18 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-6-21

  1. Unfortunately, this is happening far too often.

    Back when only six people died from tainted Tylenol, it was pulled from the shelves. During the 1976 swine flu pandemic, there was an attempt to vaccinate 55 million Americans – after 25 deaths, the program was killed. How in the world can we have 4,178 reports of deaths and still be going all out with the experimental mRNA vaccine?


    “A Michigan family claims that their loved one died of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating.

    The family of Anne VanGeest, 35, said she died on April 19 at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.

    “It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Anne’s passing as the result of complications after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Anne (Annie), who was 35, was a loving mother, wife, sister, and daughter. An active member in the animal rescue community, Annie will be remembered as a fierce advocate, a master-multi-tasker, and a caring friend by her colleagues, fellow volunteers, and family,” her family said in a statement to local media. “We ask for privacy for her family as they mourn Annie’s passing and celebrate her life.””

    “From Dec. 14, 2020, to May 3, VAERS received 4,178 reports of deaths among people who received a CCP virus vaccine.”


  2. From American-born German microbiologist Sucharit Bhakdi (I recommend listening from 11:45.)


    Here is a chapter from Dr. Bhakdi’s new book, Coronavirus Unmasked:

    Click to access corona_unmasked_engl_leseprobe.pdf

    Dr. McCullough, a professor of medicine who developed a globally-acclaimed and highly-successful COVID treatment protocol:



  3. Quite a sticky wicket.


    “Federal judge vacates CDC’s nationwide eviction moratorium

    Court rules agency lacks legal authority to impose it”

    “A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its legal authority by issuing a nationwide eviction moratorium, a ruling that could affect millions of struggling Americans.

    In a 20-page order, U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich vacated the CDC order, first put in place during the coronavirus pandemic under the Trump administration and now set to expire June 30.

    “It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic,” the order states. “The question for the Court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not.”

    The Biden administration has indicated it will appeal the decision. The ruling does not affect state or local eviction moratoriums. In Washington, D.C., for example, the city government’s ban on all evictions remains in place.

    Landlords and property owners have consistently challenged the CDC order, arguing the policy sets an undue financial burden on business owners.

    “We’ve argued from the beginning that the CDC lacked statutory authority to impose this, and we’ve had multiple courts agree with us on that,” said Luke Wake, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation who has represented landlords in similar cases. “Today’s decision again vindicates our argument.”

    Housing advocates, however, argued the new ruling only throws more confusion into an already chaotic policy space. Despite the moratorium, evictions have continued because of loopholes and differing legal interpretations.

    After Wednesday’s decision, tenants’ rights advocates called for the Biden administration not only to defend the policy but to step up legal protections that will keep people in their homes. According to the Census Bureau, 1 out of 7 renters recently reported they were behind on payments.

    “While this latest ruling is written more starkly than previous ones, it likely has equally limited application impacting only the plaintiffs who brought the case or, at most, renters in the district court’s jurisdiction,” said Diane Yentel, president and chief executive of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “The [Department of Justice] should immediately appeal and the Biden administration should continue to vigorously defend and enforce the moratorium, at least until emergency rental assistance provided by Congress reaches the renters who need it to remain stably housed.””


  4. Reverse racism is still racism Joe.

    “White Farmers Excluded From Biden Loan Forgiveness Program Sue To Stop “use of race discrimination as a tool to end ‘systemic racism’”

    “Plaintiffs are farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Ohio who have direct loans with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or loans backed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). They are otherwise eligible for the loan-forgiveness program in ARPA, except for the color of their skin. As white farmers, Plaintiffs are ineligible for this government benefit.”


    “You can feel the Legal Resistance to the Biden administration growing. Finally.

    As I have pointed out many times before, Democrats have a much larger and more active legal activist infrastructure. We saw it throughout the Trump presidency, with multiple lawsuits filed with days of almost every major Trump policy move. In the travel cases, which Trump ultimately won in the Supreme Court, lawsuits were filed in multiple federal district courts seeking nationwide injunctions. It took only one district court win for a policy to be stymied, even if ultimately Trump won.

    While Democrats had their Legal Resistance ready to go the day Trump took office, Republicans were caught flat-footed when Biden rolled out dozens of executive orders and memoranda implementing a radical agenda. It took some time, but Republican state attorneys general stepped into the breach and have sued over the gutting of the immigration laws and enforcement, and disastrous energy and job-killing moves like canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s a start, but it has to get more aggressive.

    Among the most pernicious of the Biden policies is the attempt to hand out federal dollars based on race. There already is a lawsuit alleging Racial Discrimination Against Farmers And Ranchers:

    Today, America First Legal (AFL) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas to stop the Biden Administration from administering a program created by Congress in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that discriminates against American citizen farmers and ranchers based upon their race. Specifically, Sections 1005 and 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provide benefits to farmers and ranchers, but excludes many potential beneficiaries based solely upon their ethnicity or race.

    Now, several white farmers have sued over loan forgiveness only for black and other minorities. The Daily Signal reports;

    Christopher Baird owns a dairy farm near Ferryville in southwest Wisconsin, not far from the Mississippi River. He milks about 50 cows and farms approximately 80 acres of pasture.

    Like a lot of farmers, Baird has direct loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

    But the dairy farmer isn’t entitled to a new FSA loan-forgiveness program provided as part of COVID-19 relief in the $2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, legislation touted Wednesday night by President Joe Biden in his address to Congress.

    Baird is white. He joined four other white farmers Thursday in suing federal officials over being left out.”


    Here’s the DS’s article as well.


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  5. The transformation of Jennifer Rubin from respected conservative columnist to hack journalist and Dem shill is complete.

    “There is no border crisis in Jennifer Rubin’s alternate universe”


    “Jennifer Rubin is nothing if not dedicated to spinning things for her team. Her team is now the Biden administration and so she’s been eager to downplay the ongoing crisis at the border even if that means she’s contradicting her paper’s own reporters. Over the weekend Rubin wrote a piece titled “Hey, whatever happened to the border crisis?” that reads like a dispatch from an alternate universe.

    A few weeks ago, all Republicans — and in turn, the White House press corps — could talk about was the border crisis. As thousands of migrant children arrived at our southern border after fleeing life-threatening conditions in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Republicans claimed that President Biden — even though he repeatedly warned migrants not to come to the United States — was the reason for people sending their kids to travel thousands of miles under dangerous conditions.

    Notice that she linked to a story at CNN. She did not link to this more recent piece by the Post’s immigration reporter which highlights the ways in which Biden’s actions helped generate the current border surge:

    The prudent tone Biden’s team sounded in December was harder to detect on Inauguration Day, as the guardrails started coming off. Biden issued more executive orders and actions on immigration than any other topic, including a 100-day deportation moratorium and a halt to border wall construction…

    Word soon spread that families with children younger than 7 years old were being allowed to enter the United States and released from custody. Families fitting that profile began rushing to that span of the border, where U.S. agents were already overwhelmed by soaring numbers of teens and children arriving alone.

    In short, Biden’s mouth may have said “don’t come” but his actions were signaling a new approach in which all children and many families were now being admitted by the border patrol. Back to Rubin and this next bit is particularly special:

    The administration was caught flat-footed by the issue, but it made clear that the number of arrivals kept pace with the usual seasonal trends plus some pent-up demand to leave Central America due to two hurricanes and the pandemic. Biden officials vowed to get things under control.

    Biden did say that, apparently based on a piece published by the Post’s Monkey Cage vertical. And it’s certainly true that piece did claim the number of arrivals were the result of seasonal trends plus pent up demand. At least that’s what it said initially. After the Post’s immigration reporter argued this was based on out-of-date information, the authors revised this piece and added this important line: “What is more unusual at this moment is the increase in border crossings by unaccompanied minors, which appears to be more than just a seasonal pattern.”

    Again, the Post’s reporter covering immigration left no doubt about this: “At a March 25 news conference, Biden falsely described the increase as a seasonal norm, not a result of his policies or approach. “The truth of the matter is: Nothing has changed,” Biden said. “It happens every single, solitary year.”

    I really don’t know why Jen Rubin is still making claims about seasonal patterns that both the authors and the Post’s beat reporter say are false. It’s like she heard a version of this she liked and can’t bring herself to admit that version wasn’t true.”


    And this is the problem with most of the national press, That’s the mentality they used on Russia, Russia, Russia and pretty much anything Trump related. They just refused to acknowledge the truth. That’s a very dangerous habit they have.


  6. And I believe….

    He’s an idiot and grossly unqualified for leadership of any kind if he’s so willing led by leftist thinking to believe diversity matters at all once the bullets start flying….



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  8. Ah yes……

    The guilt trip. That’ll work for sure…. 🙄



  9. Pathetic.

    But this is CNN, so….



  10. I’m thinking more states are going to follow this with their own versions.

    “Montana plans to cancel unemployment benefits to address ‘severe workforce shortage’”


    “Montana plans to stop some of its federally-funded unemployment benefits to address “the state’s severe workforce shortage,” according to its labor department, which will leave many out-of-work residents without any support at all.

    “Nearly every sector in our economy faces a labor shortage,” Governor Greg Gianforte said in a statement on Tuesday. “The vast expansion of federal unemployment benefits is now doing more harm than good.”

    Instead, the state will begin to offer return-to-work bonuses to help employers looking to hire.

    Starting June 27, Montanans will lose access to the extra $300 in weekly unemployment benefits, but maintain their regular benefits. Contractors, gig workers, and others will also lose access to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, meaning those workers won’t get any benefits.

    Those relying on the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which gives additional weeks of unemployment benefits to workers, will stop receiving benefits. The state also plans to reinstate the requirement that stipulates workers must be actively searching for a job to qualify for unemployment benefits.”

    ““Montana’s move to end these fully federally-funded UI programs, along with their COVID-19 exceptions, is cruel, ill-informed, and disproportionately harms Black and Indigenous People of Color and women,” Alexa Tapia, unemployment insurance campaign coordinator at the National Employment Law Project, told Yahoo Money. “Ending these programs would leave 22,459 people unable to support their families and hurt thousands more.”

    Montana’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in March, down from its 11.9% pandemic peak in April 2020, according to data by the Labor Department.

    The federally-funded unemployment programs run through September 6 nationwide. Montana’s cancellation would cost workers at least $3,000 per worker in supplement benefits if they couldn’t find work through the program expiration. Workers on PUA and PEUC would lose at least $4,500 in benefits because they no longer will be eligible for the base unemployment benefit.”


  11. VAERS is a site where anyone can report what they think is a vaccine reaction, whether it is or not.

    ” *COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

    * Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

    * CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

    * Adverse events described on this page have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)external icon.

    * VAERS accepts reports of any adverse event following vaccination, even if it is not clear the vaccine caused the problem.

    . . . . .

    Over 245 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through May 3, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 4,178 reports of death (0.0017%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines. However, recent reports indicate a plausible causal relationship between the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and a rare and serious adverse event—blood clots with low platelets—which has caused deaths. Get the latest safety information on the J&J/Janssen vaccine. CDC and FDA will continue to investigate reports of adverse events, including deaths, reported to VAERS.”



  12. That’s funny. The people who called every death a Covid death for 9 months of Trumps presidency, whether it actually was or not, are now concerned about deaths being mis-reported.

    What a joke.



  13. This goes with the above post.


    “House Republicans ​are demanding the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain its relationship with teachers unions — and whether they have influenced its guidance on school reopenings — following a report in The Post.

    The top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pointed to The Post’s report from Saturday that showed a flurry of email exchanges among CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, her top advisers and union officials, suggesting that the American Federation of Teachers weighed in on the federal agency’s school opening guidelines released in February. ​​

    The emails “raise significant concerns about whether you, as the Director of the CDC, are putting politics over science and Biden-Harris campaign donors over children,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers​ (R-Wash.) wrote​ Wednesday​ ​in a letter ​to Walensky obtained first by Fox News.”

    “The Post obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request by the watchdog group Americans for the Public Trust.

    They reveal back-and-forth conversations between the CDC officials, AFT president Randi Weingarten and Biden administration officials leading up to the February release of the guidance.

    Following the exchanges, the CDC released the guidelines that included two instances of language “suggestions” offered by the union adopted nearly verbatim in the final text. “


  14. How much of our ‘political’ views determine what information we deem credible or not? It shouldn’t color it at all, but I suspect that’s where we are right now. It determines virtually everything. Our politics, more than anything else, now dictate how we feel about vaccines, Covid-19, and so many other (non-political) issues.

    “Sides” have been chosen. And what I think — about everything — will depend on my ‘tribe.’

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