20 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-31-20

  1. I’m sure HRW will be along soon to tell us how this is all Trump’s fault too.

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    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/08/30/trump-supporter-killed-in-portland-identified-n2575330

    “On Saturday night, a day after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler again refused President Trump’s offer to help end the violence and mayhem in the city, a pro-Trump and Blue Lives Matter supporter was gunned down in cold blood.

    Friends say Jay Bishop, whose real name was Aaron Danielson, was the man gunned down in the streets of Portland Saturday night. Bishop was a pro-Trump supporter and alleged member of Patriot Prayer, a group advocating for free speech and small government. The group is known to stage rallies in liberal-dominated areas.

    Journalist Andy Ngo reported that while the shooting remains under investigation and no suspect has yet to be identified, “the alleged shooter based on videos says he is antifa in his writings [and] has been at many of the Portland riots.”

    President Trump retweeted a Twitter post that blamed Bishop’s death on Antifa, the ironically-named terrorist organization that has helped make Portland the hellhole it is today.

    According to Oregon Live, the identity of the shooting victim was confirmed by Andrew Duncomb, a black conservative who was knifed at a Portland protest back in June, and Joey Gibson, the leader of the Patriot Prayer group Bishop belonged to. Journalist Andy Ngo also confirmed Jay Bishop was the victim of the shooting.

    The events leading up to Bishop’s death remain under investigation. But video of the shooting appears to capture a man shouting “We got [unintelligible] right here,” seconds before gunfire breaks out and Bishop is fatally shot.”

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!!

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  2. It’s open season now.

    Thanks Democrats.

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/8/30/21407345/chicago-police-officers-suspect-shot-homan-square-west-side-polk-spaulding

    “2 Chicago police officers, suspect wounded in West Side shootout

    The shooting happened at 2:33 a.m. Sunday in the 3300 block of West Polk Street after police pulled over a vehicle that matched a description for an earlier call about a person driving around with a gun.”

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    https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/officers-shot-south-st-louis/63-36e11278-2b1b-43d7-9656-7cb78dacccb5

    “1 officer remains in ‘grave condition,’ other officer released from hospital after being shot by man in St. Louis

    The officer who is in grave condition is 29 years old”

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  3. One day Fauci needs to answer for all the errors he’s made and the lives lost as a result.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/08/31/dr_faucis_hydroxychloroquine_denial__144095.html

    “As an epidemiologist, I believe that America has been profoundly ill-served by the contribution of its public health authorities to the debate on the efficacy of treating vulnerable COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). It is a debate with a direct link to whether America’s schools should reopen next month. Even those who reject the World Health Organization’s misleading comparison of COVID-19 with the horrendous 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and its presumption that humans lack any immunity against SARS-CoV-2 would welcome improvements in our ability to treat patients with COVID-19, in order to reduce the risk in reopening schools.

    Distinguished Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch has written extensively on the meticulous research demonstrating the efficacy of the early administration of HCQ in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin and zinc. Conclusions from this research are based on criteria developed by British epidemiologist Sir Bradford Hill and Sir Richard Doll, two of the first scientists to discover the causal link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer, criteria that laid the foundations of modern epidemiology and that are used to this day to determine whether an observed association can be ascribed to causation.

    Far from exploring this potential breakthrough in the treatment of COVID-19, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were both dismissive, condemning early outpatient treatment with the HCQ triple therapy as ineffective and dangerous. Instead, these agencies state that the only permissible way to determine its efficacy and safety is with randomized clinical trials (RCTs). Virologist Steven Hatfill has described a circle of self-reinforcing media commentary based on flawed, fraudulent, and withdrawn studies and the FDA’s mistaken decision to withdraw its HCQ Emergency Use Authorization, costing thousands of American lives.

    Demanding proof when time is short and when there is highly suggestive observational evidence has been condemned by Drs. George Fareed, Michael Jacobs, and Donald Pompan in an open letter to Dr. Fauci. They point out that the FDA has approved many drugs without RCTs—penicillin was so efficacious in treating pneumonia that there was no need for RCTs. Moreover, RCTs are not designed to test the efficacy of a therapy in high-risk outpatient settings before a patient is notified of the results of a test for COVID-19. It cannot be ethical for public health bodies to demand impossible standards of proof for potential lifesaving therapies.

    To require an RCT for the HCQ triple therapy is indeed unethical; evidence supporting its use comes from large patient series, controlled trials, and even a natural experiment in the Brazilian state of Pará. In assessing ongoing patient outcomes, keep in mind that observations might be affected should the SARS-CoV-2 virus lose virulence. Spanish authorities report that fatality rates have fallen, even among elderly patients, which would be consistent with reduced SARS-CoV-2 virulence. This, too, should be considered by public authorities in assessing the risks associated with reopening schools.

    Yet rather than engage in proper debate, Dr. Fauci has resorted to name-calling. “The pushback has been furious,” Risch writes. Dr. Fauci “has implied that I am incompetent, notwithstanding my hundreds of highly regarded, methodologically relevant publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature.” Dr. Fauci’s position calls to mind that of English statistician Ronald A. Fisher, who in the 1950s vehemently argued against Hill and Doll and their finding that smoking causes lung cancer, on very similar grounds to those used by Dr. Fauci to dispute the efficacy of HCQ—that observational data cannot prove causality. This is an extraordinary position for America’s leading health official to adopt; by the same logic, Dr. Fauci would deny the evidence that tobacco smoking kills.”

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  4. Too easy to commit fraud.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/how-mail-in-ballots-threaten-democracy

    “Democrats across the nation are pushing to send mail-in ballots to every voter in November. Not wanting to let the crisis caused by COVID-19 go to waste, they’ve disguised their plot to manipulate the integrity of our election system by arguing that voters fear contracting COVID-19 if they physically show up to the polls.

    Democrat leadership clearly wants non-citizens to vote — an ironic idea, since they also claim to be concerned about foreign influence over U.S. elections. The Left is willing to mar our democracy for a chance at winning at the ballot box. That is simply un-American.

    Both sides of the political aisle have long agreed that voting by mail-in ballot increases the likelihood of fraud. During a 2004 Congressional hearing, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said, “In my experience in New York, paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud. I could show you experience which would make your head spin.”

    Just two years ago in a legislative hearing in Austin, a prosecutor from South Texas (a registered Democrat) testified: “Any time you have ballots that are outside the polling location, you’re going to have fraud…I would never recommend everyone voting by mail – it invites fraud.”

    Democrats are selling Americans a false narrative; election integrity will jeopardize personal safety. Election officials have many options available to safely and securely hold in-person elections. They can provide masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves. They can enforce physical distancing recommendations, sanitize voting stations, and implement other practical solutions so voting machines can be operated touch-free. To shorten waiting times and lines at polls, they could also expand the number of early voting days as we did in Texas for the primary elections. With precautions like these, voters can access polling places safely and exercise their vote without fear of being defrauded. If we safely choose to go to shopping malls, restaurants or even large public protests, we have no excuse to forego our constitutional-right to vote, and to do so in person.

    In Texas, to prevent fraud, voters must show an ID when we vote, just as we are required to show a form of ID at the airport, government buildings, financial institutions, and during many other daily activities. But there is no effective way for election officials to ensure that mail-in ballots are not requested fraudulently. Just as credit card skimmers can steal your financial information, vote harvesters can easily collect “authentic” signatures under false pretenses and steal your vote. During the 2018 primary, an anonymous video surfaced that appears to show how easily a Houston-area campaign worker collected a ballot application and signature from a voter in less than 20 seconds. After the voter had provided her signature, the voter asked the worker, “Is this legal, what you’re doing?” The worker replied, “Yes, ma’am, we’ve done 400 already.”

    Once mail ballots go out, harvesters show up at a voter’s door and offer “voting assistance.” They often appear friendly, and helpful. Successful vote harvesters leave with a voter’s signature and a ballot that is blank, that is “correctly” voted, or that can be modified later. Or the harvester can simply discard the ballot if the voter chose the “wrong” candidate. Done effectively, the process is largely invisible to the voter, who is led to believe their ballot was cast according to their wishes.”

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  5. Projecting again. It’s what they do.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/democrats-media-desperately-try-to-pin-antifa-blm-riots-on-trump/

    “Democrats, Media Desperately Try to Pin Antifa/BLM Riots on Trump

    After months of cheering the riots and ignoring the violence, recent polling has Democrats running scared”

    “Democrats, their media cohorts, and their leftist supporters are in full panic mode as they realize they made a wild miscalculation regarding the rampant, months-long rioting, looting, vandalism, arson, assault, and murder that Democrat state and city leaders nurtured, down-played, and often ignored.

    Kenosha, WI appears to be the breaking point for voters. This coupled with the Republican National Convention’s great success have Democrat voters taking a look at the mayhem caused by anti-Trump rioters and criminals and deciding that it’s in their and the country’s best interest to vote for President Trump in November.

    Democrats aren’t just losing white, Midwestern voters; Trump gained nine points with black voters this week alone. So disastrous are the violent riots that CNN media activists called for an end to the violence due to poor polling, and Biden offered a tepid condemnation of the violence the next day. He has since issued a more full-throated condemnation of the violence, blaming and even more strongly condemning, Trump.

    Democrats have to turn this around, and so far, their knee-jerk reaction is the same one they always have: Blame Trump. Social media is ablaze with #TrumpViolence and #TrumpsAmerica threads blaming Trump for the violence turning Democrat-run cities into war zones.

    This despite the fact that Trump has consistently condemned the riots and practically begged to be asked to put a stop to it. Democrat governors and mayors, most recently Portland’s mayor Ted Wheeler, have repeatedly rejected the president’s offers of federal assistance to stamp out the violent rioting.

    Indeed, Seattle’s mayor Jenny Durkin hailed the violent takeover of a section of her city and its occupation (called CHAZ, then CHOP) as the start of a “summer of love” and refused Trump’s offer to shut it down. It took numerous shootings and at least two dead for her to finally approve shutting down the lawless anarchist zone.

    After months of ignoring the riots or claiming they are “mostly peaceful” or “fiery but peaceful,” Democrats, the media, and the radical left are attempting to flip the script and are now arguing—with a straight face—that the violent antifa/BLM rioting is Trump’s fault. It’s a desperate move by a party desperate to gain power in November.”

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  7. Own it.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/31/the-face-of-the-democratic-party-isnt-joe-biden-its-the-raging-mob/

    “The Face Of The Democratic Party Isn’t Joe Biden, It’s The Raging Mob

    It’s too late for Biden to denounce the rioters and looters. And anyway, why would he? He needs their votes.”

    “The unfolding disaster for Democrats right now, with just 63 days until the election, is that their party’s brand is not Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, it’s the violent mob in the streets.

    Democrats have only themselves to blame. Too many months of inaction and equivocation about “mostly peaceful protests” have branded them as the party that’s okay with street violence and mob action, as long as it’s in the name of racial justice.

    It doesn’t matter what Biden or Kamala Harris says now. Their caveated condemnations of rioting and looting are too little, too late. And regardless, no one believes them. Instead, the images coming out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., last week have spoken for them. What they say, loud and clear, is that Democrats think rioting and looting are okay, under the circumstances.

    No wonder the Democratic National Convention was conspicuously silent about the riots earlier this month. They know — as we all do — that many of those rioting are part of the Democratic Party’s left-wing base. Biden isn’t about to denounce them. He needs all those suburban white women we’ve seen screaming in the face of cops to show up and show up big, on election day.

    The recent conventions were instructive in this regard. Most Americans don’t pay much attention to them (ratings for both the RNC and DNC were dismal), but they do seem to be paying attention to the mobs burning down businesses in middle America and accosting people in the streets of Washington, D.C.

    For all the pageantry that went into the RNC last week, the images most people will remember will not be President Trump on a stage or the fireworks above the White House. It will be the angry horde pounding on the White House gates and the raging mobs that followed conventiongoers through the streets, screaming in their faces, harassing them, striking one old man in the face, and threatening Sen. Rand Paul and his wife.”

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  8. Doing the job the media won’t, telling the truth.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/30/corporate-media-didnt-report-what-its-really-like-in-kenosha-wisconsin-so-i-will/

    “Corporate Media Didn’t Report What It’s Really Like In Kenosha, Wisconsin, So I Will

    The scene on Tuesday night was something I had only seen in photos of war-torn countries. Men and women stood with baseball bats, hand-guns, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns in front of their businesses and homes.

    Kenosha, Wisconsin is situated in the southern part of the state, about an hour and a half from Chicago, and has a population of approximately 100,000. Republican Rep. Bryan Steil, who represents Kenosha in Wisconsin’s First Congressional district, told The Federalist the city “is like a lot of cities in Wisconsin.” Steil says Kenosha is “family-centered” and “hard-working.”

    Kenosha became a very different place after police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times. Subsequent video footage showed that Blake was armed with a knife and had been wrestling with officers, threw off a Taser, and was disregarding police commands to stop after they were called to address a domestic violence complaint.

    Following the shooting that left Blake paralyzed, rioting erupted in the city. Although the first night was relatively peaceful, after the second night, things were “spiraling out of control,” said Steil. Fire and looting consumed uptown and downtown Kenosha, and Steil said the city was no longer the “Kenosha we know.”

    In uptown Kenosha, on Tuesday night, a woman, who said she has lived in Kenosha for more than 40 years, broke down in tears, saying her city felt like a “war zone” and she was “terrified.””

    Indeed, the scene on Tuesday night was something I had only seen in photos of war-torn countries. Men and women stood with baseball bats, hand-guns, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns in front of their businesses and homes. Many Kenoshans explained to me that law enforcement lacked the necessary numbers of officers to control the situation, forcing them to focus on defending public buildings, such as the courthouse, leaving citizens to fend for themselves.”

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  9. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/christians-your-vote-in-november-wont-fix-americas-morality/

    Christians, Your Vote in November Won’t Fix America’s Morality
    AUGUST 19, 2020 BY JACK LEE

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    ~ As esteemed theologian and worldview expert Francis Schaffer, taught, politics always runs downstream of culture. ~

    … A brief case study of William Wilberforce’s efforts to abolish salve trade might be helpful here. Inspired by his recent conversion to Christianity, Wilberforce sought humanitarian work and put an end to the horrors of English slave trade. For 18 years, he unsuccessfully proposed legislation after legislation aimed at abolishing slave trade. Yet, this was not all he did. During this time, he also partnered with other like-minded groups and Christians. Together, they gradually raised public awareness, made pamphlets, books, and held rallies aimed at educating the people about the immoral issues with slave trading. Motivated by the gospel of Jesus, he orchestrated a public ground-game with a tireless political attack. in 1807, slave trade was finally abolished within parliament. While our current situation is not a mirror of Wilberforce’s, a few parallels can be drawn. Namely, the importance of the gospel driving Christian behavior with local communities and the gathering the general public’s support to drive government legislation.

    Unlike nineteenth-century England, which contained a healthy backdrop of Christian ideals, biblical Christianity and its morals are despised among today’s culture; our hill, I fear, is much steeper than Wilberforce’s. From the education system to the government elite, Christianity is systematically being removed. This is the result of 50+ years of passive evangelicals allowing liberal ideologies and philosophies to seep into the church and schools. Like a wolf waiting on its prey, real, physical, and intense persecution is sitting on our doorstep. Yet, despite every adversary the pits of hell and secularism can throw at Christendom, the gospel of Jesus Christ is more powerful. In God, we have a stronghold that shall never be compromised. Therefore, let us go boldly into the world with the gospel – it is the driving force of change.
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  10. “Christians, Your Vote in November Won’t Fix America’s Morality”

    No DJ, it won’t. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing at stake. There clearly is considering where Dems want to take the country.

    And if you’re looking for politics or politicians to “fix” your morality, you’ve got bigger worldview issues anyway.

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  11. Agree it doesn’t mean changes can’t happen at the voting booth; but it’s possible to overstate and over-trust and rely on those changes, too.

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