“We conclude that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the Attorney General as ‘in proper form for submission to the people,’ because, contrary to the certification, the petition does not contain only subjects ’which are related or which are mutually dependent’,” Justice Frank M. Gaziano wrote in the decision.

And with that the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended the sixth attempt to enacted a graduated income tax.

While I am glad that there will be no MA Exodus Tax I am disappointed.  No one can be certain of the outcome of a vote before it happens, (remember Scott Brown?).  Only a Ballot Question can provide the opportunity to talk about policy with out the baggage of a politician’s individual personality.  It says a lot about me that I get excited about wonkish policy debates.  The summer promised an important conversation on proper roll of taxes and government spending.  Without the Ballot Question, that conversation will happen behind closed doors and not in the market place of ideas.  Without the Ballot Question the politicians that get their office by playing Santa will invent new schemes to tax us, and misspend the money collected.   Our state budget is trending in a direction that can not continue and must be changed.  If we don’t, the resulting clash will harm many innocent people.  I don’t know how to have that discussion without the Ballot Question.

Today there is celebration and relief.  Tomorrow I will have to make new plans to save our Commonwealth from the Kleptocrates.  And figure out what to do with all of these Bumpah Stickahs

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Your attention span after smoking the Social Media pipe.

by baldilocks

From our beloved Mr. Reynolds:

I think a lot about whether social media are good or bad for society. I’ve written about how they make it easier for people to form mobs, facilitate the weaponization of emotion, and allow bad ideas to spread like disease through early civilizations.

But I also have to wonder: Are social media bad for our brains? (…)

Of course, this isn’t the first time that technology has changed people’s mental processes. Preliterate people had a lot less access to knowledge than people who can read — but preliterate people tended to have amazing memories by today’s standards. (…)

Now, of course, actual bound books are fading, and people read much more on screens. As a result they tend to multitask — read something for a bit, check email, go to see whether you’ve gotten any “likes” on Facebook, go back to reading for a bit, check Twitter. And social media tend to make that worse by subjecting users to a vast stream of bite-size it. (…)

Deep thinking is becoming less common, and worse, this seems to be particularly true among the academic/political/intellectual class that’s most on Twitter.

Glenn says he doesn’t have a solution to this. I do, but it takes personal will.

I, too, found that too much Social Media was harmful to my concentration process. It was taking me much longer to finish reading books than it used to; sometimes I wouldn’t finish them at all since I frequently use e-books and audio-books downloaded from the LA Public Library. Another symptom is pervasive: many open browser tabs. And this is the worst: the degeneration of my ability to concentrate enough on an idea in order to write about it sensibly and to connect one idea with another. (Thank God that I wrote my novel before Social Media’s ascent!)

The solution is very simple: disconnect for a set and regularly scheduled time segment.

Sometimes, I devote the segment to audio-book “reading” coupled with apartment cleaning; other times to something outside of myself.

I do this about twice a week and I can see the change. Additional benefit: the times when the scatter-brained, emotional poo-flinging hits the brim — even when it’s from those with whom I usually agree – and makes me want to shut it down. Call it a sign of detox.

Of course, I’m paranoid enough to believe that the mass splintering of our collective attention spans is intentional.

It doesn’t have to stay that way, though. But recognizing the problem is the first step.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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I’ve got to admit I had absolutely nothing today, until I saw this post at Instapundit after mass.

READINESS: The ENTIRE Swedish Home Guard Was Just Mobilized.

A few weeks back, the government of Sweden sent out a booklet to every household in the country urging citizens to prepare for war or other crises. A few months back, they told citizens that they should be prepared to last for at least a week without any help from the government. Last night, in the most unsettling move yet, they mobilized the entire Swedish Home Guard for an “unannounced preparedness exercise.” All 40 battalions have been activated, effective immediately.

Stephen’s point about never having to mobilize about the US is well made but a different thing came to mind when I read this.

What about “Swedish” Muslims?

Are the muslim citizens including in this call up?  Are muslim immigrants who have been granted asylum included or are they considered “no go” as well?

If they aren’t included I’d be in the official explanation as to why, and more interestingly if they OBJECT to not being included.  If they are I’d be interested in how they assimilate in the home guard situations or are they organized in segregated battalions a la the 10th Cavalry during the Indian wars and is such a move at the government’s request or theirs?

I don’t have time to research any of this right now but I think these are excellent questions and in closing here is one more question to make you go hmmm: 

If muslims in Sweden are not included in this drill to what degree might this drill be not solely directed at deterring potential Russian aggression.  

 

by baldilocks

A Feces List, if you will.

While the FBI and the various tentacles of the Intelligence Community fall under hard scrutiny for their actions during the 2016 presidential election, another security agency reaches out to get a piece of that sweet Big Brother action. Again.

Pay attention to the reminder of how the Terror Watch List works.

The Department of Homeland Security intends to list and track hundreds of thousands of news outlets, journalists, bloggers, and “influencers” in traditional and new media alike. Its plan is to analyze targets’ “sentiment,” monitor “any and all” coverage of select news stories, and possibly share data with “federal, state, local, tribal, and private partners.” (…)

DHS is surely aware media services are available, which raises the question of why it did not elect to use one. If the aim here, as Houlton claims, is “nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring” the news, why not use the standard programs to do it?

The distinction seems to be twofold. First, the DHS database is noticeably personal. It is not content with assessing the general mood on a given news story, or even the editorial stance of an entire outlet. No, the database will list individuals — “journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” — including not only their contact information, employment, and beat, but “any other information that could be relevant.” Any other information. Is it so surprising this plan is anxiety-provoking for those of us who could conceivably be listed?

The second distinction is this is a government list — DHS evidently wants a proprietary database, not the rent-a-list services it could obtain more quickly and cheaply — and government lists do not have a stellar reputation. The terrorist watchlist is exemplary on this point, and reviewing its record of abuse and incompetence takes us nowhere tinfoil territory.

Officially known as the Terrorist Screening Database, the watchlist includes the no-fly list and 10 other lists and screening programs in the Departments of Justice, Defense, Treasury, and Homeland Security. It is a sprawling data monster best known for its failures, and it has exploded from fewer than 50,000 entries at the close of the Bush administration to more than 1.8 million people today. Almost 40 percent of those listed have no demonstrable ties to terrorism, and 99 percent of the names suggested for the list are accepted. Evidence as flimsy as a suspicious social media post is enough for inclusion. The removal process is slow, confusing, and secretive.

The writer of this piece reminds us that the Terrorist Watchlist has been used as a means of gun control.

They never stop trying.

President Trump’s words of contempt for the mainstream media are well documented, as the writer points out, but he/she doesn’t mention that former President Obama did more than talk critically of the press; he actually authorized DOJ surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen and 20 Associated Press reporters.

Watching as all our federal intelligence, security, and investigative agencies show us who they really are, it’s tempting to shut down all digital communications and go hermit. I, however, think that this would be an admission of defeat; one which would embolden them. And they’re bold enough already, are they not?

Let them listen, read, make their lists, and check them twice. I’m a retired GI; they already know who I am, and I spent eight years being a little afraid of critiquing President Obama because of my ties to him. I’m done with that.

And, while President Obama is “gone,” those who would surveil innocent Americans for exercising freedom of the press long preceded him and will keep trying to get in our business for whatever reason and no matter who is president. Each of us “influencers” has to decide whether we are up for potential of personal invasion — or worse.

Because lists like this always have an unspoken purpose.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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US Navy 080203-N-0411D-019 A student at the Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) school breaks birch bark to start a fire, from Wikipedia

A friend of mine that was ordained last year happened to be passing through the area, so I invited him to join my family for dinner. He’s visited us before, and every time he does my kids and wife line up questions galore about Catholicism, what they hear in school, and other topics. After the kids went to bed, I asked Father what the latest challenge he’s had with things the Pope says.

Plenty of people like and don’t like Pope Francis, but similar to President Trump, I think he gets misquoted a lot. Anytime I have non-Catholic friends gleefully tell me they heard the Pope support homosexual unions, or abortion, or some other crazy thing, I normally do a bit of digging first before finding that they referenced a CNN article instead of actually reading source documentation.

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The Most Dangerous thing in the world is an excuse

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There is no question that radical Islam is a global threat, that the Jihad is an oppression that must be fought, that the only thing worse than Islam’s targeting of critics of Islam from Pam Geller and Robert Spencer and the Murder of folks such as Theo Van Gogh is the west’s indifference to this targeting our willingness to collaborate in our own destruction. All of these things I stipulate and assert.

None of these fact justify this:

At least 120,000 Uighurs have been imprisoned in so-called “re-education camps” in the last two years, according to the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia. Other reports put that number as high as one million, which a group of U.S. Congress members last month described as the largest current mass incarceration of a minority population anywhere. Any foreign contact is suspect, with those sent to camps reportedly including a leading footballer as well as the Uighur wives of Pakistani merchants trading across the border.

The Chinese government has refused to comment on reports of mass detention. And it denies repression of the Turkic-speaking Uighurs, some of whom have been engaged in a low-level separatist movement for years. Beijing says it faces Islamist insurgency in Xinjiang, and blames Uighur militants for a number of knife and bomb attacks across the country. It has labeled a group of Uighur leaders as terrorists.

emphasis mine.

Don’t let this fool you, this isn’t China cracking down on their Islamic population to stop Islamic Terror this is using the excuse of Islamic terror to justify the “re-education” of the Uighurs and while they have been the primary target of their new cultural revolution China has no intention of stopping with Islam:

A government crackdown that watchdog groups are calling a “purge against Christians” is reportedly underway in Zhejiang province in Eastern China, with all religious meetings banned, and parents told to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.

ChinaAid said the local governments of Wenzhou and Shaoxing have banned all religious gatherings, but they are doing so under the guise of fire safety inspections.

“The police often show up and say that they want to conduct a fire safety inspection. They wander around in the church and arbitrarily point out that some facilities do not meet the standards,” shared a Hangzhou Christian by the name of Li.

“Then, they require you to reform in two weeks. Even if you do exactly as they said, they would still deem you ‘unqualified’ in the next inspection. You are helpless.”

The oppression of Christians in China has been going on under the radar and gotten little press outside of Christian sites, but even so it hasn’t reached the level of re-education camps like Islam.

I don’t doubt for one moment that radical Islamists would like to hit China, they are just as much “infidels” as the west and it’s likely that some in the Uighur community support and with this crackdown it’s very probable that eventually the Uighurs might embrace the Islamists in order to resist.

But make no mistake, if radical Islamists hits targets in China and the Chinese government oppresses followers of Islam it isn’t because either has wronged the other it’s because it’s in the nature of each of them. That’s why I object to the title of this piece of at Axios:

Shocking details emerge from China’s re-education camps for Muslims

Nothing in the details of the oppression of the Uighurs should be shocking to any student of history or Communism any more than the details of the actions of radical Islamists around the world should surprise anyone. They both act in within their nature and if there was not one excuse for them to strike or oppress they would find or make up a different one.

None of it makes the actions of the other just or right and the oppression of the Uighurs should be loudly condemned by any person who claims to believe in freedom.

Sun-Times headquarters

By John Ruberry

A week ago the Chicago Sun-Times began a high-profile begging campaign with a white splash–a blank sheet of paper–as its front page to draw attention to an op-ed, “Imagine Chicago without the Sun-Times: An urgent appeal.”

Or, the editorial could be titled, give us money or the Sun-Times will shut down.

“Until now, we’ve offered our online content for free. But we can no longer afford to operate our business this way,” the Sun-Times said in that plea. “Imagine our city without our headlines,” it continues. “Without our journalists to tell your side of the story.”

Your side?

My side?

Since then I’ve noticed three follow-ups, including two columns–my guess is they were ordered by Sun-Times brass to write them–by Richard Roeper and Neil Steinberg. This morning on Fox Chicago’s Flannery Fired Up, the Sun-Times’ managing editor, Chris Fusco, along with James Warren, who held the same job at the competing Chicago Tribune, pleaded the case for online Sun-Times subscriptions, which the host, Mike Flannery, endorsed as he told the pair that he had just signed up.

Warren said of the current owners of the newspaper, “They’re severely undercapitalized.”

Who owns the Chicago Sun-Times? A consortium of left-leaning investors, including a former Chicago alderman and failed Democratic candidate for governor, along with the Chicago Federation of Labor, which is an umbrella group of local unions. The CFL’s executive board is heavy with public-sector union bosses.

Chicago is one of the few cities left that has two mass-market daily newspapers. Television struck the first blow against big-city newspapers decades ago; the internet, which newspapers embraced twenty years ago when most of them put their content online for free–naively hoping that ad revenue would pay the bills–provided the second blow.

Houston, we have a problem. The city that seems poised to surpass Chicago in population, became a one mass-market newspaper town in 1995 when the Houston Post folded.

Or does Houston really have a problem?

Wikpedia lists nearly two-dozen Houston area newspapers, to be fair, none of them I’ve heard of until today. Sure, some of them are online-only publications. But is a book a book if it only appears on Kindle?

I believe so.

Of course there are scores of blogs based in Houston, perhaps many more, similar to the one you are reading now, as well as my own Chicago-area blog, Marathon Pundit–both of which represent my side. Perhaps yours too. The media elites love to dismiss blogs and news sites such as the Daily Caller, the Washington Examiner, or Breitbart as fake news, but of course the big shots never get things wrong.

Oh, the Chicago area boasts a dozen daily newspapers.

Let’s take a closer look at the Sun-Times’ side.

Richard Roeper was suspended then demoted by the Sun-Times after he was exposed for buying 25,000 Twitter followers.

Neil Steinberg, who blocked me on Twitter shortly after Election Day two years ago because I objected to a whacked-out anti-Donald Trump column spewed by him, is in my opinion the most execrable columnist in America. He should, as the late great Sun-Times-based Ann Landers would regularly advise, “seek counseling.”

The Holocaust was in part a failure of imagination. Jews just couldn’t imagine it. Which has to trouble anyone insisting it can’t happen now. Because that’s exactly what they thought then.

If you can’t see how this could turn really bad, really quick, let me ask you this: When Donald Trump fails to provide the boon he promised, when his protectionist trade policies crater the economy, who is he going to blame? Himself? Donald Trump does not blame himself.

Who will he blame? When he’s in Pennsylvania, talking to coal miners whose industry he did not revive; when he’s in Youngstown talking to factory workers whose jobs never returned, who will he blame? Who?

You know the answer.

Since November, 2016 the Trump economy has boomed, his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both Orthodox Jews, have enjoyed enormous power, some say too much, in the White House. And Trump will move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to the delight of many Jewish-Americans and of course, the Israeli government.

There is no Trump pogrom.

Steinberg later wrote a penitent book about the experience, but in 2005 he was arrested and jailed for a night after hitting his wife while he was drunk. He initially tried to use a public defender as his lawyer. Steinberg was being paid by the Sun-Times, right? At the time Steinberg was a member of the Sun-Times editorial board.

Not my side

Let’s take a look at the Sun-Times’ other regular opinion columnists. Mark Brown, Lynn Sweet, and Mary Mitchell are also leftists. The paper does re-print an occasional S.E. Cupp, piece, but this co-called conservative is a #NeverTrump Republican.

I didn’t forget about the Chicago Federation of Labor. As Illinois continues to plummet into the financial abyss, many members of the unions that comprise the CFL are doing well because they are or will be receiving generous but unaffordable taxpayer-funded pensions. While a couple of Republican governors share blame in the debacle, Michael Madigan, the man a former Sun-Times reporter, Dave McKinney, says is “the man behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois,” deserves most of the dishonor. Illinois’ “House speaker-for-life” and “state Democratic Party chairman-for-life” has raked in a lot of CFL cash over the years, as has his daughter, the lame duck state attorney general, Lisa Madigan, as this Illinois Policy Institute graphic explains.

Definitely not my side.

Mike Madigan is the problem in Illinois, but don’t expect the Sun-Times to call for his ouster.

As Illinois and Chicago continues to lose population because of tax increases to attempt to pay for the local edition of what I called in this space The Great American Pension Swindle, this people-drain becomes the Sun-Times’ problem too. Fewer people living here means fewer readers and subscribers. If you live in Omaha, what does the Sun-Times offer you? Chicago’s best days are in the past and I expect that Chicago won’t remain a two mass-market-newspaper town for long. The Sun-Times is battling history with fewer troops in its camp.

Blogger at Chicago’s Trump Tower

But there will be other voices that will persevere.

Including mine.

And no, I won’t become a monthly subscriber to the Sun-Times.

Now, if the Sun-Times wants to add opinions like mine, then perhaps I’ll reconsider.

John Ruberry, a fifth-generation Illinoisan, regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

John Dickinson: What’s so terrible about being called an Englishman? The English don’t seem to mind.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Englishman. But to call me one without those rights is like calling an ox a bull. He’s thankful for the honor, but he’d much rather have restored what’s rightfully his.

1776 1972

As you might guess the Alfie Evans case and the court’s decision to enforce their ruling to prevent his parents from seeking further care for him has produced a lot of responses. I’d like to show you two, one is a parody and one is not.

Here is the first from the Merseyside Police

We’ve issued a statement this evening to make people aware that social media posts which are being posted in relation to Alder Hey and the Alfie Evans situation are being monitored and may be acted upon.

Here is the 2nd from the Prime Minister’s office

Upon the news of a high court ordering life support removed from 2-year-old Alfie Evans, English Prime Minister Theresa May issued a brief, friendly reminder to citizens of the U.K. that the all-powerful state actually owns their children.

In a video circulated online, May informed parents who were “getting a little too attached” to their children that they need to keep in mind that the United Kingdom is the actual legal parent, and the kids are simply on loan to them until the State decides it’s time for them to die.

Now in a sane world both of these would be considered obvious parodies. After all the idea that police in the land of Magna Carta threatening arrest over social media comments denouncing the enforced death of Alfie Evans is just as absurd as the idea of the British PM declaring to parents that the state, not they, hold the final decision on life and death for their children.

However that is not the case. The message from the PM is from the parody site The Babylon Bee

while the police warning was an actual tweet sent out by a police department

Let that run through your heads for a minute. The right of the state to starve a child to death in defiance of his parents is embraced and protected under current british law but the right of “free” Englishmen to critique such a decision is not.

I think a “thank you” note sent to the grave of John Adams and the rest of the founding fathers would be most appropriate

a death sentence in England circa 1912 via Wikipedia

Nicholas Angel: You should be ashamed! Calling yourself a community that cares!
James Reaper: Oh, but we do care Nicholas!
Joyce Cooper: It’s all about the greater good!
NWA Members: [echoing in agreement] The greater good…
Nicholas Angel: How can this be for the greater good?
NWA Members: [echoing] The greater good…

Hot Fuzz 2007

Yesterday I told you about Alfie Evans the 23 month old Toddler who was removed from life support but kept on living. Alfie Evans spent the feast of St. George, Patron of England defying the odds by continuing to breathe on his own despite a court order removing him from life support the British Government, apparently upset that this 23 month old British subject refuses to surrender is life  has decided to go with plan B.  They have decided to deny him food.

toddler Alfie Evans is being starved to death by the hospital looking after him, the boy’s father Tom confirmed.

The 23-month-old is now approaching 24 hours since being removed from his ventilator. Tom says his son is still fighting, but he needs food. 

Mind you Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship, the Pope has appealed to the country and an ambulance is waiting to take the child to Rome for treatment without delay the moment the UK will allow it.

They will not.  This comment is from a self described: “passionate and unapologetic defender of the NHS”

Given that this doctor and the NHS has given up on young Alfie there is no logical reason prevent his parents from seeking treatment outside the UK as it as the only shot he has for life. To the normal sane person (and to Brits of just few generations ago) such a decision to deny parents such this option which has been freely offered would be inexplicable but there is actually, in my opinion, a very simple explanation.

I submit and suggest the British government is not afraid that treatment in Italy to save Alfie’s life would prove futile and result in his death, they are afraid that it would prove successful and he might live.

You see if Alfie Evans lives then every patient whose parents, friends or spouse have been convinced by the NHS that treatment for their loved one is useless will be asking themselves if that was really the case in their situation. Was the NHS simply trying to conservative their budget at the cost of their parents, friends, spouse, or children’s lives?

And if enough brits decide that the NHS is less concerned about preserving the lives of British Subjects than protecting the bureaucratic system spawned by the NHS,  then those who profit the most from that system might see a risk to their jobs, reputations and political future and power.

Now it’s fair to say that Alfie’s odds are not good and if he is allowed to go to Italy for treatment it is very probable that he will still not live to see his second birthday or much beyond it.

But Her Majesty’s Government and those who worship at the altar of the NHS can’t take even the slightest chance that Alfie beats the odds, because if he manages to survive, or even worse grows up to be a useful and productive citizen he will be a living breathing indictment of their system.

Therefore the courts of England have sentenced Alfie Evans to be slowly starved to death and the NHS and the Doctors and Nurses within it along with the pols who back it will insist that doing so is for the child’s own good. He gets the Black cap that the villains of Rotherham will not.

And the NHS will be safe for another day.

Erick Erickson has England pegged.

Closing thought #1: If you’ve ever wondered what those Death Panels Sarah Palin was talking about might look like, this is it.

Closing thought #2: Does anyone think for one moment that if this child’s last name was “Windsor” and his mother’s maiden name was “Middleton” that there would be no question of leaving the nation as Her Majesty’s Government would spare no expense to provide any treatment his parents requested?

Closing thought #3  Why is it every time I hear someone defending starving #alfieevens to dead I hear the NWA members from the movie #hotfuzz chanting “The Greater good”?


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Via Wikipedia commons

Britons never never never shall be slaves

Song: Rule Britannia

Pettibone told Robinson that some of the border-control officers who’d detained them in Britain had privately expressed agreement with their views but had said that they dared not speak out publicly on these matters for fear of losing their jobs. “The British people, we just suffer in silence,” one of them told Pettibone. “It’s just how we are.” Pettibone replied that if they remained silent “it’s only going to get worse. You have to act in some way, or you’re going to incrementally lose your freedoms. One day it’s going to affect you. … So you might as well stand up now. Because you’re only losing every day.”

The Upside-Down Morals of Today’s Britain: PJ Media 3/16/18

If you are a Royal watcher you will not that Prince William of England’s wife delivered their third child, a boy this week, mother and son are doing fine and I of course wish the best for both.

There have been a lot of comparisons about the difference between the princesses’ treatment and woman in Labor at NHS hospitals who are apparently routinely sent home while in labor due to shortages, but I’d like to compare the little tyke to Aflie Evans.

Alfie is a 23 month old London Toddler who is very sick but to who, not only is treatment being denied by the British National Hospital System, but his parents are being denied the chance to seek treatment elsewhere for their son and have been told they will be arrested if they attempt to take their child from the Hospital for such treatment elsewhere.

Even the Pope has weighted in:

Which means that Italy is now involved

In the video, posted on Facebook at 6:40pm local time (London), Thomas Evans tells viewers that a hearing is to be held by conference call at 7:15 pm, with the Italian Ambassador to Great Britain, Judge Anthony Hayden, and Thomas Evans’ barrister present.

“The Italian Ambassador is going to do all he can now to seek request of Alfie’s care, and try to have Justice Hayden allow Alfie to go,” Evans says. Earlier today, the Italian government granted Alfie citizenship in a bid to transfer him immediately to the Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.

“No one can promise that it’s going to happen, but Justice Hayden’s either going to either agree to life support being withdrawn, or he’s going to agree to let Alfie go to another country, today, as soon as today, as soon as the next couple of hours. We are going to have Alfie in the Vatican being treated,” he says.

The Judge decided to withdraw life support. As of this writing despite this Alfie continues to breathe on his own

For 9 hours Alfie has been breathing on his own. It came to a point when Kate could actually fall asleep. Kate is asleep next to him. We are checking his stats. His oxygen level is below 70 because he is working. How long, after a few hours presumably breathing on his own, (Tom intervenes after a few minutes), at what point did the doctors intervene?

When I sat them down and told them that this is becoming like a crime. Starving him of food and hydration, starving him potentially of oxygen. Nutrients and water. So I sat down with the doctors. We had a meeting for about 40 minutes and they said you know what I am right and I was always right. He is not even suffering. Have the doctors given him any food or water? They left him without food, water and oxygen for 6 hours. He is working.

I felt blessed when they confirmed his water and now his oxygen. It is not changing his breathing, he is still breathing on his own, but his body is oxygenated. But he needs to be supported within the next hour or so. He has been doing this for 9 hours, but he will need to be supported within the next hour or so.

The idea that it is necessary for British subjects to get the permission of a British court to allow them the chance to save the life of their child, ANOTHER British subject, whom a British hospital refuses to treat, is so diametrically opposed to principles that the British people held in living memory that I am amazed that the British people are willing to put up with it and ashamed that Her Majesty, who with her family stayed in London for the blitz would countenance the extraordinary contrast between the treatment of her granddaughter-in-law and great grandson and this British subject that she is sovereign to.

This incidentally is what a post Christian society looks like.

I submit and suggest that the NHS has returned Britain to a land of feudal serfs and Lords only without any of the restraints that the Church was once able to put on said Lords toward their vassals,  and that this state suits said Lords (and I extend the definition of that term not only to landowners but to any with wealth and influence) just fine.

The Revolution of Washington. Adams, Jefferson and Franklin is looking better and better.

Closing thought, Never forget that to our friends on the left, all of this is a feature not a bug as they intend the same for us here, with themselves as the Lords.

Update:  fixed some bad grammar Alfie still alive after 13 hours


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