17 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-16-21

  1. More fake news from the WaPo is exposed. Also, their “fact checker” is exposed as a fraud as well.

    Spreading lies and Dem propaganda, it’s what they do.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/wapo-issues-correction-on-phone-call-between-trump-georgia-elections-investigator/

    “WaPo Issues Correction on Phone Call Between Trump, Georgia Elections Investigator

    Trump told the election investigator “she would find ‘dishonesty’” when she scrutinized the ballots. He did not tell her “find the fraud.”

    “The Washington Post corrected its story about a phone call between President Donald Trump and Georgia Election Investigator Frances Watson.

    They claimed he demanded Watson “find the fraud” in the presidential election. The Democrats used “find the fraud” in their argument to impeach Trump a second time.

    It was all false.

    Original Reporting
    The original story said Trump pressured Watson to “find the fraud” in the state that led to President Joe Biden winning in November 2020.

    Trump also told Watson she would become a “national hero.”

    All based on anonymous sources.

    We now know the story came from Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state, told them. Watson told him about Trump’s comments.

    State officials did not think Watson had a recording of the phone call. Without concrete proof, WaPo published the remarks as absolute truth.

    Officials found “the recording on a trash folder on Watson’s device while responding to a public records request.”

    The Wall Street Journal got the audio first. Major props to them.
    What Really Happened

    ACHSHUALLY.

    Trump said:

    “I hope you’re going back two years as opposed to just checking, you know, one against the other because that would just be sort of a signature check that didn’t mean anything,” Trump said. “But if you go back two years, and if you can get to Fulton, you’re going to find things that are going to be unbelievable, the dishonesty that we’ve heard from, just good sources, really good sources.”

    “But Fulton is the mother lode, you know, as the expression goes. Fulton County,” he added.

    WaPo did not retract the story. Instead, the publication issues a correction and changed the headline. However, the headline remains misleading: “Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction.””

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    Even when caught they continue to lie, and it took months to correct, long after the damage was done.

    The “fact checker” hack known as Glenn Kessler just doubles down.

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  2. The rest of the parrots just went with it.

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    And the Dems used this fake news lie in their fraud impeachment as well.

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  4. Real journalists get it.

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  5. Europe has pretty much abandoned the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, at least temporarily.

    https://apnews.com/article/germany-suspends-astrazeneca-vaccine-blood-clotting-0ab2c4fe13370c96c873e896387eb92f

    “A cascading number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy and Spain — suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and international regulators say there is no evidence the shot is to blame.

    AstraZeneca’s formula is one of three vaccines in use on the continent. But the escalating concern is another setback for the European Union’s vaccination drive, which has been plagued by shortages and other hurdles and is lagging well behind the campaigns in Britain and the U.S.

    The EU’s drug regulatory agency called a meeting for Thursday to review experts’ findings on the AstraZeneca shot and decide whether action needs to be taken.

    The furor comes as much of Europe is tightening restrictions on schools and businesses amid surging cases of COVID-19.

    Germany’s health minister said the decision to suspend AstraZeneca shots was taken on the advice of the country’s vaccine regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which called for further investigation into seven cases of clots in the brains of people who had been vaccinated.

    “Today’s decision is a purely precautionary measure,” Jens Spahn said.

    French President Emmanuel Macron said his country will likewise stop dispensing the vaccine until at least Tuesday afternoon. Italy also announced a temporary ban, as did Spain, Portugal and Slovenia.

    Other countries that have done so over the past few days include Denmark, which was the first, as well as Ireland, Thailand, the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Congo and Bulgaria. Canada and Britain are standing by the vaccine for now.

    In the coming weeks, AstraZeneca is expected to apply for U.S. authorization of its vaccine. The U.S. now relies on Pfizer’s, Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s shots.

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  6. Something peculiar?

    Indeed….

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/03/15/paralyzed-by-fear-johns-hopkins-doctor-notices-something-peculiar-about-the-cdc-n2586291

    “Paralyzed by Fear? Johns Hopkins Doctor Notices Something Peculiar About the COVID Vaccine Guidelines”

    “Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was bold in his projection that we’ll have herd immunity by April. This has been disputed by those who are nowhere near his level of expertise when it comes to public health, but I get the pushback since it shreds the Democratic Party’s COVID lockdown regime. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Makary says that we’re underestimating natural immunity and with the pace of vaccinations, we’ll reach that critical benchmark towards reclaiming normality by tax season.

    “About 1 in 600 Americans has died of Covid-19, which translates to a population fatality rate of about 0.15%. The Covid-19 infection fatality rate is about 0.23%,” Dr. Makary wrote. With those figures, he estimates that two-thirds of the country has already had the infection. We’re rapidly approaching 100 million vaccinations. It’s not an insane projection, but one he says other health experts are afraid to push for fear of impacting the rate of vaccinations. That’s not their job, he argued. Good health news should be disseminated, not buried. There was pushback, and there will be more when he recently wrote about the vaccine protocols.

    The good doctor cited an Israeli study that shows those given the Pfizer vaccine are virtually “bulletproof” four weeks after the first dose. That’s the keyword right there. So, we can be returning to normal if the CDC wasn’t so busy peddling exaggerated threats about the virus and being stricken with fear, which Makary noted with their latest guidelines. Is it ‘follow the science’ or ‘be afraid, be very afraid’?

    Get the shot, wait a month, and start rebuilding our lives. That’s fair. That seems to be based on the science, which the CDC might be ignoring. You be the judge (via WSJ):

    Parts of the new guidelines are absurdly restrictive. For example, the CDC didn’t withdraw its advice to avoid air travel after vaccination. A year of prevaccine experience has demonstrated that airplanes aren’t a source of spread. A study conducted for the defense department found that commercial planes have HEPA filtration and airflow that exceed the standards of a hospital operating room.

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    An unpublished study conducted by the Israeli Health Ministry and Pfizer showed that vaccination reduced transmission by 89% to 94% and almost totally prevented hospitalization and death, according to press reports. Immunity kicks in fully about four weeks after the first vaccine dose, and then you are essentially bulletproof. With the added safety of wearing a mask indoors for a few more weeks or months—a practical necessity in public places even if not a medical one, since you can’t tell on sight if someone’s immune—there is little a vaccinated person should be discouraged from doing.

    On a positive note, the CDC did say that fully vaccinated people who are asymptomatic don’t need to be tested. But that obvious recommendation should have come two months ago, before wasting so many tests on people who have high levels of circulating antibodies from vaccination.

    In its guidance the CDC says the risks of infection in vaccinated people “cannot be completely eliminated.” True, we don’t have conclusive data that guarantees vaccination reduces risk to zero. We never will. We are operating in the realm of medical discretion based on the best available data, as practicing physicians have always done. The CDC highlights the vaccines’ stunning success but is ridiculously cautious about its implications. Public-health officials focus myopically on transmission risk while all but ignoring the broader health crisis stemming from isolation. The CDC acknowledges “potential” risks of isolation, but doesn’t go into details.

    It’s time to liberate vaccinated people to restore their relationships and rebuild their lives. That would encourage vaccination by giving hesitant people a vivid incentive to have the shots.”

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  7. Parents have had it…..

    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/christine-rosen/parents-take-to-streets/

    “Outraged Parents Take to the Streets Over School Closures”

    “In New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and other cities and towns across the country where public schools have remained closed for a year, parents gathered this past weekend to demand change.

    In D.C., parents held a rally outside Mayor Muriel Bowser’s offices demanding that DCPS offer students the option of some in-person learning with a teacher for the last term of the school year. Those same parents also insisted that D.C.’s teachers should continue to be given priority for vaccination and that schools must keep “sensible” safety precautions in place. These demands are hardly radical; many public schools in states like Florida and private schools (including ones in D.C.) have been safely open since the fall with precautions—even before vaccinations were available.”

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    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-fierce-urgency-of-reopening-schools-now/

    “The Fierce Urgency Of Reopening Schools Now

    Few affluent families are subjecting their children to Zoom sessions. Many other families don’t have a choice.”

    “Imagine the worst conference call you’ve ever been on. Imagine staying on that call for six or seven hours, with only short breaks to relieve the monotony. Imagine that you are 16 years old or 12 or 9 and you have to pay attention because there will be a social studies quiz next week. Welcome to the dreary reality of remote schooling. For many students, a year of classroom learning has been sacrificed to the fickle gods of Zoom.

    A cautious approach to reopening schools in the midst of a global pandemic is entirely reasonable. Schools, which are lax at enforcing personal hygiene to begin with, pack students into close quarters for hours at a time. Kids cough and sneeze and fart on each other. They sweat on each other in P.E. They are enthusiastic touchers and shovers and ticklers. Last spring, when the novel coronavirus and its means of transmission were still mysterious, a temporary school shutdown was a defensible precaution.

    Since then, our understanding of the disease has become more sophisticated. We know that surface transmission is, at worst, a minor hazard, obviating the need for constant cleaning and decontamination. We know that airborne transmission in close quarters is a major risk and how to mitigate it. We know that only about 10 percent of those infected with COVID-19 transmit the disease to another person. We also know that young people are resistant to the disease and that schools are not focal points for community spread.

    This last point is not idle speculation or amateur theorizing. Indeed, it might fairly be described asthescientificconsensus. Yet despite a chorus of reassuring experts, a CDC announcement that schools can return to in-person learning if they enforce mask wearing and other safety measures, and a Biden Administration pledge to reopen most schools within 100 days, millions of students remain at home.

    The consequences of spending an entire school year online are likely to be felt for years to come. In Nevada, the New York Times has reported on a rash of teen suicides linked to remote learning. In China,a new study suggests that teenage obesity is on the rise because of the lockdowns and school closures. Student achievement has cratered at all levels of American education. Over the past several years, we’ve uncovered troubling links between excessive screen time and rising rates of teenage depression and suicide. In our haste to protect students’ and teachers’ physical wellbeing, we have thrown up a system that magnifies the worst features of online life.

    These costs are particularly galling because of the obvious double standard. Most private schools remain open. Other parents with means have opted for homeschooling or private tutors. California Governor Gavin Newsom has been rightfully pilloried for keeping his kids in a private school while most California public schools remain closed. But Newsom is merely a high-profile parent in the pandemic’s two-tier educational system. Few affluent families are subjecting their children to the indignity of hour-long Zoom sessions. Many other families don’t have a choice.

    If affluent and engaged parents withdraw from public schools, the pace of left-wing activism will likely accelerate. It is no accident that school closures have coincided with the end of admissions tests for elite public high schools in San Francisco and the suburbs of Washington, D.C., a renewed push to end public school admissions exams in New York City, and the absurd spectacle of San Francisco renaming its shuttered schools instead of reopening them. Engaged public school parents are a check on institutional radicalism because they demand accountability. If the lockdowns and school closures prompt more parents to flee the system for private alternatives, public schools will become more radical, more fixated on left-wing grievances, and more academically deficient. Oregon’s Department of Education is now matter-of-factly promoting the idea that asking students to “show their work” in math class is a form of white supremacy. Fewer engaged public school parents means fewer brakes on this type of institutional radicalism.

    Last December, a California public school teacher wrote a provocative piece for the Bellows arguing that the Covid lockdown was not just an overreaction, but a deliberate transfer of wealth engineered by political and economic elites. But there is no need to resort to conspiracies to understand our predicament. Crude and poorly targeted lockdown measures endure because, for a certain privileged segment of our population, they are basically tolerable. The affluent and educated work from home while their kids get private tutors or attend private schools. The high tech sector thrives and other businesses survive thanks to lockdown loopholes, exemptions, and subsidies. The situation isn’t ideal, exactly, but it does explain a certain lack of urgency to reopen public schools and get things back to normal.”

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  8. What’s missing?

    How about a murder charge?

    They didn’t, because he wasn’t.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/authorities-charge-two-men-with-assault-of-officer-brian-sicknick-during-capitol-hill-riot/

    “Authorities Charge Two Men With Assault of Officer Brian Sicknick During Capitol Hill Riot

    They allege the men assaulted him with bear spray, but “have not determined whether the exposure caused his death.”

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    “One FBI agent alleges video showed Khater asking for bear spray. Then Tanios said, “Hold on, hold on, not yet, not yet…it’s still early.” The agent claimed “the exchange showed that the two allegedly were ‘working in concert and had a plan to use the toxic spray against law enforcement.”

    Khater and Tanios face these charges:

    Khater and Tanios are charged with nine counts including assaulting three officers with a deadly weapon — Sicknick, another U.S. Capitol Police officer identified as C. Edwards, and a D.C. police officer identified as B. Chapman. They are also charged with civil disorder and obstruction of a congressional proceeding. The charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

    Sicknick died on January 7th. The Democrats and left used his death to punish President Donald Trump and his supporters.
    Sicknick’s mother believes a stroke killed her son, but no one will give her answers.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress his agency “can’t yet disclose” Sicknick’s cause of death.

    Sicknick passed away almost three months ago. They already cremated his body. They have to know how he died. Why can’t they disclose the cause of death?

    It’s a rhetorical question, but I think we all know why.”

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    Narrative fail, big time.

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  9. Once again at the behest of Democrats, soldiers are breaking the clearly established rules on politicking in uniform.

    They’re so woke.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/03/congressman-brings-national-guard-to-confront-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-over-guam-status-gaffe/

    “Congressman Brings National Guard To Confront Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Over Guam Status Gaffe

    Uniformed National Guard engaging in a political protest directed at a Congressman, in the halls of the Capitol no less, is another sign the military is being politicized.”

    “In a totally inappropriate move, Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas, who is under an ethics investigation, led a group of Guam National Guard in uniform to Greene’s office to confront her. She wasn’t there at the time, but the visual of military-fatigued National Guard engaging in a political protest directed at a Congressman, in the halls of the Capitol no less, was another sign that the military is losing its bearing in the age of Biden.

    Here is the video, posted by The Hill:”

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  11. Sure, defunding police sounds good, but not when you have to live in the area with no police.

    Talk to the Dems who run your city. They built this.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2021/03/15/business-owners-near-george-floyd-square-say-need-help/

    “Business owners who work near the intersection that has become known as George Floyd Square say they need help because the area has become a haven for crime where gunshots can be heard frequently and a man was killed just last weekend. Today the Star Tribune reports on a black business owner who thinks enough is enough:

    Two women had to hit the sidewalk as gunshots popped off during the day outside Finish Touch Boutique, a store near the south barricade of George Floyd Square, shop owner Willie Frazier said. Frazier’s car was stolen from the square recently, too, he said, and it later turned up at the impound lot with the hood smashed.

    Now Frazier is sending a distress call along with other Black business owners whose shops and restaurants have been cut off from the outside world by concrete barricades guarded by civilian gatekeepers surrounding 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. As violence disrupts the once-peaceful memorial where Floyd died during an encounter with Minneapolis police, the business owners said they felt abandoned by a city that has failed to protect their safety and livelihoods.

    “Last year when it first started, it was all about George [Floyd]. People came from all over the world,” Frazier said. “We didn’t know when it was closed that it would be closed this long. … And when everybody in town found out that it was locked down like this … nobody wanted to come here and risk this stuff, and I don’t blame them.”…

    “We just need these streets to open, we need police in this area,” said Just Turkey owner Sam Willis Jr. “This is like Mexico in the United States. Thirty-seventh Street is the United States. You come out here, it’s like Mexico. So a person can commit a crime on 37th Street, and if they run over here, the police are not going to come. They park stolen cars here.”

    CNN published a very similar story Sunday highlighting residents in the area who are tired of the crime in this police no-go zone:

    One neighbor, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, said, “There are nights it sounds like a war zone here.”

    Another sent a video to CNN from Friday night to prove it. For several minutes, you could hear a barrage of bullets being fired in rapid succession.

    “I’m hearing overwhelmingly from community members who, quite frankly, are feeling hostage over there at the situation. And we cannot allow for the violence to continue to happen,” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said during a news conference.”

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    Enjoy! And don’t forget to thank Democrats. 🙂

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  12. Yes, I hear from my daughters that they thank God they don’t have to go there. Others are not so blessed. So very sad for those who live, work or have businesses there. In effect, there businesses are stolen from them. So wrong.

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  13. An honest question: When someone dies of a heart attack or stroke while a crime if being committed (such as a bank teller having a heart attack during a bank robbery), isn’t that considered at least manslaughter, or something like that?

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  14. Sometimes.

    But not when they die a day later of something unrelated to the incident. They know the cause of death Kizzie, yet they continue to hide it.

    Ask yourself why?

    You can’t ask authorities, because it’s all been lies from them thus far. If they could charge them here they would. They haven’t, because they can’t and they know it.

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  15. (12:23) – yes, I saw that article a few days ago, those were called the HOPE teams and were highly touted in the city’s response to homelessness. But there are advocates for the homeless who think any kind of police presence at encampments at all is a detriment and is threatening.

    Remembering that many of the city’s options are also severely limited due to court decisions & the threats of even more lawsuits (which are often won), the homeless situation in LA seems to be close to hopeless sometimes. The shelters that were set up in the past 1-2 years have also now been hit by covid, with positive cases and subsequent quarantines required. Some newly employed residents lost their new jobs as a result, outside recovery group meetings could not be brought in; and others simply left not wanting to be “locked down” for two weeks. New residents could not be brought in, either, due to the quarantine — so you have new shelters that aren’t filled.

    It all just seems like a vicious circle.

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