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May 22 2020

Reopen the Schools

Tony Heller of Real Climate Science has done such a good job of debunking the global warming hoax, let’s see what he can do with ChiCom coronavirus hysteria. Specifically, can anyone explain why we would shut down schools over a virus that targets the very old and has no appreciable effect on children? Heller explains why we should not:

The only major effect of shutting down schools is that it wreaks havoc among those parents the government allows to work.

If the authorities are at war with a virus, their actions make no sense. If they are at war with the economy, they make perfect sense.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

May 22 2020

Mississippi Church Burned Down for Resisting Lockdown

A police state needs more than police to impose its will. It needs thugs who operate outside the law to advance authorities’ objectives. A case in point is the Red Guards, student hooligans who beat people to death for minor ideological infractions during China’s Cultural Revolution. Speaking of China, here’s a more recent example from the era of the ChiCom coronavirus:

A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.

First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, burned down Wednesday morning, news outlets reported. When investigators from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office got to the scene, they found graffiti in the church parking lot that read: “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites.”

The Karen mentality is getting scary.

Churches have been a prime target since Kung Flu hysteria took hold, as we have seen elsewhere in Mississippi.

Freedom to worship, like the freedom to peaceably assemble, is explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment. The Constitution is under direct assault.

On tips from Stormfax, Mr. Freemarket, Varla, Frances J, and Dragon’s Lair.

May 22 2020

Antifa Rioter Gets Cash Reward in Portland

Why does this Antifa punk have such a self-satisfied smirk on his face?

Probably because he is high as kite, but also because he has been rewarded with $23,000 by the moonbats running Portland for goading police into hitting him with rubber bullets while he was rioting.

Via the Post Millennial:

Last week the Portland City Council approved a financial payment to an antifa extremist with a history of supporting terrorist attacks on law enforcement after he alleged in a lawsuit his civil rights were violated by Portland Police. The city settled nearly $23,000 with James Mathew Mattox, 31, who filed a complaint saying police injured him and stifled his rights during a riot in 2018.

Click through for details on this charming moonbat and his jihad against law enforcement.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Law Enforcement Today.

May 22 2020

Michigan Lockdown: Barbara Shop No, Sex Club Yes

When a government exceeds its proper limitations, you can easily tell what kind of people those running it favor. This has never been truer than in Michigan under Wuhan coronavirus lockdown.

The Whitmer Administration has waged a war (which she is fortunately losing) to shut down Karl Manke, a patriot who just wants to be left alone to make a living. Too bad Manke didn’t open a gay nightclub like Club Tabu instead of a barber shop; Gauleiter Gretchen would have left him alone.

Megan Fox writes:

[A] gay swinger’s club with “glory holes” is being allowed to operate under her nose in Lansing while she aims her business-killing death ray on 77-year-old barber Karl Manke for giving haircuts. …

I guess group sex is an “essential” activity in the Democrat-run state of Michigan.

Unlike Karl Manke’s business, Club Tabu does not appear to be taking steps to prevent the spread of disease. No one with an aversion to disease is like to frequent the establishment anyway.

If Gretchen Whitmer can send six officers to serve Karl Manke orders to shut down his business for violating her orders, but she can’t rouse herself to sent the SWAT team into a place that only exists for group sex, I think it’s clear that none of these orders are about public health or the transfer of disease. Where are you more likely to get a disease? At a barbershop or in a sex dungeon?

Let’s not single out Whitmer. Here’s what the Holy Oracle Dr Fauci himself says about hooking up with strangers on apps like Tinder, Bumble, or Grindr during the repressive lockdown he personifies:

“If you’re willing to take a risk — and you know, everybody has their own tolerance for risks — you could figure out if you want to meet somebody.”

Fauci then confirmed that he knows the apps are not so much about meeting people as having anonymous sex with them:

“If you want to go a little bit more intimate, well, then that’s your choice regarding a risk.”

Just don’t do anything reckless and “selfish” like cut people’s hair, or you will face government wrath like Manke and Lindsey Graham.

Michigan voters must be okay with all this, or they wouldn’t tolerate someone like Dana Nessel as their Attorney General:

Nessel has petulantly and childishly announced that the President of the United States is not welcome in the state of Michigan. She is threatening to bring charges against Ford for letting Trump tour a plant without wearing a mask.

Then again, maybe Michigan voters have had enough of the blend of arrogance, arbitrary tyranny, and degeneracy offered by Whitmer et al. We’ll know in November.

On tips from Frances J, R F, Jack Bauer, and Varla. Hat tip: 100% Fed Up.

May 22 2020

Open Thread

The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks - C. S. Lewis
May 21 2020

Why Normal People Can’t Afford to Live Near San Francisco

If you live in an area ruled by liberals, unless it has already been reduced to a slum, chances are good that the cost of housing is extravagant. Possibly the best example of this is the San Francisco Bay area, where regular people cannot afford to live. The Academic Agent explains how liberal policy drove out the middle class:

The objective is to turn the entire USA into either San Francisco or Oakland. No middle class means single-party Democrat rule.

On a tip from Pork_Soda.

May 21 2020

Racial Justice Applied to Healthcare

The entire liberal establishment — prominently featuring Hollywood, the schools, and the people in charge of what you see on TV — have relentlessly pushed the poisonous concept that whites are to blame for blacks’ shortcomings. What did they expect to result from that if not this?

That video could be a taste of the future that awaits aging white boomers if people like Joe Biden succeed in the stated objective of making them a minority.

On a tip from Sean C.

May 21 2020

Midland Flood Caused by Whitmer Administration?

Gretchen Whitmer’s over-the-top COVID-19 tyranny, which includes continuing to impose the virus on nursing homes even as the death toll from this policy mounts, is not the only area in which liberal rule has had catastrophic results in Michigan. The “500-year flood” resulting from the failure of two dams in Midland has been national news. Guess who may be to blame?

Via the Detroit News:

After federal regulators pulled the license of a Midland County dam because of the high risk it posed to the public in 2018, it ceded oversight to state regulators.

But with less stringent state safety rules to protect people and property, Michigan regulators turned their attention, instead, to the protection of delicate underwater life.

Governance is all about priorities.

[S]tate regulators appear to have focused increasingly on what they said was the company’s unauthorized drawdown of winter water levels of Wixom Lake, which they said created a danger to freshwater mussels.

You can see why liberal bureaucrats would have a special affection for something squishy soft and slimy like a mussel.

The state accused Boyce Hydro of oppressing mussels by lowering Wixom Lake water levels.

Boyce argued that it lowered water levels in part to conform to federal protocols because of the known threat of a dam failure in a substantial storm. In a statement late Wednesday, Boyce claimed it was pressured by the state as recently as April to raise Wixom Lake levels in order to appease shoreline residents.

In light of the dam failures, this does not appear to have been a good idea.

In comes our old friend, Whitmer’s militantly lesbian sidekick, Attorney General Dana Nessel:

Nessel filed suit against [Boyce Hydro manager Lee] Mueller in Ingham County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 fines and fees to compensate for the death of thousands of freshwater mussels that occurred when the company “dramatically lowered the level of Wixom Lake for an extended period in 2018 and 2019” via the Edenville Dam without authorization.

What the allegedly dead molluscs would spend the money on is unclear.

Nessel’s suit was preceded by a federal suit filed by Mueller on April 29, arguing the state had no “validated scientific or other technical evidence” showing Mueller’s actions directly contributed to the mussels’ deaths.

Mueller argued the $261 million to $412 million lawsuit the state planned to file violated his constitutional liberty and property rights through the “arbitrary, capricious and ‘shock-the-conscience’ conduct” of state officials.

“Arbitrary” and “capricious” are words often associated with the Whitmer Administration. Recall that Gauleiter Gretchen forbade Michiganders from buying garden seeds because COVID-19.

This dollar store despot could be the de facto POTUS in January.

Look out, Lee Mueller; Whitmer and Nessel are on the hunt for a scapegoat:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday they would explore every legal recourse to pursue those responsible [for the flooding].

Somehow I doubt they will find themselves responsible.

On a tip from Scott L.

May 21 2020

Whitmer Extends Order Forcing COVID-19 Into Nursing Homes

The public was appalled when it came to light that COVID-19 tyrants like Andrew Cuomo and “Rachel” Levine forced nursing homes to accept patients with the Wuhan coronavirus, which predictably resulted in thousands of avoidable deaths. Yet even now, the quintessential petty tyrant, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has been doubling down on a similar policy:

Under Whitmer’s executive order, which she just extended [Tuesday] for a week, any nursing home with less than 80% capacity will be forced to create special COVID units, regardless of their ability to protect their other patients, with the special ventilation systems, trained staff, and personal protective gear something like that would require even if it were advisable, and none of which is included in her order.

The ostensible idea, as with the economically devastating Flatten the Curve game plan, is to relieve the coronavirus burden on hospitals. This burden has so conspicuously failed to materialize that healthcare workers are getting laid off or furloughed across the country.

At this point, it is hard not to suspect that the actual objective is to drive up the mortality rate in hope of prolonging the crisis. Democrats have eagerly exploited it as an opportunity to expand the scope and power of Big Government, which is the purpose of their party. Also, a high body count could mean more federal funds for Whitmer’s state, and killing off the elderly would reduce state Medicare expenses.

The Detroit News is appalled:

About a third of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been at nursing homes, and the same is true in Michigan, according to some estimates…

Even the fascistic Andrew Cuomo backed down when the public found out about how many people this policy has killed.

Whitmer, by contrast, renewed her initial order when it expired last week, extending it with an identical mandate — disregarding the concerns and advice of nursing home advocates and legislators.

She has to know as well as we do what the result will be.

The Daily Signal reports that New York has had roughly 30 times as many virus-related deaths as Florida, which has a similar-sized population. The majority of the deaths in New York have been among senior citizens, many of them living in nursing homes.

When it comes to the elderly, Florida’s population is actually much larger. Retirees don’t enjoy subsisting on a fixed income in overtaxed New York.

Unlike Cuomo and Whitmer, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis protected nursing home residents from the beginning, prohibiting COIVD-19 patients discharged from the hospital from returning to their long-term facilities.

Both the lockdown and the death toll have been lighter in Florida, compared to moonbat-ruled New York and Michigan. Please learn from this, voters.

Monica Showalter indulges in some optimism regarding Whitmer:

It goes to show that someone capable of issuing a vindictive little petty tyranny, such as banning sales of garden seeds, is perfectly capable of issuing a big tyranny, too, a death sentence to innocent old people though the most lethal, harm-inducing order imaginable. … One can only hope that in this vile order, she has sown the seeds of her own political destruction even as the old people are put into the ground.

It would be nice to think that being exposed as evil would be a turnoff for Democrat voters. The appalling Gauleiter Gretchen is a favorite to be Joe Biden’s VP, which would make her de facto president if the cognitively disintegrating Biden is elected.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

May 21 2020

Adjunct Professor John Tieso Suspended for Tweets Criticizing Democrats

If “diversity” means “discriminating against white people,” then it is mandatory on college campuses. If it means not everyone being on the same page regarding their political attitudes, then it is forbidden. It didn’t take much for adjunct assistant professor John Tieso first to have to kill his Twitter account and then to be suspended from his job teaching business classes at Catholic University of America, which he has relied on to pay his wife’s medical bills.

Tieso’s life was turned upside down when a Journalist of Color named Larry Miller apparently decided that he is a racist based on tweets.

Miller … cited a tweet that he said was dated May 5. It referred to Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris – whose parents are Jamaican and Indian immigrants – as a “former escort.” (Harris has been dogged by accusations since the start of her political career that she dated Willie Brown – at the time the speaker of the California Assembly, twice her age and still married – to kickstart her entry into politics.)

The other tweet referred to a speech by former President Barack Obama in Africa, where he allegedly talked about his wealth. Tieso called him “[i]ncredibly incompetent and vain” and suggested Obama “consider staying in Africa and giving all his money to his people.”

These are examples of things you cannot say in your private capacity as an American citizen who supposedly enjoys freedom of speech, lest the Thought Police find you racist.

Bow and scrape before moonbattery, or at the very least keep your head down. Otherwise, liberals are likely to destroy you if you work in education — and an increasing number of other fields.

On a tip from Kate P.

May 21 2020

Who Are the Real Fascists?

“Fascist” is a favorite pejorative of progressives. They use it to discredit anyone to their right. In light of the way liberal Democrat governors have exploited ChiCom virus hysteria to inflict arbitrary tyranny (e.g., Kate Brown, Tony Evers, Roy Cooper, Gretchen Whitmer, Janet Mills, Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, J. B. Pritzker, Phil Murphy, Tom Wolf), it will be harder for them to use the term with a straight face in the future. But then, given their apparently infinite capacity for hypocrisy, they will probably manage.

Jason Siler illustrates who the real fascists are by documenting what they do to their victims, including the patriots Karl Manke and Lindsey Graham:

True enough, just as the Democrats’ Green New Deal is not really about saving the planet from the ever-fluctuating climate, Flattening the Curve is about flattening freedom and economic independence, not the ChiCom virus. Well-meaning, competent authorities would have protected the vulnerable rather than placing the general population under house arrest and forbidding much of it from earning an income.

On a tip from Ellen O.

May 21 2020

Doctors: End National Shutdown for the Sake of Health

Liberal demagogues will denounce you for wanting to end the COVID-19 shutdown for the sake of the economy, as if it were frivolous to want people to have jobs when the only thing that matters is that no one should ever be sick. As for ending the lockdowns for the sake of restoring our constitutional rights and system of divided government, you may as well make that argument to a squirrel as a progressive; the likeliness of being comprehended would be comparable.

All right, don’t end the lockdowns for the sake of the economy or liberty. Do it for the sake of our health:

More than 600 doctors signed onto a letter sent to President Trump Tuesday pushing him to end the “national shutdown” aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling the widespread state orders keeping businesses closed and kids home from school a “mass casualty incident” with “exponentially growing health consequences.”

The letter outlines a variety of consequences that the doctors have observed resulting from the coronavirus shutdowns, including patients missing routine checkups that could detect things like heart problems or cancer, increases in substance and alcohol abuse, and increases in financial instability that could lead to “[p]overty and financial uncertainty,” which “is closely linked to poor health.”

As much as the authorities have inflated the COVID-19 death count in order to excuse this unprecedented power grab, they have understated the long-term health effects of the lockdowns even more.

From the letter:

“The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.

“Because the harm is diffuse, there are those who hold that it does not exist. We, the undersigned, know otherwise.”

Whitmer, Fauci, and the rest had their day. This has to end now.

On a tip from Varla.

May 21 2020

Open Thread

Secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist. - Clint Eastwood
May 20 2020

…Now for the Bad News

The bad news for the preposterous Stacey Abrams is that it appears not even Joe Biden is short enough on brain cells to want her in the White House.

However, he has committed to picking the VP who will likely run the country while he submerges ever deeper into senility on the basis of not being male. Democrats screech that this isn’t good enough; the de facto president also can’t be white. So even if we have probably missed the Stacey Abrams train wreck, we may still be in for a rough ride — especially if Elizabeth Warren can convince Slow Joe that she really is an Indian.

Mark Dice has a laugh at the spectacle of Abrams figuring out that she may not be able to racially browbeat people into putting her in charge of the country after all:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

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