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We have an early contender for the Democrat’s 2022 campaign slogan. As seen on Weibo: Shanghai residents go to their balconies to sing & protest lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please comply w covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing.” https://t.co/0ZTc8fznaV pic.twitter.com/pAnEGOlBIh — Alice Su (@aliceysu) […]

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Join Jim and Chad as they analyze how China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy is having a tumultuous effect on it’s cities and economy. They also shake their heads at a new report that found as much as $80 billion was stolen from the Paycheck Protection Program. And in another press conference fumble, President Biden may have admitted that the U.S. is training Ukrainian troops in Poland.

Fake News Live

 

Before the pandemic, I’d perform on cruise ships every few weeks. It’s a great gig: well-paying, responsive audiences and an opportunity to visit places as diverse as Ushuaia and Singapore. While I’m certain that restrictions such as lockdowns impacted others more than me, they certainly changed my life significantly. Much of it was for the good: I began spending more time with my wife and children than ever. I learned to cook – and to love it. I spent months intensely rehabilitating an injury to my foot and then seamlessly transitioning to another rehab after surgery on my knee, culminating in the completion of my second marathon. (Pro-tip: getting physically stronger is the closest thing to a cure-all for aches and pains.) I’m now again fully fit and looking forward to our family’s skiing trip.

All the while, though, I was writing, writing, writing. It’s kind of strange to write jokes with no imminent opportunity to perform them, even if it’s so much as an open mic. I did perform several so-called “Zoom shows” during the pandemic but it’s just not the same. There was something depressing about looking out at the audience while I’m performing and everyone is starring at their devices.

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Before the experience becomes a faded memory, I’d like to reflect upon the unique symptomatology of my personal COVID encounter, whose three-week experience accompanied me into the new year. While I did not think I was in actual danger of dying — as thought a friend whose 2020 infection included “ground-glass” lung pain and shortness […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer a poll showing a majority of Democrats supporting the Florida legislation keeping controversial sexual topics away from kids in kindergarten through third grade and Gov. Ron DeSantis sporting a healthy lead over the Dems running against him. They also sigh as President Biden says sanctions were never going to deter Russia despite top administration officials saying exactly the opposite for weeks. And Jim dissects China’s new COVID problem as cases are on the rise there.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they implore Missouri primary voters to pick another Republican as more allegations of abuse emerge about Senate candidate Eric Greitens. They also grimace as Vice President Harris offers up another nonsensical word salad in public comments. And the CDC retroactively changes COVID death totals, reducing the total for children by 24%.

 

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4 Kids Mask 60,000 in a Red County as Blue NYC Lifts Mandates

 

You may not know much about Tennessee, but it is a deep red state with Republican leadership.  The governor is Bill Lee, and he issued an executive order quite some time ago to stop local jurisdictions from enforcing mask mandates on school children.

Additionally, in Knox County, which is in East Tennessee, the local school board voted to not have students wear masks unless their parents wanted them to do so for the 2021-2022 school year.

Hubwonk host Host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Senior Fellow Dr. Bill Smith about new evidence that during the past two years of the pandemic, there were as many unseen excess deaths from non-Covid-related diseases as seen from Covid. They discuss the need for public health leaders to pivot their messaging to address this hidden mortality.

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Democrats on Capitol Hill, along with a few recalcitrant Republicans, have long politicized “J6” – the violence of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol on the day Congress ceremoniously* counted and certified the 2020 Presidential and Vice Presidential election results. It was plainly terrible, and opponents of President Trump seized a golden political opportunity, from […]

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I want to show you two graphs about Covid in the US.  I didn’t prepare these myself, but rely on Worldometer (here).  The first graph is reported Covid cases in the US, from February 2020 to the present, with a line indicating the 7-day moving average: This graph is swamped by the most recent spike, […]

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He claims that these side effects are rare, but why would you give the vaccine to young people whose risk is close to zero from COVID? Francis Collins admits mRNA shots are causing myocarditis/pericarditis in wide distribution, calls them "really rare side effects that could in fact be significant, and I'm not sure that necessarily […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they assess the newest poll on the Florida governor’s race that shows Ron DeSantis with a solid lead. They also cheer as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser drops the vaccine and mask mandates amid economic pressure and low COVID numbers. And Biden Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm refuses to answer questions about her stock holdings because, “The planet is warming faster than ever”.

The Real Epidemic: Shoddy Research

 

It seems to me that we have an epidemic of poor quality research in this country and around the world.  This is causing us to make bad decisions and bad public policy with an unfounded sense of confidence and righteousness.

I am a history teacher at an international school, and we recently had a mind-numbingly dull “professional development” day where we paid some grifter education consultant thousands of dollars to educate us about the newest research-approved methods of assessment.   (My suggestion that we cancel the “professional learning” day and use the money for a schoolwide party was unfortunately rejected by the administration.)

COVID Leadership: Normal Dad vs. Psycho Mom

 

We, an ostensibly free people, cannot entrust left-of-center elites with political power anymore.  These past two years have proven our left-of-center elites are unfit to lead free people because they are not comfortable with people being free.  It has become clear that our left-of-center elites believe those of us who have entrusted them power are not free and equal to them, but their inferiors.  We know that because they are treating us like inferiors.  And it may be even more sociopathic than that. 

I say that as someone who has seen this pathology close up, and it did not strike me until this week.  But our left-of-center elites are acting like the classic, abusive, narcissistic psycho-mom who cannot give up trying to manipulate her fully grown-up children, and who freaks out when they resist.  If you have ever encountered this type, you know what I mean. 

News Flash: Dems Ease COVID Restrictions for Midterm Variant

 

In an intriguing trend, Democratic leaders across America are easing COVID restrictions based on what campaign science advisors see as growing voter outrage their declining utility for battling the less-lethal Omicron variant.  The latest polling science indicates that masking and lockdown measures may actually do more harm to political careers public health than expected. 

One blue state governor says he is lifting all COVID restrictions.   “When I took office, I committed to the people of my state to make my re-election their quality of life my highest priority, and that means easing restrictions.”   However, some Democratic leaders are uneasy about lifting COVID restrictions so soon.  “I just don’t think it is right to give back our power grab ease up on health measures when the  pretext for our power grab pandemic is still here.” 

What Happened To My Mask Mandate?

 

God has taken your mask mandate to live with Him in heaven: it’s a very special place where wars and diseases and billionaires don’t exist, only contentment. I’m sure you’ve experienced some wondrous places – on vacation in Costa Rica, watching Netflix or listening to NPR – but heaven is a gazillion times more joyous than even downtown Portland or Minneapolis. John Lewis and Woodrow Wilson live in heaven and so do Maya Angelou and George Floyd. Your mask mandate will be safe and happy in heaven forever, and God will always take care of it.

You can still wear a mask – you will always be able to wear a mask – but you can’t force anyone else to wear one, not ever. That probably sounds pretty harsh. One day you’re relishing the satisfaction that comes from imposing your militant risk aversion on people who don’t share your assessment and the next day you wake up to find freedom of choice is the order of the day. Maybe you got a bad feeling in your stomach or a feeling of emptiness or maybe you have those feelings still. You loved your mask mandate very, very much and you did not want God to take it away.

Your feelings are perfectly normal and natural – they are the way God made you – but God took your mask mandate in accordance with His wonderful plan, which is beyond our understanding. You must trust and have faith that He loves your mask mandate just as He loves you or Medicare For All. Someday, a very, very long time from now, after you have lived a very long and happy life with the Green New Deal, God will take you to live with Him in heaven, too. Then you will understand.

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Dr. Robert Moynihan of “The Moynihan Letters” and “Inside The Vatican Magazine” sent out this letter about the Canadian Trucker crisis. It included a short and very moving video from one of the Canadian truckers.  He shared the video of the trucker reading the note from an eleven year old, who was so moved by […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they analyze a new  meta-study that finds COVID lockdowns were futile in preventing deaths. They exhale in relief as intercepted Russian military communications reveal a hesitancy on the part of some officials to launch a full scale invasion of Ukraine. And they criticize cowardly Republicans for allowing Democrats to gain an advantage in House of Representatives redistricting across the country.