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Avoid police tragedies by merely complying

A few weeks back I wrote about the need for schools to teach kids common sense in the real world, specifically on respecting law and order and not doing stupid things.

(“Today in class, students, we will learn about the concept of comply, comply, comply.”)

And then comes yet another incident where stupid actions end in tragedy.

You have all heard of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy shooting right across the river from Ceres. A 17-year-old kid was reportedly shot in the head but we have not heard the reasons leading up to the shooting. A female passenger was also shot in the incident, which started out when a deputy tried to stop the driver for a code violation near N. Carpenter Road and Torrid Avenue in Modesto. The teenage driver chose not to stop, thinking he’d somehow get away with leading police on a seven-mile chase.

As a hunch I’d say he likely tried to ram the deputies with his car but that’s just a guess.

Imagine how much pain and suffering never would have happened had he just pulled over and complied.

Many male teens are foolish enough to think they are bulletproof and able to get away from police as they do in video games but video games are not reality. Police have resources that no driver does, such as radios, backup officers and a Sheriff’s Department helicopter that can track fleeing motorists.

Think, people, think.

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Kirstie Alley can’t find work in Hollywood because she supported Trump.

This is how mean and rabid Hollywood folks are.

Trump hating journalists at MSN reported last week – about Alley’s dilemma after finding the most unflattering photo of the actress that they could. Alley told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “it is a real blackballing situation. And it’s so strange to me because artists are free-thinkers for the most part.”

She noted that many stars are able to get away with acts much more serious than yet are still able to find work in the industry.

“You can be cooking meth and sleeping with hookers, but as long as, apparently, you didn’t vote for Trump,” said Alley. ”I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone a bit with the whole concept of it.”

Imagine not being hired for a job if you’re qualified because you voted for Biden, or Trump or Cruz or Newsom or whomever.

Hollywood is such a cesspool anyway.

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It’s time for pushback on oppressors of freedom.

You would think the ACLU would be all over this mask issue but they’re AWOL. Instead it’s the “A Voice for Choice Advocacy,” a health advocacy group protesting.

Santa Clara County Public Health officers issued a new COVID mandate that violates California’s landmark Unruh Civil Rights Act. The order, issued May 18, sets different mask requirements for those who have received their COVID vaccine and those who haven’t.  It’s unclear how the county could enforce such an order, or whether such an order is enforceable at all.

A Voice for Choice Advocacy founder, Christina Hildebrand, said the order is a “blatant violation of California’s Civil Rights laws, which prohibit discrimination based on medical condition and religion.”

So let’s see. We can’t discriminate against people of color or sexual orientation or if they are male but say they are female, and vice versa. But we can discriminate against healthy people who haven’t taken a vaccination. The Democrats have allowed the pandemic to create discrimination, segregation and inequity.

The Unruh Civil Rights Act, California’s anti-discrimination law, states that, “All persons...are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.” 

By setting two different rules for different classes of people based on medical condition or religious beliefs, the order violates the Unruh Act.

Some people cannot receive the vaccine, due to already weakened immune systems. By law, employers also have to accept religious exemptions to vaccination. Employees are allowed to decline to share their medical information, thereby giving medical privacy, but they are also considered “unvaccinated.” The Santa Clara order would force all those “unvaccinated” individuals to be visibly unequal (wearing a mask) when going to work – a clear violation.  The order could lead to probing conversations about medical conditions when someone in a group is masked, or if someone without proof of vaccination (but who has already had COVID) chooses to go unmasked.

In that manner, the order also makes little sense. A person who recovered from COVID is naturally immune for several months. The order would lump that person into the “must wear a mask” category, even though studies have shown that vaccinated people can still get infected and spread COVID, whereas those with natural immunity almost never spread it. In any event, it’s irrational to eliminate those with antibodies, acquired naturally, from the benefits of the order.

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The lingo of socialism continues to drip into the vocabulary of Democrat state officials.

Our new state Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a press release on Monday “advising the public that they should not be charged for their COVID-19 vaccination and warning vaccination providers not to ask individuals to pay to receive their vaccine.” He wrote: “Unfortunately, some vaccine providers are choosing to charge for something that should be free to everyone in our community.”

I’m focused on the words: “something that should be free.”

That seems to be the theme of the Democrat Party, everything free. Nothing is free. In fact, we have a mounting national debt that will be financially killing our future. $28 trillion in debt! How much of that was acquired in the name of COVID relief spending that had nothing to do with COVID?

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Saw something on social media that resonated with me:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from someone else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they don't have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

This column is the opinion of Jeff Benziger, and does not necessarily represent the opinion of The Ceres Courier or 209 Multimedia Corporation. How do you feel about this? Let Jeff know at