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When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Tuesday - July 07, 2020

And There Is No Joy In Whoville

Trump Dumps WHO

Trump administration sends formal notification of U.S. withdrawal from the W.H.O., effective next year.

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations that the United States is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, officials said Tuesday, cutting off one of the organization’s biggest sources of aid amid a pandemic that has infected more than 11.6 million people, killed more than a half a million, and upended life around the world.

“The United States’ notice of withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, has been submitted to the U.N. secretary general, who is the depository for the W.H.O.,” said a senior administration official.

By law, the United States must give the organization a year’s notice if it intends to withdraw, and meet all the current financial obligations in the current year.

Mr. Trump, whose response to the pandemic has drawn criticism, first announced that he planned to halt funding to the W.H.O. in April, claiming that the organization had made a series of mistakes as it battled the virus.  The biennial budget for the W.H.O. is about $6 billion, which comes from member countries around the world. In 2019, the last year for which figures were available, the United States contributed about $553 million.

OTOH, if Biden wins the election, he has said he’d rejoin this crop of idiots in a nanosecond.

Maybe Trump should just cut our annual funding to a dollar. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/07/2020 at 04:41 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 25, 2020

Fudging The Numbers

An Abundance Of Caution Tyranny

NJ Governor Murphy Now Padding COVID Death Numbers With “Probable” Cases, Jacking Death Totals 14.2%

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New Jersey is now reporting probable deaths as part of its regular updates amid the coronavirus crisis. The report became public as Gov. Phil Murphy announced 406 additional coronavirus cases and 26 more deaths during his Thursday news conference (you can watch it here, below).

New Jersey reported 1,854 probable deaths since the outbreak began in March. Added together with confirmed deaths, it means as many as 14,872 people have died in New Jersey because of the coronavirus.

Just under a third of the probable deaths are associated with a long-term care facility, said Edward Lifshitz, medical director for the state Department of Health.

Murphy said his administration has been examining death certificates to identify residents, with “great reliability,” whose passing probably happened because of the coronavirus.

For many of these people, tests were never performed even though they had the underlying symptoms of the illness, Murphy said.

Murphy said the numbers “represent the toll this pandemic has had on our New Jersey family.”

“We report this out of nothing other than a solemn sense of duty,” he said. “For many families, we hope these determinations will provide a sense of closure.”

What a load of turnips. He’s doing this to pump the numbers to keep his reign and his “emergency powers” running as long as he can. And to grab federal money I’m sure, and to Get Trump.

King Murphy sux.

Note: The “Confirmed” death count stands at 13,018. The new “Probable” death count is 1,854. This adds 14.24% to the grim stats.

This sleight of hand nearly doubled the number of deaths in my county, taking us from a very low 67 up to 122. This is a scam.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2020 at 05:19 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 24, 2020

Job Loss Numbers, Free States VS Lockdown States

OT, and just for gits and shiggles (yeah right):

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/06/coronavirus_derangement_syndrome.html

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-arkansas-tyson-foods-plants-report-95-coronavirus-positives-asymptomatic/

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Another amazing study ... and totally unexpected too.

Government’s Most Most Essential Workers Are Government Workers

As in No Kidding. You didn’t think they’d lose even an hour’s pay, did you? Meanwhile, you’re out of work for as long as they feel like it.

[ Dateline Kansas ] Employment data released today for May by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kansas has about 107,000 fewer private-sector jobs than in February, prior to Governor Kelly’s mandatory shutdown order over COVID-19.  At the same time, state government employment declined by just 200.

Residents and business owners in states under a COVID shutdown mandate from their governors are suffering far more job loss.  May private-sector employment in those 43 states was 13.1% lower than a year ago, but the states not shut down by their governors only lost 7.7% of their private job base.

Thirty-two of the 43 states shut down suffered more than 10% private job loss.

The governors of those 43 states were much more protective of state employees, however.  In fact, eight states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island – had more state employees in May than a year ago.  New Jersey’s private sector was devastated with an 18.5% job loss, but state government jobs declined by just 0.4%.

None of the governors that didn’t lock their states down increased state employment levels.  Collectively, the shutdown states had 5.2% fewer state government employees in May compared to a year ago, compared to a 9% decline in the seven states that weren’t shut down.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem took a lot of heat from national media for not closing her state, but her actions are positioning the state for a COVID economic recovery.  With private job loss of just 6.9%, tax revenue loss should be must less than many other states; Governor Noem will also be better prepared to deal with tax loss, having reduced state government employment by 14.1%.

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South Dakota also has a very low COVID mortality rate, at just 1.3% as of June 17.  The seven states not shut down have an average COVID mortality rate of 1.8%, while the other states’ average mortality rate is 5.5%.

The states locked down by the governors also have more deaths per million of population (375 vs. 103), and South Dakota is even lower, at just 88 deaths per million.

COVID cases per million are also 11% higher in the states that were shut down, There are 6,791 cases per million in the states that were shut down and 6,073 in the other states.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/24/2020 at 04:04 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 07, 2020

An Un-Bridge Post

What a non-surprise. “Bridgegate” was a hit job against the Chris Christie administration. Well no shirt.

US Supreme Court Tosses Bridgegate Convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out convictions against Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former Christie administration officials charged in what has become known as Bridgegate.

The court unanimously overturned the 2016 convictions of Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and William Baroni, the former governor’s top political appointment at the Port Authority, while acknowleding they “used deception to reduce Fort Lee’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge – and thereby jeopardized the safety of the town’s residents.”

But Justice Elena Kagan, who wrote the opinion, said prosecutors wrongfully applied federal statutes in the case.

“Not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime. Because the scheme here did not aim to obtain money or property, Baroni and Kelly could not have violated the federal-program fraud or wire fraud laws,” she wrote.
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Kelly and Baroni were found guilty in November 2016 of all charges — conspiracy, wire fraud and civil rights violations — connected to the scandal, which involved shutting down several local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee as retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not endorsing Christie for reelection in 2013. A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against them in May 2015.

The foolish flunky at Port Authority, David Wildstein copped a plea to 2 counts of conspiracy and got 3 years probation for it. So no exculpation for him.

Was this whole affair of unwarranted placement of a bunch of rubber traffic cones really some kind of payback against the unsupportive mayor of Fort Lee? Probably. Maybe. Who really cares? IIRC the lanes were only closed off for a few days. So big deal, shut up, move on. The whole criminal charge thing was pretty much just the Left going into High Dudgeon mode to zap anyone on the Right as hard as possible. I’m sure General Flynn could have something to say about that.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/07/2020 at 12:17 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 21, 2020

Another of my wild ideas about easier voting

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The Left is pushing for ballot harvesting all over the country. This is blatant corruption and you know it. Given that mail-in voting is already widespread, ballot harvest ( where some local “rep” collects all the ballots from the neighborhood and “delivers” them for you ) is utterly unnecessary. It’s an opportunity for fraud and nothing else.

What if there was a way in this world of lockdown where people could physically vote easily? I realized this morning that such a system is already in place, in tens of millions of locations across the nation, and that each one of them already provides a receipt and keeps a video record of the person voting.

That system is called an ATM. Every ATM in the country already has the on-demand instant connectivity to every single bank everywhere. A minor addition to the software makes them voting machines. “Select Vote or ATM”. boop “Voting: enter you SSN” boopy-boop-bip-boop “Select the proper response from these 4 multiple choice selections to prove your identity”. And so on. And the receipt prints out your name, the machine location, and a timestamp. And your vote is an encrypted barcode: the only way to decode the barcode is to use your ATM password as the key. Or you have another password registered with your elections board. You do that online. You use that to log into the voting side of the ATM, and then answer the identity questions.

And you could vote anywhere you wanted to at any time. Obviously the software needs to check against multiple votes, red flag (with voter video) people who fail to enter the proper info multiple times, the system would indirectly access the criminal databases and mortuary databases (SSN record would only need a “can vote” flag added: one bit. That bit is not controlled by SS, but by the criminal and mortuary databases, who would thus be forced to keep their records current and accurate). We live in a world of highly interconnected massive computer systems. I think it’s time we use them FOR the people, and not against the people.

This could be done, without too much work or expense. And you could keep mail-in ballots too. But as long as the herd is not immune, in person voting (almost always staffed by senior citizens who are most at risk) may be a thing of the past.

At this point I have played with this idea not using an ATM card. You could make it so that the person has to log in with that first. But that might not be the best way if the idea is to keep the functions as separate as possible.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/21/2020 at 10:04 AM   
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calendar   Friday - April 10, 2020

What Pat Said, But Worse

Pat Buchanan: Trump’s Decision Point Is All That Matters

Upon this question now, the Trump presidency appears to hang:

Will Trump’s actions flatten the curve and put the pandemic on an irreversible downward course in daily cases and deaths, as he produces a U-turn, if not a V-turn, dramatically driving the economy upward from depression and toward national prosperity?

Can he revive the economy without reviving the virus?  Or will the coronavirus so severely cripple the economy that the depression it produces will kill the Trump presidency?

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie framed the issue thus: “Politically, nothing else matters. … I have never seen a time when an opponent is more irrelevant. And that’s not an insult to Vice President Biden.

“But in the end, the American people are going to decide, has the president of the United States stood up to this crisis, and done right by them and protected their lives and their property, or hasn’t he?”

Trump’s true adversary in this election is not Joe Biden, the hermit candidate sheltering in place. Biden is but a name on the November ballot you mark if you want to remove and replace Donald Trump.

Trump’s real antagonists are the media who detest him and are determined, having failed to impeach and remove him, to drive him from office by portraying him as a foolish, failed president in the worst crisis to hit the country since Pearl Harbor.

The crucial decision Trump will make is to choose the exact moment to reopen the country and the economy, without igniting a new spike in the pandemic that induces despair and causes a panic.

The president’s aides in charge of the medical crisis want the longest delay possible. His economic and political advisers, fearing Trump could be forced to run as Herbert Hoover did, at the nadir of a new depression, want an earlier decision to start opening up the country.

Action cannot long be delayed if we are to survive the medical crisis only to endure a longer and more costly economic crisis.

Thursday morning, jobless claims revealed that another 6.6 million Americans had lost their jobs, bringing to 16.7 million the number who have filed for unemployment in just three weeks.

One in 10 Americans is now out of work.

Six weeks ago, Trump was boasting, and justifiably so, of having the greatest economy of any president in recent memory. Now, the possibility exists that he could go into the fall election with the worst economy since Hoover and the Great Depression of 1932.

Trump’s decision, which will determine the fate of his presidency, is likely close at hand.

And this is why the CDC is directing coroners to fudge the death stats to make the COVID numbers higher. That’s extra ammo to the “Trump didn’t protect us” mantra.

And while I don’t deny Buchanan’s numbers, he is leaving out a significant skewing factor: an awful lot of people work in government. And NOT ONE of them has been fired, laid off, furloughed, or reduced to minimal hours. Not one. This extends all the way down to the guys who mow the grass in the town parks you aren’t allowed to use right now. From the federal government to the state government to the county government to the town government to the hamlet leadership to the managers of the HOAs and condo parks. As a very rough guess, I’ll say that’s 20% of the overall workforce, 2 in 10, and I’m probably very low. So if we have 10% unemployment, that means actual unemployment for everyone else is 12.5%. And if we hit 20% by Pat’s overall standard, that’s 25% for everybody else.

Pray for our President.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2020 at 10:25 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 08, 2020

Bye Bye Bernie

Sanders Drop Out

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race, after weeks of clinging to an all-but-impossible path to victory over his moderate rival Joe Biden in a race now frozen by the coronavirus crisis.

Sanders told his staff on a conference call that he is suspending his campaign for president and was set to address his supporters in a livestream event at 11:45 a.m., his campaign said.

In response, the stock market immediately went up.

U.S. equity markets rallied to session highs Wednesday after Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he was suspending his presidential campaign.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 593 points, or 2.62 percent, ahead of the noon hour
while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite rose 2.4 percent and 2.04 percent, respectively. The gains have lifted the S&P 500 out of its bear market, which would officially end with the index closing above 2,684.88.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/08/2020 at 11:30 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 25, 2020

Jerks Knee Jerking

Nevada Gov: No “off label” HCQ treatments for you. Because Tropical Fish?

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has restricted the prescription of two malaria medications that President Trump named as potential remedies for coronavirus, after a man died and his wife was hospitalized for using a fish tank cleaning additive with a similar name as a substitute.

Sisolak, a Democrat, issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting prescriptions of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus patients after the president mentioned the two drugs during a press briefing.

“While the two drugs have necessary medical purposes, there is no conclusive evidence at this time among COVID-19 experts or Nevada’s own medical health advisory team that the drugs provide treatment for COVID-19 patients,” Sisolak said in a statement.

While addressing reporters, Trump mentioned both drugs as being fast-tracked for use as treatment, touting their likelihood of being effective despite the FDA still testing it for coronavirus use.

The order also limits a prescription to a 30-day supply to ensure it’s available for “legitimate medical purposes” and so that people cannot find a way to stockpile the drug.

Sisolak faced a backlash from Trump allies over the order, as the drugs are in fact being used in trials. They are among a select group of possible therapies the World Health Organization is currently looking at as potentially treating or preventing COVID-19, though the effectiveness of the drugs remains unclear.

The WHO originally did not have the two drugs as part of their trial, but high interest led them to reconsider.

I didn’t post on yesterday’s story about the two idiot senior citizens in Arizona who poisoned themselves by taking fish tank stuff. Because chloroquine and because Trump. Most of the news was about the news; how the various DemMSM media outlets had used this as a cudgel against the President. I did look into it quite a bit, which not one of the media sites has done.

First, the stuff is not fish tank cleaner. It is aquarium antibiotic. HUGE difference.

Second, this stuff generally uses a different kind of chloroquine (the sulphate variant), and often has some other kinds of really strong medicine mixed in with it.

Third, it is really hard to find in the USA in consumer sized amounts, and not all that easy to locate in professional bulk either.

Fourth, in Australia and other areas around there on the far side of the world, prices have been skyrocketing for a week now.

So these two winners in AZ aren’t the only people thinking along these lines. And unless they were major tropical fish enthusiasts, I have a whole lot of doubts about their story. Like, maybe they bought it from eBay in panic. Or maybe this is a perfect murder. He’s dead. She survived. Blame Trump.

There have been media stories about hoarding HCQ, although whatever kind of hoarding that might impact the distribution channels would have to be done at the drug warehouse level to make any difference.

Very little news front page coverage that the Isreali pharma company TEVA has given the USA six million doses. That would be positive news and the DemMSM exists only to fuel the panic in order to bring down Trump. However the story is out there, but it didn’t fit the agenda.

And now we have the Governor of Nevada banning the HCQ / Z-Pack treatment. Because OF COURSE he’s a Dem.

However, the entire chloroquine angle is being denigrated by the Left, simply because President Trump mentioned it. I admit, I’ve spent far too much time digging into this whole coronavirus situation since the very beginning. Aspects of the disease, it’s origins, victims, tests, and treatments. While various forms of chloroquine have been being used for this with pretty good effect around the world for quite some time now, it is not a perfect panacea. Nothing is. But the moment our President mentioned it as a ray of hope, it was instant anathema to a large part of our media who then ran all kinds of negative stories about it. And Governor Sleestak is playing the same tune. Remember this, Nevadians.

[ If you want to stay abreast of the latest news about treatments, trials, and other COVID R&D, the investor pages are your best bet. They put these stories out there without political bias and without drowning you in medical terminology. ]


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/25/2020 at 09:50 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 02, 2020

Add Klobuchar To The Loser List

Amy Klobuchar Drops Out Of Dem Primaries

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar ended her Democratic presidential campaign on Monday and plans to endorse rival Joe Biden in an effort to unify moderate voters behind the former vice president’s White House bid.

She is flying to Dallas and plans to join Biden at his rally Monday night, according to her campaign.

Klobuchar was the third presidential candidate to drop out of the race in less than 49 hours, following Pete Buttigieg’s departure late Sunday and Tom Steyer’s exit late Saturday. Their decisions reflect an urgent push among moderates to consolidate behind Biden as a counter to progressive rival Bernie Sanders.

Klobuchar outlasted several better-known and better-funded Democrats, thanks to a better-than-expected third-place finish in in New Hampshire. But she couldn’t turn that into success elsewhere, as she struggled to build out a campaign that could compete across the country and had poor showings in the next contests.

You know, this is starting to smell bad. Three candidates quitting just before the Big Vote on Super Tuesday? Kinda smells fishy, don’t it? Why bother to do it now, when in 36 hours they would have known for sure that their campaigns were sunk. Or not. And at least the people - you know, all those citizens the Dems say they care so much about and who’s voices the want heard - at least the people would have made their choices.

But no. Ok, Steyer has tons of money, and two billionaires in the Dem primaries is two too many. But let’s see if Booty-Gig and Klobuchar seem to somehow soon acquire a new dacha or a small tropical island. Do the Bernie Buyout thing, just like in 2016.

Cowards or sell-outs. Or both?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/02/2020 at 04:56 PM   
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Buttigieg Pulls Out Finally Too

Adios Pendejo

Pete Buttigieg, who rose from relative obscurity as an Indiana mayor to a barrier-breaking, top-tier candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on Sunday.

The decision by the first openly gay candidate to seriously contend for the presidency — and among the youngest ever — came just a day after a leading rival, Joe Biden, scored a resounding victory in South Carolina. That sparked new pressure on the party’s moderate wing to coalesce behind the former vice president.

“The truth is the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause,” Buttigieg, 38, told supporters in South Bend, Indiana. “We must recognize that at this point in the race, the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and country together.”

He didn’t endorse any of his former rivals, though he and Biden traded voicemails on Sunday. Buttigieg has spent the past several weeks warning that nominating progressive leader Bernie Sanders to take on President Donald Trump would be risky.

Buttigieg on Sunday called on supporters to ensure that a Democrat wins the White House in November and that the party’s success carries over to down-ballot races for House and Senate. During previous debates, Buttigieg said Sanders could threaten Democratic seats in Congress.

While some say he’s pulling out early, others say he’s packing it in.

I expected this, but I figured he’d at least wait for the results of Super Tuesday. After all, he “won” Iowa, and tied in New Hampshire, right? And he’s still doing way better than Warren, Klobuchar, and Bloomberg. With nearly 2000 delegates to go. So this seems rather cowardly. Funny thing is, he’s still on the ballot in all those states, so who knows what will happen?

Thanks to Rich K for the heads up!!


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calendar   Wednesday - February 26, 2020

coronavirus briefing

President Trump has given the job of leading the corona taskforce to Vice President Pence.

This is a great opportunity for him, and for us. We haven’t seen all that much of the VP so far. This will be a very public task for him, regardless of how much of a figurehead he may be here. Under the microscope, under major pressure, in front of the microphones constantly. Can the former Governor of Indiana manage and coordinate, get people to do their best, get everyone to get along, to pull together? Is he a leader, or merely a Tweeter? Can he be a hero, or will he be a zero? I want to see him become an instant expert, not just a delegater. Perfect training for a possible future President.

Go get ‘em Mike.

Meanwhile, President Trump has said that the $2.5 Billion is a starting point; more will be available if necessary.

It looks like making gowns and N95 masks is going to shift into super high gear, while the President hopes they won’t be necessary. There will also be a big “what you can do at home” info blitz. Internationally, the President is going to play it by ear with travel and trade restrictions. I’m not sure that’s the best way, but slamming and locking the door would trash the global economy overnight, which is something he (and everybody else) wants to avoid.

Looks like international tourism is going to take an even bigger hit in the near future.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/26/2020 at 06:54 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 20, 2020

an ugly mess

We watched the Democrat debate from Las Vegas last night. What a horrible thing. You can easily find a million news stories, re-caps, live blogging posts and so forth, telling you what happened. I watched because I wanted to see Bloomberg in action. 93% fail.

The whole thing was awful. Desperate angry children without a clue or a plan, soaked in the stench of flop sweat. The moderators didn’t have much control at all. Throw out a softball and let the cat fights begin. Joe Biden was comatose most of the night and was mostly ignored. Bernie Sanders was even angrier than usual. OMG, he’s so old; the osteo has taken his neck and shoulders so much. Lizzy Warren is a really unpleasant person. So is Amy Kloubuchar. Both of them were on the verge of apoplexy, lightning bolts of emotional upset and anger blasting forth. Warren hasn’t much of a plan about much of anything. but she’s got sentiment. Kloubuchar has a plan, but you won’t like it. Pete Buttigig isn’t much better. And Mike Bloomberg stood there on the end, realizing that deep down he’s still probably some kind of Republican, and hating every one of these idiots he was forced to share a stage with. At least he had the smarts to reject the death of capitalism the rest of them are all hot for, saying how this has always failed and the result is communism. A trap which Bernie, the commie, jumped right into. Oh no, I’m not a communist, I’m a Democratic Socialist. Sure, for the Workers. And Mike didn’t bother to land the one-two punch, that the last guy wanting to lead a revolution for the democratic socialist workers party was ... Hitler.

I think a better format would be to give each of them 25 minutes of yap time the day before, with 35 minutes of answering questions about issues their pontification didn’t touch. That way people could maybe find out who they are, or what they say they stand for. Last night was just wall to wall nasty, especially from Warren, and we learned very little about any of them. Other than that Bloomberg, standing there rolling his eyes at the flow of stupid around him, is nearly as impatient and angry as Sanders. There are no leaders here. There are no unifiers here. Merely extreme Leftists and even more extreme Leftists.

I’d say the only real winner was Donald Trump.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/20/2020 at 07:03 AM   
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calendar   Monday - February 17, 2020

Thank God, Or A Nascent Recall

Virginia Legislature Rejects Assault Weapon Ban

Well, they tabled it for a full year anyway. That’s a step in the right direction. A small step.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal.

Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.

Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

The bill was a top priority for Northam, a Democrat who has campaigned heavily for a broad package of gun-control measures.

The legislation also engendered the biggest pushback from gun owners and gun-right advocates, who accused the governor and others of wanting to confiscate commonly owned guns and accessories from law-abiding gun owners. Northam has said repeatedly he does not want to confiscate guns, but argued that banning new sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would help prevent mass murders.

Virginia is the current epicenter of the country’s heated debate over gun control and mass shootings. Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from across the country flooded the state Capitol and surrounding area in protest, some donning tactical gear and carrying military-style rifles.

Northam has been able to get much of his gun-control agenda passed this year, but struggled with the proposed assault weapon ban. Earlier proposals to ban possession of AR-15-style rifles or to require owners to register them with state police have been scrapped. The governor had hoped a watered-down would win over enough Democratic moderates for passage.

Related: VA Senate blocks “unattended weapon” bill.

Don’t celebrate too much. I know the underhanded strategy here. Toss out a whopper of an overreach bill, and let it get shot down. Meanwhile, push through a truckload of nickle-and-dime bills like the one linked above, and hope that most of them fly under the radar. This is slavery by incrementalism, and for too long the people have not put a stop to it. From now on, EVERY damn bill must be scrutinized to the fullest.

Both chambers have passed some of Northam’s proposed gun control measures, and will hash out any differences between their respective versions in coming weeks. Those include limiting handgun purchases to once a month; universal background checks on gun purchases; and a red flag bill that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from anyone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.

Virginia House Bill 961—“a ban under the guise of compromise”—was tabled for a full year by the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Townhall’s Lawrence Keane warned last week that the bill would have banned “the sale of semiautomatic firearms that are commonly used for self-defense, recreational and competitive shooting and hunting, as well as suppressors.” Worse, “standard capacity magazine possession would become a crime” under HD961—or would have, had it passed. That seemed the likely result just up until minutes ago.
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This morning’s vote hinged on four Democrats who broke ranks to side with Republicans in opposition to HB961.

Keep in mind that the bill will come back for consideration in 2021. Since that isn’t a presidential election year, it’s a sure thing Democrats hope they’ll be able to move HB961 forward again—but under the radar.

Stay vigilant.

... like I said.


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calendar   Monday - February 10, 2020

what a dummy

On Fox News last night or the night before I saw a bit of an interview Bill Maher did with Mark Levin. The interview may have taken place some time ago, and was a prop in a roundtable discussion Levin was having with a couple other people.

Bill Maher was honestly disgruntled that the Senate had only two representatives per state, even though some states have many many times the population of other states. He was not being funny or making a parody. And Levin didn’t smack the crap out of him on the spot.

This is what our education system has created. Sad.

Hey dummy: Congress is divided into two parts: The House of Representatives and the Senate. The House is the People’s Legislature, with Congressmen elected from the several States based on their population. States with lots of citizens get more Representatives, which we call Congressmen, even though Senators are actually Congressmen too. Calling them “Housers” just doesn’t sound right. The Senate is the State’s Legislature, in which ALL STATES HAVE AN EQUAL VOICE. That’s why each State gets 2 Senators, only 2, no more and no less.

This is grade school level stuff. [ I hear AOC was recently lost in the forest, trying to find the 3 branches of government. ]

I will leave it as an intellectual exercise to the adults in the room to figure out what would happen if the Senate was also proportional, but I’ll give you a hint: it ain’t pretty, and it reeks of mob rule.


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