16 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-18-21

  1. This has been news for weeks. I posted on the defector twice already. Nice to see the MSM catching up.

    “Rumors of U.S. Secretly Harboring Top China Official Swirl”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/rumors-of-u-s-secretly-harboring-top-china-official-swirl/ar-AAL9Tb7

    “Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang.

    Dong Jingwei supposedly gave the U.S. information about the Wuhan Institute of Virology that changed the stance of the Biden Administration concerning the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dong is, or was, a longtime official in China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), also known as the Guoanbu. His publicly available background indicates that he was responsible for the Ministry’s counterintelligence efforts in China, i.e., spy-catching, since being promoted to vice minister in April 2018. If the stories are true, Dong would be the highest-level defector in the history of the People’s Republic of China.

    Dong’s defection was raised by Chinese officials last March at the Sino-American summit in Alaska, according to Dr. Han Lianchao, a former Chinese foreign ministry official, before defecting after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In a Wednesday tweet, Han, citing an unnamed source, alleged that China’s foreign minister Wang Yi and Communist Party foreign affairs boss Yang Jiechi demanded that the Americans return Dong, and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken refused.

    Former Pentagon, State Department and CIA expert Nicholas Eftimiades, author of Chinese Espionage: Operations and Tactics, called the report “exactly what it is, a rumor. It happens all the time” in the information warfare between Beijing and anti-communist overseas Chinese. But he called Dr. Han, a pro-democracy activist with the Washington, D.C.-based Citizen Power Initiative for China group, “a straight shooter, not known to exaggerate in any way or form… trusted for his integrity.”

    Mollie Saltskog, a senior intelligence analyst with The Soufan Group who earned a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, also urged caution, saying the rumors of defections surface regularly. “While significant and certainly useful for our intelligence efforts,” she added, “one high-level defection will not drastically change our understanding or approach to China. In short, if true, this is potentially significant but not a game changer.””

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  2. These people should be indicted.

    Trump wasn’t the problem, garbage like this was.

    “Scientist who signed letter supporting lab-leak theory: We didn’t speak out sooner because we didn’t want to ally with Trump”

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/06/16/scientist-who-signed-letter-supporting-lab-leak-theory-we-didnt-speak-out-sooner-because-we-didnt-want-to-ally-with-trump-n397265

    ““The science around the lab leak theory hasn’t changed. But here’s why some scientists have.” That’s how NBC headlined this story about the sudden mainstreaming of the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 escaped into the population via a lab accident. I made that point in this morning’s post about Fauci, who now wants the world to believe that he’s always been open to the possibility of a lab leak even though he clearly hasn’t. Why is it that scientists like him are suddenly ambivalent about the virus’s origins when there’s been no new evidence supporting the lab-leak theory to shift their thinking? What data are these allegedly data-focused people seeing that’s moved them from a firm “no” on a lab accident to a modest “maybe”?

    The answer, according to a genetic engineer who spoke to NBC, is that there isn’t any. The shift was political, not scientific. Alina Chan is no random scientist either: She’s one of the 18 researchers who signed the now-famous letter to Science magazine last month urging colleagues to consider the possibility of a lab leak. That letter combined with Nicholas Wade’s compelling analysis is what caused the dam holding back interest in the lab hypothesis to break.

    And what inspired that letter, according to Chan, is that Trump’s departure from office meant there was no longer any risk of being seen as aligned with him by speaking out.

    It’s nice of scientists, I guess, to finally admit that they suppressed the lab-leak theory for nakedly political reasons.

    The shift reflects how some scientists who previously avoided the topic, or were quick to dismiss it, are grappling with enduring uncertainties about the virus’s origin, free from the politicization that clouded such discussions under the Trump administration.

    Chan said there had been trepidation among some scientists about publicly discussing the lab leak hypothesis for fear that their words could be misconstrued or used to bolster racist rhetoric about how the coronavirus emerged. Trump fueled accusations that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research lab in the same city where the first Covid-19 cases were reported, was connected to the outbreak, and on numerous occasions called the pathogen the “Wuhan virus” or “kung flu.”

    “At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump and to become a tool for racists, so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins,” she said.”

    “I thought epidemiologists carving out an exception to social distancing rules for woke protests last summer would be the most egregious example of scientists getting political during the pandemic, but nope. This is worse because of what it implies: If Trump were still president, these people would still be biting their tongues about a lab leak lest they hand him a win or become “a tool for racists” by speaking out.

    During a global pandemic, a vocation dedicated to uncovering truths about nature subordinated its professional duties to a political end. If there ever was any hard evidence of a lab leak in China accessible to western investigators, the silence of western scientists about the possibility probably bought the CCP time to destroy it and cover up whatever needed covering up to ensure that the truth would never be known. That being so, what reason is there to doubt that scientists who suspected a lab leak but held their tongues for fear of fostering racism might suppress or even destroy evidence supporting their theory if they became convinced that political actors whom they abhor would benefit from its revelation?”

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    Cowards.

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  3. Correct!

    “Sen. Rand Paul: Wuhan Lab Funders Should Not Participate In Lab-Leak Investigation

    “The WHO did a terrible job the first time. There needs to be an investigation but I’ve been advocating for a congressional investigation.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/sen-rand-paul-wuhan-lab-funders-should-not-participate-in-lab-leak-investigation/

    “In late May, the current occupant of the White House ordered a report reviewing all the findings of COVID’s origin and the ensuing pandemic within the next 90 days.

    Approximately three weeks into the three-month deadline, we need to check where these investigations stand. Several reports surfaced about the connections between “experts” and their compromised contributions to previous “natural origin” assertions.

    In a Fox News interview, Senator Rand Paul demanded that those involved in funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s coronavirus ‘gain of function’ research not participate in any further investigations.

    Here’s the problem. The WHO investigated this the first time, we suggested three people to send to China. They rejected all three and they accepted a guy named Peter Daszak who was the one that funded the lab. So you can’t have the people—like Anthony Fauci or Peter Daszak—who are part of the funding mechanism to send these funds to Wuhan lab.

    You can’t have them investigating themselves. They have a definite conflict of interest because if this pandemic started in a lab that the U.S. was funding, the people advocating for the funding obviously will have culpability—at least moral culpability…

    The WHO did a terrible job the first time. There needs to be an investigation but I’ve been advocating for a congressional investigation.

    Additionally, federal government investigators have announced that they will launch a review into how the National Institutes of Health manages and monitors its grant program, which likely includes monies sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Those grants studies will encompass EcoHealth Alliance, whose president is Peter Daszak, one of the original lab-leak deniers.

    Republicans have zeroed in on NIH’s relationship with EcoHealth Alliance, the global nonprofit that helped fund some research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, to attack Dr. Anthony Fauci and score political points.
    The comprehensive review also coincides with renewed questions over the origin of the Covid-19 virus and the potential role that China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology may have played.

    “We share stakeholders’ concerns regarding compliance and oversight of NIH grant funds. We have been monitoring this issue for some time and consider it a high-priority matter that can pose a threat to the integrity of the NIH grant program,” Tesia Williams, the director of communications for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, told CNN.

    “Based on our preliminary research and analysis, HHS-OIG has decided to conduct an extensive audit reviewing how NIH monitored selected grants and how the grantees and subgrantees used and managed federal funds between years 2014 through 2021,” Williams said.”

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  4. The racist mass shooter the media refuses to talk about.

    This is what CRT encourages.

    “Suspect in Multi-State Shooting Spree Allegedly Targeted White Men

    Justin Tyran Roberts told the detective “white males had taken from him, and also what he described as ‘military-looking white males’ had taken from him.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/suspect-in-multi-state-shooting-spree-allegedly-targeted-white-men/

    “A black man accused of wounding five people in shootings in Alabama and Georgia claimed he specifically targeted white men because he felt they “had taken from him all his life.”

    From The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

    Though police allege Justin Tyran Roberts was involved in three separate assaults that wounded five people Friday and Saturday in Columbus and Phenix City, he was in Columbus Recorder’s Court to face charges in just one of those incidents, a shooting around 2 p.m. Saturday under the Oglethorpe Bridge at Broadway and Fourth Street.

    That’s where a man was shot in the back as he was getting into his vehicle in a parking area under the bridge, said Detective Brandon Lockhart, who quoted Roberts as telling police, “I had to have him.””

    “The weekend shooting spree began about 8:15 p.m. Friday outside the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 1400 Whitewater Ave. in Phenix City, where one man was wounded and taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon said at a news conference Saturday evening.

    Phenix City police said the victim in that case, a white man with short hair, was getting out of his car when a gunman walked up and shot him, before fleeing across the 14th Street bridge into downtown Columbus.

    Roberts matches the description of the assailant in that incident, and authorities expect to file charges against him in Alabama, police said.

    That shooting was followed two hours later by gunfire in the 1000 block of Broadway, where two men and a woman were hit, said Blackmon, who described those victims as two white males and a Black female.”

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  5. Orange Man Bad is no excuse. You cowards cost lives, more so because some of these cowards had a hand in funding the entire Covid fiasco at the Wuhan Lab.

    “Why Wouldn’t America Talk About The Lab Leak?”

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-wouldnt-america-talk-about-the-lab-leak/

    “Much has been written now—finally—about the remarkable groupthink fiasco in which America’s elite institutions sought to throttle any inquiry or even just any curiosity about whether the COVID-19 pandemic may have originated from a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China. Now we know that such a leak remains in fact a very real possibility, and many scientists, editors, and commentators are scrambling to shed their previous know-nothingism on the matter and join the inquiry on what really happened and why (while avoiding, in most instances, any acknowledgement of their earlier folly).

    But some implications of the sordid tale haven’t received much attention. What does it say about America’s capacity for meeting the multifarious and growing challenges to its global leadership? Can a country utterly preoccupied with avoiding any imputation of negative feelings toward other peoples and other nations—those twin evils of “racism” and “xenophobia”—meet the kinds of challenges that inevitably emerge from other peoples and other nations?

    Such questions take on added force when meshed with another set of questions related to the underlying cultural current of national self-flagellation gaining prominence in American thought and discourse: What kind of nation devours its own heritage and national narrative? Or labels itself as unworthy at its core and defines itself as having been born in evil and intrinsically incapable of rising above that evil? What kind of nation seeks to emphasize the point by separating schoolchildren into classroom groups labeled “victims” and “oppressors” based on actions of their forebears?

    Such a nation is not well equipped to parry threats and challenges from other nations or well positioned to ask young men and women to fight and possibly die for the national honor and the national interest.

    Such questions and musings flow naturally from the months-long frenzy of denial that the coronavirus pandemic could possibly have been connected with the nearby Wuhan Institute of Virology or other nearby labs. A turning point in the saga finally came with publication of Katherine Eban’s remarkable Vanity Fair piece, “The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover Covid-19’s Origin.” From Eban and others we learn that the denial was pushed in part by people motivated by fears that a thorough examination of the matter could expose their own “gain-of-function” research—efforts to make the coronavirus more infectious and more deadly.

    Eban paints a picture of scientists such as Peter Daszak, who ran a nonprofit outfit that directed U.S. federal grant money to gain-of-function research in China, scrambling to divert attention from any lab-leak possibility. Clearly, many scientists harbored subterranean motives that now, in retrospect, explain their actions. Eban’s piece employs such terms as “conflict of interest,” “totally unscientific,” and “smelled like a cover-up” in describing the efforts, at high levels of science and government, to ensure that the lab-leak theory was debunked as “morally out of bounds.”

    But that doesn’t explain why the mainstream media, foreswearing any independence of thought or bloodhound instinct, joined in to insist that a negative had been proved and the matter was now closed. It doesn’t explain how the media went into complete collective overdrive in assailing any hint that it could be otherwise. The New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, CNN, the Guardian, the Daily Beast, the Poynter Institute’s “PolitiFact,” and many more news organizations jumped on the can’t-be-true thesis.

    Why?

    It seems to be a product of desperate fears on the part of growing numbers of Americans that someone somewhere may be harboring sentiments of racism or xenophobia, as defined with broad abandon by those with such fears. Thus, the lab-leak hypothesis couldn’t possibly be right because that might energize underlying anti-Chinese sentiments. But what happens to science or even just normal human cognition when avenues of inquiry are closed for fear of bad thoughts somewhere?

    The racism trope was widespread during the groupthink frenzy. Charles Cooke of National Review excoriated lab-leak theorists for being “addicted to racism and xenophobia.” The Washington Post’s Leana Wen worried that “unproven speculation” (which, incidentally, is the starting point of any scientific inquiry) could “increase racist attacks…[and] fuel anti-Asian hate.”

    New York Times reporter Apoorva Mandavilli released a tweet (later deleted) that said the COVID lab-leak theory “had racist roots.” And when some writers, finally taking the lab-leak theory seriously, cited earlier writings by former Times reporter Nicholas Wade, a socialist writer named Andre Damon quickly labeled Wade a racist.

    Some resisted the tired thinking represented by such citations. Zaid Jilani suggested at Newsweek that Ms. Mandavilli’s Tweet may have been “emblematic of a wider mindset among American journalists, many of whom saw their mission as simply opposing any stance taken by the Trump administration…while also burnishing their anti-racist and anti-imperialist credentials by refusing to blame a foreign government for the pandemic.”

    And writer Glenn Greenwald mischievously asked, “Can someone explain to me why it’s racist to wonder if a virus escaped from a Chinese lab, but…not racist to insist it infected humans because of Chinese wet markets?”

    But this isn’t merely a matter of proper speech and charitable thoughts in the global sphere. The lead headline in the Seattle Times the other day, over an AP story about the recent NATO summit in Brussels, declared: “NATO leaders join U.S. in standing up to Russian, Chinese threats.” And the Wall Street Journal noted in its summit story that the 79-paragraph NATO communique mentioned China a dozen times, “a shift from past [NATO] summits, when Beijing was barely mentioned.” The paper quoted from the communique, “China’s growing influence and international policies can present challenges that we need to address…. We will engage China with a view to defending the security interests of the alliance.”

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  6. Mic drop……

    ““How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?””

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  7. Inconvenient truth….

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  8. This hag just can’t admit it, because she’d be acknowledging that she’s friends with, and makes money off of the people who profit from the baby killing.

    Asked if a 15 week old unborn baby is a human being, this woman refuses to answer.

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  9. The hag above should receive the same treatment as Applesauce for Brains.

    “Catholic bishops approve Communion document aimed at possible rebuke of Biden”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/catholic-bishops-communion-rebuke-biden

    “The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted overwhelmingly to draft a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist after a contentious debate on whether President Biden and other politicians who support abortion policies are worthy of receiving Communion at Mass.

    More than 73% of the U.S. bishops casting ballots at a virtual conference this week supported tasking the USCCB’s doctrine committee to draft language on maintaining consistency with the Eucharist. A section of the document is expected to include a specific admonition to Catholic politicians and other public figures who disobey church teaching on abortion and other core doctrinal issues.

    The vote tally announced Friday was 168 bishops in favor, 55 opposed and six bishops abstaining.

    Up next, at least two-thirds of the bishops would have to vote to adopt the new language at their next gathering slated for November. The decision on whether Biden should be allowed to receive Communion would still be left up to individual bishops, as is standard for all churchgoers, but a new document would inform those decisions.”

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  10. Everybody’s favorite creepy porn star representin’, Nike extortin’, hero of the Never-Trumpers, and all around scumbag shyster is about to face the hammer. 🙂

    I can’t think of many more deserving of the honors. Time to pay up. 🙂

    “Prosecutors Recommend ‘Substantial’ Sentence for Liberal Media’s Favorite Lawyer Michael Avenatti”

    ““The defendant, a prominent attorney and media personality with a large public following, betrayed his client and sought to enrich himself by weaponizing his public profile””

    ——-

    And the rubes fell for it all….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/prosecutors-recommend-substantial-sentence-for-liberal-medias-favorite-lawyer-michael-avenatti/

    “Let us never forget that this guy was seriously considered a contender for the Democratic nomination at one point.

    Celine Castronuovo reports at The Hill:

    Prosecutors ask judge for ‘substantial sentence’ for Avenatti

    Prosecutors in the case against Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, are requesting that he receive a “very substantial” prison sentence after being convicted of attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

    The request came in a Wednesday submission in Manhattan federal court, according to The Associated Press, with prosecutors noting that Probation Office officials had recommended an eight-year prison term for Avenatti.

    The California attorney, who rose to fame for representing Daniels in her case against former President Trump, was found guilty in February 2020 of attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike so the attorney would not speak out on allegations of corruption surrounding the athletics apparel company.”

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  11. Curiously….

    “Curiously incurious: Where is the media coverage of China’s defector?”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/06/18/curiously-incurious-where-is-the-media-coverage-of-chinas-defector-n397594

    “Spy Talk might not have a high profile in American media, but The Daily Beast certainly does. One might think that other media outlets would find this story worth reporting, even as a speculative matter. If the US really does have a high-level defector of Dong’s rank, it could be a game changer in US-China relations, and not just about COVID-19 origins.

    That might be especially true in our nation’s capitol, nearly a day after the Daily Beast co-published the Spy Talk story and a week after Jennifer broke it. Yet a search of the Washington Post for “China defector” over the last week turns up only one story .. about Venezuela:

    Democracy’s not the only thing that dies in darkness, it seems. What about the Paper of Record? A similar search at the New York Times also turns up one story … about the “vicious cancer” of K-Pop in North Korea:

    What about CNN? Their search function defies description, and it doesn’t allow users to customize search parameters. (To be fair, ours is pretty rudimentary too.) Still, it doesn’t appear that they’ve covered anything about this “China defector” thus far:”

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  12. Perhaps this is why….

    All roads lead to Joe and Hunter, so this story just became the media’s kryptonite. . 🙂

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/06/18/heres-what-the-chinese-defector-has-reportedly-given-us-about-covid-but-also-o-n2591167

    “Here’s What the Chinese Defector Has Reportedly Given Us About COVID…But Also on Joe and Hunter Biden”

    “As the media laments being totally wrong about the COVID lab leak theory, more details are coming out about the Chinese defector who has been taken into US custody. The man alleges that he has knowledge about a slew of chinse bioweapons programs and COVID. He alleges that the current pandemic was caused by a lab leak, and that bats were the real cover-up story. The defector alleges that while the lab leak was an accident, it was allowed to spread. Our friends at RedState wrote about this first, but Jen Van Laar has a new development. The identity of the defector has been confirmed and he’s a high-ranking intelligence official with the People’s Republic of China:”

    “In addition, Dong has provided DIA with the following information:

    Early pathogenic studies of the virus we now know as SARS-CoV-2
    Models of predicted COVID-19 spread and damage to the US and the world
    Financial records detailing which exact organizations and governments funded the research on SARS-CoV-2 and other biological warfare research
    Names of US citizens who provide intel to China
    Names of Chinese spies working in the US or attending US universities
    Financial records showing US businessmen and public officials who’ve received money from the Chinese government
    Details of meetings US government officials had (perhaps unwittingly) with Chinese spies and members of Russia’s SVR
    How the Chinese government gained access to a CIA communications system, leading to the death of dozens of Chinese people who were working with the CIA

    Okay, so this goes well beyond COVID and bioweapons. It’s a window into the extensive and entrenched intelligence network China has established here. He knows the spies, who’s getting paid to be rats, and much else. The alleged studies showing the damage COVID can inflict on the world, specifically the United States only bolsters the lab leak theory. That it was intentional to curb China getting rolled in the socioeconomic arena. Trump had them on their heels, and this pandemic gave them breathing room. If China couldn’t win, or succeed, then no one can. A totalitarian government that is conducting a high-tech genocide against the Uighur population is bound to do anything to accomplish their nefarious goals. Oh, and the Bidens are in this intelligence dump as well. As Jen noted, “Dong also has provided DIA with copies of the contents of the hard drive on Hunter Biden’s laptop, showing the information the Chinese government has about Hunter’s pornography problem and about his (and Joe’s) business dealings with Chinese entities.”

    Yeah, not only is the COVID lab leak theory looking more credible by the hour, but also Joe being compromised by China and for being a shady dealer with his son looks like it got corroborated. You know, the 2020 October surprise that everyone decided to ignore. There are no more mean tweets, just a president who might be a pawn of Beijing. Nothing to see here, says the liberal media.”

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