Monday, May 31, 2021

Problems with Covid vaccines

Michelle Edwards reports,
Canadian vaccine expert Dr. Byram Bridle recently spoke of the terrifying reasons serious side effects, including heart inflammation and vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), may occur in those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. He explained that critical information has recently been discovered that centers around spike proteins—a crucial element in both the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Byram Bridle: "It’s very disconcerting. The spike protein gets into the blood, circulates through the blood in individuals over several days post-vaccination. Once it gets in the blood, it accumulates in a number of tissues such as the spleen, the bone marrow, the liver, the adrenal glands. And of particular concern for me is it accumulates in the ovaries, in quite high concentrations.”
Bridle emphasized that the spike protein could cross the blood-brain barrier, causing neurological damage, explaining why fatal blood clots are often seen in the brain.
“We have known for a long time that the spike protein is a pathogenic protein. It is a toxin that can cause damage in our body if it gets into circulation. Now, we have clear-cut evidence that the vaccines that make the cells in our deltoid muscles manufacture this protein, [we now know] the vaccine itself plus the protein gets into blood circulation. When in circulation, the spike protein can bind to the receptors that are on our platelets and the cells that line our blood vessels. When that happens, it can do one of two things: it can either cause platelets to clump, and that can lead to clotting—that’s exactly why we’ve been seeing clotting disorders associated with these vaccines. It can also lead to bleeding, and of course, the heart is involved, which is part of the cardiovascular system, so that is why we are seeing heart problems.”
Read more here: https://uncoverdc.com/2021/05/31/vaccine-expert-warns-we-made-a-big-mistake/

Today's memes

Are you rooting for Tim Tebow to fail or to succeed?

Mike Bianchi notes in the Orlando Sentinel that many people are hoping he fail.
And, yet, the sports world is beside-itself outraged because Tebow — one of the greatest college players and ambassadors of all time — is getting another chance because his college coach happens to be coaching his hometown NFL team. Are you kidding me? Is this the alternative universe that we live in today: a world where it’s become cool to root against a player who has never done anything except win games and championships and try his hardest to be the best player, teammate and citizen of the world that he could possibly be?
Read more here: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/mike-bianchi-commentary/os-sp-tim-tebow-urban-meyer-jaguars-hate-20210522-j3ic7cqxyvfs5hchljwljtrsqa-story.html

Biden, Harris, Trump

Walking the line to survive

Canada locked down with no dissent allowed. "It's a slippery slope until you hit the edge, and then it's a freefall!" The media are beyond cheerleaders! They are in the fourth month of a four week lockdown! The media supports the government that subsidizes them. This is Nazi-style suppression. The police are "just following orders." A secret church in hiding from the police! A second pastor is about to be imprisoned.

The man who knows Antifa

We'll find something on you. In the meantime you are suspended!

Hamas and the Ayatollah Khomeini are still on You Tube, but Steven Crowder has been removed!

The Viet Nam Wall

via Misanthropic Humanitarian

What does she need?

Tired of city life?

via Misanthropic Humanitarian

We all know that is false

via Ace of Spades

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Is anyone listening to Senator Rand Paul?

We remember with gratitude

Thanks to Lucianne for the photo

Cruz is still one we can count on!

Never let bullies win!

What is behind the discrepancy between blue states and red states in their Covid success rates?

Brad Polumbo reports that
the Wall Street Journal notes that the only Democratic-controlled state in the 10 states with the best unemployment rates is Wisconsin, where the state Supreme Court forcibly nullified the governor’s overzealous lockdown measures. This trend in lockdown-state-versus-free-state unemployment can be traced back through February.
To make matters even worse, these sweeping regulations didn’t clearly correspond with better COVID-19 outcomes — despite their drastic economic costs.
Read more here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/latest-economic-data-show-red-states-crushing-blue-states-and-heres-why

From Steven Hayward's The Week in Pictures

"In reality there is no church, no army, no government, no judiciary. Everything has become the police.’"

Roger Kimball writes in Spectator,
Consider, to take another example, the fate of our colleges and universities. Once upon a time, and it was not so long ago, they were institutions dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the transmission of the highest values of our civilization. Today, most are dedicated to the repudiation of truth and the subversion of those values. In short, they are laboratories for the cultivation of wokeness. This is especially true, with only a handful of exceptions, of the most prestigious institutions: the tonier and more expensive the college, the more woke it is likely to be.
There are two central tenets of the woke philosophy. The first is feigned fragility. The second is angry intolerance. The union of fragility and intolerance has given us that curious and malevolent hybrid I have called the crybully, a delicate yet venomous species that thrives chiefly in lush, pampered environments.
And here’s an irony: when the Free Speech Movement started at Berkeley’s Sproul Hall in 1964, it was a left-wing movement that demanded tolerance and challenged conventional behavior and mores. Today the left espouses the opposite — not tolerance and free speech but conformity and censorship.
Read more here: https://spectator.us/topic/paying-price-free-speech-education/

Some core principles

Andrew Sullivan writes,
In his forthcoming book, “The Constitution of Knowledge,” Jonathan Rauch lays out some core principles that liberal societies rely upon. These are not optional if liberal society is to survive. And they are not easy, which is why we have created many institutions and practices to keep them alive. Rauch lists some of them: fallibilism, the belief that anyone, especially you, can always be wrong; objectivity, a rejection of any theory that cannot be proven or disproven by reality; accountability, the openness to conceding and correcting error; and pluralism, the maintenance of intellectual diversity so we maximize our chances of finding the truth.
Read more here: https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/removing-the-bedrock-of-liberalism-826

Ivermectin is saving lives worldwide!

In Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden publishes a blog post informing us of the tremendous success worldwide of the drug ivermectin in treating patients who have been infected with the Covid virus. At the same time, though,
media outlets have done all they can to “debunk” the notion that ivermectin may serve as an effective, easily accessible and affordable treatment for Covid-19.
read the whole thing here: https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/i-dont-know-bigger-story-world-right-now-ivermectin-nytimes-best-selling-author

Progressivism: ruthless devotion to uniformity of thought and action.

Co-blogger CBD shares some thoughts with us this morning in the Ace of spades blog: http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=394058

Saturday, May 29, 2021

"It's worth it!"

American Greatness has the interview Sebastian Gorka recently conducted with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, who tells Gorka,
I tend to think that Trump’s super power in politics was saying things that were very obvious to normal people but that you couldn’t say in elite circles. And so in 2016, you weren’t allowed to say that America was having its clock cleaned by China. But that was just an obvious thing, right? We were losing millions of manufacturing jobs. They were becoming a new global economic power and our elites were just like “This is totally fine” and Donald Trump said, “No, it’s not. We should not be doing this. This is stupid.” Uh, you know, the- the entire thing with identity politics, if you think about it, is it fundamentally boils down to taking people’s common sense and making them not allowed to say it, right? There’s this massive gap between everybody’s common sense or at least most people’s common sense, and what they’re allowed to say on the job, what they’re allowed to say on social media without censorship. And- and again, I think Trump’s super power in politics is taking those insights and just saying, you know, I’m going to say them and people might attack me, but I’m at least going to get it out there and I’m going to make it clear that normal people recognize that I’m speaking for them and listening to them.
what you have to do is cast away the current leaders of the conservative movement, the current Think Tank intellectuals, the current policy public policy people. And unfortunately, to do that, you have to also accept that a lot of people are getting wealthy off the current system. So, you- you have to change the incentives here. You have to make it so that people frankly earn money and get rich for purse pushing the right public policies. And that’s why I ultimately wrote that piece is that I saw that disconnect and I saw why it was happening. That unless you get the incentives right, unless you make people benefit from pushing and an agenda that’s good for Americans and instead of you know, somebody else, that it’s going to continue to happen in the conservative movement is that that’s gonna serve as a slow check on American decline.
Read more here: https://amgreatness.com/2021/03/10/reinvigorating-americas-heartland-j-d-vance-talks-with-sebastian-gorka/

Someday soon!

A very brave person!

Daily Mail reports,
Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who specialized in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, claimed that Beijing knew about the coronavirus well before reports began to emerge.
She has since been forced to flee Hong Kong, fearing her life is in danger, and appeared today on Loose Women from a secret location, revealing that the Chinese government had “removed all her information” from government databases.
Read more here: https://100percentfedup.com/mike-pompeo-bombshell-wuhan-institute-of-virology-was-conducting-secret-military-researchenormous-evidence-virus-that-causes-covid-19-escaped-from-wuhan-lab/

"Only the Chinese Communist Party knows the answer!"

Keith Griffith reports in Daily Mail,
Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director and secretary of state, has said that Wuhan Institute of Virology was conducting secret military research and claims there is 'enormous evidence' that the virus that causes COVID-19 escaped from the lab.
'What I can say for sure is this: we know that they were engaged in efforts connected to the People's Liberation Army inside of that laboratory, so military activity being performed alongside what they claimed was just good old civilian research,' Pompeo told Fox News on Saturday.
'They refuse to tell us what it was, they refuse to describe the nature of either of those, they refuse to allow access to the World Health Organization,' Pompeo said. 'That coverup alone suggests that there's a lot more that we need to know.'
'That virology lab is still up and running. It's still probably conducting the same kinds of research it was conducting that may have well led to this virus escaping from that laboratory,' he said.
'Only the Chinese Communist Party knows the answer, the world deserves the answers and they have to tell us, I hope there will be bipartisan push to demand and hold accountable,' said Pompeo.
Read more here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9632559/Mike-Pompeo-says-Wuhan-Institute-Virology-conducting-secret-military-research.html

Fragmented intimate relationships, alcoholism, violence, low educational attainment, a sense of entitlement, dramatically starring in their own soap operas

Endless onslaught of misery!

Good news at Fox News!

Howard Portney brings us good news here: https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/05/29/tea-leaves-what-do-the-departure-of-both-juan-williams-and-donna-brazile-portend-for-fnc/

Is it the barrettes or the crossed legs he likes most?

Sundance writes,
During a veterans event today creepy Joe Cornpop, the inappropriate old man, resurfaced.
Joe Biden looks at a little girl in the audience, the daughter of a veteran, and says “I love those barrettes in your hair. Man I’ll tell you what, look at her she looks like she’s 19 years old sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed.”

An inexpensive, safe and effective treatment for Covid

Sundance writes,
To admit alternative safe treatments were the better option, is to admit you have been duped and exposed yourself to risk unnecessarily.
Read more here: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/05/29/ivermectin-the-drug-that-cracked-covid-and-treated-president-trump/#more-212449

Time to pay for the collateral damage

A California cafe owner is charging customers who wear face masks $5 to dine at his establishment.
“It’s about time that the proponents of these ineffective government measures start paying for the collateral damage they have collectively caused,” the cafe owner said. Read more here: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/05/29/brilliant-move-california-restaurant-charges-customers-wearing-masks-extra-5/

Whom does your dog love more?

"President Biden needs to hit this one head on!"

Reimagine?

Making us much less safe! People with a political agenda have taken over law enforcement.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

An apology? It'll be a long wait!

New Neo writes,
For those waiting for apologies – not just from Facebook, but from the entire MSM and Democratic Party that excoriated them for claiming a Wuhan lab origin was a possibility and wanting to discuss it – it’ll be a long wait. The left doesn’t apologize, it just moves on to the next attack/suppression cycle without missing a beat.
Read more here: https://www.thenewneo.com/2021/05/27/covid-and-the-wuhan-lab-and-just-like-that-the-debunkers-debunked-themselves/

Political change

New Neo writes,
I have been specializing in the topic of political change for over fifteen years, and one thing I know is that people don’t change easily. Not only do they have to receive the corrected information, but they have to stop rationalizing it and excusing it. There’s a natural human reluctance in many people against doing that.
We keep reading about political change movements such as WalkAway, and they do exist. But so far the numbers of people affected have been too small to matter much (for example, whether the election of 2020 was valid or not, Trump should have won by a margin so vast that even fraud wouldn’t have overcome it – and that didn’t happen). One of the sad things about political change is that it often takes something cataclysmic to engender it, and by then it’s often too late because tyrants have an iron grip on power.
Read more here: https://www.thenewneo.com/2021/05/27/are-democrats-pre-election-lies-unraveling/

Is there a harder-working Senator than Rand Paul?

Time for answers on the coronavirus origination

A destructive stampede

In American reatness, Victor Davis Hanson writes,
...Before 2020, the American people tired of the media farces surrounding such events as the Duke lacrosse team, the lies about the Covington kids, and Jussie Smollett’s hoax about being attacked by white racists. Will they return to their earlier skepticism about media hype when it increasingly seems like the media and the government mostly lied when denying the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab engaged in “gain-of-function” engineering of dangerous viruses?
Will people still believe that “armed insurrectionists” on January 6, 2021 planned a “coup” and killed officer Brian Sicknick? As the hysteria fades, we are learning there were no arms anywhere. No one has been charged with treason, conspiracy, or insurrection. There are no conspiracy kingpins in custody. And Sicknick tragically died a day later from natural causes.
By the end of the year, will the media-hungry Anthony Fauci still be a national icon, as the country finally adds up his contradictory communiqués that were constantly changing and often flat-out wrong, without ever apologizing for his deliberate misinformation?
But as Americans sober up, will they institutionalize or reject the frenzy remaining from the destructive stampede that took the country over the cliff during the most unhinged year in American history?
Read more here: https://amgreatness.com/2021/05/26/will-the-2020-madness-last/

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

"They just spiked it without talking with their experts?"

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Negotiations

via Bookworm

"You'll get nothing and like it!"

Michael Anton writes,
Don’t want to be late for work because regime-favored thugs “protesters” are illegally blocking an intersection? White supremacy! Object to being beaten on the streets? White supremacy! Want to see the laws enforced equally and impartially? White supremacy!
It would be an act of magnanimity, and even self-interest, for a sufficient number of Blues to recognize Red concerns and let the state-county reorganization proceed. Right now, at least half of Red America feels trapped in an abusive marriage, endlessly told they’re worthless, racist, and evil—but also that under no circumstances may they even broach the topic of leaving. Stay and take your deserved punishment is Blue America’s constant message to Red, the political philosophy of Judge Smails: You’ll get nothing and like it.
The precedent of even one county, in any state, freeing itself of its distant solons would likely inspire many more attempts. Western Maryland joining West Virginia; downstate Illinois joining Iowa, Indiana, or Missouri; upstate New York joining Pennsylvania; eastern California joining Nevada—the possibilities are endless.
Indeed, such a movement may gain such momentum that, for the first time since the admission of Alaska and Hawaii, the country might see the attempted formation and admission of new states. Far-northern California and the southernmost part of Oregon have been trying for years to break away, join together, and form the “State of Jefferson.” They haven’t gotten anywhere yet, but the mere fact that the movement exists indicates discontent—specifically, the discontent of rural people with their urban masters. Should that discontent grow, the movement might succeed and make Jefferson, and other new states, become reality.
It’s worth pointing out, in this context, the utter hypocrisy of Blues who cry “Jeff Davis!” at the mere suggestion of some rural counties in a Blue State seeking refuge with fellow Reds, which almost certainly would not change the composition of the Senate, but who blithely demand that D.C. and Puerto Rico be made states so the Democrats can get four extra Senators and (likely) four more Electoral votes.
Read more here: https://americanmind.org/salvo/red-lines/

"Should people who don't like the country be running the country? They are!"

Monday, May 24, 2021

Life at the bottom

Jordan Peterson's latest podcast is an interview with Theodore Dalrymple.

Will the Covid vaccines bring an avalanche of neurological diseases?

In the LewRockwell.com blog, Joseph Mercola writes,
In this interview, return guest Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at MIT for over five decades, discusses the COVID-19 vaccines. Since 2008, her primary focus has been glyphosate and sulfur, but in the last year, she took a deep-dive into the science of these novel injections and recently published an excellent paper on this topic.
Five months into the vaccination campaign, statistics tell a frightening story. Seneff cites research2 showing deaths are 14.6 times more frequent during the first 14 days after the first COVID injection among people over the age of 60, compared to those who aren’t vaccinated. That is extraordinary.
Read much more here: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/05/joseph-mercola/covid-vaccines-may-bring-avalanche-of-neurological-disease/?fbclid=IwAR0JwrfxLjGnKP_uIT8pN-04lVvscChcOn36rbhDXI3IcVftGmwIqOZAJo4

The importance of demography

Remember Mark Steyn's 2006 book America Alone? In it he wrote about demographic changes around the world. He thought America alone would survive the demographic changes, but now realizes America will soon be facing the same issues other countries have been facing. The Times front page yesterday:
All over the world, countries are confronting population stagnation and a fertility bust, a dizzying reversal unmatched in recorded history that will make first-birthday parties a rarer sight than funerals, and empty homes a common eyesore.
Steyn wrote in 2006:
The salient feature of Europe, Canada, Japan and Russia is that they're running out of babies. What's happening in the developed world is one of the fastest demographic evolutions in history... This isn't a projection: It's happening now. There's no need to extrapolate, and if you do it gets a little freaky, but, just for fun, here goes: By 2050, 60 per cent of Italians will have no brothers, no sisters, no cousins, no aunts, no uncles. The big Italian family, with papa pouring the vino and mama spooning out the pasta down an endless table of grandparents and nieces and nephews, will be gone, no more, dead as the dinosaurs. As Noël Coward remarked in another context, 'Funiculì, funiculà, funic yourself.'
Read more here: https://www.steynonline.com/11314/the-coming-of-age-fifteen-years-late

Being an American political prisoner

Mark Steyn writes,
In post-constitutional America, there is no equality before the law: If you riot violently in Minneapolis or Portland, you'll be cheered on by the media and Democrats, and bailed out by Seth Rogen or a Kamala Harris staffer. If you're let into the US Capitol by its so-called "police" and leave the statuary et al untouched, you'll be charged with trespassing, and, despite having no criminal record, will languish in prison (for over four months so far) until trial begins.
As I've said for a long time, "federal justice" is an oxymoron - and, if you get a whiff that you're attracting the attention of this dirty rotten stinkin' evil system, flee the country. Meanwhile, I'm thinking of making a complaint to the UN Human Rights Council about the detainees of January 6th: If nothing else, it'll give the Cubans and Sudanese a laugh.
Read more here: https://www.steynonline.com/11301/america-political-prisoners

Vaccine deaths and serious injuries

In the American Thinker, John Cleer asks,
Why Are Media Ignoring Data Showing Massive COVID-19 Vaccine Death Spike?
Leo Hohmann reports,
Between Dec. 14 and April 23, there were 3,544 deaths reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System [VAERS], along with 12,619 serious injuries.
As a matter of comparison: There are 20 to 30 deaths reported every year to VAERS related to the flu shot. That’s with 195 million receiving flu shots. Compare that to the COVID shot, which resulted in 2,602 reported deaths through 77 million vaccinations.
Read more here: https://leohohmann.com/2021/04/30/highly-cited-covid-doctor-comes-to-stunning-conclusion-govt-scrubbing-unprecedented-numbers-of-injection-related-deaths/ and here: https://www.lucianne.com/2021/05/24/why_are_media_ignoring_data_showing_massive_covid-19_vaccine_death_spike_60888.html

The military, science, and the law: what happened?

Victor Davis Hanson writes,
until recently there were still a few institutions we considered sacrosanct, incorruptible, and invincible amid faith-based assertions, toxic woke fads, civil dissension, and hatred of the past. One certainly was the military. Another was “science,” or rather the scientists, researchers, and investigators who devoted themselves to disinterested empiricism. And, a third, was the sacred idea of the “law,” or the idea that Americans respect our statutes because they were crafted by ourselves and applicable to all, equally, and without exception.
All three have lost their luster. Americans do not trust them, at least not in the old way. Perhaps it was the 2020 perfect storm of plague, quarantine, recession, riot, a contentious election, and red/blue antipathies that ripped off the scab and exposed beneath something far different than what the public had assumed.
The Pentagon seems to have lost its way. It has transmogrified into a cultural engine of change from a defensive force devoted to battlefield supremacy. The Defense Department is chasing its tail, supposedly on the scent of white supremacists of the armed insurrectionist sort who stormed the Capitol.
The only problem is that none of the rioters now sitting in jail without bail and in solitary confinement have even been charged with insurrectionary crimes, treason, or conspiracies. None used arms. None even possessed them inside the Capitol. None killed any law enforcement officer, contrary to what we were told. So far, no architects of the supposed insurrection—most likely a spontaneous riot of ragtag misfits—have been arrested. Four of the five who died were protesters. None died violently at the hand of another—except an unarmed military veteran who was shot entering a window by an officer, whose name, age, and race remain concealed, as does most of the video evidence of the Capitol melee itself. Thousands of hours of Capitol videos of the entire mess have not been released.
Fauci is only a totem of the decline in public health expertise. When we were told the science mandated national quarantines, state and local officials on that prompt began arresting dissenting pastors, hair stylists, and gym owners—any who reopened their livelihoods in violation of the “science.” Except there was no science at all when 1,200 of our “health care professionals” swore to us that protesters, both violent and peaceful, could with impunity violate the quarantines, because their “science” dictated that exposure to the virus was less harmful than the mental anguish of not being able to demonstrate, scream, congregate, and march en masse against social injustice and police brutality.
Finally, in 2021 it was not so much that Americans lost respect for the law as they were bewildered by it. Or rather they wondered whether it still even existed.
Is it illegal to enter the United States without permission? Or does unlawful entry warrant instant state subsidy and federal legal help to further violate the law? Is everyone or just a few anointed allowed to carve out an entire urban no-go zone that even the police dare not enter? Is there a crime such as arson or looting? Are there even criminals such as arsonists and looters anymore—or just those naïve enough to try torching buildings or stealing from pharmacies in small numbers and without ideological pretenses? Does attacking Jews and Asian Americans constitute “hate crimes”—or does it depend on the race, ideology, or ethnicity of the attacker?
Most conservatives and traditionalists have given up on their once cherished FBI that transmogrified into James Comey’s “I cannot recall” and “I don’t remember” ideological swamp. Ditto the CIA and NSA run by the likes of partisan wheeler-dealer John Brennan and partisan incompetent James Clapper, who both lied under oath with impunity and politicized the very security agencies of the United States.
Our most important and cherished institutions are losing the trust of Middle America. I doubt they will easily recover it, or find any such loyal supporters among their new coterie of fair-weather, progressive sycophants—and to the detriment of us all.
Read more here: https://amgreatness.com/2021/05/23/feet-of-clay-icons/

Is it fair to Hispanics to have to adopt an all-new identity to satisfy the fetishes of woke white people?

In the Ace of Spades blog, Buck Throckmorton explains why it is time to retire the use of the racist term "Latinx." Read it here: http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=393957

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021

India Reports 50 Doctors Dead In A Single Day As COVID Mortality Peaks

Tyler Durden reports in Zero Hedge
According to the Indian Medical Association, 244 doctors have lost their lives due to COVID in the second wave. Of these, some 50 deaths were recorded on Sunday alone.
Read more here: https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/india-reports-50-doctors-dead-single-day-covid-mortality-peaks

Corporate state tyranny

In the Claremont Institute, Joel Kotkin writes a lengthy, heavily footnoted article explaining what is happening in America today.
Most importantly, fascist corporatism, by rejecting the autonomy of private interests, parallels today’s fashionable theories like “stakeholder capitalism” and the environmental “Great Reset.” As in the fascist state, corporations now take it on themselves to be conscious change agents for particular political and moral agendas. Two doctrines guide these actions. First, “stakeholder capitalism,” which holds that corporations must push onto society doctrines concerning gender, “systemic racism,” and other elements of the woke agenda. Second, the “Great Reset,” which seeks to have companies essentially “save” the planet by slowing material growth for the working and middle classes while maintaining rich profit opportunities through “disruption” of energy and other industries. Both doctrines currently guide the majority of America’s major corporations.
China has already followed this model, and America’s corporations are on the cusp of doing so. In China, as one scholar observes, corporatism is “a socio-political process” where monopolies flourish with the assistance and connivance of state agencies. They follow state strictures by embracing the official ideology, celebrating the Communist Party’s vision, and enforcing ideological conformity among employees and even foreign business partners.
A tenth of the US economy is made up of industries where four firms dominate more than two-thirds of the market, with finance and information technology now among the most concentrated.[10]
Local banks have disappeared and been replaced by online and large national financial institutions. Between 1983 and 2018, the number of banks fell from 11,000 to barely 4,000. This is not an anomaly, but a trend.
Today, a handful of giant corporations account for nearly 40 percent of the value of the Standard and Poor Index, a level of concentration unprecedented in modern history.[15] The leftist blog The Bellows notes that last year Amazon tripled its profits and Jeff Bezos made $70 billion while billionaires had earned over $1 trillion since March.[16] Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft now make up 20 percent of the stock market’s total worth.[17] Overall, in 2020, the top seven tech firms added $3.4 trillion in value.[18]
samAt the e time companies also had to deal with a diversity of small shareholders; households in 1960 accounted for 90 percent of all corporate equity. That percentage is now barely one-third. The role of large mutual and pension funds, as well as of foreign investors, has waxed greatly and concentrated key economic decision-making in an ever-smaller number of hands.[27]
Remarkably, the “party of the people” under the Obama administration protected the largest banking firms, and prevented antitrust enforcement against large corporate interests.[30] The ostensibly progressive White House presided over a continued decline in the share of income going to workers, and the growth of overweening, concentrated power metamorphosed through a series of financial arrangements that allowed even the companies behind the 2008 recession to come back with surprising ease.
The current Democratic Party may represent the apotheosis of the new corporate state. It raises record sums from the corporate elite[35]—notably, the tech oligarchs[36] and their Wall Street allies.[37] Among financial firms, communications companies, and lawyers, Biden outraised Trump by five to one or more.[38] Equally important, the tech giants actively helped direct Biden’s presidential campaign,[39] providing digital savvy,[40] with Mark Zuckerberg himself financing election day operations in many critical states.[41] Time magazine’s approving exposé of the corporate elites’ scheme to unseat President Trump noted that an “informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans” had succeeded in influencing election results through both cash donations to Democrats and manipulation of media for political ends.[42]
The oligarchs often couched their support in progressive and even patriotic rhetoric that also served their economic interests. They needed to turn back challenges posed by real progressives, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who openly challenged their power.[43] Oligarchs like Jeff Bezos, through his mouthpiece the Washington Post, backed Biden and consistently denigrated Sanders.[44] They also have a great interest in reducing conflict with China, which they see as a key market and a source of supply, and they also seek to restore the flow of high-tech de facto indentured servants imported from abroad, who constitute upward of 40 percent of Silicon Valley’s high-tech workforce.
Ironically, many of the more woke companies—the NBA, Nike, Coca-Cola, and Google, among others—see no contradiction in supporting claims of “systemic racism” and “social justice” while cooperating with Chinese authorities to abuse basic human rights in Hong Kong or to impose forced labor in Xinjiang.[72] Boldly progressive firms like Airbnb have no problems sharing customer data with China’s security state; nor does Apple show compunction in building their products with slavelike labor.[73] To the American elite one can be endlessly woke at home, while ignoring the implications, and utter hypocrisy, of their engagement with China’s corporate state.
Yet, at least for now, our constitution provides some room for action. Strong actions to break up or at least restrain the acquisitions of the largest firms—notably, in tech and finance—are a viable response. Breaking up these firms, or turning them essentially into regulated utilities, also makes sense. Certainly, other actions to guarantee free speech rights and to preserve some degree of local autonomy have appeal across the political spectrum.
Read more here: https://dc.claremont.org/the-rise-of-corporate-state-tyranny/

Do Harris and Biden have a clue?

Texas Governor Abbott: "We had almost an 800% increase April over April of the amount of fentanyl that has been apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety."

The centrality of self-interest to the human universe

Jason Riley has written a book about Thomas Sowell, who will be 91-years-old next month. The book is entitled Maverick, A Biography of Thomas Sowell. One quote from the book: “Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.” Read more here: https://newcriterion.com/issues/2021/6/the-triumph-of-thomas-sowell

We need a new Tony Bennet song about living in San Francisco!

In Front Page Magazine Daniel Greenfield has a lengthy piece on shoplifting in San Francisco. Videos are included of people packing their back packs and wheeled travel bags with stolen merchandise: https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/2021/05/san-fran-legalized-shoplifting-now-seniors-have-no-daniel-greenfield/

Stormcloud over Texas

via Ace of Spades blog

Thursday, May 20, 2021

This picture will be famous

He will never back down!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What is behind the latest attacks against Israel

In Spectator, Dov Fischer explains the factors leading to the current attack on Israel. Read it here: https://spectator.org/hamas-terror-israel/

Friday, May 14, 2021

Why so little emphasis on treatment and so much emphasis on experimental vaccines?

Brian Shilhavy of Health Impact News points out that according to the CDC, 4,434 people have died after taking experimental vaccines for Covid 19. Why has there been so little emphasis on treatment and so much emphasis on vaccines? Read more here and watch an interview conducted by Tucker Carlson: https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/tucker-carlson-interviews-dr-peter-mccullough-on-worldwide-conspiracy-to-suppress-existing-drugs-that-effectively-treat-covid-patients-in-favor-of-vaccines/

Where were they when he was a candidate for President?

The New York Times is reporting that Biden has a short temper and often uses vulgar profanity when frustrated. You don't say! How many times did we see this during the presidential campaign? Where was the New York Times then? Read more here: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/14/new-york-times-joe-biden-has-short-temper-outbursts-of-profanity/

Does this mean that Tom and Gisele are now homeless?

Mustn't be redundant!

All we have to do is to look up!

Who will clean up?

Will the climate or the police kill you first?

It gets worse.

What would you do if you had the button?

Dov Fischer writes in Spectator to explain what is happening in Israel. He gives us some history and then moves on to the present.
If any country on Earth were to fire 1,000 rockets in three days indiscriminately into Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Atlanta, and Houston civilian centers, this country — yes, even under Biden and Pelosi, Obama and Schumer — would be dropping nuclear bombs on the source. And England would be doing the same if their cities were enduring this. So would France and Germany. So would China and Russia. So would you if you had the button.
For Israel, there is no making peace with people who will not accept the right of Jews to live sovereign in the land. It is a hard pill to swallow, recognizing with exasperation that there is no possible formula for making peace with such other than utterly crushing. The reason that German Nazis under Hitler and Eichmann finally have stopped their effort to destroy Jews is that they are dead, crushed, annihilated, wiped out. Even their carcasses are gone. The reason that Japan, who destroyed Pearl Harbor, became friendly to and a great ally of America can be explained in eight syllables: Na-ga-sa-ki-Hi-ro-shi-ma.
As Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders tweet their condemnations of Israel for doing what any sovereign country would do to defend itself against a terror regime that bases its rocket launchers in hospitals, elementary schools, residential apartment buildings, and in ambulances, fair people will respond in the only five words that seem logical: They can go to hell.
Read more here: https://spectator.org/israel-tlaib-omar-sanders-war-hamas-bombs/

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Over 15,000 gas stations are out of fuel nationwide!

ZACHARY STIEBER reports in the Epoch Times that over 15,000 gas stations in the nation are out of fuel. Read more here: https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/over-15000-gas-stations-out-of-fuel-nationwide_3814243.html

"We're gonna do the opposite!"

From the Babylon Bee:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A spokeswoman for President Biden said Wednesday that he remains committed to rolling back all of former President Donald Trump’s policies, including peace in the Middle East. Palestinians in the West Bank voiced their collective approval by launching celebratory rockets into Israel.
...Psaki then noted that the Biden administration is committed to rolling back many other Trump policies such as affordable gasoline, low unemployment rates, and general economic prosperity. “We’re going to do the opposite,” Psaki said. “All that stuff has got to go.”
Read more here: https://babylonbee.com/news/biden-continues-rollback-of-trump-policies-like-peace-in-the-middle-east

$6.99 per gallon of 87 octane fuel in Virginia!

Bloomberg.com says Colonial Pipeline paid the ransom to the criminal Russian cyberhackers

Did Biden encourage Colonial Pipeline to pay the $5 million dollar ransom to the criminal Russian cyberhackers? Biden says he "has no comment on that." Read more here: http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=393808

"This will not be the last greet and meet!"

Listen to this mom tell her school board why she does want Critical Race Theory to be taught to her children!

Things are getting worse

In American Greatnesss, Victor Davis Hanson writes,
In the crazy last 100 days, the price of everything from lumber, food, and gas to cars and houses has soared. Yet many interest rates are still stuck at or below three percent.
Jobs are plentiful; workers are not. Is that a surprise when government cash handouts discourage the unemployed from taking a pay cut to go back to work?
In almost every major city—Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Washington—violent crimes and homicides have grown by double digits over the previous year.
So Russian troops predictably mass on the Ukrainian border. Chinese steps up its harassment of Taiwan. North Korea launches more missiles, Iran hazes U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf. And rockets from Gaza pour into Israel.
Read more here: https://amgreatness.com/2021/05/12/biden-mocks-ancient-wisdom/

Should Fauci be criminally charged?

Ace of Spades is calling for Dr. Fauci to be locked up on perjury charges for lying to Congress in his answers to Dr. Rand Paul in Congressional testimony. Read more here: http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=393802

Florida Governor DeSantis: "We are the oasis of freedom!"

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

"She is actually our miracle, all wrapped up in fur!"

What can parents do to encourage resilience and success?

In CNBC, Kumar Mehta writes about seven things parents of exceptionally resilient and successful children do.
1. They push their kids to play to their strengths
2. They demonstrate the link between hard work and extraordinary outcomes
3. They create a culture of striving and excellence
4. They encourage self-confidence
5. They are patient when their kids ask questions
6. They promote ‘early specialization’
7. They encourage competition and improvement
Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/11/how-to-raise-exceptionally-smart-resilient-success-kids-according-to-psychologist.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Bribing voters

Gavin Newsome has come up with a great idea to get California voters to vote for him. Victoria Taft has the story in PJ Media: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/05/11/governor-gavin-newsom-has-a-new-plan-to-beat-his-recall-flat-out-bribery-n1446073

Going around in circles!

And they want to make D.C. a state?

Lisa Fletcher reports in ABC7 News in Washington D.C.,
Carjackers put a gun to 73-year-old Doug Nelson’s head as he arrived home a little after midnight. The Vietnam veteran and grandfather of 11 had just finished his usual late shift at the U.S. Postal Service.
“As I was exiting the vehicle, this guy came up with the pistol and said ‘Give me the car. You know, what's happening. Give me a car,’” said Doug.
Without hesitation, Doug handed over the car, hoping that was all he would lose.
You won't believe what happened next: https://wjla.com/features/i-team/investigations/draft-carjacking-victims-told-to-pay-speeding-tickets-from-criminals-who-took-their-car

I wonder how much they had to pay the cyberhacker criminals!

The Hill reports,
Colonial Pipeline restarting operations after cyberattack
Read more here: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/553224-granholm-colonial-to-restart-operations-today

Inflation numbers

Brad Smith posted on Facebook:
Inflation over last 12 months: 4.2%, highest year over year rate since September 2008. Inflation in March: 0.9%, highest since April 1982 (note a monthly rate of 0.9% is 10.8% annualized). Avg. price gallon of regular gas: $2.99, highest since November 2014. Used Car prices: up 12.4% in last year. New car prices up 7.0%. Median home price: up 18.4% over year. April jobs report: 266,000 new jobs, vs. predicted 1 million. Stagflation, anyone?
https://www.facebook.com/brad.smith.96387189/posts/10100888943048349 via Glenn Reynolds

Neurological attacks onU.S. government officials

Ryan Saaevdra reports in the Daily Wire,
An explosive report published this week indicates that top U.S. officials suspect that a secret Russian military unit, the GRU, might be behind neurological attacks on U.S. government officials — an issue that was first discovered several years ago in Cuba — on U.S. soil, including near the White House.
multiple U.S. government officials have fallen ill with neurological symptoms that mirror the suspected attacks that U.S. officials experienced in Cuba, which cause symptoms now known as “Havana Syndrome.” Victims of the attacks experience intense headaches, loss of balance, numerous hearing issues, and in some cases long-term brain damage.
Read more here: https://www.dailywire.com/news/russian-military-unit-suspected-to-be-behind-neurological-attacks-on-u-s-officials-on-u-s-soil-report

A playground for perverts

The New York Post editorial page writes,
Instagram is plagued by child predators seeking to identify and groom potential victims. Now moms and dads will have another worry.
Forty-four state attorneys general wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to drop plans for an “Instagram Kids” for under-13s, but the social-media giant has no shame, insisting children and parents will be better off.
Read more here: https://nypost.com/2021/05/11/instagram-kids-facebooks-building-a-playground-for-perverts/

Twitter and Facebook refuse to remove Chinese Communist Party robot accounts

Natalie Winters reports in the National Pulse,
Platforms including Twitter and Facebook are failing to suspend and label thousands of bot accounts linked to the Chinese Communist Party, according to a new investigation conducted by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute.
Read more here: https://thenationalpulse.com/breaking/twitter-facebook-refuse-to-remove-ccp-bots/

Are we headed toward a recession?

Many thinks so, and David Goldman explains why: https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2021/05/12/inflation-is-the-issue-that-will-topple-the-democrats-n1446407

A negative appraisel of Dr. Fauci

Lloyd Billingsley writes in FrontPage Magazine,
Millions of Americans got their first dose of Dr. Fauci in early 2020, when he recommended the destructive lockdowns that crushed the powerful Trump economy, infringed on Americans’ constitutional rights, and enabled massive voting by mail. Fauci issued prophecies based on computer models but shied away from hard, scientific data. On the origin of the pandemic, the NIAID boss remains evasive.
With Fauci, now 80, it’s always been about politics, power and money.
With a current salary of $417,608, more than the president of the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci is the highest paid bureaucrat in the federal government. Fauci’s NIAID now boasts a budget of more than $6 billion, an increase of 3.1 percent from the previous fiscal year. By all indications the destructive lockdowns that punished millions of Americans affected Dr. Fauci not at all.
In 1968, Anthony Fauci didn’t want to treat wounded American soldiers in Vietnam, so he opted for a cushy job with the NIH. In 2021, after 53 years in government, Fauci remains indifferent to the suffering of Americans, who can’t vote him out of office. Dr. Anthony Fauci may be the nation’s leading white coat supremacist but he still wears that yellow beret with pride.

The "re-imagining" of law enforcement

Selwin Duke writes in the Americn Thinker,
Power-mongers attack those whose power they crave. Leftists want centralized control over local police just as they now have control over the intelligence agencies. They especially want this because law enforcement is generally, it appears, even more conservative than the military (its members are older, for one thing).
If the Left can co-opt the military and police, it will have seized our country’s last two remaining (relatively) “conservative” institutions. It will also have what’s necessary to quash that impediment to total coast-to-coast hegemony: America’s framework and tradition of state and local control.
And just as they’ve flipped from hating to liking the intelligence services because they now control them, so would they love the military and police — and use them with zeal — upon seizing them.
Read more here: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/05/how_the_left_plans_to_put_boots_on_the_ground_to_subdue_middle_america.html

Monday, May 10, 2021

Tormenting us with the approval of their own conscience!

This C.S. Lewis quote is one of my favorites:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
via Scott Morefield in Town Hall

We now know who cyberattacked the pipeline supplying the East Coast with 45% of its fuel supply

Breanna Kraemer reports in Just the News,
The FBI confirmed Monday the Russia-based criminal operation DarkSide is responsible for the recent cyberattack that has shut down the Colonial Pipeline that supplies the East Coast with 45% of its fuel supply.
...The corporate pipeline typically carries over 100 million gallons of oil from Texas to the Northeast everyday, but since Friday the service has been inoperable.
The cyber attacks by DarkSide paralyze company networks and are followed by a demanding a large ransom in exchange for undoing the damage.
Read more here: https://justthenews.com/government/security/pipeline-cyberattack-linked-extortion-criminal-group