfect sense.
Bill introduced to ban unvaccinated from domestic flights
A US Congressman introduced a bill earlier this month:
“. . . to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. . .”
The bar for ‘heroism’ just hit an all-time low
Last month, at least 51 members of the Texas House of Representatives fled the state capital in order to prevent certain legislation from being passed.
Because the politicians left town, the House of Representatives no longer had the minimum number of members required by law to hold their legislative session and vote on the bill.
The Speaker of the House issued civil arrest warrants to have them recalled, so the absent members then left the state for Washington DC— most of them via private jets and chartered planes— where they cozied up with their federal colleagues in Congress for several weeks.
The situation was finally resolved yesterday when a handful of them returned to Austin so that the legislative session could begin.
The returning politicians, though, congratulated themselves in a public statement, saying:
“We are proud of the heroic work and commitment we and our fellow Democratic caucus members have shown in breaking quorum in May and again over this summer.”
There you have it: for woke politicians, spending other people’s money to run away to Washington DC on private jets is considered “heroic”.
Food Stamp benefits increased permanently by 28%
Since 1975, increases in Food Stamp (known as SNAP) benefits have aimed at keeping up with inflation.
But this year the largest ever increase in Food Stamp benefits will not just keep up with inflation, but actually increase the purchasing power of the SNAP assistance.
The US Department of Agriculture, which runs the program, says this is to more closely align with the higher costs of eating healthier.
The average monthly benefit for the 42 million Americans on Food Stamps will increase by $36.24 per person.
That is a jump of about 28% from pre-pandemic levels, which “only” adds an extra cost of about $18.3 billion per year.
These days, anything under a trillion is chump change.
Australia descends further into authoritarian Covid hell
Three weeks ago, Australia sent its military out into the streets to enforce lockdowns.
Two weeks ago the Australia state of Queensland’s Chief Health Officer told her citizens that they shouldn’t shop online. In her view, online shopping spreads COVID because it means the delivery people have to work, instead of stay home to cower in fear.
Now the former Premier of the state of Victoria, which has been under the country’s harshest lockdown conditions, says that new, even harsher lockdowns across the state will be imminently announced, and will last until the end of the year.
This is what free society looks like in 2021…