15 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-28-20

  1. Some sanity amidst the Democrats’ whining…..


    “A biochemist’s analysis of President Trump’s coronavirus press conference”

    “Many Legal Insurrection readers know I have a degree in biochemistry, and have donned the full-body protective suit during responses to releases of body fluids during my career as a hazardous materials specialist.

    So, I listened to President Donald Trump’s press conference with extreme interest today. Immediately, I noted something fascinating: Rod Rosenstein’s sister was nowhere to be seen, and one of the featured members of Trump’s coronavirus response task force as the reasonable and rational HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

    Clearly, this press conference was a masterful response by Trump to gain control of the flow of facts and provide full information to the American public without the distortions of media infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    While there is much to analyze here, I would like to laser-in on a few key points.

    One of the biggest questions I have had while preparing my Wuhan Virus Watch posts is: Exactly what is the current health status of the 15 Americans who were infected while within this country? The number will help us gauge exactly how lethal this virus is, as we clearly cannot rely on the Chinese data.

    According to the President, the news is good.

    The president revealed that of the “15” Americans confirmed to have the virus, eight have “returned to their homes to stay in their homes until fully recovered, one is in the hospital, and five have fully recovered; and one is, uh, we think in pretty good shape, and is in between hospital and going home.” Trump later said the person was “pretty sick and hopefully will recover.”

    The means that the virus isn’t quite as deadly as many have feared. Factors that could work in our favor include great sanitation, access to excellent medical care, and good diet…all of which play a role in recovering from illness.

    Another aspect of Trump’s announcement that I found encouraging was that he wasn’t appointing a “Coronavirus Czar”. I recall the antics of the “Ebola Czar” during the previous administration. The position, which as filled by an Obama operative, didn’t enhance one aspect of an initially chaotic response to the American cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

    Vice President Michael Pence is the perfect choice to head up the Task Force. Firstly, Pence clearly has not acted to undermine Trump in the past 3 plus-years of their partnership.

    Secondly, like Azar, Pence will not engage in fear-mongering, and his demeanor will make it difficult for the press to go into panic-mode. But if Pence tells you its bad, chances are that the assessment won’t be based on fake videos or edited graphics.

    Thirdly, this is a real chance for Pence to shine on his own despite the bright light of Trump’s charisma. Many of us are looking ahead to 2024, and a successful response by Pence would make him a formidable candidate if he opted to seek the Oval Office.

    Perhaps the best moment in the press conference came when Trump, a known germaphobe, discussed being hugged by a sick man.”


    Read the rest, and ignore the fearmongering Dems…..


  2. Democrats’ claims didn’t even survive the fact check from their own side.


    “Biden, Bloomberg ‘both wrong’ about Trump cutting CDC, NIH funding, AP fact check says”

    “The Associated Press is calling out two leading Democratic presidential candidates for what the outlet says were inaccurate comments about the government’s ability to address diseases like the coronavirus.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg were “both wrong” to say critical health agencies faced funding cuts. While discussing the coronavirus during Tuesday’s debate, those candidates blamed President Trump for restricting resources for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    “There’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. And he’s defunded — he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC, so we don’t have the organization we need. This is a very serious thing,” Bloomberg said.

    Biden similarly indicated Trump reversed the Obama-Biden administration’s budget increases to those agencies.

    “We increased the budget of the CDC. We increased the NIH budget. … He’s wiped all that out. … He cut the funding for the entire effort,” he said.

    But according to the AP, Trump’s proposed budget cuts never went into effect. Funding to fight the latest outbreak also came from a congressional fund created for health emergencies.

    Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.

    The broader point about there being “nobody here” to coordinate the response sells short what’s in place to handle an outbreak.

    Biden’s and Bloomberg’s campaigns didn’t immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.”


  3. They’re gonna do it again. 🙂


    “Democratic Superdelegates Say They’re Willing To Prevent Sanders From Becoming The Nominee”

    “The New York Times interviewed 93 Democratic superdelegates, 84 of which said Sen. Bernie Sanders shouldn’t become the nominee based solely on winning most, but not over 50%, of primary and caucus delegates.

    “If 60% is not with Bernie Sanders, I think that says something, I really do,” Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas told The Times.

    The odds of a contested convention are at 48%, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecasting model Thursday.”


    “For a candidate to win the nomination before the convention in July, they’d have to win at least 1,991 of the 3,979 “pledged” delegates up for grabs during the primaries and caucuses.

    The floodgates would open at the convention if no candidate breaches that threshold. All 3,979 “pledged” delegates would then be free to vote for anyone of their choosing, and the 771 superdelegates, comprised of elected Democrats and high-ranking members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), would be able to cast votes for whomever they wish as well.

    The candidates themselves also appear to be bracing for a contested convention as it appears increasingly likely that Sanders has the only realistic pathway to secure the nomination during the primaries and caucuses. Sanders was the only candidate during a Feb. 19 debate to say the person that enters the convention with the most, but not over 50%, of the “pledged” delegates should be the Democratic nominee.”


  4. The indoctrination and sexualization of children continues…..


    “National Education Association Pushes Transgendered Education in Elementary Schools

    “Transgender and non-binary youth are part of classrooms all across this country and deserve to see their stories reflected in their schools and communities””

    “The National Education Association has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to push transgendered indoctrination in elementary schools. The pair are pushing schools and communities across the country to read children’s books about transgenderism on February 27 (today).

    From the HRC blog:

    On February 27, thousands of parents, educators, elected officials and allies will join in solidarity with transgender and gender-expansive students by hosting school and community readings of I Am Jazz, a children’s book by transgender teen trailblazer Jazz Jennings, as well as additional titles. The fifth annual Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings is sponsored by the Welcoming Schools Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and the National Educational Association (NEA), the country’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3 million educators across the U.S.

    Following yet another year of cruel attacks on the rights and dignity of transgender young people — including a firestorm of proposed state legislation which could bar transgender youth and their parents from making decisions about their medical care — the day of readings helps foster safe and welcoming schools and communities for youth who still rarely hear affirming stories of LGBTQ people. In addition to I Am Jazz, participants will have the option of reading from additional books about transgender and gender-expansive youth of color, including Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love and They, She, He Easy as ABC by Maya and Matthew Smith Gonzalez.

    “Transgender and non-binary youth are part of classrooms all across this country and deserve to see their stories reflected in their schools and communities,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “I Am Jazz is a joyful book loved by children of all identities and it serves as a powerful tool for educators, parents and anyone who wants to lead with love during these challenging times. The readings that will take place across the country send a powerful message of support to transgender youth and their allies.”

    According to CNS News, the Family Research Council encouraged parents to keep their kids home:

    The conservative Family Research Council (FRC) is urging parents across the country to keep their kids home on Thursday, Feb. 27, a day that pro-LGBT activists and teachers will use to read pro-transgender books to children in some schools and libraries, a practice they want to establish as an annual event.”


    Keep them home permanently and find a good Christian cyber school.


  5. Yes please.


    This story is a few days old, but I haven’t seen much about it. Unless I am missing something, it deserves attention. From Just the News: “House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors.” The story stars Devin Nunes, one of the heroes of recent years:

    Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Just the News that his team has been scouring recent documents released by the FBI, including witness reports known as 302s, and found glaring evidence that contradicts claims the Mueller team made to courts and Congress.

    “We’re now going through these 302s, and we’re going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this Mueller report together,” Nunes said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast set to air on Tuesday.

    A key instance involves George Papadopoulos, who was accused of obstructing investigators’ attempts to find Joseph Mifsud, but who in fact tried to aid those efforts:

    Nunes specifically reacted to a story in Just the News disclosing that FBI interview memos of key figure George Papadopoulos show he was helpful in trying to locate a witness named Joseph Mifsud but that Mueller’s prosecutors portrayed Papdopoulos as trying to thwart or frustrate the investigation’s efforts to question Mifsud.

    The new FBI memos provide “our first evidence of the Mueller team lying to the court. It a lie. It’s a total lie,” the lawmaker said, referring to the Mueller team’s claim that Papadopoulos tried to hinder efforts to locate and question Mifsud.

    Links in original omitted. You can hear a brief audio of the interview with Nunes at the Just the News link, as well.

    If House Republicans refer some of Mueller’s political operatives to the Department of Justice for potential criminal prosecution, how big a deal is it?

    Nunes’ next referrals would be the first to target the Mueller team, and could force the Justice Department to investigate the special counsel team’s members or review the accuracy of Mueller’s final report.

    Nunes said he hopes John Durham, the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut named by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Russia investigators, can turn his attention to the conduct of Mueller’s team and not just the FBI leaders who started the Russia probe using opposition research from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”


  6. Chas,

    To clarify, if you were an immigrant and lied about a criminal record to get citizenship, it will be revoked and you will be deported.

    Also, there are a few other cases where revoking of naturalized citizenship is allowed.


    “Naturalized citizens cannot lose their citizenship except in rare cases and quite limited circumstances:

    If your citizenship was derived through military service, it can be revoked upon a dishonorable discharge after a general court-martial.

    Your citizenship could be revoked if, within 5 years of naturalization, the U.S. government proved you joined a subversive group. Such groups include Al Qaeda and the Nazi Party, for example.

    Your citizenship could be revoked if, within 10 years of naturalization, you refused to testify before a U.S. congressional committee investigating your involvement in an allegedly subversive act. Subversive acts include trying to harm U.S. officials or overthrow the government.

    If you lied or concealed relevant facts in order to obtain U.S. citizenship, your citizenship could be revoked. This is called illegally procuring citizenship.

    Right now, the U.S. Department of Justice is actively investigating illegal procurement of citizenship. The Department of Homeland Security has discovered around 315,000 naturalized citizens whose fingerprint repository files are missing some data.”


  7. Uhhhhh……

    “Biden: “I’m Looking Forward To Appointing The First African American Woman To The US Senate”…”


  8. “Wuhan Virus Watch: CDC Director Says Rod Rosenstein’s Sister “Misspoke” About Coronavirus Risk”


    “Meanwhile, Beijing streets are empty as its hospital reports clusters of COVID-19.”

    “The number of Wuhan Coronavirus cases reported worldwide is 83,379, distributed between 54 countries and territories. The death toll stands at 2,858.

    CDC director downplays claim that coronavirus spread is inevitable

    Two days ago, I reported that CDC official Nancy Messonnier ginned-up coronavirus fear with her announcement about an outbreak in this country being inevitable. She also has a deeply deep state connection in the form of her brother, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Now, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) downplayed her warning that the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the U.S. is inevitable, saying she misspoke.

    CDC Director Robert Redfield told Capitol Hill lawmakers Thursday that Dr. Nancy Messonnier’s statement Tuesday belied the fact that risk remains low.

    “I think what Dr. Messonnier was trying to say — I think it maybe could have been done much more articulately from what the American public heard — was she was trying to say it’s also a good time for us to prepare if we have to go to more mitigation,” Redfield told a House subcommittee.

    He added: “We’re still committed to get aggressive containment, and I want the American public to know at this point that the risk is low.”

    …“In some countries this has moved very quickly, like we saw in Korea now, where we had more cases in Korea in the last 24 hours than we had in all of China. We’ve seen in Italy, it’s moving fast, in Iran, it’s moving fast,” Redfield said. “But other countries have really used a containment and a blended mitigation strategy like Singapore and Hong Kong and they have really limited the spread after the initial introduction from China.””


  9. Biden must have meant he looked forward to appointing the first African American women to the US Supreme Court, which he had also said in the debate Tuesday. He sure seems not to be running on all thrusters.


  10. Yeah…..

    I’d say Joe is down to emergency power….

    “Joe Biden Says He ‘Became A Professor’ After Leaving White House — He Never Taught A Class”


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