16 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-4-21

  1. “Joe Biden and the Democrats took power during a state of exception, during a crisis. Voters expected them to bring it to a close. When will they?”


    “But I walk away from these results and wonder if the COVID trap has sprung and caught Democrats. Just last month, I wrote that the Democratic Party was in the thrall of public-health maximalism: “Democrats are in danger of pandering to this overly fearful segment of the population, which demands for mitigation measures that are unnecessary and onerous, or coercive measures that can lead to political disaffection and backlash.”

    The fact is, the United States helped launch three successful COVID-19 vaccines, and the uptake of these vaccines in America was the fastest immunization drive in our history by miles. And yet, Democrats still won’t declare victory and move on, leaving the issue hostage to the significant minority of vax-skeptical Americans, who are distributed between both parties. They are mired in a public-health conflict, in which they cannot name a public-health objective that must be achieved before we can relent with closures, masks, and mandates. My own view is that what they really want is some kind of acknowledgment of moral and intellectual superiority from “deniers.” This will never come.

    According to a Washington Post survey of the exit polling in Virginia, “Voters who prioritized the coronavirus pandemic were the only issue group to back McAuliffe, by more than 60 points, though they accounted for just about 1 in 7 voters.”

    The economy was cited as the top issue for voters in Virginia. And obviously schools were another important issue, where Youngkin trounced McAuliffe. Both of these issues are tied up in the pandemic. After all, the supply-chain disruption that drives inflation is itself driven by the pandemic conditions. And the closures, Zoom classes, and even “mental health” breaks that were demanded by teachers during the pandemic emphasized the newly adversarial role schools played in public life.

    Some of these adverse results for Democrats were deep into blue territory. Does New York’s barely known governor Kathy Hochul want to face voters while defending mask mandates for two-year-olds? Do members of Congress want to face reelection with blue-state Democrats mandating the vaccine for five-year-olds who are already safer from COVID-19 than vaccinated teachers?

    Joe Biden and the Democrats took power during a state of exception, during a crisis. Voters expected them to bring it to a close. When will they?”


    The Covid scolds in both parties are dragging this out.


  2. I like her. 🙂


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  3. ‘What You are Looking at is the American Dream’

    ““There are some who want to divide us and we must not let that happen. They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came” to America from Jamaica.”


    “Sears delivered one hell of a victory speech: “I’m telling you that what you are looking at is the American dream.”

    “There are some who want to divide us and we must not let that happen,” declared Sears. “They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came.

    “In case you haven’t noticed, I am black, and I have been black all my life.”

    She also said: “When I joined the Marine Corp I was still a Jamaican but this country had done so much for me that I was willing, willing to die for this country.”

    Sears promised to get right to business: “What we are going to do now is be about the business of the Commonwealth. We have things to tend to. We are going to fully fund our historically Black colleges and universities. We’re going to have safer neighborhoods, safer communities, and our children are going to get a good education.”

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  4. And they didn’t just claim the Gov. and Lt. Gov. positions in VA either…. 🙂

    “Republicans take control of the VA House of Delegates away from Democrats”


    “Not as high profile as the other races list night but multiple outlets are now reporting that, at a minimum, Republicans have achieved a 50-50 split in the Virginia House of Delegates, ending Democratic control of the chamber. Several races are still too close to call, but it’s looking like the GOP has a chance at 51 or 52 seats when it’s all over.

    House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) declared around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday that the GOP had retaken control of the chamber.

    “Virginia voters made an historic statement, delivering a clear rebuke of the failed policies of the last two years and electing Republicans up and down the ballot,” he said in a statement.

    With all 100 House seats in play and all but nine races contested, Republicans needed to flip at least six seats to retake the majority, given that Democrats held only a 55-45 majority going into the elections.

    Early Wednesday, unofficial returns showed Republican Kim Taylor overtaking Del. Lashrecse Aird (D-Petersburg), leading Republicans to declare that they had taken control of the chamber. On Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press called the race for Taylor.

    Here’s the current state of affairs according to the NY Times tracking of all 100 races. Republicans have won 50 seats and Democrats have won 46 which leaves just four yet to be called. Currently all of those are close but two of them, where the Republican is leading, are within a few hundred votes.”


  5. Now just for fun, let’s count all the things supposed “principled conservative” NTer Jen Rubin got wrong. 🙂






    For once I agree with the hack. 🙂

    They should follow McAuliffe into retirement.


    Hacktastic! 🙂


  6. Speaking of hacks…..



  7. The media just can’t deal with it. 🙂

    “‘Currently going through the seven stages of grief!’ Liberal hosts get roasted online for their election night ‘meltdown’ following Republican Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia gubernatorial victory”


    “Social media has roasted liberal news hosts for their ‘meltdown’ as the results came in showing Republican Glenn Youngkin was going to be victorious in Virginia.

    Youngkin, 54, last night pulled off a stunning upset to beat Democrat Terry McAuliffe, leading by 2.1 points with 99 percent of the vote counted. He is the state’s first red Governor since 2009.

    Hosts on MSNBC and CNN were unable to contain their shock at McAuliffe’s defeat, with Jake Tapper looking at a map of the election results and saying flatly: ‘Oh my God.’

    Commentator Joy Reid joined Rachel Maddow on MSNBC and launched an astonishing tirade against ‘dangerous’ Republicans, warning that voting for Youngkin – ‘a soft white racist’ – was a gateway to more ‘hardcore racism.’

    Over on CNN, Van Jones said that Youngkin was to Trump what the Delta variant was to Covid-19, saying it’s the ‘same disease, but spreads a lot faster and can get a lot more places.’

    Their shock and disappointment at the result gave conservative commentators on Twitter endless joy, with radio host Buck Sexton comparing it to the ‘seven stages of grief.’

    ‘MSNBC is currently going through the seven stages of grief on an endless loop in real time,’ Sexton tweeted. ‘It’s great, highly recommend.'”

    ‘If you want to give yourself a treat, turn on MSNBC,’ Ann Coulter tweeted as results began to favor Republicans in key races.

    National Review critic Kyle Smith said: ‘Every conservative I know is watching MSNBC.’

    Pundit Stephen L. Miller joked, ‘It’s early yet but MSNBC is pulling a bit ahead in the election meltdown. Still waiting for returns from some of CNN’s more loyal viewers and the late night returns but Joy Reid looks to be pulling away early. Still too close to call though.’

    Meghan McCain added, ‘MSNBC is on nothing short of an emotional journey to Narnia tonight.'”


  8. “Joni Ernst introduces the “FAUCI Act” and I’m still laughing”


    “I don’t know if they’ll be able to find a single Democrat in either chamber to vote for the bill that Joni Ernst just introduced, but they really should pass this thing, if only for some badly needed humorous relief during a contentious political season. The FAUCI Act seeks to ban American funding of gain-of-function research in China and would require a full investigation into how American tax dollars were spent inside the secretive walls of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The acronym is the major selling point here because it stands for the “Fairness and Accountability in Underwriting Chinese Institutions Act.” She’s also (likely intentionally) calling out the mainstream media’s mishandling of this story from the beginning, constantly taking Fauci’s side even after we learned that he was absolutely wrong on this question. (Fox News)

    Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is introducing legislation aimed at banning funding “gain-of-function” research in China while calling for a “full accounting” of how U.S. tax dollars were spent on the research.

    “For years, American tax dollars were funneled into Communist China, funding dangerous experiments on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Lab, while the head of the division funding those activities, Dr. Fauci, failed to tell the truth to Congress,” Ernst said in a press release Monday.

    “We need a full accounting of how and where our tax dollars are being spent—enough is enough. The FAUCI Act will put an end to U.S. funding of gain-of-function research in Communist China, go after government officials who intentionally mislead Congress, and bring about badly needed transparency and accountability.”

    All jokes aside, this remains a very serious topic and one that needs to be further explored by Congress. As you may recall, back in July there were congressional hearings held to explore the origins of the novel coronavirus and Dr. Anthony Fauci was called upon to testify. It was Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul who grilled Fauci about NIH funding for gain-of-function viral research in Wuhan. Fauci erupted at Rand Paul, telling him he was “entirely and completely incorrect.” He went on to say that Paul didn’t know what he was talking about and that NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.””

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  9. We knew from the beginning that Biden was not able to handle te job.
    We needed to get rid of Trump.
    That’s what is behind this all. Get rid of Trump.
    I hope Trump can come back. We need him.


  10. Because they know that those who are refusing to comply will move to smaller companies.

    This IS NOT a public health emergency. These people are evil to the core.


    “The Biden administration’s emergency COVID-19 vaccination requirement released today could be expanded in the future to employers who have fewer than 100 workers.

    The emergency temporary standard, issued by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and scheduled to go into effect on Friday, is presented as only applying to firms that have 100 or more employees.

    But OSHA is seeking public comments on that aspect of the standard, and it may be ultimately expanded to include smaller businesses, the agency said in the 490-page document.

    OSHA said it is “soliciting stakeholder comment and additional information to determine whether to adjust the scope of the ETS,” or emergency standard, “to address smaller employers in the future.””


  11. I think Trump has served his purposes Chas.

    Even though he is gone, his pro-American policies and his fighting spirit against the left remain in many of the newer R’s. That’s what was needed, and that’s been accomplished. Time for new choices, like DeSantis, who are Trump-like, but without the baggage. Now if Trump does run again and is the candidate, I’ll back him 100%. But new blood would be better for all. We aren’t Dems who’ve been electing dinosaurs simply because it’s “their turn”.


  12. Good.

    “Authorities Arrest Analyst Who Contributed to Steele Dossier”


    “An analyst who was a key contributor to Democratic-funded opposition research into possible links between Donald J. Trump and Russia was arrested on Thursday and charged with lying to the F.B.I. about his sources.

    The analyst, Igor Danchenko, was a primary researcher for claims that went into the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Mr. Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised by and conspiring with Russian intelligence officials to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

    In a 39-page indictment obtained by the special counsel, John H. Durham, a grand jury accused Mr. Danchenko of five counts of making false statements to the F.B.I. about his sources for certain claims in the dossier.

    The indictment showed that two and a half years after then-Attorney General William P. Barr appointed him to scour the Trump-Russia investigation for any wrongdoing, and a year after Mr. Trump lost re-election, Mr. Durham continues to press ahead.

    “The special counsel’s investigation is ongoing,” the Justice Department said in a release that described the indictment but provided no direct statement from Mr. Durham.”

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  13. And now you know why the CDC just changed the definition….



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