Saturday, July 11, 2020
...In connection with the SARS outbreak – caused by a coronavirus dubbed SARS- CoV – the NIH researched chloroquine and concluded that it was effective at stopping the SARS coronavirus in its tracks. The COVID-19 bug is likewise a coronavirus, labeled SARS-CoV-2. While not exactly the same virus as SARS-CoV-1, it is genetically related to it, and shares 79% of its genome, as the name SARS-CoV-2 implies. They both use the same host cell receptor, which is what viruses use to gain entry to the cell and infect the victim....The Virology Journal – the official publication of Dr. Fauci’s National Institutes of Health – published what is now a blockbuster article on August 22, 2005, under the heading – get ready for this – “Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread.” (Emphasis mine throughout.) Write the researchers, “We report…that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage.”...
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who encourages law-abiding citizens to buy guns and learn how to shoot them properly, recently said that if criminals break into his house, he will “shoot them so much that you can read a newspaper through them.”...
...If then you maintain that establishing public order and demanding respect for the law is a discriminatory action, I fear that I have to remind you that civil authority has a moral duty to impose respect for the laws, and in order to do this it is permitted to use proportionate force: this doctrine is taught and wonderfully explained by Saint Thomas Aquinas...
...You reprove me for using a “dualistic and discriminating language” – in fact, it is precisely that, and I think that it cannot be otherwise, when what it is in question is the eternal battle between good and evil. The Truth is always discriminatory when error places it into question. Light is also discriminatory, for it does not tolerate darkness or those who hide in it. Just as Our Lord, the stumbling stone, is discriminatory and divisive, who will gather the just to His right hand and drive out the wicked to His left....
...the humble of whom the Gospel speaks are not necessarily those whom today’s world exploits for cynical projects of social engineering, nor the many who are torn from their Homeland in order to pander to the plans for destabilization that always enrich the usual people. And the rich are not always and necessarily evil: if Providence has granted them material goods, He asks them to become His cooperators in remembering the poor and needy. Nor are the powerful to be blamed, if their power is placed in service of the Good: it is those who abuse their power and the authority given to them who merit blame from the citizens and divine punishment....
...You write: “It should be clear, however, that we are on the side of the weakest and oppressed, certain that it is only to them that the wisdom that the rulers of this world did not know has been revealed (cf. 1 Cor 2:8).” I imagine that in that group of the weakest and oppressed you include the fathers and mothers of families who want to give a Christian education to their children; the many who are daily persecuted simply because they profess the Catholic faith; the millions of innocents that the modern Moloch sacrifices each day on the impure altar of abortion; the elderly whom economic interests and speculations condemn to abandonment or death because they are considered useless; the children ensnared in their most tender years by the infernal ideology of gender; the young people corrupted in their morality by LGBT thought; the elderly faithful of St. Louis who were assaulted a few days ago by a group of people who praise Black Lives Matter....
...The report issued by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz outlined extensive instances of abuse of power, including false presentations to a secret court. One FBI lawyer intentionally doctored evidence. More than three years ago, former Obama officials leaked classified information to the media, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Those suspects have never been identified let alone charged with a crime.
Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress the infamous Steele dossier wasn’t used as back-up material for his damning Intelligence Community Assessment that claimed the Russians meddled in the election to help Trump win. That, according to Horowitz’s report, was a lie.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted lying to federal investigators under oath three times, yet he’s a free man and a CNN contributor.
Former FBI Director James Comey and his top gang—including McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page—long ago should have been charged with conspiracy against the United States for masterminding the entire Russian collusion hoax and foisting it on the American people for nearly three years.
There’s more low-hanging fruit. Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson was representing a Russian businessman before the Justice Department while seeding the bogus Steele dossier to that same agency and to the American news media but has never been charged with a foreign lobbying violation. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) repeatedly lied about evidence of Russian collusion, including in a February 2018 memo addressed to his House colleagues, but never has been charged with lying to Congress....
But wait........there's more!!
Grassley is a useless fossil whose life is dedicated to shoving corn-cobs into your gas tank (and up your butts.) Graham is even more useless, but he's more articulate than Grassley. Cocaine Mitch presides over all this (happily, we should add).
But there's even more!!
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is chaired by Republican Richard Burr (currently under investigation for stock-trading violations and (possibly) bribery) but the committee is really run by the Democrat Mark Warner. If you follow Sundance's work over at Conservative Treehouse, you smell a lot of sulfur coming from that Committee which had direct oversight of CIA Brennan and DNI Clapper. We know that General Mike Flynn was going to launch a THOROUGH AUDIT of CIA's slush funds......and gee......bribery........intel slush funds.......try adding 2+2.........
But Mitch McConnell pretends to know nothing; he's only been in the Senate since...what, 1900?.... and sees/hears/knows no evil at all.
If Durham pulls the thread on any one of the "cake-walk" indictments Kelly mentions, he'll probably unravel the entire Establishment of Corruption out there.
You can argue pretty forcefully that taking down most of the SSCI, the top end of the CIA and many of its slush-fund recipients (all of whom are undoubtedly as clean as the driven snow) and all their political enablers in both the Senate and the House would be..........ahhh.........significant.
Durham may be desperately trying to avoid that end-game. He's wrong to do so, of course, but.....
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Officials working in the Trump administration have told CNA that they have been frustrated by recent presidential tweets elevating controversial Catholic figures, saying the tweets undermine the work many Catholics in the administration hope to accomplish....
...former papal nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, and the author and online polemicist Taylor Marshall....
...Two Catholics in senior positions in the administration told CNA the decision to elevate Viganò and Marshall has put the White House at odds with the U.S. bishops, instead of putting a focus on issues of agreement, and has frustrated some Catholic administration officials....
“You know who is putting [Viganò’s letter] in front of the president?” one official said, “It’s coming from [Dan] Scavino. He runs all of that side of things.”
“Around him and the rest, they have only one plan right now, or only one they are talking about: weaponize the base, the base, the base.”
...A controlled study reported in “Nature Medicine,” April 3, 2020, indicated that properly fitted surgical face masks might reduce human non-COVID-19, cold-causing coronavirus emission into exhaled aerosols and large respiratory droplets, among patients acutely ill with respiratory infections. However, these investigators also noted that in samples collected from those comparably ill patients randomly allocated to the group not wearing masks, “the majority of participants with influenza virus and coronavirus infection did not shed detectable virus in respiratory droplets or aerosols.” Furthermore, viral “shedders” transmitted small amounts of virus, and the authors suggested that “prolonged close contact would be required for transmission to occur, even if transmission was primarily via aerosols, as has been described for rhinovirus [i.e., common] colds.”
These limited, immediate-term experimental observations — equivocal at best — provide no rational, evidence-based justification for daily, prolonged mask usage by the general public to prevent infection with COVID-19. Moreover, a subsequent pooled (so-called “meta-”) analysis of ten controlled trials assessing extended, real-world, non-health-care-setting mask usage revealed that masking did not reduce the rate of laboratory-proven infections with the respiratory virus influenza. The findings from this unique report — published May 2020 by the CDC’s own “house journal” “Emerging Infectious Diseases” — are directly germane to the question of masking to prevent COVID-19 infection and merit some elaboration....
The rest of the linked essay is worth the read. In short: it doesn't work.
We COULD conclude that the Mask Fetish is a question of social controlling, but that might be cynical.
...“Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work,” the “Jesus Is King” crooner told the financial news outlet. “I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.”
West said last year that the Democratic Party is pushing abortion and dependence on welfare on black Americans. “Bro, we brainwashed out here,” the rapper said in a radio interview. “Come on…this a free man talking. Democrats had us voting Democrat for years…. taking the fathers out of the home, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children.”...
.........and he also figured out the deal with LBJ's "Great Society."
The rest of his platform should be interesting.
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
An ordinance proposed by a Milwaukee alderwoman would require people to wear masks when they are in public — including when they are indoors or at an outdoor public place and see "a person within 30 feet who is not a member of the person's family or household."...
...Dimitrijevic said the proposal is still being updated, but aims to help stop the recent surge of coronavirus cases.
"I don't think anyone can ignore that data show we're heading in the wrong direction," she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel....
Lotsa tests, lotsa positives. But SCIENCE!!.........like this:
The mandate would apply to anyone who is 2 years old or older, although that could be raised to 3
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is joining the fledgling effort to stop private schools, many of them religious, from getting any of the country’s coronavirus aid.
Kaul on Tuesday joined a lawsuit being led by California, Michigan, Maine, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia to block the U.S. Department of Education from sending any of the $13.2 billion in aid money to non-public schools. ...
Wisconsin will get $4.1 million in Kung-Flu aid to schools. Doing the simple math means that the private schools in this State will get about $330K of that amount.
Really?? Being a piggy-pig-pig over $330 grand? Li'l Josh should be ashamed of himself.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
...In his article, Father Rothrock acknowledged that the “brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America” but the anger has been co-opted by violent Antifa groups that have no real interest in the black community....
...“Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own,” he said.
“They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others,” he declared. “They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.”...
So the Bishop--a clueless fellow--suspended Fr. Rothrock.
Why "clueless"? Because "Black Lives Matter" has enabled a massive uptick in shootings and murders of blacks over the last 3 weeks. How did BLM enable them? Simple: the riots and demonstrations removed cops from high-crime areas. What followed was mayhem in NYC, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and dozens of other cities in the USA.
...Black Lives Matter declared war on the police on behalf of criminals. The death toll in black lives is shocking. And the toll in the lives of black children is even more heart-rending. When the police leave, the criminals take over, and the hospitals and morgues pile up with the black victims of gang violence.
That’s the BLM Effect.
Supporting Black Lives Matter means not only supporting criminals over the police, it means enabling the mass deaths of black people and black children that inevitably follow in the wake of the riots.
If you support Black Lives Matter, you’re killing black children.
Monday, July 06, 2020
...An outbreak of a virus that is known as “bunny ebola” erupted in the southwestern United States in April, and since that time it has “moved like mad” from one location to another. At this point, cases have been confirmed at 146 different locations in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. The good news is that this virus does not infect humans, but it is absolutely deadly for rabbits, hares, and pikas. Thousands have already died, and it appears that this pandemic is just getting started....
...Videos showed the leader discussing the group’s demands, which include a black ethnostate within the U.S.
“The solution is very simple,” he responded. “We file a declaration of liberation, declaring every African-American descendant of slavery a political prisoner here in the United States, that was affected by the Portuguese slave trade, and after that, the United States then has a choice, either carve us a piece of land out here — we’ll take Texas — and let us do our own thing, or don’t stop us when we exit this body here and go somewhere where they will give us our own land to build our own nation....(HT: MH at AOS)
OK, then. Let's go with the "or......" clause. Exit and go somewhere, pal.
...Briggs & Stratton Corp., which once employed about 11,000 people in Milwaukee and rose to fame as the world’s largest producer of small gasoline engines used in outdoor power equipment, has been slammed by plummeting sales from the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign competition and dried-up capital markets for refinancing debt and selling assets.
As of Dec. 31, the company had net debt of $581 million and faced an “increasing likelihood” of a default or restructuring, according to S&P Global Ratings. In mid-June, Briggs did not make a $6.7 million interest payment, triggering a 30-day grace period before it constitutes a default on a credit agreement....
Well, yah, the Kung Flu probably had an impact. Was that all?
Hardly. Buried very deep in the article is this graf:
...The company has been battered by not only COVID-19 but also foreign competition and the loss of large customers in the outdoor power equipment business....
When John Shiely and Fred Stratton Jr. decided to purchase Simplicity, Troy-Bilt, and Snapper outdoor power equipment companies (and later, under another President, becoming the owners of MTD through another BK), thus creating "vertical" integration, they also alienated every other OPE firm to one degree or another. As one major player said to me: "Why should I finance my competitor?" Aside from Toro--which still uses BASCO engines--other majors such as Ariens, Cub Cadet, and Husqvarna, walked away from Briggs engines. They also handed Kohler the large-engine business, where some margins remain.
Further, when BASCO committed to Toro, they were forced into price-competition when selling into Wal-Mart and Home Depot, just as with their own MTD and Snapper lines. In other words, their margins were under serious pressure at the same time as they were losing accounts.
BASCO's wars with its labor force certainly didn't help, and its plant-dancing (open here, close there, move to hither-and-yon) is not without cost; hiring and training people, not to mention tooling up....
Business-school kids will be looking at "vertical integration" and "pursuing volume" for a number of years, and Briggs & Stratton's history will be worth a couple of chapters in the textbooks.
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Saturday, July 04, 2020
...[Mao inspired] excited mobs of youths as agents of government repression. Monuments of ancient culture were destroyed. These included nearly 7,000 priceless works of art in the Temple of Confucius alone as part of the frenzied attack on the Four Olds: Old Customs, Old Habits, Old Culture, and Old Ideas....Fr. Rutler
Friday, July 03, 2020
...The District of Columbia informed the team that they cannot return to playing within the district until they have a name that is more fitting for a team representing the capital of our country. To that end, the team officially announced today they would be renaming themselves to "The Washington Lizard People.""This is a much better name, far more reflective of the great city of Washington, D.C.," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.'s representative....
Integralism, as the cover of this new volume tells us, “is the application to the temporal, political order of the full implications of the revelation of man’s supernatural end in Christ and of the divinely established means by which it is to be attained.” Isn’t that what our personal moral lives are all about as Catholics?......Integralism correctly teaches us that we must not segregate Christ and His Church into hermetically sealed domains, one marked “sacred,” and the other marked “secular.” Civil and canon law “should work in concord, while safeguarding the superior rights of the Church: since heavenly beatitude is a greater good than earthly happiness, the temporal power must cede to the spiritual where the latter judges that its goal would otherwise be impeded” (p. 218).The separation of church and state is, in the common view, a fundamental constitutional principle. Or is it in the Declaration of Independence? Actually, that “principle” is explicitly in neither document,......Pope Benedict XV taught in 1914: “Sad experience proves that human authority fails where religion is set aside” (p. 106n). The religion which the liberal order must “set aside” — that is, extirpate — is the Catholic faith, which teaches that we are made in the image and likeness of God, to whom we turn for meaning and destiny.By contrast, liberalism’s “break with the past,” says Patrick Deneen in Why Liberalism Failed, “was founded on a false anthropology.” Our secularized society worships the image in the mirror and seeks to divinize our appetites and urges. That is why Crean and Fimister write that “secularisation [sic] is death” (pp. 217, 73). The civil order, once separated from the Church, will become an intransigent, and tyrannical, enemy of the Church (p. 270)....
Thursday, July 02, 2020
20% of all coronavirus cases in Wisconsin have been reported in the last two weeksAre you not frightened?? No? Here's more!!
My, my. No other "gatherings" of under-40s .......wait...........there were "gatherings" of .....wait......well..............let's not mention any "gatherings" that may have occurred in the last three weeks in Madison, Milwaukee, or marching toward Madison, or stuff like that. Nope. Won't serve The Narrative.
...And half of the 29,199 total positive cases in the
state have been identified over the last five weeks — a surge that
comes after weeks of decline.The recent spike precedes a holiday weekend known for the kind of gatherings being tied to the increase in cases....And the majority of people who have contracted the virus are now under the age of 40
Well, with all those RED DEATH INFECTIONS, the HOSPITALS WILL BE OVER-RUN...........oh......wait........umnnhhhh...........gee..........admissions for SinoSinusRot have..........ahh...........well.........gone down by 11 state-wide in the last 7 days, and have gone from 422/day in late May to only 237/day yesterday.
So we won't talk about that, either.
Are you not FRIGHTENED YET?? Well, then, Tony Evers, reading what Abortion-Barbie Palm wrote for him, lays down the law:
...Gov. Tony Evers in a statement urged Wisconsin residents, especially younger people who are driving the increase, to stay home. ...
The GOVERNOR!!! DID YOU HEAR THAT????? STAY HOME!!! (Wanna bet that Molly Beck 'stays home'? How much you want to lay down on that?)
...And half of the 29,199 total positive cases in the state have been identified over the last five weeks — a surge that comes after weeks of decline.The recent spike precedes a holiday weekend known for the kind of gatherings being tied to the increase in cases....And the majority of people who have contracted the virus are now under the age of 40
...Gov. Tony Evers in a statement urged Wisconsin residents, especially younger people who are driving the increase, to stay home. ...
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus....
...The CDC’s method of reporting the number of active cases is totally flawed. It is fraudulent. The CDC counts individuals who show that they had the China coronavirus in their counts of individuals who are identified currently with the virus. This data is then used by states to determine whether to open our shut down their economies....
...Johnson said he "did kind of spring out of the Tea Party" and is glad to be associated with it, although he did not join the Senate Tea Party Caucus following his election....
Ron Johnson and James Lankford are seeking to amend Cornyn’s bill making Juneteenth a holiday by replacing Columbus Day with it:
...Levitt is frustrated by the lack of inquiry that has taken place within the scientific community regarding COVID-19, and how the fear propaganda was pushed unanimously at the behest of institutional power....
...“It was total panic, and the fact is that all the science we were hearing, for example, from organizations like the World Health Organization, was wrong… This has been a disgraceful situation for science,” Levitt added....
He doesn't name names, but he uses a laser-pointer:
...“You know, the level of stupidity that’s been going on here has been amazing… Even in many places, the politics has infected the scientists, certainly in the USA,” Levitt added....
Not only has "science" trashed itself here, but so have the CDC, Fauci, and Scarf Lady. They did accomplish one objective: Trump swallowed the bait and kept up the foolishness LONG after it was clear that the panic was unjustified.
Think Trump learned from that? Yup. Now he's letting Governors make damn fools of themselves instead.
The state of Georgia has reached a three-month low in its number of recorded coronavirus deaths, roughly two months after the state began to lift its lockdown restrictions amid sharp criticism that a too-hasty reopening would result in widespread fatalities....
...Evers says his administration no longer has the sole authority to issue statewide mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the virus....
Here are some facts few people know:
Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany, and France since the mid-1970s
Adapting to life below sea level made the Netherlands rich not poor
We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture
I know that the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.
In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.
...Gorsuch remarked that his judgment did not reach the matter of bathrooms and locker rooms, for those situations were not contained in the case at hand. But Justice Alito quickly pointed out that the holding had been, after all, that it was wrong to turn away from anyone – to withhold a job or a benefit – because of an aversion to a person’s sexual choice of changing genders. That judgment would presumptively apply to all instances of that discrimination, and indeed the first case has already been pressed on the side of a transgendered high-school girl, seeking admission to a boys’ bathroom....
...Gorsuch had not exactly said that Stephens had changed his biological sex. My friend Gerard Bradley distilled things in this way: In the biological sciences, “sex is binary, innate, and immutable.” And it goes beyond anatomical differences to penetrate to the level of cells.
But “gender identity,” as he says, “denotes a fluid belief system based on cultural constructs, emotion, experiences.”
Gorsuch and the Court can preserve their detachment on the question of whether a man can become a woman only if they simply ignore that inescapable, objective truth of what constitutes “sex.” ...
Now for that which is truly frightening.
Gorsuch did not have to say anything conclusive on that question of whether Stephens had in fact become a woman. He could simply use his alchemy of “textualism,” working on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and settle on this limited point: that if Stephens came to regard himself as a woman, that is an understanding that the rest of us are obliged to respect when it comes to “discrimination on the basis of sex.”