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A friend of mine told me about the book club she joined.

It's called, "Read between the wines."


According to a new Bloomberg Economics model, they're predicting it's 100% possible that the U.S. will be in a recession next year.

With inflation, it's actually 110%.



I think I might have seized the wrong day.

I lost my car Chapstick and now my purse Chapstick is in my room and my room Chapstick is in my car and my whole life is a mess.

Sometimes, people need to be escorted from the V.I.P. section of your life to a regular seat.

Every time someone leaves an empty box in the refrigerator or pantry, I'm wrapping it in Christmas paper and leaving it under the tree with their name on it.

Is it just me or does watching "The Watcher" feel redundant?

Boy, I'm glad I wasn't an adult when I was a kid.

Real men have curves, but also a decent fastball and slider.

Diets are for those who are thick and tired of it.

My friend is so fat he has to change the lightbulb in his refrigerator every two weeks.

You always hear the term, "fully engulfed", is nothing ever partially engulfed?


My cousin Jimmy was having a terrible time falling asleep unless he was lying on a pile of old magazines.

It turns out he had back issues.


I love October.

All the cobwebs and dust in my house have become decorations.

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“Printing money doesn’t cure economic problems: it simply skews who pays for them.” - Porter Stansberry

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The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization by Victor Davis Hanson

Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life.

To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home—only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.

Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.

So, the great achievement of Western civilization—consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit—was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.

But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.

As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded—as civilization went headlong in reverse.

We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.

We talk grandly about the globalized Great Reset. We blindly accept the faddish New Green Deal. We virtue signal about defunding the police. We merely shrug at open borders. And we brag about banning fertilizers and pesticides, outlawing the internal combustion engine, and discounting Armageddon in the nuclear age—as if on autopilot we have already reached utopia.

But meanwhile Westerners are systematically destroying the very elements of our civilization that permitted such fantasies in the first place.

Take fuel. Europeans arrogantly lectured the world that they no longer need traditional fuels. So, they shut down nuclear power plants. They stopped drilling for oil and gas. And they banned coal.

What followed was a dystopian nightmare. Europeans will burn dirty wood this winter as their civilization reverts from postmodern abundance to premodern survival.

The Biden administration ossified oil fields. It canceled new federal oil and gas leases. It stopped pipeline construction and hectored investors to shun fossil fuels.

When scarcity naturally followed, fuel prices soared.

The middle class has now mortgaged its upward mobility to ensure that it might afford gasoline, heating oil, and skyrocketing electricity.

The duty of the Pentagon is to keep America safe by deterring enemies, reassuring allies, and winning over neutrals.

It is not to hector soldiers based on their race. It is not to indoctrinate recruits in the woke agenda. It is not to become a partisan political force.

The result of those suicidal Pentagon detours is the fiasco in Afghanistan, the aggression of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the new bellicosity of China, and the loud threats of rogue regimes like Iran.

At home, the Biden administration inexplicably destroyed the southern border, as if civilized nations of the past never needed such boundaries.

Utter chaos followed. Three million migrants have poured into the United States. While some cross over clandestinely, others clear border stations without an adequate audit, and largely without skills, high school diplomas, or capital.

The streets of our cities are anarchical—and by intent.

Defunding the police, emptying the jails, and destroying the criminal justice system unleashed a wave of criminals. It is now open season on the weak and innocent.

America is racing backward into the 19th-century Wild West. Predators maim, kill, and rob with impunity. Felons correctly conclude that bankrupt postmodern “critical legal theory” will ensure them exemption from punishment.

Few Americans know anything about agriculture, except to expect limitless supplies of inexpensive, safe, and nutritious food at their beck and call.

But that entitlement for 330 million hungry mouths requires massive water projects, and new dams and reservoirs. Farmers rely on steady supplies of fertilizer, fuels, and chemicals. Take away that support—as green nihilists are attempting—and millions will soon go hungry, as they have since the dawn of civilization.

Perhaps nearly a million homeless now live on the streets of America. Our major cities have turned medieval with their open sewers, garbage-strewn sidewalks, and violent vagrants.

So, we are in a great experiment in which regressive progressivism discounts all the institutions, and the methodologies of the past that have guaranteed a safe, affluent, well-fed, and sheltered America.

Instead, we arrogantly are reverting to a new feudalism as the wealthy elite—terrified of what they have wrought—selfishly retreat to their private keeps.

But the rest who suffer the consequences of elite flirtations with nihilism cannot even afford food, shelter, and fuel. And they now feel unsafe, both as individuals and as Americans.

As we suffer self-inflicted mass looting, random street violence, hyperinflation, a nonexistent border, unaffordable fuel, and a collapsing military, Americans will come to appreciate just how thin is the veneer of their civilization.

When stripped away, we are relearning that what lies just beneath is utterly terrifying.

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A witch was flying her broom along when she noticed that all the other witches were flying on vacuum cleaners.

She thought, "Am I the only one still driving a stick?"


They say if you're an average person, you refuse to throw out leftover Halloween candy for six months.

I have several questions here. First off, who throws out candy.

Next, who has leftover candy?

And if you do, there's no way it's going to last six months!!!

Who are they kidding?


A fascinating new study has revealed that the vast majority of people, when presented with a blind taste test, can't tell the difference between candy corn and a dusty, old orange crayon we found in a junk drawer.

According to researchers, people who were fed candy corn and people who were fed the old orange crayon that had been stowed away in a drawer for the last 17 years had the same reaction: "This tastes like a waxy blob of nothing, and my life is much worse for having placed this repulsive object in my mouth."

"We had theorized that at least 20% of those surveyed would be able to detect some kind of flavor in the candy corn," said head of research Dr. Gorbo Linfield. "So we were shocked to find that over 95% of people had the same instant negative reaction to eating candy corn that they did to chewing on the old, dusty crayon."

"The science is settled: candy corn is just as tasty as a crayon forgotten in a cabinet for decades." Further research showed that over 90% of people couldn't tell the difference between marshmallow Peeps and a piece of cotton pulled from an ibuprofen bottle, Spangler Circus Peanuts and an eraser from one of those giant novelty pencils, or Dots and stale gum that has been stuck on the underside of a table at Flo's #2 Family Restaurant in Chino, California for the last 9 years.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that the remaining 5% of people actually thought the orange crayon tasted better than the candy corn.


Worth a shot...

Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Phillip who?

Phillip my bag with Halloween candy!


What do you call a scary hardware store?

Harbor Fright!

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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. – Bellow

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Stunning report: 100 million Americans have unresolved medical debt by Marni Jameson Carey
We can generally agree that preying on someone who is sick and injured for excessive financial gain is bad form. Sadly, that’s business as usual for many hospitals across America.

Recently, the New York Times called out Providence Health System, a 51-hospital chain, and one of the country’s largest nonprofit health systems, for hounding patients, who were eligible for free care, for payments. A second story outed Bon Secours, another large nonprofit health system, for using an under-resourced hospital in a poor black community in Richmond, Virginia, to basically launder money. Bon Secours exploited a federal program that allowed them to buy drugs at a greatly reduced price and sell them for full price, up to eight times more. But rather than direct those profits to benefit their underserved community as intended, the health system pocketed the windfall.

Appalling, yes. Unusual, no.

Our nation’s tax code has been allowing nonprofit hospitals to get away with this rip-off for years. Of the nation’s 5,139 community hospitals, nearly two thirds are nonprofit, or tax exempt. They pay no taxes: no property tax, no sales tax, no income tax. In exchange for not ploughing tax dollars back into their communities like every other tax-paying entity, nonprofit hospitals are supposed to grant a commensurate amount of benefit, much in the way of charitable care. Except they aren’t. Instead, they channel those funds into exorbitant executive salaries, and cathedral-like hospital towers bedecked with museum-worthy art collections.

Meanwhile, they send financially strapped patients to collections, put liens on their houses, garnish their wages, and drive hard-working Americans into bankruptcy. According to a report from Kaiser Health News, 100 million Americans, a full 41% of U.S. adults, have unresolved medical debt. A quarter of those owe more than $5,000.

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And yet, while patients are drowning in debt, hospitals and those who run them keep getting richer. Think how far the $10 billion Providence has in reserves could go toward relieving that burden.

Providence and Bon Secours are hardly the only bad actors. According to a report from the Lown Institute, nearly three-quarters of private nonprofit hospitals don’t spend in charity care what they receive in tax breaks. If they did, Americans would benefit from $17 billion in charitable health-care services. Don’t misunderstand. This is not “free” care. We have all pre-paid for it with our tax dollars. Ironically, studies show that nonprofit hospitals actually pay less in charitable care than tax-paying for-profit hospitals.

The IRS code explicitly states that to qualify as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, a hospital “may allow no part of its net earnings to inure to the benefit of any individual,” that includes “excessive salaries.” In other words, if you’re a nonprofit, after paying reasonable nonprofit-type salaries, the remainder should go to serve your cause. Otherwise, pay taxes. The CEO of Providence makes $10 million a year. The CEO of Bon Secours makes $6 million. If that’s not excessive compensation, what is?

And, yet again, that’s not unusual. The CEO of Kaiser Foundation made $16 million, the CEO of Memorial Health System made $11 million, and the CEO of St. Luke’s Health System made nearly $9 million in salaries alone, according to a recent report.

Meanwhile, Americans are struggling under the yoke of historically high inflation, rising health-care premiums and stagnant wages. Worker pay is flat because skyrocketing health-care costs continue to eat up company profits, which otherwise could go to raises or new jobs.

To make matters worse, the healthcare industry has profited excessively by keeping their prices hidden. Unlike in every other industry, consumers of health care don’t know the price they will pay until after they get the non-returnable, non-refundable, non-negotiable care. Despite a federal law that requires hospitals to show their prices, few are complying, as little as 16% according to an August report.

Not surprisingly, none of the 35 Providence hospitals or the 33 Bon Secours hospitals assessed was complying. They continue to operate in the dark, creating a perfect breeding ground for price gouging, for the extreme price variations that commonly exist within and among hospitals, for the egregious profits that go toward excessive salaries, and for financial abuses that come at the expense of those who rely on them.

Hospitals’ predatory payment strategies, their abuse of the tax-exempt status, and their flouting of the price transparency law are unconscionable, and borderline criminal. Hip-hop artist Fat Joe put it this way in an ad playing nationwide: “They robbing us.”

As long as hospitals continue to operate in the dark, our communities will continue to get fleeced by the very people who are supposed to take care of them.

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Wal-Mart seems to think I want to put up my Christmas tree and eat turkey while wearing my Halloween costume.


The cost of Halloween Candy is up 13.1% since last year, and to make matters worse, they're giving us less in every package.

For example, Good 'n Plenty is now Not Bad 'n a Couple.

The $100,000 Bar is now the $27 Bite.

Then, of course, there's the new 2 Musketeers bar.


In promising news for murderers everywhere, the results of a new study indicate the month of October is the perfect time to bury a dead body in your own front yard.

"The Halloween season provides the ideal camouflage for the act of actually burying a corpse in plain sight," said Barry Gusey, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, where the study was conducted. "Our findings show that digging a grave and burying a body in any other month of the year is sure to raise red flags and likely draw the attention of law enforcement."

As a part of the study, researchers even went as far as to put up clearly written signs reading "DEAD BODY BURIED HERE" with arrows pointing to a mound of freshly shoveled dirt. When no unusual attention was paid even after dumping buckets of fake blood all over the yard and scattering various instruments of torture in the area, the results of the study became strikingly evident.

"This is a game-changer," said Ben Casey, long suspected by locals to be a serial killer. "I've spent a lot of time and effort over the years trying to dispose of…unwanted objects. Knowing that I can just wait until October to bury these…items…will really make things easier."

At publishing time, the research team was already eagerly planning its next study to determine if the night of July 4th was, indeed, the perfect day to bomb something.


Dusty Smith, owner of Smith's Farms in Bowersville, Georgia, has been growing pumpkins for 16 years, but this year's batch is special. He has been injecting them with a fluorescent fertilizer and the result is a pumpkin patch that glows in the dark.

That'll keep Linus awake....


Why don't you ever see an overweight ghost?

They're deathly afraid of being exercised.

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In the early 1970s Muhammad Ali fought for the heavyweight title against George Foreman. The fight was held in the African nation of Zaire; it was insensitively called the "rumble in the jungle." Ali won the fight, and upon returning to the United States, he was asked by a reporter, "Champ, what did you think of Africa?" Ali replied, "Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat!" There is a characteristic mischievous pungency to Ali's remark, yet it also expresses a widely held sentiment. Ali recognizes that for all the horror of slavery, it was the transmission belt that brought Africans into the orbit of Western freedom. The slaves were not better off—the boat Ali refers to brought the slaves through a horrific Middle Passage to a life of painful servitude—yet their descendants today, even if they won't admit it, are better off. Ali was honest enough to admit it.“ — Dinesh D'Souza

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The Middle Class Is Dying by Michael Snyder

50 Percent Of All American Workers Made Less Than $3,133 A Month Last Year!

Inflation is systematically destroying our standard of living, and the middle class is shrinking a little bit more with each passing day. The Social Security Administration just released wage statistics for 2021, and the numbers that they have given us are quite stunning. As you will see below, half of all American workers made less than $3,133 a month last year. Once upon a time, you could live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle on $3,133 a month. But thanks to inflation, such a wage now puts you just barely above the poverty level. The decisions that our leaders have been making are absolutely eviscerating the middle class, and that should deeply trouble all of us.

You can find the new Social Security Administration wage report right here. The following are some statistics that I pulled out of the report…

-More than 30 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

-More than 41 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

-More than 52 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

-More than 62 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

These numbers tell us that most Americans are just barely scraping by, but our leaders want us to buy into the illusion that most people are “doing well” these days.

Of course that isn’t even close to the truth.

According to the Social Security Administration, the median wage for 2021 was just $37,586.03…

By definition, 50 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the median wage, which is estimated to be $37,586.03 for 2021.

If we were still living in 1980, that would be fine.

But we aren’t in 1980 anymore.

In 2022, the poverty level for a household of five in the United States is $31,040.

That means that a worker in the United States making the median wage would be earning just enough to lift a family of five above the poverty line.

If you divide $37,586.03 by 12, that gives you a median monthly wage of $3,132.17.

For purposes of this article, I will round up and call it $3,133.

Half of all American workers make more than that per month, and half of all American workers make less than that per month.

And it is important to remember that this figure is before taxes are taken out.


Meanwhile, the cost of living continues to spiral out of control. Recently, the average rent on a single family home in the United States reached $2,495 a month…

Rent prices for single family homes swelled during the first half of 2022, hitting a national average of $2,495 a month — a 13.4% increase compared to the same period in 2021, according to a new report from national real estate brokerage HouseCanary.

If you are only earning $3,133 a month and you have to spend $2,495 a month for rent, that leaves you next to nothing for everything else.

For example, all of us have to eat.

But these days a single shopping cart full of food will easily run you more than 300 dollars.

And that is if you are trying to be really frugal.

Gasoline has also become extremely expensive.

All the way back in 1960, a gallon of gas cost just 31 cents.

Today, gas is approaching 7 dollars a gallon in some parts of California.

I could go on and on with more examples of the rapidly rising cost of living. Heating bills are expected to soar this winter, health insurance has gotten absurdly expensive, and new vehicles cost so much that most Americans can no longer afford them.

If things are this bad already, what will conditions be like for the middle class as the economy deteriorates in 2023 and beyond?

The worst housing crash since 2008 has now started, the financial markets are on pace for their worst year since 1969, and big companies all over America are starting to lay off people in large numbers.

Alarmingly, some of the biggest layoffs are actually being conducted by the big tech companies. In fact, we just learned that Microsoft will be laying off approximately 1,000 workers…

Microsoft will lay off about 1,000 employees, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Although it is not confirmed if the layoffs are isolated in gaming divisions, employees who work for Xbox and other Microsoft-owned studios said they were being laid off, the Washington Post reported. Axios first reported the layoffs Monday evening.

At this point, almost everyone can see that a recession is coming.

Even Jeff Bezos, who is usually extraordinarily optimistic, is warning people to “batten down the hatches”…

Bezos – who is the world’s second-richest man – tweeted a video of Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon saying there was a ‘good chance’ of a downturn.

The Amazon founder – who has a $137 billion fortune – signaled his agreement by captioning the tweet: ‘Yep, the probabilities in this economy tell you to batten down the hatches.’

When Jeff Bezos starts sounding like The Economic Collapse Blog, you know that the hour is late.

These days, our impending economic downturn has even become a very hot topic among Hollywood celebrities…

Even non-billionaire-but-still-rich person Gwyneth Paltrow is losing sleep over it.

“The economy sucks,” she told the Hollywood Reporter this week. “I’m just worried about next year and how bad the recession’s gonna be.”

Other celebrities are weighing in, too. Last month, rapper Cardi B ranted about inflation and interest rates. “How are people surviving? I want to know.”

If the middle class is steadily eroding during relatively stable times, what is going to happen once the economy really begins to unravel?

There is so much anger all over the United States right now, and the vast majority of the population is simply not prepared for what is ahead.

I have been writing about the demise of the middle class for more than a decade, and the condition of the middle class has never been worse than it is right now.

At one time America had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, and that was a wonderful thing.

But now very dark times for the middle class are here, and there doesn’t appear to be much hope on the horizon.

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Saw a sign at a store that said, "We treat you like family."

I'm not going in there.


Top 3 situations that require witnesses:

1) Crimes

2) Accidents

3) Marriages

Need I say more?


Kanye Made Honorary Member Of The Squad After Antisemitic Comments

After unleashing another barrage of antisemitic comments, Ye has been named an honorary member of "The Squad".

"Ye has that perfect combination of unhinged lunacy and Jew-hatred that we are looking for," said Representative Ilhan Omar. "We can't wait to welcome him to one of our 'Schindler's List' watch parties!"

Ye stated that he was tripping on psychiatric medications when he made the first round of antisemitic remarks but has since clarified that he just really hates Jews. "I do want to make it absolutely clear that those medications played no role whatsoever in expressing my disdain for Jewish people," said Ye. "I would further like to apologize to anyone who may have gotten the wrong impression about my deep-seated contempt for those greedy Zionists. It is one hundred percent real, and puts amateurs like Mel Gibson to shame."

After hearing the news, "Squad" members Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez immediately lobbied for Ye's inclusion into their group. "It's so refreshing to have a cultural icon like Ye share our vision of pushing Israel into the sea," said Omar. "We've fostered a lot of violence against Jewish people in my New York district, but we need people like Ye to really take that violence mainstream. I even made us all matching 'Non-Jew Lives Matter' shirts as a welcome gift!"

At publishing time, Ye had announced that any Jew who joins his social media app Parler will be identified by a little gold verification badge.



Philosophy is very meaningful until you have to pay the rent.

I am not afraid to go the extra mile, as long as I can drive.

Dieting is a way of living a little longer by starving yourself to death.

A hobby is hard work you wouldn’t do for a living.

Some guys don't grow up until they have a heart attack.

A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.

Secrets are what we tell everybody else not to tell anybody.

Have you ever noticed that from the air, Yankee Stadium looks like a big bedpan?

I'm paranoid, on my stationary bike I have a rearview mirror.

When you're trying something new, fewer people who know about it the better.


I lost three fingers on my right hand, so I asked my doctor if I would still be able to write with it.

He said: “Maybe, but I wouldn't count on it.”

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“The left has now indoctrinated enough of our children in universitites to allow them to come out as Socialists and feel comfortable with it.” - Chuck Woolery

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There's a Public School Child Sexual Abuse Epidemic No One Is Talking About by Matt Margolis

Did you think Drag Queen Story Hours, transgender closets, and porn in school libraries were where the sexual grooming of kids ended in the public school system? Guess again. There is a widespread epidemic that has not gotten enough attention, and that’s the shocking number of public educators who have been arrested for child sex-related crimes this year.

Nearly 270 public educators have been arrested for child sex-related crimes in the first nine months of the year. These crimes have been against students of all ages, including anything from simple grooming to statutory rape.

According to Fox News Digital, one public school educator has been arrested every day this year. This includes four principals, two assistant principals, 226 teachers, 20 TAs, and 17 substitute teachers. The majority of the arrests (75%) were for alleged crimes committed against students. Roughly 80% of those detained were men.

As disturbing as this is, the number of children whom public school officials and teachers have victimized is likely much higher, as the above numbers only represent those where an arrest has been made.

“The number of teachers arrested for child sex abuse is just the tip of the iceberg — much as it was for the Catholic Church prior to widespread exposure and investigation in the early 2000s,” Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told Fox News Digital. “The best available academic research, published by the Department of Education, suggests that nearly 10% of public school students suffer from physical abuse between kindergarten and twelfth grade.”

“According to that research, the scale of sexual abuse in the public schools is nearly 100 times greater than that of the Catholic Church,” Rufo added. “The question for critics who seek to downplay the extent of public-school sexual abuse is this: How many arrests need to happen before you consider it a problem? How many children need to be sexually abused by teachers before you consider it a crisis?”

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My girlfriend is furious with me because she found a bunch of hidden letters that revealed I was cheating on her.

Now she refuses to play Scrabble at all.


Fall is a time of sharing.

For example, like the leaves from my neighbor's tree, always ending up in my yard.


While attending a marriage seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other."

He addressed the men, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?"

Tom, smiling but looking a little nervous, leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "It's self-rising flour, right?"


Drinking coffee, be it regular or decaffeinated, appears to lower your risk of death by lessening the chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's, as well as suicide.

Not to mention the lives of my co-workers that it saves daily.


My 6-year-old daughter has lined up all of her dolls facing the outdoor grill.

Looks like she's preparing some kind of barbie queue.

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“The Left will burn it all down first before turning over control in November. It's all or nothing at this point. So start acting like it.” - Kathy Barnette

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The FBI’s Tac Vest Fascism by Dan Gelernter

I had heard about the FBI showing up in full regalia to arrest Paul Vaughn, father of 11, for a pro-life protest he’d been part of the previous year. Unlike the 2020 BLM peaceful protesters, Vaughn didn’t set anything on fire or kill anybody. But he had sat in the hallway of an abortion clinic singing hymns. The FBI swarmed his house wearing bulletproof vests and carrying AR-15s. They pointed guns at the door and banged on the house. Ultimately, they took the father away while ignoring his wife’s questions, including that an agent identify himself. At one point in the video, you can see this agent simply walks past her, waits sheepishly for the FBI driver to unlock the SUV’s door, and gets in and slams the door in the woman’s face. I recommend you find and watch a video of this for yourself, because there is no substitute for seeing it.

We only know this happened because the wife had the presence of mind to film it with her cell phone. But what if this is happening all over the country to people who aren’t lucky enough to have friends or family nearby with cameras? What if there are hundreds of Paul Vaughns being carted away by federal agents for crimes of civil disobedience?

Fascim has always needed a uniform, and the current one is windbreakers and tactical vests with big, government-agency letters blocked out in yellow. These bulletproof vests are not being worn for the agents’ safety: None of these agents actually worries about getting shot trying to arrest middle-aged family men. If they were worried about being shot, they’d come in tanks or send drones or just wait outside like the Uvalde police.

In reality, the FBI’s and ATF’s vests are like the KGB’s blue-tabbed uniforms or the brown shirts of Hitler’s SA, and are worn for the same reason: They represent the intimidation of unlimited government power against the ordinary citizen. It is the power of the faceless, nameless—they never give their names—and unaccountable bureaucracy. It is the uniform of evil’s enforcement wing. The FBI have become what Hilter’s SA once were: Sturm Arbteiling, storm detachments, storm troops, whose purpose is to achieve obedience through fear.

“We’re from the government, and we’re here to hurt.”

Americans have always hated the sight. Which is why it is illegal for the military to be deployed domestically: Do you imagine the inspiration for the Posse Comitatus Act had anything to do with whether the people roaming around your property and pointing guns at you were officially in the army? If they look like soldiers, dress like soldiers, seem to think they are soldiers, does it matter that they’re officially from some other part of the government? It is explicitly illegal that the military be used as a police force.

We do not tolerate, and have never tolerated, armies walking through our homes—not, at least, without firing back. Look at our Revolutionary War monuments: There is a reason the militiamen in our statues are dressed like farmers, not soldiers.

It should be illegal for the government to come to your house looking like an occupying military force under siege. And if they feel themselves actually to be under siege, perhaps they’re doing something wrong. Certainly, a Washington, D.C. surrounded with fences and barbed wire does not scream “government of the people!” It looks more like a bunch of pirates occupying spaces to which they have no right, and to which they know they have no right.

Tac vests, ballistic helmets, and for that matter “weapons of war” like AR-15s, have no place in the hands of federal agents. Their possession transforms these people into the domestic military presence from which we are protected by law. FBI agents should walk around wearing suits, floppy pink hats that say “FED!”, and perhaps they can have a little brass bell to ring if they need to draw attention to something. Because we are not a government that rules by force, but exactly the opposite. Our reliance is on our neighbors and a shared love and respect for freedom. Government isn’t just a bad substitute for those things, it’s the worst substitute.

Our state governments need to be active in protecting citizens from federal intimidation and lawbreaking. Federal troops are not welcome in a police capacity, no matter what agency they claim to represent. I would like Florida, as a test case, to tell the FBI that they don’t need vests and rifles to arrest non-violent offenders, and that, if they want the cooperation of the state, they’d better leave the military gear home.

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