That phrase is commonly called a fallacy (after this, thus because of this), but you can judge this instance for yourself, with a couple of stories from KOMO-Seattle.
First, there is this story about the low morale at the Seattle Police Department. In recent years, there has been an increase in low-level street crime, and many cases of neighborhood-dwellers who shout and jeer at police officers while they are trying to do their job. The incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and the rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement have led to distrust of the police, and the feeling in some communities that the police do not serve them, but are a threat. The city government has not dealt well with the rise of homeless and drug-dealing people living in broken-down, unsightly RVs in city neighborhoods, among other things. Some neighborhoods have to hire their own private security, when the City ignores their plight.
Then, there is this story, of how one local company has responded to the conditions above. Street Crime Forces Environmentally-conscious company to Flee Seattle. Seattle prides itself on being very “green”, funding companies such as this one, banning those evil plastic bags and plastic straws, and building street-narrowing bike and bus lanes where automobiles are not allowed.
In these cases, Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc is NOT a fallacy, but very true.
There have been many stories in the (so-called) Press in the past few years of small-business owners having their businesses destroyed because they would not engage in activities that violated their religious beliefs. It seems that most states have “public accommodation” laws that forbid “discrimination” on the basis of race, religion, or “sexual orientation”. These state laws have been used to deny business owners their religious liberty, by insisting that they cater, or bake cakes, or provide flowers, or create custom invitations for same-sex “weddings”. Some businesses have literally had to close down their businesses, because they refused to violate their moral code.
Now, just think about it this way. If the State can force a business to engage in any creative activity (and catering, baking cakes, providing flowers, and creating custom invitations are ALL creative activities) against its will, isn’t that tantamount to slavery? Isn’t being forced to serve customers whose activity violates your own conscience, against your will, Slavery?
Funny, the Democrats and Progressives, who trumpet to the world how much they detest Slavery, turn out to actually advocate it.
The first Delusion in which I do not participate is the delusion of “man-made climate change”, and the corollaries that demand that we abandon the benefits of plastic items like grocery bags and straws. It makes me angry when the all-powerful Government decides for me which light bulbs I must use (and no longer may use), and insists that I from now on “bring my own reusable bag” to the grocery store, since it is banning retail stores from providing plastic bags to their customers. This came in my utility bill recently.
The worst part of this is that the Government is Requiring retail establishments to charge a FEE for providing paper bags! This is so ridiculous! So, what does the retail establishment do with all the fees they collect? Are they required to remit those funds to the City Government? This flyer does not say. I hope they do not have to.
In any case, I refuse to participate in their delusion that banning plastic bags will help “save the planet”, since the Planet is not in need of saving. And, just in case they need to know, I re-use lightweight plastic bags to take out my home trash, so every bag gets re-used. I have purchased a big box of lightweight plastic bags, which I will use at my grocery store, every time I shop in the city (which I will try my best to avoid in the future). If they think they can prevent me from using lightweight plastic bags, they are sorely mistaken. Maybe they should train their sights on the real culprits responsible for all the plastic waste in the oceans…Asia. Asian countries put thousands of times more plastic waste into the oceans than the United States does. Go ban bags there!
The second delusion in which I refuse to participate is that someone born Male can decide that he is really Female, and must have his God-given body altered. The so-called “gender dysphoria” syndrome (funny, it’s so newly-popular) is a Mental Illness, and cannot be treated with surgery. Just check out the statistics on suicide by “trans-gender” people who have had that bizarre surgery. Near 40%!! It is plain to the eye and the mind that a person born with two X chromosomes is Female, and someone born with one X and one Y chromosome is Male. Removing the male body parts does NOT make a person Female. So I refuse to call the admin at my place of employment by His chosen new female name. And HE had better keep out of MY Women’s bathroom.
I just couldn’t resist purloining this cartoon from a friend over at Ricochet. The cartoonist (you can just read his name in the lower right corner) is Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known in his later years as Dr. Seuss. Sorry if any of my followers are “triggered” by this overtly racist cartoon. Remember, it is over 100 years old!
I have wondered what might happen to me as a blogger if I just used the notorious “N” Word? Well, I don’t have to. Dr. Seuss did it for me. It is insidious, how the Left requires you to adjust your language to their standards. The first step toward ThoughtCrime.
Good grief! The infamous “Tent City 3”, run by Seattle’s “Homeless-Industrial Complex” representative SHARE/WHEEL, had to make an “emergency” move. The article I read mentioned that this homeless camp has been in existence for 20 years! Now, if the 60’s radicals who run Seattle tell you that they are working to end homelessness, please do NOT believe them!!
This homeless camp is such an institution that it has had its own insurance! And its administrators complain that no one wants to insure them. Gee, I wonder why that might be?
It seems that the Great Internet Monopoly, AKA Google, has a list of web sites that they have “blacklisted”, to try and bury their content and prevent casual web-surfers from seeing what they deem “dangerous” writings. Herewith, from a Ricochet post, is the Google list of dangerous sites that you should be discouraged from viewing.
As provided by Project Veritas.
Well, RushBabe49 has been proud of being as incendiary as possible here on my personal blog. I must say, I am proud as punch, as a Ricochet Member in good standing, to be in the hallowed company of my Hero, Rush Limbaugh, and Gateway Pundit, Glenn Beck, and LifeNews.
My advice to all my readers is to immediately patronize all the sites listed above, give them favorable comments, and get all your friends to do the same. Also, while you’re at it, Drop Google, and use DuckDuckGo for ALL your Web searches! Let’s do our part to Break the Google Monopoly Today!
The much-pampered homeless in Seattle feel that they are entitled to erect their filthy tents on public property anywhere in town. So, when the city “cleans up” their illegal encampment, they just move on. Say, into the public Park nearby.
Remember, in Seattle the vagrants who camp on public property do not have to move when the city cleans up their camp. They are not in any way required to “accept a shelter bed” when the city “Navigation Team” offers one. In fact, the majority of denizens of homeless encampments around town refuse shelter beds when offered. So what does this mean? It means that the city is essentially powerless to save the public parks for the Public. If a homeless person decides to camp out in your neighborhood park, the city is prevented from getting that person off the street.
Who, again, runs Seattle? Evidently, not the city government, but the empowered “homeless” campers. Is this a city in which you would like to live? Not I.