41 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-3-21

  1. Unborn Babies Lives Matter. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer! Thanks as well to the key legislators and people of Texas.

    It’s interesting that the same people who scream that abortion is a right and the government can’t tell them what to do with their bodies are the same ones pushing for government-mandated COVID-19 injections.

    Chief Justice Roberts should never again be referred to as a Conservative.


    “The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a bid to stop Texas from banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, allowing one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S. to remain in effect.

    Senate Bill 8, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, was signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May.

    The law enables private citizens—except for an individual who impregnated a woman through rape or incest—to sue physicians who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

    It also allows for civil action to be brought against any person who allegedly aided or abetted a violation of the law. Individuals found to have violated the law would have to pay $10,000 to the person who successfully brings such a lawsuit.”

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    Bud: ‘You can’t come in here!’

    Lou: ‘Why not?’

    Bud: ‘Well, because you’re unvaccinated.’

    Lou: ‘But I’m not sick.’

    Bud: ‘It doesn’t matter.’

    Lou: ‘Well, why does that guy get to go in?’

    Bud: ‘Because he’s vaccinated.’

    Lou: ‘But he’s sick!’

    Bud: ‘It’s alright. Everyone in here is vaccinated.’

    Lou: ‘Wait a minute. Are you saying everyone in there is vaccinated?’

    Bud: ‘Yes.’

    Lou: ‘So then why can’t I go in there if everyone is vaccinated?’

    Bud: ‘Because you’ll make them sick.’

    Lou: ‘How will I make them sick if I’m NOT sick and they’re vaccinated.’

    Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’

    Lou: ‘But they’re vaccinated.’

    Bud: ‘But they can still get sick.’

    Lou: ‘So what the heck does the vaccine do?’

    Bud: ‘It vaccinates.’

    Lou: ‘So vaccinated people can’t spread covid?’

    Bud: ‘Oh no. They can spread covid just as easily as an unvaccinated person.’

    Lou: ‘I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. Look. I’m not sick.

    Bud: ‘Ok.’

    Lou: ‘And the guy you let in IS sick.’

    Bud: ‘That’s right.’

    Lou: ‘And everybody in there can still get sick even though they’re vaccinated.’

    Bud: ‘Certainly.’

    Lou: ‘So why can’t I go in again?’

    Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’

    Lou: ‘I’m not asking who’s vaccinated or not!’

    Bud: ‘I’m just telling you how it is.’

    Lou: ‘Nevermind. I’ll just put on my mask.’

    Bud: ‘That’s fine.’

    Lou: ‘Now I can go in?’

    Bud: ‘Absolutely not?’

    Lou: ‘But I have a mask!’

    Bud: ‘Doesn’t matter.’

    Lou: ‘I was able to come in here yesterday with a mask.’

    Bud: ‘I know.’

    Lou: So why can’t I come in here today with a mask?… If you say ‘because I’m unvaccinated’ again, I’ll break your arm.’

    Bud: ‘Take it easy Lou.’

    Lou: ‘So the mask is no good anymore.’

    Bud: ‘No, it’s still good.’

    Lou: ‘But I can’t come in?’

    Bud: ‘Correct.’

    Lou: ‘Why not?’

    Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’

    Lou: ‘But the mask prevents the germs from getting out.’

    Bud: ‘Yes, but people can still catch your germs.’

    Lou: ‘But they’re all vaccinated.’

    Bud: ‘Yes, but they can still get sick.’

    Lou: ‘But I’m not sick!!’

    Bud: ‘You can still get them sick.’

    Lou: ‘So then masks don’t work!’

    Bud: ‘Masks work quite well.’

    Lou: ‘So how in the heck can I get vaccinated people sick if I’m not sick and masks work?’

    And so it continues, on and on…

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  3. I think I see the problem here….



  4. Of course they are….



  5. Joe Biden would love him…..

    Me too!, right Joe?



  6. Sure hack, and your made up number of supposed deaths from this pales in comparison to the 62 million actual deaths your baby killing friends have committed.

    Zip it clown.




    Sounds about right given the reaction to Texas’ new law. 🙂


  7. Remember the dust up over the trans guy taking his clothes off in front of women and girls that the left and Antifa held violent protests for?

    Yeah, about that….

    It’s odd too, because these are the same people who assured us stuff like this would never happen.




    Because our media is garbage.


  8. Follow the science!

    Or Crazy Joe!


    “FDA in Disarray as Two Vaccine Officials Resign Over Biden’s COVID Booster Plans

    “It is very frightening to me that healthcare providers, trying to do the best job that they can, are taking guidance from HHS and White House, and now have put themselves at risk.””


    “The Food and Drug Administration is in disarray because of political tension surrounding the COVID booster shots.

    Politico spoke to people involved in the situation, including 11 former and current health officials.

    The FDA lost two top vaccine officials because President Joe Biden’s administration is not minding its own business:

    FDA officials are scrambling to collect and analyze data that clearly demonstrate the boosters’ benefits before the administration’s Sept. 20 deadline for rolling them out to most adults. Many outside experts, and some within the agency, see uncomfortable similarities between the Biden team’s top-down booster plan and former President Donald Trump’s attempts to goad FDA into accelerating its initial authorization process for Covid-19 vaccines and push through unproven virus treatments.

    On Tuesday, two top FDA vaccine regulators resigned — a decision that one former official said was rooted in anger over the agency’s lack of autonomy in the booster planning so far. A current health official said the pair, Marion Gruber and Philip Krause, left over differences with FDA’s top vaccine official Peter Marks. Now the agency is facing a potential mutiny among its staff and outside vaccine advisers, several of whom feel cut out of key decisions and who view the plan to offer boosters to all adults as premature and unnecessary.

    Those administration officials include acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and COVID Czar Jeff Zients. Both approve of the booster. Woodcock praised vaccine regulators. Zients praised the FDA “as the regulatory ‘gold standard.’”

    Those within the FDA hate that Biden’s administration has pushed the boosters without input from the FDA’s top scientists:

    Woodcock and Marks were instrumental in crafting an Aug. 18 statement from HHS officials on the Sept. 20 booster timeline, said one senior official. That person said that the timeline was informed in part by Woodcock and Marks’ estimation of when they would get key data from vaccine makers, but also could shift based on new data, echoing the joint statement.

    Another senior health official with direct knowledge of the situation said that political appointees within the White House largely steered the mid-August booster announcement.

    The tension within the administration plus open skepticism from outside experts has fueled finger-pointing and divisions among health agencies. Career scientists in particular have been confused and surprised by the process, multiple people involved in the talks said.

    Then Biden made matters worse (what a shock!) when he announced people can get the booster shot five months after their second shot. His administration proposed eight months.
    The administration justified Biden’s remarks by saying the administration has to show they are taking the lead along with Zients and Dr. Fauci.

    However, only Pfizer has submitted the initial booster application on August 27. We do not know when Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will submit their applications.

    Pfizer still has more data to submit in October to help determine if we need the booster between four or eight months after the second shot.

    I don’t trust the government, but people within the FDA’s vaccine department has way more experience and knowledge than Biden:

    But the abrupt departure of two top officials from FDA’s vaccine department, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, has shaken many current and former officials who say it resonates at a critical moment in vaccine regulation. “Supporting the career staff at CBER is extremely important right now, they have a tremendous amount of experience,” Bush-era FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan told POLITICO.

    While third doses are still only authorized for immunocompromised people, including organ-transplant patients, others who don’t fit into that category have plunged ahead with additional vaccinations under the mistaken notion that FDA has already given the greenlight. Nearly one million booster doses have already been administered in the U.S. according to the latest CDC data.

    So yeah. The confusion has caused people to get it whether they need it or not. I always say to talk to your doctor, but they rely on data and studies. One specialist cannot believe healthcare people take advice from the White House:

    “Many, many, many” providers in southern states with coronavirus case surges are dosing health care workers and patients with boosters absent an FDA approval because of confusion over Biden booster remarks, said Helen Talbot, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University and member of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the panel that recommends how vaccines are used.

    “This highlights, critically, the need for any vaccine recommendations to go through the normal avenues and not come out from outside,” she said during a Monday meeting of the panel. “It is very frightening to me that healthcare providers, trying to do the best job that they can, are taking guidance from HHS and White House, and now have put themselves at risk.””


    And everyone else.


  9. Be afraid, be very afraid…. again…. still….

    “New South African COVID-19 Most Mutated Variant Yet

    The strain has been linked to “increased transmissibility,” but has not yet been designated as a “Variant of Concern” or a “Variant of Interest.””


    “I have noted that SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will likely crash in waves throughout the globe until population immunity builds to the point it will join the many other viruses that cause colds or other mild respiratory illnesses.

    The recent delta variant surge has been deemed the fourth wave. According to a chart prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it appears the fourth wave may be receding.”

    “The number of C.1.2 genomes in South Africa has risen from 0.2 percent in May to 1.6 percent in June and 2 percent in July, according to scientists, who also have found 14 mutations in nearly 50 percent of the variants that had a C.1.2 sequence.

    The mutations are in the spike protein that makes it adhere to the human respiratory system.

    More than half (about 52%) of the mutations in the spike region of the C.1.2 sequences have previously been seen in other VOCs [Variants of Concern] and VOIs [Variants of Interst]. The mutations N440K and Y449H, which have been associated with escape from certain antibodies, have also been noticed in C.1.2 sequences.

    The scientists stressed that the combination of these mutations, as well as changes in other parts of the virus, likely help the virus evade antibodies and immune responses, including in patients who have already been infected with the Alpha or Beta variants.”


    They have to keep you afraid to keep you controlled.


  10. Huge disappointment.

    That sums up Biden perfectly. And remember, if you didn’t vote for Trump, you helped build this.

    Own it.

    And enjoy!

    “”Huge disappointment”: Only 235K jobs added in August — despite 720K prediction”


    “It’s a big belly flop against expectations, if still a decent number for a maintenance level in a normal job market. This isn’t a normal job market, however, and we’re not getting much closer to one either. The US economy added only 235,000 jobs in August, just barely over a third of the 720,000 jobs predicted by economists. Unemployment went down as expected, but hours worked also took a hit:

    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 235,000 in August, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. So far this year, monthly job growth has averaged 586,000. In August, notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, private education, manufacturing, and other services. Employment in retail trade declined over the month. …

    The labor force participation rate, at 61.7 percent in August, was unchanged over the month and has remained within a narrow range of 61.4 percent to 61.7 percent since June 2020. The participation rate is 1.6 percentage points lower than in February 2020. The employment-population ratio, at 58.5 percent, was little changed in August. This measure is up from its low of 51.3 percent in April 2020 but remains below the figure of 61.1 percent in February 2020.

    Even against the monthly average this year, August was a flop. One ominous sign relates directly to the pandemic. The number of people unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions jumped upward by 400,000:

    In August, 5.6 million persons reported that they had been unable to work because their employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic—that is, they did not work at all or worked fewer hours at some point in the last 4 weeks due to the pandemic. This measure is up from 5.2 million in July. Among those who reported in August that they were unable to work because of pandemic-related closures or lost business, 13.9 percent received at least some pay from their employer for the hours not worked, up from 9.1 percent in the prior month.

    For those who did work, wages rose significantly — but hours declined:”

    Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 17 cents to $30.73 in August, following increases in the prior 4 months. In August, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees rose by 14 cents to $25.99. The data for recent months suggest that the rising demand for labor associated with the recovery from the pandemic may have put upward pressure on wages. However, because average hourly earnings vary widely across industries, the large employment fluctuations since February 2020 complicate the analysis of recent trends in average hourly earnings. (See tables B-3 and B-8.) In August, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 34.7 hours for the third consecutive month. In manufacturing, the average workweek fell by 0.2 hour over the month to 40.3 hours, and overtime remained at 3.2 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.2 hours.

    Both the wage drop and the sudden slowdown on hiring came as a surprise to analysts, who presumed that momentum had built back up in the economy. The problem isn’t a lack of new jobs, CNBC points out in reporting on the “huge disappointment” of this August jobs report:

    Job creation for August was a huge disappointment, with the economy adding just 235,000 positions, the Labor Department reported Friday.

    Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for 720,000 new hires. …

    Weekly jobless filings have fallen to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020, but a large employment gap remains.

    It’s not that there aren’t enough jobs out there: Placement firm Indeed estimates that there are about 10.5 million openings now, easily a record for the U.S. labor market.

    This suggests that the government distortions from the pandemic unemployment benefits might still be playing out. If so, it won’t be for long; those benefits will end next week. Some Democrats suggested another extension to deal with the Delta wave, but the political steam has run out on subsidizing unemployment. Several states have already cut off such benefits, and Republicans would likely torpedo any such effort to restore them in Congress.”


  11. It’s “fact checked”, so it’s garbage.

    USA’s “fact checker” says:


    But then reality sets in, and his “fact check” is exposed as water carrying for Democrats, as usual.

    Here’s what it says now at the top of the article.

    “Corrections and Clarifications: This story was updated Sept. 2 to note that Biden checked his watch multiple times at the dignified transfer event, including during the ceremony itself. The rating on this claim has been changed from partly false to missing context.”


    Even when the video exposes their lie, they just double down and say it’s “missing context.”

    Hacks abound on the media landscape….


  12. Of course the media water carriers ignore it. That’s what they’re paid to do.

    “There’s Been a Media Blackout on One Major Afghanistan Story”


    “Earlier this week, Reuters reported on a bombshell phone call between President Biden and his Afghan counterpart in July, where the commander in chief urged President Ashraf Ghani to focus on the “perception” problem around the world about the Taliban’s strength.

    Biden told Ghani “there is a need, whether it is true or not … to project a different picture.” He went so far as to offer aid if Ghani could make this happen.

    Conservatives were quick to point out that former President Trump was impeached over a phone call, and this conversation also “sounds like an impeachable phone call.””

    “Perhaps that’s why there has reportedly been a complete media blackout by CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC.

    [E]ver since Reuters broke its news on Tuesday, all of the major networks, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC, have avoided mentioning the controversial phone call, according to Grabien transcripts.

    Biden’s critics have compared his phone call with Ghani to former President Trump’s 2019 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging him to investigate Biden and his son Hunter. Ultimately, that phone call resulted in Trump’s impeachment.

    The networks are already signaling they’re ready to move on from the turmoil in Afghanistan despite the many controversies still plaguing the Biden administration following the military withdrawal including the Biden-Ghani phone call, the hundreds of Americans and Afghan allies who were left stranded, and the growing terror threat from the Taliban-controlled country. (Fox News)”


    Garbage in, garbage out.


  13. VDH nails it again….

    “There’s a Problem in the Upper Reaches of Our Military”


    “It is the beginning of a never-ending bad dream. Joe Biden and the Pentagon have managed to birth a new terrorist haven, destroy much of U.S. strategic deterrence, and alienate our allies and much of the country.

    In the hours after the horrific deaths of 13 service members, we have been reassured by our military that our partnership with the Taliban to provide security for our flights was wise. We were told that the terrorist victors share similar goals to ours in a hasty American retreat from Kabul. We were reminded that Afghan refugees (unlike U.S. soldiers) will not be forced to be vaccinated on arrival. Such statements are either untrue or absurd.

    On the very day of the attack that killed American troops, the sergeant major of the U.S. Army reminded us in a tweet that diversity is our strength, commemorating not the dead but Women’s Equality Day. If so, then is the opposite of diversity — unity — our weakness? Will such wokeness ensure that we do not abandon the Bagram air base in the middle of the night without opposition?

    The chief of staff at the Office of Naval Intelligence warned the ONI’s active duty and retired service members that they must not criticize Biden, their commander in chief, over the Afghanistan fiasco. The office correctly cited prohibitions found in the Uniform Code of Military Justice barring any disrespect shown to senior government leadership.

    Indeed, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps was relieved of his command for posting a video accurately blaming military and civilian leadership for the Afghanistan nightmare.

    Yet until Jan. 20, retired top brass had constantly smeared their elected commander in chief with impunity.

    Recently retired Gen. Michael Hayden retweeted a horrific suggestion that unvaccinated Trump supporters should be put on planes back to Afghanistan, where they presumably would be left to die. Hayden earlier had compared Trump’s border facilities to Nazi death camps.

    Other retired high-profile military officials variously called their president an emulator of Nazi tactics, a veritable Mussolini, a liar, and deserving of removal from office sooner than later. None of these retired four-stars faced the sort of repercussions that the Office of Naval Intelligence just warned about.

    More than 50 former intelligence officials on the eve of the November election signed a letter suggesting that incriminating emails found on Hunter Biden’s missing laptop might be “Russian disinformation.” They used their stature for political purposes to convince the American people that the story was a lie.

    Retired Gen. Joseph Dunford and retired Adm. Mike Mullen recently blasted retired brass who had questioned Biden’s cognitive ability. OK. But they should have issued a similar warning earlier, when the violations of fellow retired officers were even more egregious in election year 2020.

    Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, apologized for doing a photo op with Trump, erroneously buying into the narrative that Trump had ordered rioters cleared from Lafayette Square for the staged picture. Worse, he leaked to journalists that he was so angry with Trump that he “considered” resigning.

    Think of the irony. If Milley considered a politicized resignation to rebuke Trump over the false charge, then surely he could consider a real resignation after overseeing the worst military disaster of the last half-century in Kabul.

    Milley had promised to root out white supremacy from the ranks while recommending that his soldiers read Ibram X. Kendi’s racialist diatribes.

    Something is terribly wrong in the ranks of America’s top commanders that reflects something wrong with the country.”


  14. Well that’s odd. I’d heard these cities were “mostly peaceful.”

    This applies to several states.

    “When Will PA Mayors Wake Up to the Crime Crisis?”


    “Amid surging crime in Pennsylvania’s largest cities, it remains unclear if Democratic leadership is up to the task of ensuring law and order.

    Take Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (pictured), who faces intensifying criticism as the city grapples with a public safety crisis. This year, 137 children under age 18 have been shot in city neighborhoods, and 32 have died. “That’s a bullet ripping into a young person’s body every 40 hours,” wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Helen Ubiñas.

    Last month, after a 15-year-old girl was shot in the head in North Philadelphia (she died the next day), community activists called for Kenney to deploy the Pennsylvania National Guard in the crime-ridden city. Kenney, though, said it is not an “effective tool to bring in uniformed, camouflaged, gun-rifle-carrying people in helmets to address [the crime] problem.”

    Recent data indicate that Philadelphia, where crime declined in the early 2010s, is now the second-deadliest city in the United States behind Chicago. As the Philadelphia Inquirer recently put it, “There’s only been one day so far this year – Jan. 2 – when not a single person was shot in the city.” The city experienced a 30-year homicide high in 2020. So far this year, homicides are up more than 24% and shootings more than 25%, according to data from the Philadelphia Police Department.

    “The epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia is out of control and our elected officials in the city need to step up and take responsibility,” said Nick Gerace, a retired longtime Philadelphia police officer and president of Protect Our Police PAC.

    Prosecutions have fallen dramatically under Larry Krasner, the city’s progressive district attorney who has sparred with Kenney. As it stands, 65% of gun charges have been dismissed or withdrawn this year, marking a 17% increase since 2015. In 2015, there were 375 guilty pleas; in 2020, just 148.

    Yet Kenney has deflected blame. In July, for example, the mayor sent a letter to a city council member who favors declaring the gun crisis an “emergency” and claimed that doing so “is not a solution that will demonstrably change conditions in Philadelphia.”

    Earlier this summer, after the City Council voted to cut police funding by $33 million for fiscal year 2021, the mayor agreed to eliminate a $19 million increase and cut existing funding by $14 million.

    Carlos Vega, a longtime assistant district attorney who unsuccessfully ran against Krasner in May’s Democratic primary, told me that the defund-the-police movement will fail.

    “It’s communities of color being killed,” Vega said, observing how 85% of this year’s homicide victims are black. “People have not thought through the impact defund the police is going to have on communities who are suffering the most.”

    Philadelphia is not alone among Pennsylvania cities in failing to stave off crime. Often overlooked amid the nationwide crime surge is Pittsburgh, in recent years considered the Rust Belt’s greatest urban success story.

    Following last summer’s riots, homicides have about doubled in Pittsburgh in 2021 over the first six months. As recently as April, the city saw a 90% surge in violence, with police officers pleading for more programs and funding. Young people continue to fall victim to violence, and nonfatal shootings are up about 68%, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In late August, the University of Pittsburgh warned students about “violent criminal activity,” especially in the popular South Side neighborhood.

    Still, earlier this year, Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto slashed the police budget by $5.3 million. Last summer, not long after a disorderly demonstrator was arrested near Peduto’s neighborhood – leading to protests at his house – the mayor acknowledged the “right for people to take to the streets to demand much-needed reforms.”

    But Peduto’s praise for protesters wasn’t enough to survive the city’s Democratic mayoral primary this past May. The more progressive Ed Gainey is poised to win his job in November.”


    Liberalism is the problem.

    And once again, a liberal foreigner influencing US politics with his money. Krasner is bought and paid for, by Soros.



    “Soros-Funded District Attorneys Linked to Increases in Violent Crime”

    “George Soros has spent millions on giving to left-wing progressive candidates for district attorney positions across the country in an effort to advance his radical criminal reform agenda. The massive donations have given these progressive candidates significant advantages in their local races, and many of them have been elected.

    These left-wing progressive district attorneys’ policies have significantly reduced prosecution rates, leading to predictable increases in violent crimes and a lack of justice for the victims.

    The similarities between the goals of these left-wing prosecutors and racial justice groups funded by Soros provide a grim outlook for how these polarizing, popular groups will affect our political institutions.

    Progressive Criminal Justice Reform

    The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) analyzed the outcome of dropping conviction rates under six different progressive district attorneys. These district attorneys are cited as “criminal justice reform” prosecutors who seek to use their elected positions to unilaterally end mass incarceration and racial disparities in convictions and reduce recidivism rates.

    The report found that in each of the six prosecutors’ jurisdictions, felony crime rates have increased while their prosecutors’ policies are reducing conviction rates. The net results are a lack of justice for victims and rising crime rates. The report concludes, “This signals a troubling trend as these progressive activists attain local prosecutorial roles and may mark a rise in crime in the affected jurisdictions and nearby locales.”

    One thing these prosecutors have in common is funding from George Soros. Soros has spent millions of dollars in these smaller elections to give “reform” prosecutors a significant advantage, often leading to victory.

    According to LELDF, in recent years Soros has spent:

    $417,000 to help reelect Kim Foxx in March 2020 as state’s attorney in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. After assuming office, she has facilitated a 27 percent decrease in guilty verdicts and a 54 percent increase in dropped or dismissed cased.

    $1.45 million for Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner’s victory in May 2017. Philadelphia has since seen an 18 percent increase in aggravated assault by guns in his first year, while his office has achieved a 22 percent increase in dropped aggravated-assault-by-gun cases. He has previously said that incarceration has not worked in preventing repeat offenders, and as a result his office has decreased convictions for violent crimes.

    $236,000 to John Creuzot in Dallas, who sought to “end mass incarceration” in 2018. He has overseen a 15 percent increase in violent crime and 27.5 percent increase in homicide, while dropping 20 percent more felony cases.

    $958,000 to Joe Gonzalez in 2018 in Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas. (His incumbent counterpart Nicholas Lahood raised only $290,000, despite being a “prolific fundraiser.”) Under Gonzalez, felony guilty verdicts have decreased 13 percent, and dropped felony cases have increased 11 percent.

    Soros continued to spend millions on these smaller DA races into the 2020 election, continuing his trend of giving them an advantage.”


  15. From what I understand the Supreme Court refused to apply an injunction on the Texas law until it had time to hear arguments for and against. Instead of deciding the constitutionality of the law, they want an actual case brought to the court. A conservative but legitimate opinion. On the other hand, I also think some of the justices would rather put off striking the law down as unconstitutional as long as possible.

    Eventually an actual case will make its way to the Supreme Court and the Court will have to decide a few things; can an undeveloped heart have a heart beat or is it an electronic pulse activate by the mother’s heart beat, can the state intervene in individual medical decisions that may affect others, is the “snitch” portion of the law constitutional, etc. My guess is none of these decisions will endear them to the pro-life side.

    As pointed out everywhere, the irony of a Texas governor and Republican party supporting this law yet also supporting choice in terms of vaccine and masks is bizarre. Masks don’t protect the wearers but the people around them and a vaccine requires 80 to 90% usage to be effective. One cannot be against vaccines and masks yet be pro-life. The pro-life argument has always been there are two people involved in an abortion – the fetus and the mother. In terms of masks and vaccines, the entire community is involved. So how can you be for the Texas abortion law but not masks and vaccines?

    From a pro-choice perspective its easy; they don’t see the fetus on the same level as humans. However, the Texas Republican party who supports this law contradicts itself when it supports pro choice in vaccines and masks but not for women.


  16. I’ve taught for 25 years and its been obvious to me teachers cannot influence children if parents raised their children properly. Parents have far more influence than teachers if they choose to use this influence. If you ask my daughter who is more influential her father or a teacher, the former will win out. The influence of a teacher is simple fear mongering.

    I support trans rights — I’ve taught a few trans individuals and my daughters has a good friend who is trans. The man in California is not trans … I’m shocked he wasn’t lynched on the spot but register him as a sex offender and be done. The trans individuals I know are very shy and reserved — exposing yourself in women’s washroom is not their MO. Sometimes I think both the American left and right are bereft of common sense.


  17. Withdrawing from Afghanistan was necessary and Biden deserves credit for it however messy it may appear. I’ll give Trump credit — he started the withdrawal process. He bragged about it in speeches but is rather mute about it now. Bush Jr should have had an exit plan and Obama was politically timid that is he wanted a second term. Biden doesn’t want a second term, he acted as a father who didn’t want anyone else to die unnecessarily. Republican criticism is political opportunism

    And finally — Biden wears a watch? Who wears a watch?


  18. I wear a watch when I go out. 🙂 It’s easier than pulling out my cellphone to check the time. (And less obvious when I am in church. 😀 )


  19. HRW 5:50, haha. Right? But actually I do wear a watch, a black Timex sports watch that takes a beating and, as Kizzie said, is frankly easier than pulling the cell phone out.

    I’ve noticed watches actually make a comeback.

    Good to see you back, BTW, you were MIA for a couple days.

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  20. And mumsee, from last night’s discussion about vaccines, I’d check with my doctor about the 2nd shot — and the vaccines aren’t really so much about “us, they are a tool to help hold down the spread to people who might not withstand the virus as easily as you or I would. It’s a community benefit.

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  21. The Heidelberg Catechism (and probably Westminster as well) also has something to say, complete with Scripture references, about how we are to also care for ourselves and our bodies.

    Nothing about watches though.


  22. Kizzie — good point which of course didn’t occur to me.

    School in Ontario starts after Labour Day and finishes at the end of June. I’ve been prepping my classroom, talking to my colleagues and trying to figure out board and provincial directives concerning covid – somewhat exhausting if you haven’t worked in two months.

    Vaccines and masks are pro-life — its about the community not the individual. I don’t see this in the Texas law especially the “bounty” which enables third parties to sue; very individualistic and more about “gotcha” . Want to be pro-life — work on these stats; US maternity death rate 19 per 100, 000 and infant mortality 6.5 per 1000 , the highest stats in the western world. In Texas the maternal death rate is 34.5 per 100, 000. Moldova the poorest country in Europe is at 19, Russia at 17, China at 27, Mexico at 33. I consider myself pro life — I oppose the death penalty, think abortion should be a last resort and support any measure to increase health statistics and the Texas law does none of it. Private abortion clinics south of the Rio Grande will be common place. All this does is out source medical practise.

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  23. Watches: two in my sphere have smart watches. i don’t know what that means other than they check the “time” a lot! And often make a comment like “my son says….”


  24. Vaccines: they could be seen as pro life if you believe they are helpful. But if you believe, like me, that they are not proven and may prove to be dangerous, they are not pro life. We do not know the long term of how they act in our bodies. I believe they are contributing to the spread of covid with a false sense of security for the vaccinated. Lowering of other effective measures (the same measures as have produced such a down turn in flu this past year) can certainly be attributed to overconfidence in the vaccination.


  25. Impact of teachers: I disagree. Children who have been taught that the teacher is “right and knows lots of stuff” are quickly taken in. I have had children who have stood up for truth to teachers (No, teacher, the yolk of the egg is the yellow part, not the white part) and I have had children who believed everything the teacher says, regardless of parent views (but my teacher says….)


  26. I haven’t caught up on all the posts yet but find some I have caught up on are interesting 😊
    Common sense will tell ya that boys are boys and girls are girls…they are different and they have different body parts…the way God created them. Boys use boy bathrooms and showers, girls use those specified for girls….common sense.
    Teacher do influence children…that is just reality.
    Vaccines are ok for those who want them….no one should be forced to be injected.
    Masks….are stupid…carry on… 😜


  27. DJ, true, and I may contact mine before the second half. But I have not seen him for me in years. I have seen him with various children. But have no idea where he stands on this particular vaccine.


  28. Although teachers – and peers, too – do have their own influence on children and teens, I have read elsewhere that they are more influenced by their parents (assuming they are good and involved parents) than by their teachers or their peers. They may be swayed this way or that way for a time (and yes, some will be permanently swayed), but usually, they come back to their parents’ influence and the way they were raised.



  29. Good parents are by far the most influential. Teachers’ influence is fleeting — usually one or two years. Yes sometimes its the one or two years in which the child is most open or is in need of guidance but with a stable family and good parents, children won’t be influenced by a teacher. However, from about 12 to 25, peers are important and as they may be around for more than a few years, they are far more influential than a teacher.

    I live in one of the most left wing cities in North America (old school left) and my students lean left not because of me but because of parents and peers. Some may look at me and say I deviated from my parents conservative values but my father was what they called a Red Tory (social conservative but economically to the left) nowadays my dad fluctuates between the conservative party and the green party. I inherited my dad’s concern for the poor but not his social conservatism. And spending my adult years in a different city, its now wonder I moved left. My daughter is hard core left due to her peers, city and me but not her teachers.

    Vaccines work and they save lives. This is true for the traditional childhood vaccines as well as the current covid vaccine. I understand some reluctance on the covid vaccine because its new but the stats point to its safety and effectiveness. And of course vaccines are more effective if everyone takes them. Most Republican politicians including Trump, Abbot and deSantis took the vaccine but won’t advocate because its not political advantageous. Hence, political expediency is more important than lives.


  30. These experimental injections DO NOT stop or mitigate the spread of the virus. That is why a country like Israel, where almost the entire country has been jabbed, still has an incredibly high number of Covid cases, and other countries are banning travelers from Israel.

    The world’s largest study to-date out of Israel reveals that those who have had these injections
    are the ones spreading & producing variants. The jabs compromise one’s immune system. We’re seeing the results now, yet they are still pushing the jab narrative. It’s all about control, not people’s health.

    Natural herd immunity was the right choice from the beginning, but the powers that be would rather play God.

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  31. I do not think we should look at a teacher influencing their students as a total negative though. I was raised with parents who did not read. Yes they read the morning paper but we did not have books in the house. Going to the library was not an activity we girls were exposed to as children. My first grade teacher saw in me something others did not. She would see me sneaking in the reading of our daily reader during class. She let me take home books after school which was not allowed. And I was faithful to bring them back the next day. She was a great influencer in my life…for the good!
    In the coming years I had a great many teachers who influenced me. Some took the time with me to encourage me in my studies. Some did not….they were there for the paycheck and that was all.
    I did have negative encounters with some of my children’s teachers however. Trying to usurp my position as parent, speaking negatively to my children towards me as a parent. That is crossing the line and you better believe I didn’t sit by and allow that to happen.

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