[Human Events] At first glance, the story of Rebekah Jones—a brave "COVID-19 scientist" standing up to a corrupt right-wing machine—looks like a bombshell. When the Florida Department of Health (DoH) fired her last May, Jones claimed she had been terminated for refusing to falsify case numbers to support Governor Ron DeSantis’ plans to reopen the economy. Overnight, she became a heroine. She launched her own COVID-19 dashboard, raised half a million dollars, and gathered a Twitter army of 378,000.
Jones shot to stardom because she lent a fresh face to a "Narrative." According to The Narrative, Florida wasn’t supposed to be winning the fight against the pandemic. It’s full of high-risk seniors, teeming with tourists, and run by a Republican who is an unapologetic ally of former President Donald Trump. To liberal intelligentsia, the idea that DeSantis could handle COVID-19 better than mask-mandating lockdown enthusiasts like Andrew Cuomo or Gavin Newsom was unthinkable.
But by May, the facts had begun contradicting The Narrative. While blue states like New York and California were devastated by COVID-19 despite draconian lockdowns, Florida did relatively well. Per capita, New York has nearly double Florida’s COVID-19 fatalities—and unlike New York, Florida has been open for months.
For journalists struggling to explain this deviation from The Narrative, Jones’ tale was irresistible. She confirmed their unspoken suspicions: Florida’s relative success in fighting COVID-19 was an illusion crafted by a mendacious Trumpian governor and his flunkies, who fudged statistics to justify their homicidal reopening drive. DeSantis’ categorical rejection of Jones’ allegations only gave them momentum.
Eight months later, however, Jones is making headlines again, this time facing a felony charge for breaching a government computer system. In interviews with MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Ali Velshi, CNN’s Erin Burnett, and other opinion-makers, Jones casts herself as the target of a vast right-wing conspiracy orchestrated by the governor, his loyalist judges, and his "Gestapo," the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The media continues lauding her. Fortune named her to its 40 Under 40. Forbes awarded her "Technology Person of the Year" for "step[ping] up to fill the vacuum left by governments during COVID-19." She’s started another lucrative GoFundMe to "defend science."
Jones’ story sounds impressive. There’s just one problem: It’s not true.
...A wise person once said, "Cherish those who seek the truth. Beware of those who claim to have found it."
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
02/03/2021 4:15 Comments ||
The standard leftist play: Wrap anything in the mantle of "science" and denigrate anybody who questions it. What needs to happen here is to walk back the cat and see who hired Jones with her pre-existing spotty record, and to see just how cozy she was with the "journalists" who used her to pad out their fictional narrative.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/03/2021 7:25 Comments ||
[End Of The American Dream] If a new bill that has been introduced in Congress eventually becomes law, the 2nd Amendment will still be in the U.S. Constitution, but for all practical purposes the rights that it is supposed to guarantee will be dead and gone. H.R. 127 was submitted on January 4th, and if you have not read it yet you can find the full text right here. It contains a lot of technical language, and so in this article I am going to try to break down what it means very simply. Now that the Democrats control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, there is going to be a major push to ram through some form of gun control legislation. If it is not this bill, it will be another one, so we need to be diligent.
One of the biggest things that H.R. 127 would do is that it would create a national firearms registration system that would literally be accessible by anyone...
HR 127 establishes a federal firearms registration system that will be accessible by federal, state, and local governments, including the military — even the GENERAL PUBLIC! The system will track the make, model, and serial number of all firearms, their owners, the dates they were acquired, and where they are being stored.
So if your neighbor, a co-worker, or someone that just wanted to rob your home wanted to know how you were armed, all they would have to do would be to look it up in the firearms registration system.
This bill would also apply retroactively.
Within three months, you would have to report to the government where you bought all of your guns, when they were purchased, and where they are currently being stored.
Needless to say, if the government knows where all of your guns are being stored, it would make it that much easier to grab them from you at some future date.
H.R. 127 would also require all gun owners to be federally licensed.
That would mean that owning a gun would no longer be a right. Instead, it would be reduced to a "privilege" that the government could take away at any time.
The system will track the make, model, and serial number of all firearms, their owners, the dates they were acquired, and where they are being stored.
This must also be done with jewellery, cash stocks, bonds, art, cars, boats and anything else the proles shouldn't have.
Gun laws which require universal background checks, firearm registration is a requirement.
The FBI already has failed to destroy forms used to background check firearm purchasers as they have been required to do since the early 1990s. As I understand it, there are FEU containers in West Virginia full of those forms.
I fully expect this to pass and the cowardly SOTUS to not hear the case. Red states will howl about it and refuse to enforce it. This is the first major push that will get the red states to finally say "ENOUGH" and start leaving.
I don't see any reason it won't pass, at least in some modified form. Would probably not meet Constitutionality test by the current Supreme Court but would by the proposed 11-13 member court. And the government already (illegally) knows who has most guns. The crime of not turning the guns in would be prosecuted only against specific targets though.
push that will get the red states to finally say "ENOUGH" and start leaving.
They won’t leave. But they may jointly no longer cooperate on a great many things. Once you accept that there will be no federal highway funds, for instance, you can set your own speed limits.
It will be interesting to see how “Minority Leader” Mitch McConnell responds even to the attempt to work on this thing in the Senate, assuming this is more than posturing for the rubes in the House — both parties do that a lot, and I’ve decided not to invest emotional energy until the Senate steps up. It's good to know, but I haven’t the spare energy to waste.
They won’t leave. But they may jointly no longer cooperate on a great many things. Once you accept that there will be no federal highway funds, for instance, you can set your own speed limits.
At first, yes. There will be sanctuary states/counties that refuse to enforce this and other green laws that the feds push down. The US will become California in its insane laws and eventually, the feds will send in their law enforcement to make sure the laws are followed.
Several state sheriffs, especially in Texas will start arresting feds to keep them from locking up their citizens and destroying their economies. Texas, being a huge energy state that loves their guns will be the first to close their borders and leave. The rest of the red states will follow including several counties in blue states.
There is a pretty big secession movement in northern California and decent sized ones in eastern Washington and Oregon to join Idaho. All this would happen when the red states go.
The above combined with crushing taxes, ministry of reality, suppression of speech, destruction of the medical field through Medicaid for all, and loss of a lot of jobs will make it untenable for states to stay.
It’s possible, DarthVader, yes. But how long did Prohibition last? That also had the support of all right-thinking people and enforcement by police and the Bureau of Prohibition.
I prefer to believe Americans are creative enough that long before then Irish Democracy will have had noticeable impacts on the country. And many of the Democrats’ own voters will have walked away in disgust at what those they elected did to them, too. They’re already seeing unintended consequences of using Antifa last year in an attempt to trap President Trump: in addition to huge increases in crime — and loss of income to collect taxes on — in the bluest communities, there is significant migration from the bluest states to the red ones, where voting laws changes will not be accepted, and from the cities to the suburbs, where neither vote fraud nor Black Bloc rambunctiousness is generally considered acceptable.
Finally, anyone who pays attention to modern history knows the one thing the targets did not do during the Nazi and Stalinist eras.
Prohibition was a different kettle of fish and was pretty much ignored by a lot of people.
This is different. It is the same playbook the Nazis used to purge German society of Jews. The demoncrats are pushing for commissions where they will identify republicans that supported Trump and will push them out of banking, jobs and "civilized society". The gun grab is the prep work for it.
Fortunately this isn't Germany and most on the right won't put up with this bullshit without a fight.
[Red State] It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
So begins Charles Dickens’ epic novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Although analogies can often be suspect, I believe I might be meandering along a similar mental path as most Americans right now. Whether on the left or on the right, the vast majority of us unwashed peasants believe that, more than any other time in our history, there are two Americas — one for the elites and one for the rest of us.
Although we dance around this idea, we really don’t get down to the basic foundation. How is that? Simple. The folks who hold the levers of power in these United States, both government and private sector, just don’t hold us proletarians in any real regard whatsoever. The only time they consider effects on individuals is to make some political point, one that, if accepted, likely would not help us anyhow. Go figure.
I understand that the larger a political jurisdiction, the wider in scope our viewpoint needs to be. I get that. The President, Congress, and the Federal Bureaucracy that executes laws and executive orders manage huge numbers of people and money. Even their rounding errors amount to more money than the vast majority of Americans make in a lifetime. However, dealing with such large numbers can foster unhealthy attitudes towards the citizenry, even assuming no malice on the front end.
We’ve all heard the old adage, A billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. Trite, but true. But that little saying also manifests a profound lack of respect for the American taxpayer who has to work an entire year, just to produce his contribution to the treasury, so the Federal Government can squander it on a rounding error.
That’s how these folks look at us as taxpayers. Moving on to justice, let’s contrast how the legal system views us vs the elites. Remember the Durham Investigation? You know, the bright shiny object that was finally going to bring DOJ/FBI corruption out into the light and garb a few miscreants in prison orange? Dr. Thomas Lifson over at American Thinker, reports that we are out of luck in that particular arena. Lucy has again snatched the football away from Charlie Brown. Surprise, surprise.
It was the shittiest of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of frenzy, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of superstition, it was the epoch of idiocy, it was the season of blight, it was the season of dullards, it was the spring of dope, it was the winter of despair.
There was a dunce with hair plugs and a whore with a Cheshire Cat diabolical grin on the throne of 'Merica; there was a sloe-eyed toy bear and his portly wife on the throne of Cathay. In short, the time was so much unlike any other time that we were all on the verge of declaring ourselves fit for the loony bin. ...
[American Thinker] Now that we have entered the new world of diversity, inclusion and equity, the acronym DIE aptly applies. While schools have long been involved in these activities, businesses have now voluntarily adopted or been forced to accept this left-wing ideology as well.
Consequently, Coca-Cola has sent out notices to law firms demanding that the company will "require diversity among law firms who bill it for work in the United States and reduce payments if they do not comply."
Because of pressure from the Marxist, anti-American Black Lives Matter, many Fortune 500 companies have pledged to address alleged racial inequality more aggressively.
In fact, there is almost a competition among firms to see who gets the highest score of diversity and inclusion. How is this accomplished?
To determine the Best Workplaces for Diversity, Fortune partnered with Great Place to Work® to analyze anonymous survey feedback representing more than 4.8 million US employees.
Amazingly stupid. As if law firms weren’t already hiring as many qualified women and minorities as they can find. It may be time to invest in an Israeli-made SodaStream machine or switch to RC Cola or to any of those boutique soda companies that make real ginger ale and such.
Actually, we’d already cut back steeply on the family Coke consumption, as have many, or so I’ve read — too much caffeine doesn’t go well with lockdowns. It’s mostly plain club soda for us now, with the occasional kombucha as a treat; ginger-lemon is my favourite, with the added benefit of the health claims around fermented foods. ;-)
But really, if the issue is countering falling sales in the short term, I suppose Coke could do worse than to lock in the rabidly Progressive consumer dollar — look what that did for New York Times subscriptions during the Trump presidency. The problem will come later, when too many mass market companies are competing for the same limited pool of woke consumers that the previously woke foodie cachet brands had corralled.
Incidentally, the list of Coke company brands is here.
I am WAS big on Diet Coke.
I guess its back to Diet RC's. I dumped Pepsi in the later 90's for donating $$ Millions to Handgun Control Inc. & Plan Parenthood. My purchases will NOT fund such ideas and causes.
So in those immortal words of "The Legend of 1900" "F--K WOKE, F--K Coke."
Posted by: Just Saying ||
02/03/2021 5:58 Comments ||
When a Jury of their peers finds them guilty, that is applied justice and NOT based on Race, Creed or Color.
When it isn't, we have multiple layers of Appeal and Civil Lawsuits to correct it.
So just to Panic a bunch of WOKE supporters with Logic, I ask the following question:
If a majority of major US cities are Liberal/Minority Controlled and Run. An the jury selection pool is representative of the voters that elected those Liberal/Minority Leaders?
Then why is Social Justice needed? Isn't a JURY OF THEIR PEERS finding the accused Socially Responsible for the crimes?
If you're thirsty, drink water. Coke's primary ingredient is sugar and it's bad for you. If you consider how many people die from obesity, heart disease and diabetes you might even wonder why it's legal.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
02/03/2021 13:04 Comments ||
Still remember my dark-ages High School class where the teacher put a 10P nail into a glass of Coke.
The nail was dissolved in less than a day.
Never drank the product after that.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
02/03/2021 13:37 Comments ||
It is great for cleaning off battery corrosion too.
[American Thinker] Many people say that America is in a cold civil war, and I won't disagree. However, conservative America is also fighting a civil war. On the one side are the 75—80 million (or more) Americans who support Trump's agenda and Trump himself. On the other side are a handful of political operatives who really dislike Trump-supporters.
Yesterday, news broke big about the NeverTrump Lincoln Project, which is now coming face-to-face with the fact that its co-founder, who was a Republican more than 16 years ago, is a sexual predator with a reputation stretching back over thirty years. The Lincoln Project's deep, open hostility to Trump-supporters is an obvious example of the civil war on the right.
Another example is emerging with the establishment's war on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). She's a QAnon-supporter with some wacky theories, at least one of which borders on anti-Semitic. I'm not a fan. Having said that, she's a stalwart defender of traditional American values, including that tattered document known as the Constitution. She shows no signs of acting on her loony, vaguely anti-Semitic ideas or of being hostile to Israel. We need her vote in Congress.
However, when the Democrats pointed to her and said, "Oooh, icky," Republicans fell over themselves to disavow her. The most recent example is China Mitch McConnell, who called her a "cancer for the Republican Party."
No, Greene is not a cancer. She's an eccentric, and less toxic than Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Occasional-Cortex, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, and Rashida Tlaib (except when, amazingly, Tlaib is standing up for civil liberties). Greene is also less toxic than Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Lee, and all the other extremists on the left. All of them have shown themselves over the years to be some combination of racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-American.
And when I say "anti-American," I don't just mean that they're hostile to the country they purportedly represent; they're also hostile to you, the American people. Trump's presidency revealed that.
GOPe types spend so much time on pointing out "that's not who we are" that there's no time left over to decide just who and what they actually are, other than go along to get along political prostitutes.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/03/2021 7:52 Comments ||
I'm all in favor of the circular firing squad. Clean out some of the deadwood and let new growth have a chance.
Primary them in 2022 instead of driving them out now and turning the Democrats’ bare majority into an overwhelming one. That’s how we got Obamacare the first time. This time they want to go all the way to Medicare for all, and if they have the votes they’ll make sure they get it.
[Breitbart] Former Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s "Deadline" that President Donald Trump supporters who believed his tweets and public comments that former Vice President Mike Pence or Congress could have overturned the 2020 presidential election results on January 6 needed to learn "basic civics" and stop "worshipping personality."
Corker said, "It’s time to have a debate about who we really are and talk about policy issues instead of reliving things that aren’t true — conspiracy theories. It is amazing to me how many people believe these things. I still cannot believe that I have friends who are hard-working, thoughtful people that believe some of the things that have been put out."
He continued, "We’ve moved to a place where it’s all about personality. We’ve just never been in that place before. We’ve been about fiscal issues and leadership in the world, and we may disagree on a policy, but you are not thrown out. It’s going to take a while to get there, but that’s where we have got to go as a country because worshipping personality as we have seen is dangerous for our country. Our democracy is more fragile than we ever anticipated. We’ve got to move to a more mature understanding of what politics is about. It’s about policy. It’s not not about some person always being right when we know many times they were actually telling untruths."
When asked if conservative media is responsible for people believing misinformation, Corker said, "I do tell people it’s their responsibility to understand and to be educated. Not to just read something on social media or see a tweet and believe it to be true."
He continued, "I don’t know where people get their information. I mean, part of living in a democracy is having the responsibility to understand enough about the issues to actually have an opinion. What’s happened, unfortunately, Nicole, is the media is not trusted, and so when a president tweets out things and they don’t trust the media anyway, people begin to believe things."
"Personality" - right. What a moron. The whole point of Trump was that he was popular DESPITE HIS PERSONALITY. People rallied to him, repulsive and blustering and bullying as he was, because this bizarre man actually was the only national political figure to speak the truth!
Ponder that, Corkee: the people could see that you and your fellow well-spoken well-groomed soundbite-slingers were constantly, reflexively LYING while this bragging BS'er was actually telling the TRUTH.
Trump's first and biggest truth was what none dared say: illegal immigration into this country is a scourge. It is intolerable. Supporting this scourge is insane. It must be halted, with every force and means available to us.
Trump then had the temerity to say that embracing and building up China as a great power rival to the US was suicidal. Insane. Explainable only by reference to the corruption and stupidity of our elites.
Then Trump pointed out that our elites are not good at winning the overseas wars they start, that they have destroyed this nation's working class, that they hate our native-born workers so much that they would rather import millions of helots and little H1B indentured servants than actually favor our own hardworking and talented children for these precious jobs.
And on and on. What does it say about you, cork-in-your-arse, that the Orange-faced Gameshow Host was more lucid, honest, sober and accurate than you and all your fellow whores are?
Hes "Former" for a good reason - he was a squish.
And like the bulk of the establishment, he has it all wrong: Its not Trump's personality, its the fact that he actually DID things that the establishment only talks about. Build the Wall, Americans First, Stand Up to China, Stop placating our enemies in Iran, Bring troops home, stop starting wars, Create Jobs, push back on abortion, etc.
THAT is why the people like him - and why they do NOT like DC uniparty chumps like YOU Corker.
The only bad thing about Trump is that he is a loud mouthed abasive jerk. But people would rather have that then another mealy-mouthed weasel like Bush. Or Corker, Alexander, McConnel, etc.
According to British legal stature, an idiot is an individual with an IQ of less than 20, an imbecile has an IQ of between 20 and 49, and a moron an IQ between 50 and 69. Cretins are specifically persons with a deformity or mental retardation caused by a thyroid deficiency; cretinism is now more commonly called hyperthyroidism.
I believe it is important not to disparage people unduly there fore, please use the above UK legal definitions when describing or commenting upon the questionable antics, pronouncements and activities of subjects in posted articles.
Posted by: One Rock ||
02/03/2021 6:05 Comments ||
Stop ‘Worshiping Personalty'
After 8 years of Obama? The Left is fixed in Freudian Project, massive IMAX size.
Woozle has it, I vote for policies, not personalities. My principles haven't changed whether Orange Man Bad is in the White House or not. What you're seeing from the GOP old guard is an admission that their primary allegiance is to the Party not the Country, See Cocaine Mitch for further reference.
[Human Events] In the immediate aftermath of most tragedies, ordinary people usually find solace in prayer and reflection, and finding ways to help in any way they can. Politicians, however, are a different breed.
Right after the January 6th riots, Congressional Democrats and establishment Republicans used the tragedy that occurred at our Capitol to settle political scores, fundraise, and promote themselves on social media. The actions by these politicians have only further driven the nation apart. Blinded by their blind ambition and desire to gain more political capital, they’ve whipped their base into a frenzy and have turned Americans against each other.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is one of the worst offenders of this type of political showmanship. Following the January 6th riots, Cheney and her measly gang of nine other House Republicans voted to impeach an outgoing President without a trial or opportunity for a public defense. It was the further erosion of our institutions and the continued slide towards a banana republic.
Given that President Trump had just a few days left in his presidency, voting to impeach him was more about making a statement than removing a president. Cheney was trying to say that Trump has no future as a leader of the country or the GOP. This isn’t just a stance against President Trump. It’s a stance against America First.
[NewtGingrich] A Flash Brief from the Gingrich 360 team:
According to recent counterterrorism funding reports from the US Department of Treasury, terrorist networks in the Middle East are growing in strength. Both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) have found financial backers and partners despite their denial of such claims.
This past year, Al Qaeda was "gaining strength in Afghanistan while continuing to operate with the Taliban ...Arabic for students... under the Taliban’s protection." Financial guidance and armed fighters are among the resources and help they are providing to each other. The UN Security Council and the Department of Treasury have reported these movements even though the Taliban said it would break ties with Al Qaeda last February.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... ISIS has expanded its funding by using "logistical hubs in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... " to move money around. Smugglers and money service businesses
...the hawala networks?
are used by ISIS to get the funds into areas such as Iraq and Syria. These millions of dollars come from "local donations, taxation, extortion, and some financial support from ISIS-core." according to US intelligence.
[Mil.com] The U.S. military flies and maintains decades-old planes and helicopters -- sometimes well beyond the planned years of service for the aircraft.
But as the Defense Department works to counter fast-paced military advancements from China and Russia, it needs to think differently about investments, Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger said Tuesday.
"The path we have been on, which we could afford to be on because we were not paced by anybody else -- everything was manned, everything at the most exquisite and highest level of capabilities that technology could give us -- [worked] because we didn't have a peer adversary," Berger said at the National Defense Industrial Association's virtual conference. "We're going to have to get comfortable with throwaway things."
Gee General what you are advocating doesn't fit with the new "Green Deal Agenda", remember we must recycle, reduce our carban foot print, be respectful to the environment of mother Gaia.
We can only assume (making an ass of u and me) that you did not get the memo.
Posted by: One Rock ||
02/03/2021 6:22 Comments ||
The MIC dream - every weapon expensive as hell and needs replaced after one use.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/03/2021 7:37 Comments ||
Sure, as soon as they get the bugs out of the F-35 3D- printer software.
I actually proposed 'kamikaze' drones 20 years ago. Back then for a few hundred dollars one could buy a radio-controlled model plane and equip it with a camera, transmitter and explosive charge so I figured the military could do the same for a few thousand dollars.
Soon to put out applications for work in some defense company.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
02/03/2021 11:30 Comments ||
*OR* he could be restating that our "Risk Averse Culture" is making demands on military procurement that are idiotic.
--see also Rand Simberg's Safe Is Not An Option on how risk aversion has hamstrung NASA.
The problem with fielding mediocre weapons is that they become targets for better weapons. Where to scrimp? Sensors? Performance? Reliability? Exploiting small performance differences is how you win.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.