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We hear daily reports of the number of people who have died with Covid-19. We have imposed enormous damage on people and on society in the name of preventing deaths due to Covid-19. Is there any actual evidence that deaths have truly been prevented? How would we know if our program of closing businesses, closing social […]

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Power Line pointed to an opinion piece at the Hill, comparing news media and their coverage of the 1968 influenza pandemic with media coverage of COVID-19. While the Hill piece provides good factual support for the wildly different coverage, I believe the author gets it wrong in claiming the media personalities then would not weaponize […]

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Is Fauci Pushing a Fraud?

 

“Doctor” Fauci, and I use that term loosely, is a serial fraudster. He is now a center-left establishment political hack wrapped in a lab coat. He must be confronted with his conspicuous silences, contrasted with his emphatic pronouncements. He owns the deaths of thousands, possibly tens of thousands by now. He owns permanent harm to millions of Americans already. So far, only Senator Rand Paul has called him and his Coronavirus cabal on a piece of their perfidy. . . not that I have any strong feelings on the matter.

Even Republican governors have collaborated in the latest chapter of the long scam. They were all silent on the danger of mass “protests.” Yet, they were all over churches and businesses. Their latest pronunciations entirely ignore or obscure the likely role of leftist mass gatherings in the name of “social justice.” Instead, these cowards point the finger at young adults freely associating in bars and on the water. Never mind that everybody knows the other health risks from the bar/party scene are significantly higher, but that never drove bar bans before.

The whole spin on young people is aimed at supporting BLM and the DNC by avoiding and obscuring the mass protest/riot events’ COVID-19 spike causality. Fraudster Fauci was silent, absolutely silent, when the massive riots started. He was as silent about that leftist project as he was about Gov. Killer Cuomo driving the deaths of thousands of vulnerable seniors with his criminally negligent order to nursing homes in March. Fauci is a serial fraudster at this point. He mouths only that which might help Joe Biden win, not objective “science,” let alone “public health.” Everybody knows.

Trump Triumphant

 

President Trump and America have withstood so much organized opposition, just this year to date. And yet, he and we still stand. Her is the list so far for 2020: the Chinese Communist Party plague, Russia and our good friends the Saudis crashing the global oil market, and clearly organized destruction by arson, smashing, and large scale theft. Today, President Trump stood smiling in the Rose Garden telling the good news for America, and the very bad news for the Democrat-Media complex, that jobs are coming back much faster than the “experts” expected. Small business owners had cause to smile, as well, because the president signed a one-page law improving the Paycheck Protection Program; see the bottom of this post for the full text.

A series of unfortunate events:

Remember where we have recently been. To start, the Chinese Communist Party unleashing the Wuhan virus on the globe. Health agency bureaucrats bungled and then panicked with a dangerous experimental prescription that crashed the economy. Local leaders, who American voters had long ignored as unimportant, became little dictators. They revealed the true human nature that the Framers warned and sought to guard against in the construction of our Constitution. Their contempt for religion, for small business people, for ordinary Americans, was nakedly on display.

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By now we’ve all had time to contemplate the Left’s hypocrisy in condemning mass gatherings, until it was something they allegedly care about. Some even take it as more evidence the threat of the Chinese Wuhan virus was overblown from the beginning. I think it means something else. The truth, is the Left* doesn’t mind […]

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…you got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York. Thus spake no less a figure than Florida’s Governor Extraordinaire Ron DeSantis. Now please don’t take this as another unwarranted attack on Governor DeSantis. He’s obviously been doing […]

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The past week ended, and the new week started with birds singing and more sightings of beauty and beast-mode. Thursday, May 14, 2020, Maria Bartiromo got an extended interview with President Trump on the White House grounds. She asked 44 questions in a 55 minute interview and got answers to every question, from coronavirus to […]

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Heads Explode on Command: POTUS Takes HCQ

 

Trump thumbs upWell, the week certainly started off with a bang. President Trump held two televised meetings, one with the new White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and the other with restaurant industry leaders. In the second forum, he took “questions” from the usual suspects, who naturally asked about everything except restaurant workers and all the workers in the supply chains that are harmed by governments ordering restaurants to go out of business or go far deeper in debt. The honking gaggle gave President Trump a chance to reveal something I had suspected ever since Vice President Pence visited a hospital, on camera, without wearing a mask. President Trump, and likely Vice President Pence, are taking hydroxychloroquine as preventive medicine.*

This matters for several reasons. First, it matters that President Trump, and likely Vice President Pence, are doing all they can to keep healthy during the pandemic. They come in contact with an extraordinary number of people, who themselves have had contact with an unknown number of people. No screening test is perfect. Second, it matters that President Trump is opposing Dr. Fauci’s pet positions with the positions of many other real medical doctors. This should help push the FDA to stop the #resistance on this drug that their associates in universities and industry cannot turn to money or career profit. It should provide a stronger signal to patients and doctors who wish to use it to prevent or treat early stage COVID-19. Finally, it annoyed all the right people, including at Faux News, so that was a joy bonus to start the week.

Elections Have Consequences: A Tale in Two Tweets

 

From the local executive and judges to the presidency of the United States, all offices matter. People who have long been complacent, accepting of local officials, have had their eyes opened by public officials’ responses to COVID-19. Those offices and names way down the long ballot are suddenly obviously affecting peoples’ lives. Now, We the People are without excuse this election year and in the off-year elections ahead. Elections have consequences for you and me. Consider the local office of an elected judge.

Elections Have Consequences: Texas

 

You have doubtless heard of the hair salon owner who defied the diktats, based in wildly unscientific fear-mongering, of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. For Texas counties, that is the top elected position. A black-robed minion under him, a trial judge, also let the mask slip on camera, in his entirely unprofessional treatment of Shelley Luther. Now the Texas Supreme Court has sprung Shelley Luther from jail and Governor Abbott’s new executive order has slammed the door on any further tin-pot thugs dragging people off to jail for allegedly violating a COVID-19 emergency executive order. Elections have consequences.

Clay Jenkins is a Democrat, behaving as Democrats will when they become comfortable that their electorate will never throw them out for a Republican. The fear shifts to attacks from the left, covered by moving enough left to keep winning. So, the residents of Dallas County have exactly the government for which they voted or failed to vote plus volunteer to drive turn-out against the Democrats.

The Austin American-Statesman writing about the Texas Supreme Court’s order, helpfully points out that a string of elections have consequences, provided you use them well:

Open Letter to Sen. McSally: Real Help for Arizona Recovery and America Reopening

 

Senator McSally, I deeply admired your real courage when we were both young field grade officers, you in the Air Force and me in the Army. Your stand for the Constitution against the House of Saud and the Pentagon was principled and made a real difference. I greatly worry that you are on track to become a two-time loser in races for the US Senate. You can win big by returning to your roots and doing the right thing for millions of Arizonans. You must persuade Sen. McConnell to make personal and real small business “COVID-19 debt” 100% tax credit refundable on the next two quarterly tax payment dates: rent, mortgage, lease, and car/truck payments between the end of March 2020 and 1 July 2020.

The national and state executives, with the complicity of the Congress and state legislatures, crushed at least tens of millions of Americans’ lives, driving them into massive debt from which they cannot reasonably recover. All the federal programs so far have been good as far as they went, but did not get at the basic problem.

People are falling hopelessly behind on apartment/home rent, mortgages, business property leases, and car/truck payments. Make the property managers, mortgage holders, and vehicle note-holders an offer they cannot refuse. Make every dollar they forgive between the end of March and the end of June immediately 100% refundable on their quarterly tax payments at the end of June and September. This will be massive, but it is the actual cost of the decisions made by President Trump, affirmed by you, and the governors, affirmed by the state legislatures’ non-objection.

How to Kill Old People, by Andrew Corleone

 

Paul Mirengoff is no Trump fan, but he often provides excellent analysis and links, like the rest of the Power Line team and he has a damning piece on Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus incompetence. This is a time of winnowing for leaders. Just as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is no Noem, so Cuomo is no Insley. That is not praise for the Washington state governor, but a recognition that Washington authorities did something right at the outset, setting the Pacific Northwest on a different trajectory than the New York City area. A New York order could fairly be titled “How to Kill Old People, by Andrew Cuomo.”

The most outrageous evidence was not directly linked by Mirengoff, but his references made it easy to find. I have captured the New York State Health Department coronavirus order dated March 25, 2020. There is no need to highlight the most relevant portion, because the bureaucrats did it for everyone. Bear in mind that nursing homes were already known to be especially vulnerable and likely hot spots in any state not imposing the most draconian quarantine on those facilities, with the most stringent controls on everyone entering a nursing home, a long term care facility. Don’t take my word for it, “this is CNN,” on March 3, 2020:

A nursing home in the Seattle area is at the center of the US coronavirus outbreak

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Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions has recently called for Congress to establish a Select Committee on China, stating that the Chinese government “caused [COVID-19] by silencing those who tried to warn the world, by blocking American and international scientists from coming in to stop the outbreak early, and by faking infection and death rates to […]

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The news these days is certainly enough to drive one to drink. Take, for example, a pair of stories by way of the crack team at Power Line. Order these two lines of news as a shot and a chaser. Pick fernet as the shot and Peroni Nastro Azzurro as the beer chaser, both in honor […]

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Catching reports of protests here on Ricochet* and from a scan of YouTube, whilst stewing over Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey, who is no Noem, songs started popping up out of my memory. Here are a few protest songs that are relevant once more: Let’s go back to Roy Rogers in 1944 for “Don’t Fence Me […]

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Fox News has posted both parts of the Sunday evening news event to its YouTube channel, making it available to everyone. The title make the theme, and President Trump’s focus, clear: “America Together: Returning to Work Town Hall.” The setting was amazing, reminding me of the old stories about President Reagan and Michael Deaver using […]

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Thursday Twister: White House Whirlwind Continues [evening update]

 

On Thursday, April 29, President Trump met with New Jersey’s Governor and then held an on-camera event highlighting protecting American senior citizens. In addition, he found time to sign the annual Proclamation on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Meanwhile, Vice President Pence was in Indiana at a General Motors plant that had converted to medical ventilator production, recalling America’s history of wartime production powered by a public-private partnership where the public officials gave broad requirements and the private sector unleashed imagination, engineering, and skilled labor.

It does not appear that there will also be a press room briefing. I suspect President Trump will bookend the week and start May with a press room briefing. Between Monday and Friday, he will have created a lot of positive images and narratives beyond the adversarial pressroom experience. President Trump has been helped by Dr. Fauci, a career-long believer in vaccines as the answer to the disease in front of him. Dr. Fauci backed up President Trump’s vaccine claim when NBC tried to get him to attack President Trump:

Anthony Fauci said Thursday that it is possible that hundreds of millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by January as the Trump administration seeks to speed vaccine development.

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“Elon Musk: ‘Give People Back Their Goddamn Freedom’: Tesla CEO rails against coronavirus-caused closure of auto maker’s lone U.S. assembly plant after reporting surprise first-quarter profit” By Tim Higgins in The Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2020. The company eked out a third consecutive quarterly profit, fueled by the sale of regulatory credits and […]

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