Hong Kong Asks USA For Help; NRA Sues California

Grind for September 16th
“Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs.”

– Martha Scott

A Cry For Help

The Headline

Protestors in Hong Kong ask US for help

The Grind

Pro-Democracy protestors in Hong Kong gathered around the US consulate this Sunday carrying American flags and singing the National Anthem.

“America’s stars and stripes paraded by Hong Kong protestors angry at their government stood out starkly in this city on Chinese soil,” noted CBS. “Many fear their freedoms are being eroded by Communist China and the US might be the only superpower to stop it.”

The Details

The protestors appealed directly to President Trump, waving images of his face and chanting, “Liberate Hong Kong.”

“Thousands of angry protestors are now walking past the US consulate,” said CBS reporter Ramy Inocencio as he watched the demonstration. “They are asking, they are pleading the US Congress to pass a law that would basically punish Hong Kong as well as mainland Chinese officials if they suppress their freedoms.”

Pro-Beijing officials in Hong Kong say they will not ask a foreign power for help, while those who support the pro-Democracy movement say they are fighting a war against a dictatorship.

That dictatorship – AKA mainland China – is poised to become “the greatest competitor to Western values in the future,” says billionaire media tycoon Jimmy Lai.

For months, Lai has used his Apple Daily newspapers to record footage of the protests – including clashes between civilians and police.

Chinese media calls Lai a “traitor.” Last week, his house was attacked with firebombs.

The Takeaway

President Trump obviously has no sympathy for China, but supporting Hong Kong is a far cry from implementing tariffs. Unfortunately for Hong Kong, the US is unlikely to risk war with China by helping them attain Democracy.

Out Of Line

The Headline

The NRA is suing San Francisco

The Grind

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco this week after its Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to label the group a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The decision comes after a series of deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio that weren’t linked to the NRA and hours after Walmart announced it would no longer sell short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in any of its stores.

The Details

In its resolution, San Francisco officials accuse the NRA of using its “wealth and organizational strength” to “incite gun owners to acts of violence” and to “arm those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.”

The document also asks the city and county to “take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization” and urges other jurisdictions to do the same.

This sounds like the city plans to reject bids for business from persons or groups who support the NRA (and that has to be illegal).

The NRA described San Francisco’s decision as a “ludicrous stunt” that distracts “from the real problems facing San Francisco,” such as “rampant homelessness, drug abuse, and skyrocketing petty crime. “The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans,” said the group.

In its lawsuit, the NRA portrays the board’s resolution as a violation of its free speech rights and accuses city officials of trying to blacklist any person or organization associated with the NRA from doing business in San Francisco.

Cities and states should not be engaged in labeling organizations anything, much less calling them terrorists.

The First Amendment means you can say anything you want, but it doesn’t mean a city can silence or punish a group with which it disagrees. The NRA has every right to defend itself.

Did you know… On some Caribbean islands, the oysters can climb trees.