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Texas business reopens in defiance of shut down with armed security

The future: A Texas tatoo parlor decided last week to reopen in defiance of the shut down regulations imposed by its state government, and did so with the help of armed security.

When Jamie Williams decided to reopen her East Texas tattoo studio last week in defiance of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, she asked Philip Archibald for help. He showed up with his dog Zeus, his friends and his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Archibald established an armed perimeter in the parking lot outside Crash-N-Burn Tattoo, secured by five men with military-style rifles, tactical shotguns, camouflage vests and walkie-talkies. One of them already had a large tattoo of his own. “We the People,” it said.

“I think it should be a business’s right if they want to close or open,” said Archibald, a 29-year-old online fitness trainer from the Dallas area who lately has made it his personal mission to help Texas business owners challenge government orders to keep their doors shut during the coronavirus pandemic. “What is coming to arrest a person who is opening their business according to their constitutional rights? That’s confrontation.”

More businesses need to do the same. If enough do it, the police thugs will have no choice but to back off and let these Americans go about their business of freely pursuing life, liberty, and happiness.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Max

    We’ve all heard that one half of all jobs are lost and are never coming back. My wife was telling me about a discussion of how all those cubicle office jobs in all those high-rise fancy buildings found out they could work from home… All around the buildings are coffee shops, diners, parking garages, entertainment, fast food… That will never have enough customers to reopen.
    Downtown is dead, the heart of cities will die.

    I just watch the evening news discuss the problems they face re-opening schools keeping 6 feet between children. Class sizes will go from 36 kids per classroom down to 18 at the most. Children in the hallways cannot keep enough distance, so it will probably be the teachers moving from classroom to classroom. Lunch is nearly impossible to serve 6 feet apart from each other. Buses will need to remove every other seat tripling the amount of buses needed to transport children. Schools will done in shifts to accommodate the extra needed space more efficiently.
    Or continue to be homeschooled by computer the way they are currently doing it.

  • wayne

    We didn’t do any of this draconian stuff with polio!
    (granted there were shutdowns & closures but in contrast to today, they appear almost surgical in hindsight)

    Polio: Unconditional Surrender
    National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis

  • Michael Gallagher.

    Incidents like this should give fair warning to the Left about what could happen if they win come November and try to impose their dystopian visions on the country. I don’t think I have to elaborate too much on this point. Anybody who visits this site had more than sufficient imagination about what could happen next.

  • Michael G. Gallagher

    To Wayne,

    The shutdowns you’re talking about were almost surgical in nature because they weren’t designed to cripple America by imposing nihilistic Marxist economic policies on it. They were meant to limit the spread disease, nothing more.

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    This just in….

    “Owners of Coldwater’s Capri Drive-In Theater: ‘We’re open Starting Friday 5/15/20′”

    –Under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order, theaters are to remain closed until May 28.

  • Andrew_W

    I was watching this and it occurred to me that I’d be interested in your take on what Lindybeige is saying. The title “Why do humans go to war?” I think bit misleading as he discusses a huge range of issues concerning how human societies function.
    To me what he says is just bread and butter, not surprising at all, just pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that fit together making an almost complete, though low resolution, picture (though he misses out on why societies expand as they have over the centuries – technology and wealth, which creates resources reducing the level of competition between societies for resources).

  • wayne

    I’ll take a look.
    That’s a broad topic. Serendipitously related–just watched the HBO series The Pacific (WW-2) and started listening to the audiobook- “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa,” Eugene Sledge.

  • Cotour

    Allen West in motorcycle accident.

    Not good, Allen West is my #1 pick to take over after Trump.

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