22 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-24-21

  1. “Was the Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Just Confirmed?”

    Yes. Yes it was.

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/05/23/was-the-wuhan-lab-leak-theory-just-confirmed-n385308

    “This is turning into a banner day for evidence supporting the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of the virus leaking from a lab in Wuhan, China. Earlier today, RedState reported on the surprising flip-flop from the exalted Dr. Anthony Fauci.

    After over a year of dismissing the idea that the COVID-19 virus leaked from a lab, either purposely or inadvertently, Fauci’s now “not convinced” that the virus originated in nature (see: Fauci Admits He’s ‘Not Convinced’ COVID-19 Developed Naturally, Could Have Leaked From Lab). His change of heart is especially rich, given how combative he’s been with Sen. Rand Paul about the issue.

    Regardless, there’s far more to go on here than Fauci’s opinions. The GOP House Intel Committee members put out a report pointing to circumstantial evidence of a leak. Now, another big piece of news may be one of the final pieces of the puzzle.”

    “WASHINGTON—Three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the Covid-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory.

    The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”

    Again, this is circumstantial, but if you are expecting the Chinese to come out and give any direct evidence they could have been responsible for COVID-19 being leaked from a lab, you are delusional. This is as good a piece of information as we are going to get from the CCP as far as any confirmation that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was in possession of what we now know as SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19.”

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  2. “The Media’s COVID Origin Coverup Campaign Has Begun”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/20/the-medias-covid-origin-coverup-campaign-has-begun/

    “The Atlantic’s David Frum appears to be first out of the gate in what will likely become a coordinated, aggressive media campaign to defend the people and institutions that got the COVID-19 origin story wrong — and absolve them of all responsibility, however complicit they might be — and instead blame it all on Trump and his supporters.

    It sounds stupid, I know, but it’s true. Frum thinks Trump and his tens of millions of supporters “are not interested in weighing the evidence” of the virus’s origins, and only want “payback for the political and cultural injuries inflicted on them by the scientists.” The whole thing, for them, is just “a weapon in a culture war here at home.”

    Leaving aside the deep irony that Frum, of all people, is accusing anyone of not being interested in weighing the evidence, we need to understand this opening salvo for the retcon job it is. Frum is preemptively exonerating the gatekeepers and experts who resisted, and in some cases actively opposed, any discussion or serious inquiry into the possibility that COVID -19 didn’t emerge naturally but escaped from a lab in Wuhan.

    If Trump and his supporters turn out to be right, then they’re right for the wrong reasons, says Frum. As Bret Weinstein noted, this is an attempt to “fictionalize the history” of the debate about COVID’s origins and “immunize” the corrupt people and institutions that were on the wrong side of that debate. (Frum, you have to admit, is the perfect person to lead the charge on this.)

    The COVID Origin Debate Isn’t Going Away
    The need for such a campaign has become apparent in recent days because the question of COVID’s origins isn’t going away. There are two main theories: either the virus naturally jumped from animal to humans, or it was being studied — and perhaps manipulated or enhanced — in a lab and accidentally escaped.

    A much-criticized report issued in March by a World Health Organization-led team dismissed the idea that the virus could have escaped from a lab, calling it “extremely unlikely” despite the team having no access to relevant records or data in China. It concluded animal origin was the more likely of the two possibilities. The WHO-led team, which included scientists from China, devoted just four of 313 pages in its report to the possibility that the virus came from a lab.

    Then last week, a group of prominent scientists published a letter in the journal Science calling for a deeper investigation, including the possibility that the virus escaped from a lab by accident. The letter’s signatories include some of the world’s leading coronavirus researchers. One of them is Dr. Ralph Baric, who collaborated with Dr. Shi Zheng-li, China’s foremost expert on bat viruses, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began. They were trying to enhance the ability of bat viruses to infect humans.

    The letter came just days after Nicholas Wade, a veteran science reporter for Nature and The New York Times, published a long essay laying out in great detail the evidence behind both origin theories. The takeaway from Wade’s piece is that the lab leak theory has a mountain of circumstantial evidence to support it, while the animal theory has absolutely nothing.

    Who’s Afraid Of the Truth?”

    So why did the entire corporate media dismiss the lab leak theory as some crazy conspiracy theory last year? Well, because Trump and his supporters suggested it. When Sen. Tom Cotton last February had the temerity to note on Fox News that the virus emerged not far from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, The New York Times ran with the headline: “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins.”

    Never mind that what Cotton actually said was rather mild: “We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there. But because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”

    The Times’ reaction to Cotton was emblematic of corporate media at large. From the outset, very few journalists wanted to talk about the lab leak theory for fear of being tarred as a fringe conspiracy theorist. No major media organizations devoted resources to investigating the disease’s origin, and almost no prominent scientists came forward to ask the tough questions that some of them are asking now.

    Last May, in an interview with National Geographic, Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed the theory that COVID could have escaped from a lab. “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated,” Fauci said. “Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”

    When New York Magazine published a lengthy essay by Nicholson Baker in January, going over much of the same territory that Wade did last week, the silence from the rest of the corporate press was deafening. Baker cataloged in great detail the recent history of what’s called gain-of-function research, which involves making naturally occurring viruses more potent, or transmissible, in an effort to predict what the next big pandemic-causing virus might be and prepare for it.

    In recent decades, writes Baker, scientists have

    made machines that mix and mingle the viral code for bat diseases with the code for human diseases — diseases like SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, for example, which arose in China in 2003, and MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome, which broke out a decade later and has to do with bats and camels. Some of the experiments — ‘gain of function’ experiments — aimed to create new, more virulent, or more infectious strains of diseases in an effort to predict and therefore defend against threats that might conceivably arise in nature.

    Very few people even knew about such research before the pandemic. But Fauci did. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he supported funding for gain-of-function experiments as part of a broader strategy of vaccine development. If anyone might have insight into how such experiments might result in a lab accident that could trigger a pandemic, it’s him.

    Yet he refuses to discuss any of this, even with members of Congress who ask him about it directly. If you missed the recent exchange between Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul on this subject, it’s worth watching in full, partly to see Fauci’s breathtaking arrogance and condescension, but mostly to see how he refuses to answer or even engage a fairly straightforward question.”

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  3. It’s all coordinated by the terrorists in Iran and Hamas. Note how these Dem run groups in America, with the aid of Dems in Congress, push the terrorist lies and attacks.

    Talk about aiding and abetting our enemies….

    But our neutered and lying media never seem to question them on it.

    ““Deadly Exchange” Campaign Blaming Jews and Israel For U.S. Policing Helped Drive Wave Of Antisemitic Violence In American Cities

    The conflict provided a new opportunity for ‘intersectional’ anti-Israel agitators to portray Israel as the common denominator in oppressions all over the world, including racism in the United States. This rhetoric was engaged in not only by street thugs, but also by several members of Congress.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/deadly-exchange-campaign-blaming-jews-and-israel-for-u-s-policing-helped-drive-wave-of-antisemitic-violence-in-american-cities/

    “Attacks on Jews as part of “pro-Palestinian” activism have soared since Hamas sparked an 11-day fight by firing rockets at Israeli cities, while hiding among civilians themselves to ensure there would be civilian Palestinian casualties in the retaliation. An important factor in bringing the Middle East conflict to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere, is the “Deadly Exchange” campaign, seeking to blame American Jews and Israelis for alleged U.S. domestic police violence against minorities. While Deadly Exhange, created by the anti-Zionist Jewish Voice for Peace, has existed for years, it became an important talking point for anti-Israel activists since the Gaza fighting erupted.

    The conflict provided a new opportunity for ‘intersectional’ anti-Israel agitators to portray Israel as the common denominator in oppressions all over the world, including racism in the United States. This rhetoric was engaged in not only by street thugs, but also by several members of Congress.

    As in every previous Israel-Hamas war, this round of fighting inspired fresh waves of outrage from thousands of western “useful idiots”. Apparently only too happy to augment the pet propaganda project of genocidal Islamists, politicians, pundits, and ill-informed celebrities alike joined fashionably biased media outlets in casting Israel as the story’s irredeemable villain. (Meanwhile, in the past three weeks alone, hundreds of incidents of verbal and physical attacks on Jews by “Palestine” supporters have been reported, along with dozens of events in which thousands of anti-Israel protestors have chanted warmongering anti-Semitic Islamist slogans and called for a renewed Intifada. You can see our coverage of just a few examples here, here, here, and here.)

    In a year marked by racial tension and seemingly constant reports of police brutality, it makes sense that today’s anti-Zionist agit-prop emphasizes variations on the ludicrous Deadly Exchange campaign—a popular political warfare trope that seeks to turn Blacks and other ethnic minorities against Jews by blaming Israel and American Jewish groups for domestic police violence and other policing problems. Indeed, a key Deadly Exchange assertion is that educational exchanges between American and Israeli police involve Israeli forces teaching American law enforcement to single out and brutally attack people of color.”

    “As we’ve noted previously, Deadly Exchange’s intellectual rubric is one of “intersectionality,” by which the struggles of all victim groups are inextricably “interconnected.”

    Intersectional dogma thus allows anti-Israel activists to forge links with minority (particularly Black) rights activists by placing Jews and Israel on the “White”, “Colonialist”, “Capitalist” side within the Manichean “Oppressor vs Oppressed” paradigm through which they describe the world.”

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    These idiots are as un-American as it gets.

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  4. Sad.

    “New Survey Shows Nearly Half Of Millennials ‘Don’t Know, Care, Or Believe’ In God”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/21/new-survey-shows-nearly-half-of-millennials-dont-know-care-or-believe-in-god/

    “The latest survey of the American Worldview Inventory from Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center found 43 percent of millennials born between 1984 and 2002 said they “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.” Only 57 percent said they were Christian.

    Researchers found that belief declined between generations. Eighty-three percent of those in the Silent Generation (born 1927-1945), 79 percent of baby boomers (born 1946-1964), and 70 percent of Generation Xers (born 1965-1983) identified as Christian. Thirty-one percent, 28 percent, and 27 percent respectively said they “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”

    Those who believed “you treat others as you want them to treat you” also rose with age, with 90 percent of those in the Silent Generation in agreement, 81 percent among baby boomers, 53 percent of Gen Xers, and 48 percent of millennials.

    Those who said “you try to get even with people who have wronged you,” on the other hand, declined among older generations, with 38 percent of millennials, 33 percent of Gen Xers, 12 percent of baby boomers, and 10 percent of the Silent Generation in alignment.

    The 2021 survey was conducted by interviewing 2,000 adults with a +/- 2 percent margin of error.”

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    More….

    Click to access CRC_AWVI2021_Release03_Digital_01_20210512-.pdf

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  5. And in case you missed it….

    “Send in the Clowns Week at Legal Insurrection

    All the news you may have missed.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/05/send-in-the-clowns-week-at-legal-insurrection/

    “Joe Biden tried his hand at comedy a couple of times this week. He probably shouldn’t quit his day job.

    Biden Calls Coast Guard Cadets a ‘Dull Class’ When They Didn’t Laugh at His Joke
    Reporters Giggle After Biden Jokes About Running Over Reporter Who Wanted to Ask About Israel

    Speaking of clowns…

    WaPo: Chris Cuomo Advised Brother Andrew, Staff How to Respond to Sexual Harassment Allegations
    Cuomo Received $5.1 Million for COVID Book Despite Nursing Home Deaths

    Oh, is that all?

    White House Cuts ‘Infrastructure’ Bill to ‘Only’ $1.7 Trillion

    This is completely out of control.

    VIDEO: “Pro-Palestinian” Gang Seeks Out And Attacks Jews In Los Angeles
    VIDEOS: “Pro-Palestinian” Gangs Attack Jews In Multiple Locations in Manhattan
    NYPD Arrests One In Connection With Antisemitic Assault, Seeks Assistance In Identifying Others

    They chose… poorly.

    Steelworker Union Begs Biden to Keep Trump Tariffs in Place

    It’s about time.

    FBI Quietly Admits 2017 GOP Ballgame Attack By Leftist Was ‘Domestic Terrorism’”

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    And even more at the link.

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  6. Trump was right again. But once again the media just mocked the one telling the truth.

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    But then reality arrives….

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    And just another example why big media is just big garbage.

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  7. Biden’s America.

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  8. Viral transfer from a pigs, camels, bats, etc is the norm for any outbreak. To suggest it was leaked and developed in a lab is an extraordinary claim which requires extraordinary evidence. Ironically, it would be easier to collect evidence if Trump hadn’t ended CDCs cooperation with China’s equivalent group. The US used to have observers in Wuhan — which is why the US officials dismissed any suggestions that covid was developed in a lab, previous observations suggested it wasn’t.

    Frum defending the need for evidence is incredibly ironic though.

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  9. Tychius — audit integrity is a component of election integrity. You can’t have election integrity without audit integrity. You’re right — if they have nothing to hide why wouldn’t they keep all documents relating to the audit and share them with the people actually responsible for the election. The audit has been a farce since the beginning — wrong color pens, breakdown of chain custody of votes, biased hiring, limited press observation, etc. The first two alone invalidates the audit.

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  10. The police union in DC is adamant that the officers died in the line of duty — this gives their dependents benefits not normally given for a stroke or suicide. Both the suicides and the stroke have been attributed to trauma suffered on Jan 6th. If you wish to limit the power of the police union, welcome to the club but no matter the political interference, the union will be sure to honor these men as killed in the line of duty and ensure the families received the benefits.

    Speaking of bias though, the follow up tweet “executed” to the Examiner would be good for a morbid laugh it people didn’t actually view it as correct — a person who as a part of a mob invades the capitol building and attempts to breakdown a barricade to invade the actual legislature is shot by police. Shot would be the neutral term; executed clearly places the commentator as sympathetic to those committing a violent criminal act. You can argue its not an insurrection but its clearly not tourism, rather someone engaged in a criminal act.

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  11. There’s a lot of useful idiots on both sides of the Hamas-Israeli conflict. Clearly some idiots can’t tell the difference between a Jew and an Israeli who supports Bibi which in fact less than half of Isreal does. Bibi probably has more support in DC than he does in all of Israel,

    Most of the teens/ 20 somethings throwing stones in East Jerusalem and later Gaza were young unemployed men who after breaking fast after sunset roamed the streets after their parents, working adults, and children went back to sleep. It happens every Ramadan — fairly ritualistic not much different than setting fires in Detroit on devil’s night. However, this year it grew into a spiral of violence — was it the Israelis escalating it until Hamas retaliated or Hamas using the young men as pawns to promote a planned round of violence? Honestly it doesn’t make a difference both groups have contingency plans to start a fresh round of violence. Given that the Israel occupied the Dome and Hamas is about the most compromised terrorist organization on the planet, I think its the Israelis but it really doesn’t matter Hamas was initially supported by the Israelis as a way to splinter the secular and socialist PLO. This has been confirmed by both former Israeli and Hamas officials. When Israel claimed they had proof the press building was used by Hamas but didn’t give up the proof — its likely they didn’t have any or Hamas officials had supplied the proof. When they faked a rocket attacked and then bombed Hamas in the tunnels, they knew where the tunnels were due to compromised Hamas officials. Its not without the realm of possibility, that compromised Hamas officials initially started the rocket attacks as Israel was clearly ready and had a plan. In the end, the Palestinian people are merely props in a spiral of violence which now extends in areas of the world — where young men barely need an excuse to be macho idiots and throw rocks

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  12. hwesseli: It‘s a forensic audit – everything done in it is logged, recorded and preserved, as it should be. All the evidence will be preserved. Preserving data, getting to the truth, investigating chicanery is what the audit is all about.

    Typical Dems – accusing auditors of crimes that they themselves have committed. Who deleted the database from the Dominion machine? It sure wasn’t the auditors – it was someone in the county. The results of the audit are going to be shocking to many people.

    The only reason they are so fiercely trying to block the audit is because they know that the truth is on those machines, and they manipulated the election and participated in a vast fraudulent scheme to steal the 2020 election.

    It looks like your election results numbers (and Wikipedia’s) are going to be way, way off… 😉

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  13. That’s the thing Tychicus — its not being done properly, and they aren’t willing to prove other wise. They lost chain of custody of the ballots, security was so lapse reporters sneaked in through the back door walked right past stacks of ballots, blue and black pens were being used even though the rules state only red pens allowed near ballots, reporters barred from certain areas, the so-called auditors had little or no training, one had to be let go when it was revealed he participated in the riot on Jan 6th, interviews with “auditors” after work reveal most are certain that Trump won and want Trump to win, etc etc. Usually election boards hire experienced accounting firms; this time the Republicans senators hired a company with no prior experience. This isn’t an audit, its a farce.

    You can’t steal a database from a Dominion machine — it doesn’t change anything since there are paper copies.

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  14. AJ — the survey you posted is a bit weird — the numbers of Christians and non-believers add up over 100% and there’s no Jews, Muslims, Buddhists etc. Not even a category for “other” . Apart from that, young people will always answer affirmative to more “open” categories. People become more settled in their opinions as they age. Generational surveys are full of dire predictions for the future which rarely pan out. There really is nothing new under the sun.

    Anecdotally I’m encouraged by the youth of today — far more caring, far more informed than I remember my generation. Anybody who grew up in the late 70s early 80s and thinks today’s youth are a problem has rose tinted glasses engaged in romantic nostalgia. Crime was much higher than with schoolyard fights a common occurrence (I see one a year now if that). Residents of Windsor used to spend late October watching Detroit burn. Look at picture of New York and compare to now; its night and day. As many of you have noted, prolife is far more common now than in the late 70s/80s. Abortion rates are at a 50 year low. Millennial and those younger may not have solidified their religious beliefs but they have a better sense of morals than their Boomer parents. (Gen X observation — we don’t count we just observe)

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  15. And finally I live in the third poorest electoral district in Canada yet we are now the third most expensive city in North America higher than NYC and San Jose. Absolutely insane housing costs in Canada — this is not a nice suburban city of Toronto nor is it a quaint college city; its a gritty post industrial rust belt with serious social problems (poverty, homelessness, drug use) yet people are paying almost 2000 a month for a one bdrm apartment, my house has tripled in value in six years, etc. We always took a certain amount of perverse pride in living in a city nobody wanted but now…..
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/affordability-canada-1.6034606?fbclid=IwAR3xeDKgankETrO-jXVmAo2cVGlRxqOuzsH0fr6rGXi6rJZGh8R4HZg49k8

    This sealed my retirement plan to sell the house and move to a winterized cottage. I’ll be debt free, lower property taxes and can breathe the air.

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  16. So yeah, nothing new under the sun. Younger generations throughout this era have been remarkably similar, I’d say. Well, ok, maybe the ’80s lapsed a bit.

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