23 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-19-22

  1. I just read that Jo…seems the Prime Minister had come under fire for holding a “ work party” when the commoners were on “lockdown”….oops!

    Meanwhile back in the USA…
    U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch released a joint statement Wednesday refuting a report from NPR, calling it simply “false.”

    Notably, NPR reported Tuesday that Sotomayor was refusing to do her job in-person because Gorsuch, who is vaccinated and boosted like Sotomayor, is refusing to wear a mask after being asked.
    Note: I have yet to read a retraction from the “journalist” reporting this falsity….

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  2. We’re all tired.

    But also: …

    ~ “Our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally,” (British Prime Minister Boris) Johnson said, attributing the end of the most recent COVID-19 surge to “the extraordinary [vaccine] booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded” to the restrictions brought in when Omicron hit. ~

    Omicron hit the UK before it arrived here. So may our numbers peak soon as well, Lord willing.

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  3. VDH gets it.

    Politicized . By. Dems. From. The. Start.

    https://nypost.com/2022/01/17/the-left-politicized-covid-from-the-start/

    “From the moment COVID-19 appeared, the pandemic became inseparable from politics.

    Political frenzy was inevitable since the SARS-CoV-2 virus may have escaped from a level-4-security virology lab in Wuhan, China.

    The rapid-fire spread soon threatened to indict the Chinese Communist government for nearly destroying the world economy and killing millions.

    Western elites, in response, feared that their own lucrative investments in China would be jeopardized by such disclosures — and so acted accordingly in defending Beijing.

    Nonetheless, one scenario that remains intriguing is that the escaped virus was birthed by gain-of-function research scientists, overseen by elements of the Chinese Communist military. Worse, the lab was given subsidies by US health authorities, routed through third parties. Hiding all that damaging information warped government policy and media coverage.

    Belatedly, a panicked China shut down all domestic travel in and out of Wuhan — but not flights abroad to Western Europe and the United States.

    The rest is history.

    From the outset, the World Health Organization simply spread false talking points about the outbreak from the Chinese government, delaying a robust global response.”

    Former President Donald Trump’s political opponents initially told Americans to shop and travel as usual — only to pivot as cases mounted and they blamed the president.

    The US 2020 ban on travel from China was met with charges of racism and xenophobia from presidential candidates. Ironically, many were simply channeling racist and xenophobic China’s propaganda.

    Many doctors kept hammering the need for therapeutics, including taboo off-label use of cheap generic drugs. The use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin was widely ridiculed, despite continuing studies from abroad attesting to their usefulness.

    Trump’s Operation Warp Speed project to develop vaccinations was also pilloried. Candidates Kamala Harris and Joe Biden did their best to talk down the safety of the impending inoculations. But once in power, they projected their own prior harmful rhetoric onto so-called “anti-vaxxers.”

    Then they claimed credit for the initial success of the Trump vaccinations.

    The Pfizer corporation had promised a major pre-election announcement about its likely rollout of a vaccine in October, just days before the 2020 election.

    Then, mysteriously, Pfizer claimed the vaccine, in fact, would not be ready before Nov. 3. A few days after the election of Joe Biden, the company reversed course and announced the vaccinations would soon be available.

    Then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo obstructed most all federal help with Trump’s fingerprints on it. That way Cuomo became a media, Emmy-winning darling — before resigning in disgrace.

    Cuomo’s policies of steering infected patients into long-term-care facilities doomed more than 10,000 of the elderly. New York is now illegally using race to grant preferences in the allotments of tests and new drugs.

    The rhetoric of the media-progressive nexus that mandatory, massive lockdowns were necessary all but destroyed a booming Trump economy and denied critical medical care to millions. Emphasizing therapeutics, natural herd immunity and the resilience of the youth to the disease were all pronounced “anti-science” by the demagogues on the left.”

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    “The rhetoric of the media-progressive nexus that mandatory, massive lockdowns were necessary all but destroyed a booming Trump economy”

    Which was their true intent all along.

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  4. Quick. Someone remind we’re the authoritarians again, because I keep forgetting.

    From the trash LA Times….

    “Abcarian: How to persuade the willfully unvaccinated? Make their lives more difficult”

    https://news.yahoo.com/abcarian-persuade-willfully-unvaccinated-lives-110533795.html

    “In the city of Los Angeles, where I live, you can’t enter a restaurant, a government building, a gym, a bar, or a coffee shop without showing proof of vaccination. I know some establishments are less apt to check than others, but each time I walk past a “no vaccination, no service” sign, my heart skips a beat.

    The few times I’ve entered a restaurant lately, I’ve joyfully whipped out my proof-of-vaccination card. I enjoy doing my part. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is not any kind of sacrifice.

    It is an act that is, paradoxically, both selfish and selfless.

    You’re doing something for yourself — reducing the likelihood of contracting the virus and reducing the likelihood of hospitalization or death in the event of a breakthrough infection.

    You’re also doing something for others — your loved ones, your friends, your casual contacts and people you’ve never even met.

    This is the ultimate win-win.

    As the Omicron variant of this awful virus rages like wildfire through our communities, I want to be inoculated to the max. If an expert told me I would benefit from a fourth shot, a fifth or a sixth, I would rush to the nearest pharmacy for another dose. That’s how much I believe in the science behind vaccines, in the advice of experts and in the idea that individual rights and preferences must take a back seat to the public health.

    That’s also why I’m so angry that so many eligible people remain unvaccinated.

    I’m thrilled that they are not able to mingle everywhere at will with those of us doing our part to get the pandemic under control.

    Please do not misunderstand. I am not talking about children under 5, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, nor those who, for medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated. (Most people with underlying conditions, including autoimmune disorders, are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obviously, this is a decision for patients and their doctors.)

    My ire is directed at the vaccine refuseniks, those who have murdered their better angels because they don’t like being told what to do.

    Or they don’t trust the government.

    Or they feign a religious objection.”

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    Or they don’t want jabs that do nothing….

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  5. That’s just one rag paper you say?

    Yeah, except it’s the mainstream Dem position.

    They are the oppressive tyrannical govts the founders warned us of.

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    But Trump is the evil authoritarian, right….?

    Sure…..

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  6. This is why I say no, and %$#@^%$#%^&%$^& to your vaccines which aren’t….

    Why anyone plays along with this stupidity is beyond me.

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  7. “Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker was Under Investigation by British MI5, Supported Pro-Palestinian and Jihadi Causes

    “He is a known participant in demonstrations supporting pro-Palestine agenda and Guantanamo Bay prisoner rallies and approved of Jihad.””

    Yet the FBI and intelligence agencies all missed him?

    No. They ignored him because Dems are in charge now. Talk about dereliction of duty…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/texas-synagogue-hostage-taker-was-under-investigation-by-british-mi5-supported-pro-palestinian-and-jihadi-causes/

    “While the mainstream media portrays the Texas synagogue hostage-taker as a lone gunman with “mental health issues,” new reports reveal his deep ties to Islamist organizations and his leadership role in Muslim religious organizations.

    On Saturday, 44-year-old British citizen Malik Faisal Akram was shot dead by a SWAT team after a 10-hour stand-off at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Akram, who had traveled from Lancashire (UK), took four Jewish worshipers hostage, including the congregation’s rabbi.

    “According to official sources based in London, Malik Akram was a member of the pan-Islamic Tablighi Jamaat and had travelled abroad for works related to the organisation,” the leading Indian newspaper Hindustan Times reported. Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamist group with roots in India and Pakistan, is banned in some Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia.

    “Akram also briefly served as the head of the Rondell street Islamic Centre in the London area, also known as Reza Masjid, where largely Muslims of Pakistani origin prayed,” the Indian newspaper revealed. “He is a known participant in demonstrations supporting pro-Palestine agenda and Guantanamo Bay prisoner rallies and approved of Jihad.”

    He demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national convicted by a New York court for trying to kill U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan.

    In 2020, the assailant was also under investigation by the MI5, UK’s domestic counter-intelligence service, for being a potential terrorist threat to the country.

    Meanwhile, the UK police have opened an investigation into Saturday’s Texas synagogue hostage-taking. Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack.

    The BBC reported the arrest of the suspected Islamist duo:

    Two teenagers have been arrested in England as part of the investigation into a hostage-taking incident at a synagogue in Texas on Saturday.

    British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, was shot dead after a standoff with police in Colleyville.

    Details of the ages and genders of the pair arrested in south Manchester on Sunday evening were not released.
    Greater Manchester Police said it was liaising with local communities and continuing to assist in the US inquiry. The force said the two teenagers were arrested “as part of the ongoing investigation into the attack” and were being held in custody for questioning.

    Akram was known for his support for jihad terrorism and his hatred of the United States. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he reportedly stormed a local court praising the Al Qaeda hijackers. “Malik Faisal Akram had entered the Blackburn Magistrates building the day after 9/11 raving to an usher he “wished he would have died” on one of the New York planes which collided with the Twin Towers, killing 2,996 people,” the British newspaper Evening Standard reported.

    He had faced terrorism investigation at home. “The British man shot dead in the Texas synagogue siege was investigated by MI5 in late 2020,” The Times of London reported Tuesday. “Malik Faisal Akram, 44, was the subject of a “short lead investigation” for at least four weeks,” the newspaper added.

    The jihadi sympathizer was soon let off the hook. “British intelligence closed the investigation, however, after officers had concluded Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn posed no threat, and as a result he was able to freely travel to the US and purchase a gun,” British newspaper The Guardian reported.

    The MI5, UK’s domestic counter-intelligence service, may have failed to alarm the U.S. authorities. The Guardian noted that “no information of concern appears to have been passed to the US authorities before the synagogue attack.”

    The apparent intelligence failure highlights the pressure faced by the MI5 and British law enforcement as they deal with a rising tide of Islamism in the country. A 2017 UK intelligence analysis found that the UK was home to thousands of potential jihadis. “Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers,” the Times of London reported.”

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  8. Remember, insider trading is only bad when the peons do it.

    “Why Blind Trusts for Members of Congress Are a Ruse”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/01/19/why_blind_trusts_for_members_of_congress_are_a_ruse.html

    “After getting called out for insider trading, members of Congress from both parties are offering up their latest shiny solution to their own corruption: Putting their millions in assets into so-called “blind trusts.”

    Fake. Fake. Fake. Blind trusts don’t work. Common sense tells us why.

    If my privately held coal company goes into a blind trust, am I just going to forget that I have that investment? Will I forget all about the Pfizer stock I stuffed into my blind trust during a pandemic when I’m making decisions that could impact the company’s bottom line? Or my millions of dollars in Facebook that went into a blind trust last year when I have to vote on whether to take action against that predatory social media platform?

    No. No. And no. But despite our better judgment, they expect us to just trust them. Again.

    Just like we trusted them when they told us for two decades to keep giving them our sons and daughters and more than $2 trillion of our hard-earned money to build something real and lasting in Afghanistan. We all saw how that turned out. I saw it firsthand as a Marine deployed twice to Afghanistan. But I’m sure it’s just coincidence that defense contractor stocks are among the most popular ones for members of Congress.

    Just like when we trusted them to solve this very same issue of insider trading when they passed the STOCK Act of 2012. Now we know that 50-plus members of Congress have violated this law. Some were fined 200 bucks. Some had the penalty waived. In other words, it was all a ruse.

    And now they’re at it again, with another dog and pony show: the blind trust. Here’s what Mitt Romney, currently the wealthiest senator (with a net worth of $250 million), had to say about blind trusts: “The blind trust is an age-old ruse, if you will. Which is to say, you can always tell a blind trust what it can and cannot do.”

    Is it any wonder that no one trusts our institutions, particularly Congress, anymore? Their solution to the problem is to police themselves and to use a trick that their financially savviest member has already openly described as a ruse.

    This isn’t hard: 76% of voters believe that lawmakers and their spouses have an “unfair advantage” in the stock market. That’s because they do. Lawmakers get access to information we don’t have, and they shouldn’t be able to use it to get richer. But when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about it (her husband owns tens of millions of dollars in stocks), she said she doesn’t see a problem because “we are a free market economy.”

    In other words, “Let them eat cake.””

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  9. Child abusers masquerading as educators.

    Again.

    “EXCLUSIVE: Meet The Seattle Schools Woke Indoctrination Czar Who Married A Child Molester

    America’s schools are following the footsteps of Seattle on a quest for racial equity. But Seattle’s efforts have been marked by animus, lies, and worsening results.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/meet-the-seattle-schools-woke-indoctrination-czar-who-married-a-child-molester

    “Spend enough time studying the “racial equity” and “ethnic studies” programs sweeping school districts across the nation and you’ll find that they are following in the footsteps, on a several-year delay, of one of America’s most progressive cities: Seattle.

    It’s worth examining, then, how all that worked out in Seattle. Despite decades of the most aggressive equity programs anyone could ask for, Seattle’s racial disparities are among the worst in the nation – and they’re getting worse, not better.

    At the forefront of Seattle Public Schools’ (SPS) initiatives was Tracy Castro-Gill, until recently its director of ethnic studies, who represented herself as a fierce Chicana who overcame homelessness and was willing to take on racism no matter who she had to battle, turning schools into vehicles for social change.

    Castro-Gill, it turned out, was a perennially unhappy toxic liar, one who misrepresented her background to the point that her own father compared her to Rachel Dolezal, and who was ultimately pushed out of her job for repeated misconduct. A focus on racial oppression did not create resiliency, but rather despondency, with Castro-Gill and three other racial justice leaders going on paid leave from SPS for mental health issues in 2019 alone.

    As Castro-Gill used children for politics in the workplace, her personal life also raised questions about the costs that can incur. She married a convicted child molester and moved her young daughter in with him.”

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  10. Here’s what the Brits had to say….

    “UK plans to scrap all COVID-19 laws and moves to accept the virus like the flu: Report”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/uk-plans-to-scrap-all-covid-19-laws-and-moves-to-accept-the-virus-like-the-flu-report

    “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to do away with all COVID-19 laws in the United Kingdom as case numbers drop and the country learns to treat the virus like a seasonal flu.

    The government is considering ending all legally enforced policies in England and is instead moving to a guidance-based system, a source told the Daily Mail. Laws that have existed since the beginning of the pandemic, including enforced self-isolation after an infection, could come to a halt, the source said.

    Emergency COVID-19 laws put into effect at the beginning of the pandemic are already scheduled to end in March, according to a timetable created before the omicron variant outbreak.

    Officials are reportedly discussing scrapping policies, such as the enforced use of COVID-19 passports, as early as later this month.

    Johnson is said to have made the decision based on the country’s plummeting infection rate and hospitalization rate.”

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    https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-all-omicron-restrictions-in-scotland-to-be-lifted-next-monday-12519177?fbclid=IwAR3-ozPe83HFVUxM_tkjVLqvHcPs1MJTxdJ0V0dVMWybOr-lH27nzU2MRQA

    “COVID-19: All Omicron restrictions in Scotland to be lifted next Monday, but Nicola Sturgeon warns cases ‘still high’

    Nicola Sturgeon said the country was on a “downward slope” of COVID infections but urged people to remain cautious in their social interactions.”

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  11. More fake news, that you’re forced to pay to produce.

    Enjoy suckers!

    “Three Supreme Court Justices Slam NPR “Mask” Report: “It is false”

    Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Gorsuch, Sotomayor Debunk Nina Totenberg Report That Gorsuch Rejected Sotomayor Request To Wear A Mask.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/three-supreme-court-justices-slam-npr-mask-report-it-is-false/

    “On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was being roasted and flambeed on Twitter by the Usual Suspects on the left after NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg filed a “report” alleging that there was a mask dispute between him and fellow Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a dispute that supposedly led Sotomayor to decide recently to join the court from her chambers via microphone when hearing cases and from home via telephone for their weekly conferences.

    Per Totenberg, Sotomayor – who is 67 and who is high-risk for catching COVID due to having diabetes – “did not feel safe” around colleagues who didn’t wear masks. Because of this, Chief Justice John Roberts allegedly requested the other Justices mask up out of respect for her wishes. According to Totenberg’s supposed court sources, Gorsuch was the only one who refused, which Totenberg said was what led to Sotomayor deciding to take a different approach to how she conducted her daily business:

    [Sotomayor] has been the only justice to wear a mask on the bench since last fall when, amid a marked decline in COVID-19 cases, the justices resumed in-person arguments for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

    Now, though, the situation had changed with the omicron surge, and according to court sources, Sotomayor did not feel safe in close proximity to people who were unmasked. Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that, in some form asked the other justices to mask up.

    They all did. Except Gorsuch, who, as it happens, sits next to Sotomayor on the bench. His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the justices’ weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone.

    Naturally, numerous other “news” outlets picked up the story and ran with it, including the USA Today, CNBC, and CNN. Totenberg’s story launched a wave of pieces dunking on Gorsuch for allegedly not being a team player. WaPo cartoonist Ann Telnaes even labeled Gorsuch a “maskless manspreader.” CNN opinion writer Kara Alaimo, who is also a communications professor at Hofstra University, also ran with the “manspreading” angle in her write-up, suggesting misogyny was behind Gorsuch’s alleged power play.

    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, of course, jumped at the chance to run with the story:”

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    Of course the parrot class in media, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC all ran with it.

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  13. Me thinks Nina should learn to code…..

    ‘Cuz she sucks at this journalism thing.

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  14. And that is what happens when misinformation or out and out lying is put forth by “trusted” reporters? I’ll say it…non thinkers , non critical thinkers go with it and spread the false information. I get it that sometimes the information is relayed without one doing research and then it comes back to bite them. But if it does…that person should own it and stop the spread.

    And…did anyone watch the news conference today?! Have mercy I just watched it online and again…this is the leader of our country?! Bumbling his way through…saying the the most confusing and I think what was supposed to come across as boastful statements of his “successes”? Oh but don’t worry about his low approval rating…all the former presidents faced those at the end of their first year in office…”huh”???

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  15. Seriously – this passes as journalism? Hours spent debating whether mask wearing was problem in the Supreme Court? I’d think discussing judicial conflicts of interest would be more valid — see Clarence Thomas for example

    Speaking of conflicts of interest I noticed AJ raises the issue of insider trading and blind trusts in Congress. Jon Ossoff the D senator from Georgia has proposed a bill to tighten rules on insider trading and blind trusts. Of course, both party leaders oppose this, and the original impetus for his bill comes from Trump’s profiteering from his presidential position especially in relation to the DC Trump Hotel.

    Last week I noticed some approval of Youngkin’s speech and the new Republican admin in Virginia and in some respects he seemed somewhat sensible for a Republicans. Yet today I learn he favors rescinding mask and vaccine mandates from public schools despite sending his own kids to a private school that requires vaccines and masks. He’s concerned for his own kids but its political expediency for other people’s kids.

    I support the UK position.The omicron variant represents the virus’s attempt to live with its hosts (humans) without killing it. Those of us vaccinated shouldn’t have a problem with variants of this nature

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  16. Good points, HRW.

    Barring another variant coming along — and that is entirely possible, of course — Omicron could be the beginning of the end. We hope and pray. God is sovereign over this, too.

    I missed the news conference.

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