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Jul 22 2021

Covid Hysteria Has Done More Damage Than Covid

Even if Democrats are still milking Covid, we are close enough to being past it to look back and learn some lessons. Lesson #1 is that succumbing to politically contrived hysteria did more damage than the disease itself:

Instead of keeping calm and carrying on, the American elite flouted the norms of governance, journalism, academic freedom — and, worst of all, science. They misled the public about the origins of the virus and the true risk it posed. Ignoring their own carefully prepared plans for a pandemic, they claimed unprecedented powers to impose untested strategies, with terrible collateral damage. We still have no convincing evidence that the lockdowns saved lives, but lots of evidence that they have already cost lives and will prove deadlier in the long run than the virus itself.

The liberal establishment demonstrated the wrong way to react to a pandemic. As for the right way,

After locking down last spring, Gov. Ron DeSantis reopened businesses, schools and restaurants early and rejected mask mandates. If Florida had simply done no worse than the rest of the country during the pandemic, that would have been enough to discredit the lockdown strategy. But the outcome of this experiment was even more damning: Florida’s age-adjusted COVID mortality rate is lower than that of all but 10 other states.

Florida is no anomaly:

Sweden, Finland and Norway rejected mask mandates and extended lockdowns, and they have each suffered significantly less excess mortality than most other European countries.

Normally, liberals are eager to emulate Scandinavia, because of the high taxes and extravagant welfare states. Not this time though.

The only thing Democrats learned from their mishandling of Covid was how much tyranny a panicked populace will tolerate.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Jul 22 2021

Open Thread

I think the fallacy is to think that Women's Liberation meant that men and women would become interchangeable. That has not happened, and most men and women would not want it to happen. - Christina Hoff Sommers
Jul 21 2021

Abolitionist Teaching Network Instills CRT Poison

With Biden’s handlers in control, critical race theory is our quasi-official national religion. This means more than systematic discrimination against white job applicants. It means the leftist brainwashing that takes place in public schools is going into overdrive:

The Department of Education linked to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning” in its handbook intended to help schools reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend how they should spend billions of dollars they collectively received through the American Rescue Plan.

Slavery was abolished in this country 159 years ago, after existing throughout the world since before recorded history. What these abolitionists want to abolish is what we used to call the American nation. They call it “whiteness.”

“Abolitionist Teachers” should “[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression,” the group states in its guide.

If “educators” called for disrupting blackness, this would be condemned as racism. But whiteness is different, because white people are racists, according to critical race theory, the ideology that drives them even if they don’t refer to it by name.

While the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s mission statement is vague, its rhetoric elsewhere indicates that it aims to overhaul schools to prioritize racial awareness.

It shares that goal with the Biden’s Handlers Administration, which has been pushing CRT for its intended purpose — to tear the country apart by fueling racial tensions. When the old America has been destroyed, a new one can be imposed, in which the federal government is so pervasive and all-powerful that it can inflict “equity,” guaranteeing that no blade of grass can grow higher than another.

In addition to finding educators committed to disrupting Whiteness, the guide states that teachers should remove “all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit murder Black, Brown, and Indigenous children.”

If you think inner city public schools are zoos now, wait until these lunatics have done away with “spirit murdering” members of preferred racial groups for misbehaving. Learning anything except hatred of white people will be out of the question. With cultural Marxists in charge, that is the sole purpose of schools.

The guide denounces education that is “rooted in Eurocentric norms.” These norms may include history classes that teach what really happened instead of anti-American 1619 propaganda, and math classes that insist 2 + 2 = 4 even for sacred Persons of Color.

The Abolitionist Teaching Network’s guide also lists abolitionist teachers’ “demands,” which include “[f]ree, antiracist therapy for White educators and support staff.”

“Antiracist therapy” likely refers Maoist style struggle sessions, in which whites are forced to denounce themselves for their “privilege.”

Thunders Abolitionist Teaching Network cofounder Bettina Love:

“I want us to be feared.”

These maniacs are scary all right. Scarier still is that the federal government — including the military — is under the control of people who share their deranged ideology, which is centered on hatred of America’s core population.

They are inflating our currency to finance pumping this poison into children’s heads:

The American Rescue Plan provided $122 billion for the Department of Education to distribute to state agencies, which would subsequently disburse funding to local school systems. The local education agencies must use at least 20% of the provided funding to address learning loss through programs that consider “students’ academic, social, and emotional needs,” the rescue plan states.

The Department of Education’s handbook, which guides local school systems on how to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, hyperlinks to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s guidance…

Letting people who hate us take control of our country will not end well.

On a tip from Varla.

Jul 21 2021

$125 Million Damages for Firing Person With Down Syndrome

Big Government has provided employers a compelling reason to avoid hiring workers with Down syndrome. Anyone you hire, you might have to fire. Fire someone with Down syndrome and it may cost you bigly:

A Wisconsin jury has determined that Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired a sales associate who has Down syndrome over schedule-related issues.

After a four-day trial, the jury awarded Marlo Spaeth, who had worked at Walmart for about 16 years, more than $125 million in damages, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced last week.

On top of the $125 million punitive damages, Marlo gets $150,000 in compensatory damages. It would take a long time to earn that much working at Walmart. In our society, it is much more remunerative to be a victim and get the money for free.

Moonbats may feel pleased with themselves for being pleased that Walmart was punished on behalf of an allegedly oppressed person with Down syndrome. Yet these same people support killing babies in the womb for having the same condition.

Actually, companies like Walmart don’t pay for jackpot justice lawsuits. The rest of us do, through higher prices.

The EEOC brought the lawsuit. Federal bureauweenies eating away at everything like a massive termite infestation is something else we all pay for.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jul 21 2021

Open Thread

When business accepts help from the government, it can be like going to bed with a hippopotamus. It's nice and warm for the moment, but then your bedmate rolls over and crushes you. - Donald Rumsfeld
Jul 20 2021

Time to Repeal the First Amendment?

Back on his San Diego beach beat, Mark Dice alarmingly confirms that the average idiot would go along with repealing the First Amendment in the name of suppressing “racist facts”:

The entire Constitution is living on borrowed time, as liberal control of education, the media, and entertainment sinks us ever deeper into a morass of abject idiocy.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jul 20 2021

Injecting Data Along With Vaccine

Wouldn’t it be handy if agents of Big Government could just flash a scanner at you and determine your vaccination status? That way they could keep holdouts out of school, away from public events, et cetera, without having to listen to complaints about medical privacy. It would make it easier for authorities to implement the policy that life “needs to be hard” for those who don’t get the jab, as advised by CNN medical analyst (and former head of the powerfully connected abortion chain Planned Parenthood) Leana Wen.

The technology is here. From MIT News, dated December 2019 (around the time Covid started tearing up Wuhan, having leaked for a US taxpayer-supported ChiCom lab):

Every year, a lack of vaccination leads to about 1.5 million preventable deaths, primarily in developing nations. One factor that makes vaccination campaigns in those nations more difficult is that there is little infrastructure for storing medical records, so there’s often no easy way to determine who needs a particular vaccine.

MIT researchers have now developed a novel way to record a patient’s vaccination history: storing the data in a pattern of dye, invisible to the naked eye, that is delivered under the skin at the same time as the vaccine.

According to MIT postdoc Kevin McHugh, this could enable “rapid and anonymous detection of patient vaccination history.”

The die emits near-infrared light that can be scanned with a smartphone. It is designed to be delivered by a microneedle patch along with a vaccine.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund the research. According to MIT prof Robert Langer, “this ‘invisible’ approach could create new possibilities for data storage, biosensing, and vaccine applications.”

The more data they learn to secretly store in your skin, the more useful vaccines will be. Potential applications are endless, especially after Biden’s handlers impose their ChiCom-inspired credit rating scheme. They might use it like the Mark of the Beast, so no one can buy or sell unless they have been injected with the chip and are in the good graces of the government.

On tips from Wife of Jack S and Mr. Freemarket.

Jul 20 2021

President Joe

Regardless of the cheating, it is still true that tens of millions of people voted to make the corrupt halfwit Joe Biden President of the United States as a figurehead for the totalitarian ultraleft. What kind of American would do such a thing? This guy sure would:

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On a tip from Wiggins.

*Just kidding.

Jul 20 2021

Democrats Move to Rename 1,441 Places

It is as if Democrats have learned that they only have a few months to erase American heritage and replace it with a contrived heritage of their own design. The steady stream of politically motivated renaming that turned Mount McKinley into Denali and Phoenix’s Squaw Peak into Piestewa Peak has become a torrent as they throw their pushy, ham-fisted moonbattery into overdrive:

Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Friday to rename more than 1,000 places in the US named with offensive language and racist slurs.

While the economy collapses, Democrats occupy themselves by scouring the country for offensiveness, investigating even the most obscure locations.

The bill was sponsored by ultraradicals, who are steering the ship where the Democratic Party is concerned:

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, and Rep. Al Green introduced the bill along with 25 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, all Democrats. …

According to the statement from the lawmakers, questionable names have been identified for 1,441 federally recognized places.

Maybe they can start a jobs program by hiring Victim Studies graduates to come up with new names that no liberal will find offensive. It isn’t easily done these days. They can’t name every mountain and river after George Floyd.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Jul 20 2021

Open Thread

Academics are, on average, pussies. - David Buss
Jul 19 2021

Mark Milley and the Reichstag Moment

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley is more worried about mythical “white rage” than the People’s Liberation Army because he is more political hack than military leader, hence his current position. Like the figurehead he serves, he tends to be wrong. But sometimes a stopped clock is right.

Via Breitbart:

Milley was allegedly so worried that then-President Donald Trump might attempt a coup after the presidential election last year that he and other service chiefs discussed a plan to resign rather than carry it out, according to reports about a forthcoming book by two Washington Post reporters.

“This is a Reichstag moment… The gospel of the Führer,” Milley told aides, according to CNN, which obtained advance excerpts of the book I Alone Can Fix It by Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

What Milley is right about is that there was a Reichstag moment on January 6. A rowdy mob that had been infiltrated by the FBI took advantage of scandalously lax security to trespass in the People’s House, possibly as a result of instigation by agents of the federal government. Although a window broken by a leftist infiltrator and an unauthorized person sitting at Nancy Pelosi’s desk may pale in comparison with burning down the German parliament building, the media/Democrat Party has made up the difference by relentlessly hyping the incident, shrieking that it was more serious than 9/11 and even the Civil War. Just like the Reichstag fire, January 6 has been exploited by the ruling party as a pretext to inflict tyranny, as those who have been hunted by the FBI or locked in solitary confinement for suspicion of trespassing can attest.

Less hilarious than Milley’s hysteria about a Trump coup d’état is his ferociously hostile attitude toward half the American population:

Milley also reportedly told aides ahead of a pro-Trump “Million MAGA March” in November that he feared it could be the “modern American equivalent of ‘brownshirts in the streets,’” referring to the pro-Nazi militia supporting Hitler’s rise.

Despite cheating by Democrats, Trump racked up over 74 million votes in 2020. That is a lot of Nazis to deal with. No worries; Milley and his fellow leftist Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin exhibit the fanatism to handle the job.

On a tip from Henry.

Jul 19 2021

State Rep John Thompson Plays the Race Card

The great thing about being racially oppressed is that rules don’t apply to you. If anyone calls you on violating them, you can just pull out the race card, like State Representative John Thompson of Saint Paul.

Thompson was pulled over for not having a front license plate, which is required by state law in Minnesota. Correct that: he was pulled over because the police are racist. He was then cited for driving with a suspended license. His license had been revoked for failing to pay child support. That’s the kind of oppression some have to deal with thanks to systemic racism:

“I thought we weren’t doing pretextual stops in this state. But we are,” said Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, at an event Tuesday marking five years since Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. “We’re still getting driving-while-Black tickets here in this state.”

Screeching about black victimhood no doubt got him his job; it ought to get him out of having to pay traffic tickets.

Good thing there was bodycam video. Otherwise, who knows what tales Thompson might have told? The arresting officer might be in the cell next to Derek Chauvin’s. Thompson has tried to keep the video from the public:

“Rep. Thompson’s signature issue at the state legislature was advocating for rapid release of police officer’s body camera footage. Now he’s blocking the public release of the body camera footage of his own incident with law enforcement this past week,” said [Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association] Executive Director Brian Peters. “Constituents have the right to see how their legislator conducted himself, particularly when he made such strong claims about what happened during the traffic stop.”

Unfortunately for Thompson, it isn’t easy to keep video off the Internet:

Let’s see if the race card can get Thompson out of this:

Gov. Tim Walz and leaders from Minnesota’s DFL and GOP parties called for Thompson’s resignation Saturday after reports emerged of domestic assault allegations going as far back as 2003.

Thompson was charged with domestic assault twice in the 2000s in separate incidents, and both were reduced to disorderly conducts.

Thompson’s defense:

He questioned the authenticity of the police reports, which a Fox9 journalist obtained via public record requests, calling them the “product of the campaign to silence an American African man who speaks out against powerful and abusive interest.”

Republicans are filing an ethics complaint. With a two-thirds vote, Thompson can be kicked out of the legislature. Unfortunately, any constituency that would elect him can be counted on to replace him with someone else just as atrocious.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jul 19 2021

Biden Regime Emulates China’s Social Credit System

With technology, China tends to copy the USA, often resorting to theft of intellectual property. But when it comes to imposing totalitarianism, the Chinese are decades ahead of us. Our Democrat rulers have been watching and learning.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes the Social Credit System imposed in communist China:

The Social Credit System is a national blacklist… The program initiated regional trials in 2009, before launching a national pilot with eight credit scoring firms in 2014. … In 2018, these efforts were centralized under the People’s Bank of China with participation from the eight firms. By 2020, it was intended to standardize the assessment of citizens’ and businesses’ economic and social reputation, or ‘Social Credit’.

The credit system is closely related to China’s mass surveillance systems such as Skynet, which incorporates facial recognition system, big data analysis technology, AI and Project Maven.

Playing loud music, jaywalking, making hotel reservations and not showing up, and smoking where you aren’t supposed to are examples of the trivial behavior tracked by the government and applied to your social credit rating. You can improve your credit rating by praising government policies on social media.

Those with low scores may be denied access to public transportation and universities. Those with high scores are rewarded with hiring priority and shorter waiting time at hospitals.

We may soon have a similar system in the USA. Here as in China, it starts with government involvement in credit scoring.

Via Forbes:

If President Biden has his way, he will create a public credit reporting agency (CRA) to compete with the three major credit bureaus and maybe one day replace them altogether.

With the federal government in charge, your credit rating will have less to do with whether you pay your bills.

The proposal suggests that a government-run CRA could fix a credit reporting system that frequently holds consumers back from becoming homeowners due to problems like credit reporting errors and racial disparities.

The racial emphasis will be the main difference between our Social Credit System and the Chinese original. In order to eliminate “disparities,” whites will be docked points, whereas blacks will have points added.

The financial collapse of 2008 was brought about largely by the federal government leaning on banks to offer mortgages based on race rather than ability to pay, in accordance with another CRA, the Community Reinvestment Act. Here we go again:

The Biden Administration believes a public CRA could advance racial equity by removing obstacles to homeownership for Black, Latino and Native families.

The cultural Marxist applications are endless. Not only Caucasians but people who are heterosexual, cis-gender, Christian, etc. can expect to lose points. Ditto people believed to have attended Trump rallies or other deplorable activities, or who have disseminated “misinformation” online.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jul 19 2021

Open Thread

Virtually all bad ideas come from universities, bad ideas that only survive when insulated from reality. - Dick Armey

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