Last summer, streets and highways were blocked in cities across the country as Black Lives Matter and Antifa “activists” performed their “protests” in ways that were meant to harm people. They’d never admit that was their intention, but only a total idiot would think that slowing or stopping an ambulance carrying a dying person or preventing police from answering an emergency call would not cause real harm to people, perhaps even death.
In many leftist cities like Seattle and St. Louis, these “protests” were tolerated because social justice politicians did not want to seem unsympathetic to the anarcho-communist causes. The harm was done then and it’s sure to happen again once weather gets warmer and the “woke” crowd gets the gumption to venture forth. Tennessee hopes to curtail such activities with a bill that would make blocking highways and other avenues of transportation a felony offense with real jail time and fines attached.
But this bill gets even better. We’ve seen instances where people are blocked by “protesters” who are hitting their vehicle, trying to get inside, and even breaking out windows. Such dangerous situations can lead people to wonder whether they should accept the fate that the mob bestows on them or if they should try to speed away and risk going to jail themselves. We’ve also see dangerous situations in which people are hit by unsuspecting drivers who just happen to be going down a road they don’t realize is blocked. This new bill would grant immunity to those who unintentionally harm or kill those blocking the highway illegally.
According to WJHL:
A bill in the Tennessee General Assembly would make obstructing a highway a felony. It would also grant immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill someone blocking a highway. The House Criminal Justice Committee recommended HB 513 for passage on Wednesday.
The bill would upgrade the offense of obstructing a highway or street from a Class B or C misdemeanor to a Class E felony. It would also apply to obstructing a railway, waterway, hallway, “or any other place used for the passage of persons, vehicles or conveyances.”
Class E felonies are punishable by up to six years in prison. The bill would also impose a mandatory $3,000 fine.
Under the legislation, if a driver “who is exercising due care” unintentionally injures or kills someone blocking a highway, the driver would be immune from prosecution for the injury or death.
Both of these components make perfect sense in a world where we do not know what idiotic move the radicals are going to try to pull off next. They want to be victims. They want to be seen participating in their social justice activism and being harmed as a result, as long as that harm is not too severe. Otherwise, they’re generally cowards.
One of the most infuriating things that happens during these “rallies” that block traffic and cause harm is that they often erroneously invoke their right to assembly. Other times they claim they are just protesters as part of a free country or that they’re participating in righteous civil disobedience. All of these notions are false. The right to assemble is protected for those who are peaceful and not causing harm. As noted before, blocking highways definitely causes harm of innocent people.
As for protesting in a free country or practicing civil disobedience, the fools at Black Lives Matter or other radical groups do not seem to realize that these are personal acts. Protesting is voicing an opinion, not stopping ambulances from reaching hospitals. Civil disobedience is intended to cause potential legal troubles for the individual being disobedient, not pass the effects of their actions onto others. These “activists” miss these truths altogether.
Everyone should encourage their own state legislators to consider the same type of bill on the table in Tennessee. When spring and summer hit, highways will once again be dangerously blocked. This needs to be stopped immediately.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report has appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. One of our YouTube accounts was banned and another has been suspended. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancelation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects. These questions are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting cancelled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $5300 per month in order to maintain operations.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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