The More You Tighten Your Grip, You Dimwit….

| January 24, 2020

Conrad to Dogberry: “Away, you are an ass, you are an ass!” (IV.ii.66).  – Much Ado About Nothing

The VA governor, Ralphie Northam,  is now impinging on the 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech in the state of Virginia. People  will not be allowed to criticize government officials (meaning him) or say bad things about them/him without penalty.

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/virginia-democrats-push-legislation-to-make-criticism-of-government-officials-a-criminal-offense/

Wow. He must like being stupid enough to set himself up for a massive federal lawsuit. Someone should tell him he’s riding for a nasty fall when he does these things.  He claimed he was a pediatric neurosurgeon, didn’t he? I want to see some proof of that claim, because I find it very difficult to believe he got through undergrad school, never mind anything higher.

From the article:  In the wake of the Virginia gun rights rally on Monday, Democrats in the Capitol are not slowing down their push for tyranny. They are moving a bill through the legislature that would effectively criminalize dissent against Governor Northam and other state government officials.

House Bill 1627 was introduced by Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne last week. The legislation “provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”

Language in the bill explicitly criminalizes free speech, in what would constitute a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. – article.  If you think the rest of the Democrats aren’t watching this, you aren’t paying attention.  Since there is nothing in the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution that criminalizes publicly saying that someone is an ass, this proposed bill violates the law regarding free speech.

Making threats toward someone can be considered prosecutable if taken in context, e.g., an image of some kind of weapon or a noose is included or it is part of a video. That should, indeed, be looked into, however, local law enforcement is mostly busy trying to prevent mayhem as it is, and not get involved in other people’s quarrels unless they turn violent. But making vulgar, snide and derogatory public remarks about someone is not a crime of any kind. It is just bad manners and sometimes an effort to get attention from an audience. Criticizing someone’s actions is not illegal, either. Under that bill’s language, criticism can be considered harassment. Trying to criminalize such speech because it might hurt those precious feelings is a violation of the First Amendment’s clause about freedom of speech.

Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, Twitchy provides us with the information from various tweets that the citizens have twittered out regarding their attitude toward that lovely island’s current governorship.

https://twitchy.com/brads-313037/2020/01/24/everything-seems-rather-calm-in-puerto-rico-just-a-guillotine-being-set-up-at-the-governors-mansion-while-the-wait-whut/

I know the PR flag as the guillotine blade is just symbolic, but the Puerto Ricanos want that silly bitch and her butt buddies gone. The discovery of disaster relief supplies that were shipped to the PR and warehoused instead of being distributed, two years after Hurricane Maria whacked that lovely island of tropical breezes, is at the root of this anger.  Why weren’t those supplies distributed? Why?

What does this all mean, if put in its proper context?

I think Tom Jefferson, in writing to James Madison in 1787, said it best: I hold that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing.

“Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.1 Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound  health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James MadisonParis, January 30, 17872     https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/little-rebellionquotation

Stock up on your favorite beverages and treats. We have not yet begun to fight.

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  1. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    My opinion is that GOVERNOR RALPHIE NORTHAM OF VIRGINIA IS A CONCEITED CANDYASSED PAMPERED PRICK WHO EATS HIS BOOGERS AND WETS THE BED. Prosecute that, you piece of chihuahua shit!

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Ralph Northam is a smarmy chickenshit fucking coward who gives off a creepy pedophile vibe! Sources at least as credible as those claiming Russian collusion say that Northam is very active on Grindr and prefers to be the “bottom” in really degrading homosexual acts. Ralph Northam is demonstrably a racist piece of roach shit, especially by the standards of his own party. Ralph Northam is a dickless cuck. Ralph Northam is a two-faced charlason of a whore.

    • Sarge says:

      API®™️,

      I could not hear you, did you say “GOVERNOR RALPHIE NORTHAM OF VIRGINIA IS A CONCEITED CANDYASSED PAMPERED PRICK WHO EATS HIS BOOGERS AND WETS THE BED”?

      I thought you said that, because I think pretty much the same thing, GOVERNOR RALPHIE NORTHAM OF VIRGINIA ATS HIS BOOGERS, WETS THE BED AND iS A CONCEITED CANDYASSED PAMPERED PRICK.

    • My, My, My says:

      ohhhh, you just made the list buddy. 🙂

  2. Cameron Kingsley says:

    Hey Wreck-it Ralph Northam (one of my favorite movies unfortunately), keep poking the bear you arrogant schmuck and see what happens. If I was as despised as you, I wouldn’t call attention to myself pal. And you and your fellow jackboots wonder why Trump won. If you still can’t find the answer, look in the mirror. By the way Ralphie, despite being a native Virginian, I’m in Japan right now so I can say whatever the hell I want about you and your good for nothing buddies.

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    I want to get a contact (email, snail mail, Twatter, FB, etc) just so I can insult (but not threaten) Groveling…..errrr……..Governor Blackface, then taunt him with, “I live in Utah. Come and arrest me.”

    Or as has been said so much better by others more talented, “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal-food-trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.”

    • Combat Historian says:

      I don’t think Ralphie was the black face in the photo; I think he was the guy in the white hood…

      • ninja says:

        CH:

        YEP.

        Ole KKK Boy DOES NOT WEAR GLASSES.

        The Dude in the Yearbook picture IS wearing Glasses.

        I think his Back Up Crew tried to focus more on him being Black-Face versus discussing him wearing a White Hooded Outfit, which is WORSE than being Blackface.

        • Poetrooper says:

          Contacts?

          • ninja says:

            Poe:

            None.

            Just discussions with others about that Yearbook picture and how Doofus handled the situation.

            Again, please look at the Yearbook picture. The Blackface Guy is wearing EYEGLASSES.

            Doofus DID NOT WEAR EYEGLASSES when he was younger.

            Wearing a “Hoodie” is worse than being Blackface.

  4. Virginia, sounds like the second coming of Lexington & Concord could be soon.

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    KKK Boy and his toady, touchy feely, grabby LT Guv a’fixin to find themselves in a little more sticky do do. Once everybody realized that a R would move up if those two sleazebags got removed, all of a sudden being a racist bigot and a suspected abuser of women was all OK now.

  6. Fyrfighter says:

    ” Why weren’t those supplies distributed? Why?”
    Hmm, couldn’t be that the DEMOCRAT governor went out of her way to attack the President about his response to the Hurricane, to cover her own incompetence.. Seems that her TDS led her to hide supplies, so she could continue to yell “ORANGE MAN BAD!”

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Ya think?

      I always like to see just how long it takes before these dimwitted twinks get what’s coming to them.

      Between her and Northam, there is a lot of STUFF piling up…. and people are watching…. and it ain’t just you and me.

  7. ninja says:

    Ex:

    A while back, I made the error of identifying Ole KKK Boy as being a Pediatric Neorosurgeon.

    He was a Pediatric Neurologist and did have a practice under a Teaching Hospital in the Hampton Roads Virginia area, i.e. Eastern Virginia Medical School (home of his Famous Yearbook picture) as well as Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Portsmouth, VA.

    I THINK he was practicing while he was LTGOV, but is not practicing now because of his current position as being the WORST Gov of VA.

    Here’s an interesting recent story about him:

    https://wtkr.com/2020/01/23/wesley-hadsell-requests-subpoena-of-gov-northam-says-governor-was-stepdaughters-doctor/

    As to why he went into politics versus continue practicing in Medicine: I have no clue.

    IMHO, Ole KKK Boy is a constant contradiction of himself. A Child Neurologist who is for Late-Term Abortion; the Doofus who wants to take down Bobby Lee’s Statue at Richmond but remains quiet about Stonewall Jackson’s Statue at VMI (where he graduated);proposing to get rid of a Virginia Holiday, i.e.Lee-Jackson Day because he said they represented Slavery, yet his Blood Relatives all owned Slaves; all the anti-gun laws he is initiating because he said he treated Soldiers with MASSIVE Head Wounds during the Gulf War (No, he didn’t: He was a Child Neurologist at Lanstehl Hospital in Germany during the Gulf War and always used that to run for Office), etc etc.

    I thought the Carpetbagger was a Bad GOV of VA. Ole KKK Boy has him beat.

    Thank Goodness that Doofus can’t run for Office again.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      That KKK shitbag graduated from VMI? I used to think they had standards…

      • ninja says:

        Fryfighter:

        Yep. VMI, Home of the Stonewall Jackson Statue.

        Ole KKK Boy is keeping very, very quiet about taking down that Statue.

        I wonder why.

        *sarc*

        😉😎🤔

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Ninja: A while back, I made the error of identifying Ole KKK Boy as being a Pediatric Neorosurgeon. He was a Pediatric Neurologist and did have a practice under a Teaching Hospital….

      Ah! Thank you for the heads up! He’s still an idiot badly in need of being put in his place: the corner, facing it, with no time off for bathroom breaks.

      • ninja says:

        Ex:

        Thank You for forgiving me.

        YOU ARE SO RIGHT about him being an IDIOT.

        That is why I nickname him Doofus.

        😉😎

      • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

        “He’s still an idiot badly in need of being put in his place:”
        Buried up to his knees in shit…………head first.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Why did he quit medical practice?

      My guess is that either he was a lousy diagnostician and made a lot of mistakes, or his ego is so confoundedly weak that he thought being a Governator would feed it better than helping kids get better… or both.

      • ninja says:

        And in the meantime, somewhere in Virginia, a Village is missing its Idiot….

        😉

        Hide Your Kids! Hide Your Guns!

  8. Sapper3307 says:

    “The harder you grip the $hit rope, the faster you slid.”
    Jim Lahey, trailer park supervisor, Sunnyvale Trailer park.

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    I’m thinking tar, feathers, and a rail are in order. Old school.

  10. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    For the record this is why I give money to the ACLU from time to time, they get a bad rap for some of their stands with those less popular causes but they were the only ones standing against the FEDS when they tried to violate the rights of countless Americans.

    They will also litigate this should the law pass because the ACLU is at least consistent in their defense of our civil liberties.

    • David says:

      I remember reading a while back that the ACLU had actually been on the NRA’s side of more gun cases nationwide than against. They are like many other groups, somewhat useful but have their own shitstains. Let’s be honest, some folks defending the NRA are cringeworthy as well.

  11. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Donks being socialists/communists… taking rights away and keeping people “down”.

  12. Thunderstixx says:

    So…..
    After reading all these posts I came to the conclusion that the posters here on TAH/GOV really need to let their feelings on Gov KKK known.
    /sarc

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Oh, golly…. are they holding back out of courtesy, Stixxx? I was a bit worried about that myself. /s

      • ninja says:

        Thunder & Ex:

        If only you both could read my mind on what I REALLY think about Ole KKK Boy, AKA as Doofus…

        😉😆😎

  13. ninja says:

    This is what Ole KKK Boy sounds like when he opens his mouth.

    Doofus.

    (49 seconds)

  14. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Little Lizzy Laiwatha had a “Joe the Plumber” moment yesterday:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/01/warrens-joe-the-plumber-moment.php

  15. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Sheets NorthHood.

    Obviously he missed the section of the Constitution that prohibits a system of Nobility.

    Hey sheets! One law for all, you diaper-headed kluckking hypocrite turdball.

    Give him the planetoid of insults.

  16. gitarcarver says:

    Sorry, but this post is a distortion of the facts.

    Virginia has laws on the books that deal with harassment and threats against people. Not just government officials, but everyday people like you and me. So if the owners and writers of this blog were getting threats or harassed (which is beyond “free speech”) they would have a remedy in Virginia.

    This bill does not change what was already on the books. It only amends the law in a specific way.

    I get the idea that people think the law was expanded to include the Governor, etc, but that is not the case as the law already protected people and the last time we looked, the governor was a person. The law did include a provision for the Governor and their family which read:

    18.2-60.1. Threatening the Governor or his immediate family.

    Any person who shall knowingly and willfully send, deliver or convey, or cause to be sent, delivered or conveyed, to the Governor or his immediate family any threat to take the life of or inflict bodily harm upon the Governor or his immediate family, whether such threat be oral or written, shall be is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

    What is different about the governor in the law is not the act of harassment or threats, but the penalty. It is the same thing as making a real threat against the president, if convicted, a stiffer penalty than a real threat against a neighbor.

    Once again, that section of the law is not new. It was on the books and had been on the books for years.

    (The law also includes protection for teachers, doctors, and medical personnel school buses, school grounds or on duty.)

    What this bill did was to amend existing state law to state the venue / jurisdiction of where a trial for the law would be held if the threatened or harassed person was a member of the government.

    That’s all.

    Nothing else.

    For example, the bill makes this amendment to existing law: (original in italics, amendment in bold.)

    18.2-60. A prosecution pursuant to this section may be either in the county, city or town in which the communication was made or received or in the City of Richmond if the person threatened is one of the following officials or employees of the Commonwealth: the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

    And…

    18.2-60.1 Any person who shall knowingly and willfully send, deliver or convey, or cause to be sent, delivered or conveyed, to the Governor or his immediate family any threat to take the life of or inflict bodily harm upon the Governor or his immediate family, whether such threat be oral or written, is guilty of a Class 6 felony. A violation of this section may be prosecuted in the jurisdiction in which the communication was made or received or in the City of Richmond.

    And…

    18.2-83. Threats to bomb or damage buildings or means of transportation; false information as to danger to such buildings, etc.; punishment; venue.

    B. A violation of this section may be prosecuted either in the jurisdiction from which the communication was made or in the jurisdiction where the communication was received or in the City of Richmond if the property threatened is owned by the Commonwealth and located within the Capitol District.

    The text of the current law and the changes the bill proposes can be found here:

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+ful+HB1627

    If you want to say that the law – the existing law – was contrary to the First Amendment, we can have that discussion.

    What cannot be truthfully said is that the amendments do anything to stifle speech or that the governor or government employees are getting some sort of special protection.

    All the proposed amendments to existing law do is state the venue / jurisdiction when there are government actors, property, etc. in play.

    Anything above that is simply not the truth.

  17. Poetrooper says:

    Gitarcarver, it would appear that what the black delegate who proposed these changes (who is from Richmond, by the way) is doing is seeking to bring the trials for such violations into a black majority, safely Democrat venue. What with so many counties having declared themselves 2d Amendment sanctuaries, Democrat politicians, especially blacks, are probably fearful of majority white, conservative juries in much of the remainder of the state.

    They damned well should be.

    • Poetrooper says:

      I did not mean that to sound as if blacks should be fearful of white juries because of race, but rather because of the prominent role of minority democrats in supporting all the anti-gun legislation. Remember, it was a black delegate who called on the governor to use the National Guard against Virginia citizens.

      Liberal blacks pushing for anti-2D Amendment laws would do well to remember that they were kept subjugated for decades after the Civil War by being denied firearm ownership by by Southern Democrats.

      • gitarcarver says:

        Poetrooper,

        My point was only that this was not a bill that deals with the First Amendment or criticism of elected officials, but a bill that deals with the venue.

        While you may be correct in the reasoning of some to support the bill, to me there is a practical side to it as well. I can and do see both points of view.

        I agree that southern blacks should well remember history.

        I would offer that we all should remember current events as well.

        By that I mean that data over the past few years has started to show the race related crimes are happening with more frequency in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Rates of the crimes per capita are greater there than in the traditional “racist south.”

        Facts don’t matter to some people.

        • Poetrooper says:

          There is indeed a practical side to it that is both politically and geographically advantageous to the liberal Democrats promoting this legislation.

          Politically in the sense that liberal Richmond will more likely provide friendly juries willing to convict those from other areas of the state.

          Geographically in the sense that state prosecutors will be operating on their home turf with all their prosecutorial resources readily available so that they are not required either to travel or operate from a distance.

          It’s clearly stacking the legal deck against offenders from outlying conservative areas of the state.