19 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-8-20

  1. Hippocratic Hypocrisy.


    “Epidemiologists, doctors, and other medical personnel decried the anti-lockdown protests as reinforcing white supremacy, but as soon as the Black Lives Matter protests began, supported them.”

    “A rallying cry of this wave of protests that have captured the American narrative since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police on May 25 has been an ask for equity. But equity and equality are the furthest thing from the minds of those advocating for the ongoing mass demonstrations.

    As The New York Times points out, it was in May that over 1,300 health professionals signed a testament to their approval for the protests, which have been tens of thousands of individuals strong. These epidemiologists, doctors, and other medical personnel, had decried the anti-lockdown protests as reinforcing white supremacy, but as soon as the Black Lives Matter protests began, they switched their view and said that not supporting the protests was white supremacist.

    As the Times points out, this represents a bit of cognitive dissonance on behalf of those who signed the letter, while at the same time witnessing deaths and complications due to coronavirus spread.

    Christina Hoff Sommers writes: “Infuriating. Public health experts judge safety of protests depending on who is protesting. 1300 experts condemned protests against lockdown as ‘rooted in white nationalism.’ But protests against racism—’vital to the national public health.'””

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  2. The Covid 19 death rates are plunging, so the media is focusing on incresing case numbers.

    Except in one area, where they don’t even bring it up. Why you ask?


    “The national narrative about the current State of Texas Covid-19 crisis (and Arizona’s and California’s) goes like this: Fault for the escalating spike in hospitalizations that have overwhelmed Texas care facilities falls entirely to Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased reopening and the cavalier partying of bar patrons and spring-break revelers, all exclusively inside the state. The governor and local officials are succumbing to the narrative by reinstituting closures as a guard against future youthful stupidity.

    But my Border Patrol sources, Mexican media reports, and obscure local media reporting at the border tell a Texas story at sharp variance with that narrative. Taken all together, the collection of reporting persuasively suggests that some percentage of the Texas Covid-19 hospitalizations, likely a significant one, comes from an ongoing influx of seriously ill patients who caught the virus in Covid-exploding Mexico and are legally and illegally crossing the border to flee that country’s completely overrun health system. Refusal to acknowledge this ground truth and to excavate the data necessary to inform the right policy choices presents a danger to life that is more real than any imagined political offense by stating that Mexico is a source.

    Strong Evidence: “Hundreds” of Sick Border Patrol Agents, and Much More
    Enough evidence is now on hand that severely ill patients are pouring over from Mexico and adding to the American counts of hospitalization and death, probably coinciding with regular community spread resulting from recent mass protests. What’s needed now is acknowledgement that there are at least two merging streams, not to be conflated with one another.

    The most convincing evidence emerged from national reporting back in May, before widespread second-wave spikes generating the current panicked and uninformed policy responses. These are no longer cited in context of the crisis that much more recently developed: The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and most recently, to its rare credit, CNN on June 29, have established a credible anecdotal baseline that Covid-19 patients have been flooding through California and Arizona border ports of entry from Mexico (some illegally) — by the thousands — since at least mid-May as the virus struck our southern neighbor a month or two behind the United States. It was no coincidence that at the same time the Baja and Sonora state hospital systems were seizing up in worst-case scenarios of deadly convulsions.

    The CNN report confirmed other reports that American expatriates and Mexican visa-holders were coming up to California ports of entry aboard ambulances, or calling ambulances as they were crossing on foot. The CNN story, for instance, quoted Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association, calling what is underway “an unprecedented surge across the border”. The same June 29 story quoted California’s emergency medical services authority head Dr. David Duncan describing “the steady stream” coming into Imperial County as “gas on the fire” that will “continue to escalate and fuel the Covid pressures that we see.”

    None of these reports, however, mention the highly similar circumstances in Texas or the fact that Mexico’s Tamaulipas state hospitals right across from the Texas ones are seizing up, in Matamoros, across from Brownsville; in Reynosa, across from McAllen; in Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo; and in Juarez, across from El Paso.

    On Friday, a Border Patrol agent who works the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas told me his leadership had informed agents that more than 350 of their ranks had been pulled off the line in just that sector and placed in quarantine, including 120 confirmed agent cases, because at least in part “the number of illegals we catch with positive Covid are increasing.” This tracked with CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan telling a Senate committee hearing on June 25, that “several hundred” of his agents were infected with the virus due to “high-risk contact” with infected migrants they apprehended.

    Meanwhile, with almost every hospital along the Texas border chronically full of Covid patients, medical leaders are transporting them to Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and probably to other cities now reporting that they, too, are filling up ICU beds, just as reported in California. After months of low and manageable numbers, according to the Texas Tribune, they are now transferring patients to facilities as far away as Dallas.

    Some patients are obviously coming over from Mexico, such as Nuevo Laredo senior Humberto Padilla, who died in a Laredo hospital bed.

    No one will ask or say where the patients originated or even attempt to break things down, resulting in what is very likely an inaccurate picture of what is happening in Texas as entirely local internal spread.

    That’s a major public health problem.”

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  3. “A Minneapolis Neighborhood Checked Its Privilege And Eschewed Police. How’s That Working Out?”


    “As well as you’d expect. The Star Tribune reports on the third sexual assault in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood in as many weeks, although the report neglects to mention its no-police pledge it took after the killing of George Floyd. That led to an encampment of homeless people that now number in the hundreds forming in the park itself, which the neighborhood also seems determined to endure:

    Three sexual assaults have occurred since late last month in south Minneapolis at Powderhorn Park with the most recent as Sunday, where hundreds of homeless people have camped, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said Tuesday.

    The first incident occurred late on June 26 or early on June 27 and involved a girl being assaulted, said Park Board spokeswoman Robin Smothers. People from the park brought the girl to Abbott Northwestern Hospital for examination, and she was later turned over to social services personnel. No arrests have been made.

    On June 28, a caller reached 911 shortly after 2 a.m. to report a woman being assaulted at the park. The woman received medical attention and city police arrested a suspect nearby.

    On Sunday, a girl was assaulted by a man in the park. A Metro Transit police squad vehicle was flagged down that afternoon, and “after further questioning, the victim reported the assault,” said Park Board spokeswoman Robin Smothers.

    The New York Times featured the determination of Powderhorn Park residents to keep police from responding to issues in a profile two weeks ago. It had already started going badly at that point, and it clearly has gotten worse since:

    In the city where the movement began, residents are not surprised that it is being taken especially seriously in Powderhorn Park, just blocks from Mr. Floyd’s deadly encounter with the police. For decades, the community has been a refuge for scrappy working-class activists with far-left politics. The biggest day of the year, locals often boast, is the May Day parade celebrating laborers.

    Though it is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, with black residents making up about 17 percent of the population, white people make up the largest group. About a third of the population is Latino.

    Since the camp appeared, the community has organized shifts for delivering warm meals, medical care and counseling to people living in the park. They persuaded officials to back off an eviction notice served shortly after the campers arrived.

    But many in the neighborhood, who were already beleaguered from the financial stresses of the coronavirus, now say they are eager for the campers to move on to stable housing away from the park.

    “I’m not being judgmental,” said Carrie Nightshade, 44, who explained that she no longer felt comfortable letting her children, 12 and 9, play in the park by themselves. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.”

    It’s even less safe now, and yet there is no indication that residents have changed their position about the police. Even at that time, they discovered that their pledge to contact community-activist groups rather than police worked best in theory rather than practice. Community activist groups don’t always answer the phone, for one thing, and aren’t always inclined to respond when they do. As of two weeks ago, though, that message still hadn’t gotten through, nor the point that community activists may not be interested in intervening when violence is being threatened.

    One man expressed regret for calling 911 after two armed teenagers had pointed a gun at him and demanded his car keys. After first justifying it, Mitchell Erickson told the NYT that it was he who had endangered their lives:”


    Because he’s a “woke,” guilt ridden, white idiot.

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  4. Send this traitor back to the 3rd world hellhole she came from.


    “Ilhan Omar Just Admitted That She’s Looking to Topple the United States”

    “Ilhan Omar, an elected representative in Minnesota, is on the war footing and she’s calling for the total defeat and dismantling of her enemy.

    Her enemy just so happens to be the very country she’s been elected to serve.

    Yesterday, I noted that we are in the middle of a civil war and that our nation is under siege from an enemy looking to topple the American capitalist constitutional republican and implement a socialist system.

    I received quite a few messages telling me that I was paranoid and that no such takeover was happening.

    As it turns out, my observation was spot on as Omar has now fully admitted that this is exactly what the left is trying to do.”

    “While this may be a shocking thing to hear out of Ilhan Omar, it’s not surprising. Omar has been a constant proponent of anti-American sentiment which can be seen from her membership in socialist institutions and whom she considers mentors. Omar has a close relationship with the Democratic Socialists of America, a group that describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States.”

    Omar also considers Angela Davis, a rabid communist, and anti-semite, as one of her idols, as my colleague Bonchie once covered in detail:”

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  6. Yesterday it was heartening to see some liberals stand up for debate and against cancel culture.

    But that was yesterday……


    “150 Writers And Academics Sign A Letter Defending ‘Open Debate’ Against Cancel Culture”

    “Harper’s Magazine has published a letter on “open debate” which is signed by 150 journalists, writers and academics, from Noam Chomsky to J.K. Rowling. The letter itself is relatively brief and takes plenty of shots at the right on the way to making a point about left’s growing fondness for cancel culture.

    You can read it all here. The letter praises “powerful protests” for social justice and then warns that “forces of illiberalism” (they name Trump as an ally of these forces) are “gaining strength.” The letter warns “resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma.” And that’s really the main point of the letter.

    The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought.

    Back in January I wrote about YouTuber Natalie Wynn who made a pretty good argument that there is a clear difference between social accountability and cancel culture. The former is about changing someone’s mind while the latter is almost always about punishing unorthodox views either socially or economically.”


    But they’ve now been smacked back into line……


    “Of Course: Signatories Of Harpers Letter Criticizing Cancel Culture Begin To Cancel Themselves”

    “This reads like a satire from Jonathan Swift or George Orwell, and if it were a movie, it would be the film of our times. John wrote yesterday about the letter signed by 153 “prominent artists and intellectuals,” as the New York Times describes them, decrying cancel culture and defending free speech and open debate. They argued at Harper’s that the Left’s cancel culture had become “an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.”

    When the Left set about proving it, it didn’t take long for the signatories to start surrendering to the very phenomenon they protested:

    The letter, which was published by Harper’s Magazine and will also appear in several leading international publications, surfaces a debate that has been going on privately in newsrooms, universities and publishing houses that have been navigating demands for diversity and inclusion, while also asking which demands — and the social media dynamics that propel them — go too far.

    And on social media, the reaction was swift, with some heaping ridicule on the letter’s signatories — who include cultural luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Bill T. Jones and Wynton Marsalis, along with journalists and academics — for thin-skinnedness, privilege and, as one person put it, fear of loss of “relevance.” …

    Amid the intense criticism, some signatories appeared to back away from the letter. On Tuesday evening, the historian Kerri K. Greenidge tweeted “I do not endorse this @Harpers letter,” and said she was in touch with the magazine about a retraction. (Giulia Melucci, a spokeswoman for Harper’s, said the magazine had fact-checked all signatures and that Dr. Greenidge had signed off. But she said the magazine is “respectfully removing her name.”)

    Come on, man. Harper’s wasn’t just going to take someone’s word that the other 152 signatories put their names to the letter. Of course they checked it out. Greenidge simply quailed at the first sign of criticism and tried to construct a cover story. That certainly says something about cancel culture, but it says even more about Greenidge’s personal and professional credibility.

    Others retreated after getting blasted for the company they kept rather than the principles they espoused.”


    This is un-American garbage.


  7. Dissent will not be tolerated, no matter your color.




  8. Blame Mexico…..hardly original. The Mexican covid case rate per capita is less than Canada. And most cases are probably located close to the American border as reports indicated. Mexico, like the EU and Canada, has closed its borders to Americans, but probably too late in their case as Covid spreads along the border. Maybe Mexico should blame the US….

    Btw, Unless the public health system is completely overwhelmed, they should quarantine and contact trace with each positive case. And with this information, they could definitively state where the outbreak is occurring and where are the hotspots.

    The author call it a second wave spike in the US — its still the first wave, the US had just started to beat it back and got impatient and reopened so it started again. The rest of the Western world is cautiously reopening with an eye to preventing a second wave while the US still battles the first wave. This new surge of cases started about two weeks ago and the death rate, which has stayed the same (not declining like the rest of the west) may start up again.


  9. Information was released yesterday listing the corporations who benefited from the PPP benefit. The Republicans had tried to keep the information confidential and now we can see why — Kusher, DeVos, Nunes, McConnel, Trump, etc all were connected to corporations who were given funds. The list even includes megachurches and a Trump SuperPAC. Now these companies are entitled to apply like any other but “conflict of interest” should be stated and withdrawn from the debate and vote.

    It would have been far more efficient just to give the workers the money instead of filtering it through various groups. However, by giving the workers the money they would separate the reliance the employee has on their employer. By having the employer give the money, it keeps the employee tied to the company and more importantly it makes them officially employed — have to keep those numbers up. Secondly its quite obvious the American government doesn’t trust their citizens. “If we give workers money, they might not go back to their overworked and underpaid previous way of life”


  10. The Daily Caller does a nice job of mangling the Omar clip. She isn’t saying anything different than Bernie Sanders — remove inequality in the American economy and political system.

    Every political ideology has a means to “cancel” contradicting opinions, facts, history, etc. Some justify their “cancel” in the name of “social justice”. Others “cancel” using patriotism and fear. Old school totalitarian regimes simply throw you in prison. Having a completely open debate is extremely rare in any time or place in history. However, we should be aware and open to these missing ideas instead of shouting them down by yelling — racists, sexist, heritage, mayhem, anti-American, etc.


  11. Professional athletes and politicians are getting tested daily. Trump is demanding schools open in the fall….will teachers and students be tested daily? The only reason to rush a school opening is to ensure the workers are available to work. Anything that prevents a person from returning to their overworked and underpaid job must be eliminated — no benefits, kids in school, health care provided by employer, etc.

    Why an increase in cases is a problem even without serious effects;

    This isn’t the only long term problem — lung damage, organ weakness, etc — have all been mentioned for those who survive Covid.


  12. Good for these folks



    Liberal writers, activists sign open letter calling to end ‘cancel culture’
    Signatures include J.K. Rowling, Bari Weiss, Noam Chomsky and Gloria Steinem

    Liberal writers, professors and activists have come together and signed an open letter in the hopes of ending “cancel culture.”

    “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss and political activist Noam Chomsky are a few of more than 100 names attached to the piece titled “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” that was published Tuesday in Harper’s Magazine.

    “Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial,” the letter begins. “Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts.”

    “But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second.”

    While the letter calls President Trump a “real threat to democracy,” it also warns that the resistance should not “harden into its own brand of dogma or coercion,” insisting that an “intolerant climate” has plagued both sides of the aisle.

    “The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,” the letter explains. “While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought.”

    “More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms. […] We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement.” …


  13. “She isn’t saying anything different than Bernie Sanders ”

    Exactly, and it’s why he to has no business in govt. He’s just as un-American as she is.


    I notice you left out Pelosi, Biden, and the other Democrats who fed at the PPP trough. Not to mention the long list of Dem donors companies. At least R’s embraced the PP, unlike hypocritical Dems who bashed it publicly while exploiting it for financial gain. Weasels, the lot of ’em. See yesterday.


    Mexico, like most 3rd world countries, has no real way to accurately track the virus, and is totally unequipped to deal with the ill, hence their fleeing to the US. Facts are pesky things, and they won’t change just because you don’t want to hear it. The influx in Texas and Cali. is indisputable, well documented, and backed by official data. Your opinion is irrelevant.


    Here’s the problem with the numbers. They’re inaccurate as all get up. Even here in the US some states are counting multiple positives on the same individual as multiple positive tests. It gives the impression there are more infections than reality says. And many of the countries you trumpet as so much better off than the US are not. They simply don’t have the means or resources and tests to accurately get a count, so they’re way low.



    Even in Canada the value of multiple tests on the same patient are being questioned.



    “This isn’t the only long term problem — lung damage, organ weakness, etc — have all been mentioned for those who survive Covid.”

    As someone who had it, I’m well aware of the long term lung problems. Every day in fact.

    And the death count, the only real metric that matters, is declining.


  14. Another win for Little Sister’s of the Poor and Trump.


    Reactions among the baby killers is as you would expect.


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