October 31, 2020

A 2020 Election Fable -- The Bunny Rabbit, the Bear, and the Bees

Dana Mathewson

Along with his usual wisdom, Newt Gingrich shows his keen sense of humor with this offering on Fox News. I won't excerpt it -- please grab it whole here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2020-election-fable-newt-gingrich

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Monkey Business

Selwyn Duke

My latest.


"They’re just doing the jobs humans won’t do — or, at least, can’t easily do. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t happy and wants these workers, Thailand’s coconut picking monkeys, booted from their jobs.

No, the issue isn’t that the monkeys serve a more useful purpose in this world than PETA does. It’s that, claims the organization, they’re abused. Thus is PETA encouraging retailers to discontinue merchandise with ingredients derived from monkey labor, and it has already convinced Costco to do just that.

Tim adds:

Now that's what I call monkey business! The SEIU may try to unionize them.  Watch for them at the polling places on Tuesday.

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The Folly of Facemasks

Timothy Birdnow

On Facebook E. Calvin Beismer posted about facemasking, and a reader took umbrage, leading to an argument that I think left the reader bleeding and shell-shocked as both myself and Cal took aim. I reproduce the discussion below:


Can we start a new movement here? Make your profile picture that expressive part of your countenance that the bosses are making you cover up in protest against this encroachment of our liberty. Tsk tsk, such a symbol, these masks, for repressing free speech!

Udo (the reader):

Maybe a fun thing to do...for some. But masks do not surpress your free speech! Limit only your virus wandering off towards me and others.


Speech isn't the point. Facial expression and all that communicates are the point. Facial expression and personal relation are deeply intertwined, and there are serious psychological consequences to the constant hiding of face. All this is of course distinct from questions about how effective any masks other than a properly fitted n95 are in slowing the spread of the virus.


And, masks are useless at stopping viruses Udo W. Middleman.https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/cloth-masks-are-useless-against-covid-19 The openings in the weave are larger than the virus particles. Otherwise they wouldn't have to use spacesuits when treating Ebola patients. Also, most viruses enter through the eyes via the hands. If you have rubber gloves on it doesn't matter; the virus sits on the glove. And as Cal says, this isn't an issue about speech. I would like to point out the left pushes the idea of a "penumbra" in the Constitution which they used to justify abortion by saying there is an inherent right to privacy. If that is so, how much more of a right is it to walk around with nothing over your face? Why isn't THAT in the "penumbra"? The real issue here is how much power are we going to grant the government. Few tyrants began by saying "I'm going to take away your freedom because I want power". Rather, they whittle it down with good intentions and altruistic speech. YOU are perfectly free to wear a face covering, and stay inside if you wish. But you have no right to demand that of others. The authorities are demanding it because, like a bit in the horse's mouth, they know getting us to accept this will make us more amenable to accepting other restrictions on our liberty. Even Fauci scoffed at masks early on, calling them "talismans". He was right; it is a kind of sacrament, like air raid drills in Omaha during WWII, they serve no purpose but to make everyone feel a part of the movement and accept the will of the ruling class. more...

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Neck and Neck

Timothy Birdnow

As of yesterday voters gave President Trump a 51% to 48% approval rating.according to Rasmussen.

Also, as of yesterday, Rasmussen has Biden up by 3 percent at 49 to 46%.

The race has, as we all knew it would, tightened up quite a bit over the last few weeks. I suspect even Rasmussen uses the same algorithms as the other pollers, meaning they are skewed in favor of Democrats. I think it entirely likely Mr. Trump may win this thing.

According to the article:

Trump earns 79% support among Republicans. Biden has 78% of the Democrat vote and a three-point lead among voters not affiliated with either major party.

The survey of 1,500 Likely Voters was conducted October 27-29, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

End excerpt.

So this is showing Biden up just outside of the margin of error. But the last polls showed it pretty much even, which leads me to believe this latest is an outlier. Trump has done nothing to lose support, nor Biden to gain any.

Everybody needs to wear gloves on Tuesday lest your fingers bleed from gnawing.

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The War on the Poor

This from Stephen Heins:

"Climate alarmism doesn’t just waste trillions of dollars. It also harms the poor. In the developing world that means more people left in poverty.”

Bjorn Lomborg

Resistance and Challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated
EASAC Perspective on Transformative Change

"Scientific knowledge of climate change and its drivers has been growing exponentially during the past decades, yet the degradation of nature and continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions has yet to even cease let alone start reversing. We have to ask if just trying to adjust ‘business as usual’ can safeguard our future on this planet” says Prof. Michael Norton, EASAC’s Environment Programme Director. EASAC’s new publication lays out the scale of the problems that face humanity to match human development with the capacity of the Earth and examines the calls for a fundamental transformation of our current economic and social systems across technological, economic and social domains.

Demand for energy and resources has been growing as a result of population growth and increased consumption to the point where all the scientific evidence shows we are bumping up against fundamental planetary boundaries on which our civilizations depend.

EASAC summarises this evidence with a focus on climate and biodiversity, describing what many international scientists have been thinking since the 1970s - that current unsustainable trajectories are built into our economic theories and our political reward systems. These fundamentals need to be reset so that long-term sustainability is built into our decision-making at all levels rather than just left to altruism at the fringes.


Tim replies:

"Sustainability" means no growth, which means an ever decreasing standard of living. It is as inevitable as the sun rising. Question; why did the Obama economy remains so sluggish? Answer; because they were pursuing a zero growth "sustainable" economic model. And when you have no growth (which hurts the poor most) you have a system that favors the power of the central government. It then becomes a matter of who decides who gets what. Government takes over the market in the interest of "fairness" and shepherding limited resources. In the end you wind up with globalization, socialism, and top down political power.

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The News Cycle Truman Show

This from Russell Cook

"What Hunter Biden laptop?" / "Joe Biden is leading by double-digits in every poll." / "It's a mostly peaceful protest." / "Trump destroying NOAA."
Do you get the impression that rather than receiving real news, we're living increasingly in an unreality variation of "The Truman Show" movie, where we're constantly being fed coordinated scripted lines (e.g. the ones below appearing within 24 hours of each other) designed to move us all into one direction? It isn't just the Global Warming Show anymore, it's the Fake News Show, no matter which MSM channel you switch to.

"Top NOAA Scientist Fired After Asking Trump Appointees to Acknowledge Agency Scientific Integrity Policy"
"As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science"
"Trump Political Appointee Removes Climate Agency’s Chief Scientist for Emphasizing Its Scientific Integrity Policy"
"Scientists Who Don’t Believe in Climate Change Are Now Leading a Top Environmental Agency"
"Top NOAA scientist is removed from his position after he asked new Trump-appointed staff to adhere to the agency's integrity policy that bans changing research data to fit political agenda"

Tim replies:

And since the news business moves from top down with wire services and mainstream publications taking the lead and with Journalism schools maleducating aspiring journalists who usually "want to make a difference" rather than inform the public we have even the local news channels promoting fake news to buttress the narrative. Also, advertisers have a powerful sway over news outlets. My brother writes for a local news publication and he has had good stories spiked because they might upset an advertiser. So the Left is better organized then we, and they demand their viewpoint be promoted or they will boycott, and the end result is an endless leftward pressure. We now live in the Gaslight Age.

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Biden Left Americans in the Lurch

Anne Overit

Guessing game for you. WHO WAS THE SENATOR?

"In 1975, President Ford was left to manage the difficult ending of the Vietnam War. President Ford went to Congress for a relief package to allow American personnel and our allies to evacuate. However, there was ONE US SENATOR who opposed any such support.

The result was the embarrassing and hurried evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon. This senator reveled in the embarrassment and did everything he could to leverage it politically against Ford. Despite the efforts of this U.S .Senator--President Ford managed to rescue 1,500 South Vietnamese allies prior to the country’s fall.

Had President Ford not acted quickly, these people would have been targeted and slaughtered for their support for America. When they arrived in America, President Ford asked Congress for a package to assist these refugees integrate into American society. That SAME troublesome SENATOR TORPEDOED ANY SUPPORT for these shell shocked, anti communist, Americans and our helpers, refugees.

Instead, President Ford had to recruit Christian organizations to offer assistance on a voluntary basis. As he did so, the Senator belittled those efforts. What kind of person would oppose President Ford’s tireless work to do the right and humanitarian thing? Who would want to play politics with the well-being of innocent people who stood by America in the tragic Vietnam War?


”When the Center Held.”by Donald Rumsfeld in 2018.(biography of Gerald Ford)”

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Trump Saving American Lives

This from Joe Bastardi

Deaths in Afghanistan Under Bush 564 ( 8 years) Under Obama/Biden. 1729 ( 8 years) Under Trump ( 4 years). 63 Why isnt this reported. So lets cut Bush and Obama/Biden in half Bush 257. Obama Biden 864.5. Again why is this not being reported?

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Electric Buses Failing Duluth Test Drive

Dana Mathewson

Those of you who live in Minnesota, such as yours truly, are probably aware that the city of Duluth, a busy shipping port on Lake Superior, is famous (infamous?) for rough winters. My wife's daughter and her partner spent a few years there while she headed up the opera program at the U of M-Duluth, and we visited her often. It's a popular town, beloved of those who live there, for the most part.

The town is also famous (infamous) for its hilly terrain. So it was a given that the town might serve as an ideal testing ground for electric commuter buses -- given that the Left is going to insist that all our vehicles be electric-powered eventually.

The following article, from John Hinderaker's American Experiment, indicates that there may be some problems.

Duluth was only too happy to serve as the testing grounds for an Obama-era grant to prove that emissions-free electric busses were the way to go in the era of global warming. It mattered not that the seven vehicles manufactured by an east coast company called Proterra cost almost twice as much as each of the 70 or so diesel busses already in the city’s fleet.

But John Ramos of the Duluth Monitor reports it’s been an uphill battle from the start of service nearly two years ago for the new-age busses.

Two months after their unveiling, all seven buses were pulled from service, because their braking systems were struggling on Duluth’s hills, and a software problem was causing them to roll back when accelerating uphill from a standstill. Technicians also determined that Duluth’s cold weather was causing the bus heaters to drain the batteries too rapidly, preventing them from completing a full shift.

Proterra technicians traveled to Duluth to make the necessary repairs. To reduce the drain on the battery, they installed diesel-powered heating systems on the buses. This upgrade allowed the battery to be used strictly for locomotion—but also meant that the buses were no longer emissions-free.

So the main selling point for getting onboard with electric busses in the first place was gone within weeks of hitting the streets. The ride hasn’t gotten any smoother with the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) recently confessing to the city council they dubbed one bus after a demon-possessed car called Christine in a Stephen King horror story.

If a bus’s battery runs too low, and it loses power in the field, it cannot be recharged and restarted on the spot. It must be towed to the charging station at the garage.

"What’s the power of an electric bus like?” I asked. "Is there any difference from a diesel?”

"In some cases, it doesn’t accelerate on a hill the same way a diesel does,” [DTA general manager Phil] Pumphrey said, "—partially because it’s only got one drive wheel. The diesels have two.”

You get the picture. DTA officials consider it a good day when they have the electric busses on the street in service now most of the time. The rubber will hit the road, however, when it comes time to replace them.

The rest of the article is found here: https://www.americanexperiment.org/2020/10/electric-busses-failing-duluth-test-drive/?mc_cid=6572357c22&mc_eid=a372f7b117 I commend The American Experiment to you; the articles are always interesting, and you can subscribe to have them delivered to you via e-mail.

After posting this, I happened to recall the second winter I survived right here in the Twin Cities area, which was 1995-96. I worked in St. Paul and rode the bus about 18 miles every way to work and back. These were "standard" diesel commuter buses, a few years old, nothing fancy. That winter we experienced two weeks of straight minus 20 degree temperatures. And the heaters on those buses could barely make themselves felt. I shudder to think what it would have been like on electric buses.

I'm convinced that the limousine liberals who demand that (1) we abandon "fossil fuels" forever and transition totally to wind and solar-generated electricity, and at the same time transition to totally-electrical powered vehicles all live, work and think (if they actually DO think) in hot climates such as are found in California -- and never ever experience real winter.

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Biden Really Wants to Lose So the Supreme Ct. can "Elect" Him

Jack Kemp

PJ Media reports that:

On Wednesday, the Democratic nominee told Philadelphia Gay News that President Donald Trump has given "hate” a "safe harbor” by protecting religious freedom and enabling what Biden condemned as "discrimination.”


Throughout his interview, Biden condemned as "discrimination” the idea that faith-based homeless shelters, adoption agencies, and other charities would refuse to endorse same-sex marriage, transgender identity, and experimental cross-sex drugs and surgeries. He acted as though any desire to follow a traditional Christian, Jewish, or Muslim view of sexuality and gender must be rank "discrimination.” This falls in line with the radical pro-LGBT Equality Act, which Biden said he would pass in his first 100 days, should Democrats win the Senate and hold onto the House.


Perhaps Biden still thinks Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still on the Supreme Court - along with some Justices who raise unicorns.

Another Biden attack on normalcy, complete with intolerance for mainstream Americans. I was thinking about what cartoon character Biden most resembles in behavior. The obvious choice is Captain "Wrong Way" Peachfuzz of the classic Rocky and Bullwinkle show. And Bullwinkle was a lot smarter than Biden.

I wonder what Biden's staff are thinking about this speech calling Christians and others "haters" for following the teachings of the Bible and other holy books. Either they, too, believe this approach is a winner for Biden - or they are wondering if their last paycheck will bounce or not.

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October 30, 2020

Ozark Hilton Tales

Timothy Birdnow

For fans of the Ozark Hilton tales, below is a compendium of posts from over the years. I was unable to find some - particularly my travelogue about the trip there and back (which was hugely popular) but I have a lot of stuff to keep everyone happy. Sorry if some are duplicates; I had a hard time gathering them together.

Please copy and paste; I won't be able to imbed the links.





















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Wuhan by the Numbers

This from Joe Bastardi

Hopefully the math is okay cause dealing with numbers this small a misplaced decimal changes alot

40% of the deaths are from .5% of the population, that means 60% are from 99.5%.
This means there are about 120k deaths out of population pool of 190 million. So of that 0.00063157894 have died
Covid EXCLUSIVE deaths are only 6% ( no pre existing conditions.) This means, that of that 99.5% 6% of .000063 yields a fatality rate of. 0.000003789473
Now lets look at new cases vs deaths using a 3 week lag. We will use Johns Hopkins and a. 7 day running total On April 5. The 7 day moving average was 31k with a. 20% positivity rate. 7 day moving average deaths was 2.2 k. Which meant about a. 15 to positive to death ration, much of it of course due to the blunders in the nursing homes. I never blamed Cuomo, he didn’t know at the time as we did not know what was going on for sure, So I cut him slack, But to say the way he is acting now is disgusting. In any case 15 to 1
What is the most recent. 3 week lag. 50k on Oct 8. Oct. 29 7 day running death total 828 That’s a 60 to 1 ratio or 4 times less be it healthy or unhealthy
.So lets predict what the total deaths will be in 3 weeks and see if I am right. If we know that had a 7 day running total of 1.3 million and the death rate for about 315 million then that contributor should be 1181.25 from that segment, But that is only 60% of the total since we know the other part of the population ( high risk) is contributing 40%. So we should see at current rates of tests vs positives vs known death rates, close to. 2k deaths a week in 3 weeks if this is truly a surge vs what has happened. If not, then it is still a surge since deaths have increased, but relative to previous times, be it because this has mutated, or we are getting better at stopping it then it is much less. But you have to go digging in to see such things. So the forecast is 2k a week in 3 weeks which by the way would bring us back to what we were seeing in April! BUT WE COULD NOT TEST AS MUCH. So it checks itself, if less, than we know we have rounded what is a huge bend and admittedly can still drive off the road
Now here is another factor, Churchill famously said socialism is shared misery, In those societies there is a ruling elite the masses must obey, In my gyms since May 8 NO COVID. None. Why? We are responsible as individuals, I have weighed as much as. 223 in my life. I used to compete at 175lbs ripped, You know what I weighed in at Oct 13 at nationals? 151. Stupid me cut into the lightweights when I would have won the middleweights. Oh well. But I know darn well the better care I take of myself, the lower my weight the less the stress on my system to tax my immune system, I can not help if other people wont cut weight or whatever or be responsible enough to not hang out in places this can be spread. But why should an individual busting their tail be forced to the rules of people who are not? Shared misery. Its a giant exercise in what is coming.
BTW summer did make a difference no question, If we turned off all air conditioning and let it get into the 80s and 90s in bars etc instead of keeping it at a prime Covid temperature of 68 in all these building, I venture to say the surge when we opened up would not have occurred, That would have been smart, but then again it would mean we would have to put up with what those that came before us had as a fact of life. Winter is coming, viruses love colder temps, immune systems have to work harder etc. So it is having an effect
This is my last Covid contribution, I am sick of it all, sorry for all that have gotten sick and sad for those that have succumbed. It also makes me sick to see people think they could have done better. Maybe they could have, but a lot of the biggest mouths screaming at the POTUS were ripping him for the other reason, Cuomo gave the infamous we are New Yorkers we can handle this in early March, Easy to sit in the stands Easy to say more testing now that we are testing close to 1.5 million people a day and the vaccine is coming at record speed, Always easier to say you could have done better.
God help us all.

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Stealing America's Soul One Mask at a Time

Selwyn Duke

My latest.


"Yet there’s a deeper issue, one almost never addressed: What does it profit a nation to gain the world but to lose its soul?

The most zealous mask imperialists want us to don a (too often) filthy face burka even outdoors. Yet with interpersonal connection already diminished in our screen-addictio n society where people are conjoined with electronic devices, does it really behoove us to turn them into 'faceless' creatures whose countenance is unreadable? Heck, just add some dark shades and we can turn everyone into the invisible man."

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The Silence of the Twits

This from Steven Chase:

Yesterday, the CEO's of Facebook, Twitter and Google were unable to name a SINGLE LIBERAL ENTITY or individual that has been 'censored' by them.
(actual exchange): "I just want to be clear, I’m just asking you if you could name for me, one high-profile liberal person or company who you have censored, I’m not asking for an exhaustive list, I’m asking for a single example. Just one individual, one entity,” - Senator Mike Lee said.
Silence from the Oligarchs. They could not.

Dorsey, Twitter CEO: "We don't censor; we take down tweets." ( is this laughable?!) And this: "Twitter has been far and away the biggest offender, labeling, fact-checking, and removing Trump’s tweets and the tweets from his campaign accounts 64 times since the president’s election,” the Media Research Center.

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October 29, 2020

The most honest Democrat Party ad this time around

Dana Mathewson

Yeah, it's not from Tom Perez and the DNC, but it really means what they are pushing.

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More proof that millennial Leftists are lacking in self-awareness

Dana Mathewson

One of the main Leftist politicians whom we love to hate has just painted another target on her back.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez solidified her position in the celebrity firmament by agreeing to an interview with Vanity Fair. You know you’ve hit the celebrity big time when the entertainment/fashion rag published by Conde Nast gives you the cover and a full spread of worshipping copy to go with it.

AOC didn’t waste the opportunity or disappoint her radical drooling hordes who think the world can be explained in 140 characters or less. She lambasted Donald Trump and Wall Street for not paying taxes and not agreeing to pay everyone’s college tuition for free.

And she did it while wearing a reported $14,000 in fancy designer clothes. I guess if you make your fortune dressing the famous, you get eaten last.

Fox News:

AOC lambasted Trump in the magazine interview saying:"These are the same people saying that we can’t have tuition-free public colleges because there’s no money,” she says, "when these motherf*****s are only paying $750 a year in taxes.”

She also defended herself as a powerful woman against right-wing attacks that have painted her as a socialist and a villain.

"It’s very dehumanizing in both ways, strangely, both the negative and the positive,” the congresswoman said. "It’s not an accident that, every cycle, the boogeyman of the Democrats is a woman,”Ocasio-Cortez said. "A couple of cycles ago, it was Pelosi. Then it was Hillary, and now it’s me.”

Poor little AOC — everyone always picking on her for being a socialist loon. And she obviously doesn’t read the newspapers. Several men have served as the right’s "boogeyman,” most recently Senator Bernie Sanders. That AOC happens to be a woman is immaterial to the dangerous, unbalanced, vengeful policies she supports.

But don’t tell her that. She’s on a roll.

"It’s legitimately hard being a first-generation woman . . . and being working class, trying to navigate a professional environment,” she said in the interview. "It continues to take me so long to try to figure out how to look put-together without having a huge designer closet.”

I love the humblebrags. It takes sooooooo long to figure out what to wear when the spotlight is going to be on her. If she’s so worried about that, why not just wear jeans and tank top like she did when she was a "working class” bartender?

She certainly wouldn’t have worn this to work.

Ocasio-Cortez wore a white suit by Aliétte to grace the cover of the magazine, her outfit choice an homage to the women’s suffrage movement.

Photographs dispersed throughout the magazine with her interview include multiple outfit changes, including a polka dot Wales Bonner dress and a black suit with multicolored tassels by Loewe. She also sported a pair of black Christian Louboutin heels, iconic for their red bottoms.

Who knew our little socialist could be such a clothes horse?

I might have said "clothes horse's ass" if I were feeling nasty, but as you know, here at the Aviary we try to stay above such stuff. Generally.

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Experts Now Saying Don't Mail Your Ballot; Vote in Person

Dana Mathewson

From PJMedia:

The Democrats’ ploys to draw out the ballot-counting process have largely failed across the country, so now, election and postal experts are saying it’s already too late to mail your ballot. If you want your vote to count, you need to vote in person.

It appears that about 10 percent of all first-class mail is being delayed because of the massive volume of election mail. Despite extraordinary measures by the USPS to get every ballot where it needs to go to be counted, it won’t be enough to ensure that every single ballot mailed before Election Day arrives in time to be counted.

This wouldn’t have been a problem if Democrats hadn’t terrified voters into thinking it was deadly to show up to vote in person.

Daily Caller:

"If you haven’t requested a mail ballot yet, it’s too late,” David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, told The Post. "I don’t care about the legal deadline; it’s just too late in terms of getting it processed, getting it mailed to you and you being able to fill it out and return it.”

He added: "You’re just putting too much pressure on yourself. At this point, if you haven’t requested a mail ballot yet, plan to vote in person and vote early, if possible.”

The extraordinary measures the USPS is taking to speed up the delivery of ballots are unprecedented.

Postal workers are allowed to sort and postmark ballots themselves, a departure from regular protocol, the memo added, according to The Post. Also, post offices are now authorized to create ballot-only lines and drive-through ballot drop-off areas.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has started encouraging Americans to submit ballots in person rather than through mail-in, The Post reported. Biden has been a strong proponent of voting by mail throughout the election, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

An interesting dynamic has created a unique correlation between support for Donald Trump’s re-election and in-person versus mail-in voting.

Well, well! My wife and I have planned all along to vote in person. It's pretty easy for us, and I hope also to take our landlady along. She lives next door, had a knee replaced early in the year and is saying she's afraid to walk on it (some people love to make excuses).

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Bidens' small hospitals hurt people in Penn. & elsewhere

Jack Kemp

Daniel Greenfield reports about the shady activities of the Beau Biden Foundation, run by Hunter Biden, in operating hospitals. This also involved the bankruptcy of the St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis in a low income black neighborhood, a location now turned into a homeless shelter. Here are some quotes....

After they sued Biden and his partners, they received an envelope filled with "blood-stained currency from a Middle Eastern country" linked to terrorists and a "torture ticket" resulting in an FBI investigation.

But the real price is being paid in Ellwood City, in St. Louis, and Izard County.

Joe Biden has run on a promise to tackle the pandemic. But when coronavirus cases shot up 40% in Lawrence County over the summer, the Ellwood City Medical Center wasn’t there.

New cases have been rising sharply in Izard County and in St. Louis, there is one hospital less able to help and treat the sick.


After you read the full article, you can also read a follow up piece by Daniel Greenfield showing how Hunter Biden cashed in on a foundation that did nothing to help child abuse victims and may have contributed to the abuse. The article located here. This one involves $22,000 doled out by the State of Delaware to fight COVID-19.

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October 28, 2020

Michigan judge strikes down ban on open carry guns at polling sites on Election Day

Dana Mathewson

Say what you want about the beauty of the state, especially the Upper Peninsula: I wouldn't want to live there! But at least one judge has his head on straight.

A judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day, agreeing with gun rights advocates who had claimed the Democratic secretary of state failed to follow state law with her sudden order.

Gun rights groups accused Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of exceeding her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of voting sites.

The Oct. 16 order came after the FBI recently busted an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, execute an armed raid on the state Capitol, and target and kill law enforcement. But Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process required under state law, Judge Christopher Murray said.

Compliance "is no mere procedural nicety,” Murray said. "Instead, our appellate courts have repeatedly emphasized the importance of the democratic principles embodied in the [law], which requires notice and an opportunity to be heard on the subject under consideration.”

Earlier in the day, Assistant Attorney General Heather Meingast said lawmakers have given secretaries of state discretion to set certain election rules, including safety. Separately, armed critics upset with the governor's orders about controlling the coronavirus have rallied at the Capitol.

"There are dozens — we’ve had numerous complaints,” Meingast told the judge. "There are voters who are afraid. There are election workers who are afraid to go to work on Election Day.”

Taking bets that this AG is a Soros plant!

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When it rains...Light blogging

Timothy Birdnow

The fates seem to be conspiring against me - or at least the IRS.

I'll explain.

First, I was trying in vain to clean out a backup of sewage in my basement yesterday. After trying to open the branch I realized it was not in said branch but rather in the main line. I called Rotorooter and they came out promptly. I had to stay outside in the cold with the tech while he worked on the sewer, and then I had to clean up after he left (that sludge sets like concrete.) It cost five large but it was worth getting it done right. But that's not the main problem.

The mailman showed up while I was ankle deep in human excrement with a friendly little note from my local Internal Revenue Service. Two notes actually; one telling me the refund I expected was adjusted down to nothing, and the other telling me that that return my accountant filed back in July was "incomplete' and they needed a form, one I certainly don't have. They did this ONE WEEK before the election! Is this a coincidence? I don't believe it is; the IRS is the swampiest of crocodiles and they have no reason to want another four years of Donald J. Trump. I suspect I'm not the only person to get a notice from these bloodsuckers at this time. They probably want to create an atmosphere of discontent at this moment in the hopes that disgruntled voters will vote for "change" meaning a return to the gator hole.

So now I've got to screw around with this, and I am not getting the refund.

To top it all off I found out I am going to have to have surgery on election day and will not be able to vote. They tell me I can go downtown city hall to vote at the Board of Election Commissioners, but that's going to be a huge hassle, with a long walk and paid parking.

It's too late to vote absentee.

So I suspect I'm going to be rather busy for a while. Please be patient.

Dana Mathewson adds $.02:  I've been in contact with Tim; he'll be out of action for an unknown amount of time, but he DID get to vote after all! I'll be doing what I can to prevent the Aviary from falling into wrack and ruin, and I'm hoping to have the help of the faithful Jack Kemp from time to time. So please keep checking the site as you usually do.

And PLEASE ignore the increasing number of advertisements for "weed." Currently there is nothing we can do about these, but be assured that the management of the Aviary does not support or condone commercial advertising of any kind, especially for drugs, on this site!

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