29 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-14-20

  1. A BLM protester screaming at people and threatening them is not tolerated at 35,000 feet. Save the stupid for on the ground.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8517857/Alaska-Airlines-flight-makes-emergency-landing-Seattle-passenger-threatens-kill-everyone.html

    “Alaska Airlines flight makes an emergency landing in Seattle after passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man’

    Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O’ Hare yelling that he is going to ‘kill everybody’ and to just ‘accept it’

    He yells that he’ll ‘kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man’
    Multiple times in the video from Saturday he shouts ‘die in the name of Jesus’

    ‘The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,’ an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said about what occurred after 11.15pm

    Three passengers, including a law enforcement officer, and a flight attendant helped to subdue the man

    The plane returned to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, the flight was canceled and the remaining passengers were booked on another flight to Chicago

    The suspect was being investigated on suspicion of harassment”

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    Add terrorism to the list.

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  2. But don’t worry, BLM protests will still be allowed. Church? Not so much…..

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    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/13/california-to-close-indoor-restaurants-movie-theaters-and-bars-statewide-as-coronavirus-cases-rise.html

    “California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all bars and all dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, museums and other indoor businesses across the state to close Monday as Covid-19 cases continue to climb.

    The affected businesses include all operations at bars and the indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All except for bars will be allowed to operate outdoors, if possible, he said.

    The order comes after Newsom previously ordered these businesses to close in counties on the state’s “monitoring list.” The new order, which will now apply across the state, is effective immediately, Newsom said.

    In addition to the statewide order, Newsom also ordered the closure of indoor operations for fitness centers, worship services, personal care services, malls, offices, hair salons and barbershops for all counties that have been on California’s monitoring list for three or more consecutive days, which represent 80% of the state’s population. There are now 30 counties on the list, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties, Newsom said. “

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  3. Don’t negotiate with terrorists.

    Although the point may be mute now that the schools are shutting down again.

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2020/07/13/l-teachers-unions-demands-reopening-schools-really-something/

    “So what do the unions want to see before the schools reopen? It would be natural to assume they want to see more distance between students, mask requirements and better sanitation protocols. And they certainly do want some of those things. But according to a statement put out this week by United Teachers Los Angeles, there are several other things on their list of demands. Let’s take a look, shall we?

    Paid sick leave for parents to be able to keep symptomatic children home
    Clear framework to protect against personal liability, in acknowledgment of the fact that there is no way to eliminate all risk during an active pandemic
    Greatly increased federal and state funding to support physical distancing and hygiene practices
    Drastically reduced class sizes to no more than 12 per classroom

    There’s a massive list of demands in the document, of which those are only a few. Everything revolves around budget increases adding up to tens of billions of dollars to even scratch the surface. And that’s only for the greater Los Angeles area, not the entire state of California. So how do they propose to come up with the money?

    Easy as pie, my friends. The Union points out that there are more than 150 billionaires living in California. I’m sure you can guess where this is going. That’s right. They want a wealth tax and a millionaire tax imposed at the state level, to the tune of 1% of your wealth each year if you have “too much money,” with the cash being funded directly into the school systems. At the federal level, they not only want “immediate, full funding” for a number of programs, but also the implementation of Medicare for All. (Huh?)

    Oh, and how could I forget? They want to defund the police.

    Defund Police: Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue. We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.

    From there, we move on to a demand to shut down all the charter schools and mandatory, direct financial assistance to illegal aliens. (I’m seriously not making any of this up.) This is the list of what they want to see done before they will offer their blessing for reopening the schools. In other words… they don’t want to reopen the schools. At least not until after the election in November. And are we really surprised by this? It was all fairly predictable if you ask me.”

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    “UPDATE: (Jazz) As it turns out, the teachers unions won’t need to worry about it. No sooner had their list of hostage demands been released than the school district announced that normal classroom activity would not be taking place until further notice due to the surge in novel coronavirus cases.”

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  4. Meanwhile…… Pediatricians who were asked disagree with shutting it down again.

    Their response when asked if schools should be reopening?

    “Yes,” “Absolutely,” “Without A Hesitation”

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  5. Bobby McFerrin will be so disappointed.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/07/democrats-november-strategy-worry-dont-be-happy/

    “Democrats’ November Strategy: Worry, Don’t Be Happy

    Rebounding economic numbers are likely to be off the charts come the fall. So the media and Democrats need to create the perception of failure.”

    “On June 29, 2020, I urged people Don’t fall for Operation Demoralize:

    We are in the middle of another Operation Demoralize. It happens every national election. This time it’s early, only June.

    The media swarms and lies. Tells you it’s over, wants you to give up. Happens every single time.

    If anything, Operation Demoralize has picked up steam in the past two weeks to negate good economic data and rising consumer sentiment. May and June employment gains were far better than forecast, and the unemployment rate dropped sharply.

    Public perception of the economy is improving off its lows. Rasmussen Report writes Economic Confidence Continues to Emerge from Its COVID Slump:

    With more of the country moving through their COVID-19 reopening phases, confidence in the economy continues its upswing, with the Rasmussen Reports Economic Index rising another five points from June to 114.9.

    Thirty-five percent (35%) of American Adults rate the economy as good or excellent this month, up another three points from last month but still well below the highs reported at the beginning of 2020. Thirty-three percent (33%) say the economy is poor, down six points from June and an 11-point improvement from May’s all-time high.

    Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the economy is getting better, up just two points from a month ago. Forty-eight percent (48%) still expect a worsening economy, but that’s a four-point improvement from June and 19 points better than April’s most pessimistic view of economic direction. Seventeen percent (17%) see things staying about the same.

    By comparison, just prior to the 2016 presidential election, 31% rated the economy as good or excellent, and 26% expected it to get better.

    These findings are consistent with other measures of consumer confidence reported recently. The Consumer Confidence Index rose sharply:

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® increased in June, after virtually no change in May. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 85.9 in May. The Present Situation Index – based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions – improved from 68.4 to 86.2. The Expectations Index – based on consumers’ short-term outlook for income, business, and labor market conditions – increased from 97.6 in May to 106.0 this month.”

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    Don’t believe the media hype.

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  6. Follow the money….

    Once again, this dirty little foreigner is causing disruption in the US with his money. Just like in Ferguson.

    And the media on this?

    Crickets. Totally disinterested in actual investigative reporting, you know, doing their jobs. But don’t worry, as the headline shows, they’ll carry water for him.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/george-soros-directs-220-million-toward-efforts-to-achieve-racial-equality/ar-BB16G1Qc

    “George Soros directs $220 million toward efforts to achieve racial equality”

    “Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic organization founded by billionaire George Soros, is investing $220 million in emerging organizations and leaders building power in Black communities across the U.S.

    The largest share for the investment, $150 million, will be through a set of five-year grants to Black-led organizations focused on racial equality, the organization announced Monday.”

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    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/george-soros-donates-220-million-radical-blm-groups-including-movement-end-policing-know/

    “George Soros Donates $220 Million to Radical BLM Groups Including Movement to “End Policing as We Know It””

    “This is not the first time Soros has donated to black lives matter.

    In August 2016 the mysterious “DC Leaks” website posted hacked documents from George Soros’s Open Society.

    The documents included information on operations in Latin America, Eurasia, Asia, the US, Europe and the World Bank.

    One document revealed Soros paid $650,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The Washington Times accused Soros of giving at least $33 million in one year to the far left groups that emboldened black lives matter activists.

    During the Ferguson riots a Soros-linked organization MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and OBS (Organization for Black Struggle) advertised for paid protesters in Ferguson.”

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    Just a reminder…..

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/

    Whenever there’s dissent and violence, you’ll find Soros money egging it on.

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  7. More fake news, all to build up the Democrat leaders of NY.

    It’s not a mistake any more after the third or fourth time, then it’s intentional misreporting to try and make Dems look good.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/07/new-york-city-coronavirus-failure-pitched-as-success/

    “New York City Coronavirus Failure Pitched as Success

    No new deaths because so many already have died, the house has burnt down and the fire is out.”

    “No one died from the Wuhan coronavirus in New York City on Sunday. That’s awesome. I’m glad.

    The left has found a way to praise NYC even though Mayor Bill de Blasio screwed up royally at the beginning of the outbreak.”

    Did NYC really have no deaths on Sunday?”

    “Can someone remind her that de Blasio and other NYC officials encouraged residents to go out and about? They even pushed people to attend Chinese New Year celebrations. Researchers believe NYC is the primary source of virus infections across the country.”

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  8. Reality is a fickle mistress.

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  9. Let the cover up begin!

    Someone better be careful or she’ll get “suicided” too.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8512103/Ghislaine-Maxwell-tapes-two-prominent-politicians-having-sex-minors.html

    “Ghislaine Maxwell ‘has tapes of two prominent US politicians having sex with minors’ and boasted of ‘owning’ powerful people, former friend and jewel thief claims

    Former friend of the couple claimed they wanted to convince him of their ‘power’

    He said he saw clips of ‘celebrities’ and ‘world figures’ having ‘orgies with minors’

    It follows Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, being arrested in New Hampshire last Thursday

    The socialite will appear in New York’s southern district court on July 14 at 1pm”

    Ghislaine Maxwell ‘has tapes of two prominent US politicians having sex with minors’ and boasted of ‘owning’ powerful people, according to a former friend.

    The ex-jewel robber, who used the pseudonym William Steel, said they ‘forced’ him to watch the footage as they wanted to convince him of their ‘power’.

    He also claimed to have seen clips of ‘celebrities’ and ‘world figures’ having ‘threesomes, even orgies’ with minors.

    It follows Maxwell, 58, being arrested last Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls – one as young as 14 – to be sexually abused by Epstein, who was accused of victimising dozens of girls and women over many years.

    Steel told The Sun: ‘They wanted to convince me of their power and who they held in their grip. They boasted about ‘owning’ powerful people.’

    He added: ‘I saw videos of very powerful people – celebrities, world figures – in those videos having sex, threesomes, even orgies with minors.’

    The former friend also referred to two ‘high-profile’ American politicians who were in videos with minors. “

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  10. It bothers me that views of the virus have become so rigidly identified with the two political ends of the spectrum. It makes me think the arguments are rooted in politics (our side vs. your side, no matter what anyone tells us; our “beliefs” are fixed) rather than fact-based with an open mind as to what is being learned (and what is still not known) from the data.

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  11. Nope. Just him yelling about Jesus being black, and threatening to kill anyone who disagreed, a BLM talking point for weeks now…..

    That’s no coincidence.

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  12. Meanwhile, BLM continues to harass churches and violating folks right to worship freely and peacefully.

    If he’s concerned with saving babies, maybe a PP office is a more appropriate place to protest.

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  13. The only connection between BLM and the insane rants of a man on the plane is the color of his skin. Since his message also focused on Jesus, one could argue his connection to Christianity is as strong as a connection to BLM. Perhaps as we call it “Islamic” terrorism when a person uses Islam to justify terrorism here we can say “Christian” terrorism as a man is using Jesus to justify terrorism. In both cases, adherents of these faith will and should point out this isn’t Islam/Christian.

    Or and more my point of view, both the man in the airplane and Islamic terrorists are not demonstrating religious adherence but a need for certainty, to satisfy their desire for importance, and for meaning. Something most of us achieve on a more mundane level.

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  14. Bari Weiss, opinion columnist and editor at the NYT who was bullied to the extent that she has now just resigned, had this to say:

    Weiss explained that she joined the paper in 2017 to help offer a different perspective, as the Times’ “failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers,” and fixing that issue was critical.

    “But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned,” Weiss wrote. “Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”

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  15. It appears that California is rightly rolling back its reopening and focusing on indoor activities — and rightly so. Outdoor activities are less likely to transmit a virus. So yes protest marches are less risky than church. Of course, Michelle has the perfect solution — outdoor church esp in the beautiful weather. Here in Ontario, I believe churches have reopened with conditions — on Friday I noticed the mosque was open for prayer but temperature readings were taken and there was less than a quarter of regular attendance.

    I’m quite surprised any indoor activity is taking place. With only 150 cases or so a day, Ontario still won’t allow restaurants (except patios) and bars to reopen. Some areas will have restaurants reopen at 30% capacity and bars can’t allow dancing — cue the Footloose jokes. I’m far from panic driven — my colleagues routinely wonder what will actually faze me since they’ve rarely seen me upset (my admin knows if I’m upset with a student, it has to be serious) — however, if I was in Florida, Texas, California and Arizona, I would be staying at home. This rush to work is driven by a desire for better economic statistics to help Trump’s reelection and to make sure the working class stays working as opposed to using their current free time to demand a better world post-virus. Even in Canada, the greatest fear for conservatives and some liberals is the working class realizing a universal basic income makes sense and should continue post virus. The CERB program ($500 per week for affected workers) has been far more effective than any other program devise by the government and far easier to administer. Its upset corporations because it has forced an uptick in wages.

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  16. The man is clearly not advocating Christianity, unlike the Muslim yelling Allah Akbar! as he commits atrocities. But you already knew that.

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  17. Unions by law must advocate for their members and their members only. The demands listed by the LA teachers union is due diligence. If their opening position started any lower than what is stated, they could be liable for not fulfilling their mandate. Obviously, this was their opening positions and compromise may or may not have occurred — we won’t know until school’s try again to reopen.

    I’d be more impressed and convinced by the pediatricians in the video if their interviews were done at their office where they were currently seeing patients. The fact the interviews were conducted over a video link from their homes lowers their credibility. In these interviews, they stated the need for desks to be 3 to 6 feet apart, social distancing observed, face masks in secondary school, and good air flow. None seemed to think this was unrealistic.

    A class in Ontario has about 25 students. The classroom is about 20 by 30 feet or 600 sq feet. If each student needs a 6 by 6 square; 36 sq feet, than we are looking at room enough for 17 students (but where’s the teacher and their desk?) So we’re looking at class sizes of 15 — so we lack classrooms at that ratio. In addition are these students are expected to stay in their bubble — ie social distance?? Use of washrooms will need to be monitored — do we hire some one to ensure only so many students at a time? Gym class will get real boring if we eliminate team sports. Obviously group activities, science labs, and other more interesting educational experiences will be curtailed.

    Face masks and other PPE equipment will be required especially by educational assistants who work one on one with children and special education teachers. Who’s paying for this? If secondary students are required to wear proper face masks — who’s paying? Do we have enough PPE, masks, etc.?

    Older schools do not have AC. Good air flow doesn’t exist in older schools even at the best of times. As these older schools are mostly in urban areas far away from suburban schools the pediatricians are more familiar with, I wonder if they would be so quick to send their children to a school with marginal air flow. The disparity in school boards and facilities will lead to a greater effect on the poor and marginalized children — something I’m sure the wealthy elite in the Republican party have not thought of as they push to open schools. Even in schools with central AC (including mine), air quality is hit or miss sometimes.

    I’m not an alarmist. If my province continues to see lower and lower cases, I have no problem returning to normal schooling (unlike some of my colleagues) However, if I was working in the four states with the highest numbers — I would stay home. The push to reopen schools is guided by the need for parents to return to work to improve economic statistics. And the cornavirus stats in the US should indicate its not worth the risk to the people. The cynicism and confidence the elites in the US have in openly valuing economics to health is incredible. And if they don’t face a backlash, it will just encourage greater exploitation.

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  18. The video has no context so I looked it up. Why would a bunch of people converge on this church? Apparently its an “alt right” church —
    https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Letter-Troy-police-respond-to-clashes-outside-15389212.php

    Here’s their own web site — the gun giveaway is real
    https://gbctroyny.com/

    Personally I think the in your face screaming is a bit much — perhaps a quiet moving picket to state your concerns would be better.

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  19. The tribalism argument in the US has always puzzled me (until Trump). For the most part, Democrats and Republicans are not that far apart in ideas and policy. One is centre right and the other is right wing. There’s been a greater gap in the last four years as Sanders/Warren/AOC have emerged left of centre but Biden and the DNC are still on the right. Trump has forced the Republicans further right in terms of authoritarianism but not economics. There’s no real left in the US. Despite the closeness in policy there’s far more vitriol in US politics than other OECD nations. Perhaps its attempt to exaggerate difference in order to present a choice, but it is curious.

    With this attempt to exaggerate differences, data and fact become victims. Mask wearing, for example, is now a political statement in the US. I don’t wear a mask since I’m asymptomatic and rarely indoors. but will have to soon as it becomes mandatory and will probably be a job requirement in the fall. Not a big deal — the science is fairly clear wearing a mask if you are symptomatic will be good for the people around you but if you’re asymptomatic its probably not necessary. Politeness and concern for your neighbor indoors means you should wear one — yet somehow this has become an issue filled with misleading information.

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  20. Obviously the man is not advocating Christianity or what we generally perceive as Christianity. However, Muslims also make the claim ISIS and other like minded people are not advocating what they consider Islam. Yelling Allah Akbar doesn’t necessarily make you Muslim anymore than rant and raving about Jesus makes you Christian.

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  21. Here’s the link Tychicus was talking about….

    https://deadline.com/2020/07/new-york-times-bari-weiss-resigns-bullying-1202985236/

    “Bari Weiss, staff editor and writer in The New York Times’ opinion section, resigned on Tuesday, decrying what she said was “constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views” and an environment where she said “self-censorship has become the norm.”

    “What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity,” she wrote in a lengthy resignation letter, which she posted to her personal website. “If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.”

    Her resignation follows that of James Bennet, the editor of the Opinion section, who stepped down last month after a number of Times staffers verbally protested the decision to publish an op ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), in which he defended the notion of sending troops to cities to quell protests following the death of George Floyd.

    Another prominent opinion writer and columnist, Andrew Sullivan, also announced on Tuesday that he was leaving New York magazine. Like Weiss, he has pushed back on “cancel culture,” particularly on college campuses.

    In her letter, Weiss claimed that in the environment of the Times, it’s become a liability to have an alternative point of view. She wrote that “my own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m ‘writing about the Jews again.’”

    She added, “Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.”

    Noting the influence of social media, Weiss wrote, “Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor.””

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  22. Oh, so you disagree with their politics and belief in the 2nd Amendment, so that makes it OK.

    Got it.

    Typical leftist.

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  23. And you’d take the same stand for a bunch of Christians if they acted like asses at, say a mosque?

    Yeah, thought so.

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  24. Her description of NYT newsroom reminds me of high school; both her and her critics. My impression of the NYT lately has been a management easily pushed around by its employees, social media, etc of both sides of the political spectrum. There doesn’t seem to be any ideological preference rather an attempt to keep people happy in a desperate attempt to get eyeballs on the paper.

    Actually I found the AR 15 raffle amusing — how can one take the church seriously after a gun raffle? No, the allegations were that the church was anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, and anti-black — an alt right church with a blatant racist message. This motivated the protests. Again I thought it was over the top and rude (yeah typical Cdn comment), and suggested a more restrained way of getting their message across. So no I’m not supporting their behavior and thus would not feel obligated to support Christians behaving in a similar manner. If Christians felt compelled to protest a certain mosque I would be consistent — a walking picket stating their concerns.

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