August 31, 2020

The Incredible Shrinking Pandemic

Timothy Birdnow

More on the latest Covid data and Joe Bastardi crunches some numbers:

Some math, What if the CDC figure is correct that only 6% of the deaths are Covid exclusive Lets do some math. 3% of the total known cases have been fatal. .06x.03 = .18% death rate among healthy people Now if, as CDC has said, and this is all using CDC figures, there are 5-10x more people with it. 1/5th of .18% is.003% As far as the total population, lets assume that 50% of the population does not have pre-existing conditions. Thats 165 million people. 9200 deaths out of the that is .0005% of the healthy population.. Now let me ask you this. How many 18-23 yr old college athletes have pre-existing conditions? How many people who's lives have been permanently altered by this, had pre existing conditions? In your church, your work place, whatever. I am watching people living in fear of being shut down, places barely hanging on because or orders from on high. They scream science. They scream look at the numbers, Well my friends and maybe not my friends, if those CDC numbers are right, then you are getting a great example of why Roosevelt said what he said. We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. Always love quoting old democratic icons, since my roots are from that. Perhaps we will find out the numbers are different which given the way things are today, would not be surprising

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We Shut Down for THIS?

This from Anthony Watts:

This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans actually Died From COVID-19 Alone.

There is no crisis!

A word from Tim:

And those numbers are likely horribly over-inflated. We know they have been claiming Covid as cause of death even when somebody was hit by a car or whatnot and we know they have issued guidelines to list any death with a person infected as being a Covid death. Now we know that under ten thousand have actually died from the disease alone. Most died from a combination of Covid and other things.

Also, this is less than the pandemic of 1957 which saw 116,000 in the U.S.

In fact, this is at present about ten percent of that pandemic.

It is also well below the level of the pandemic of 1968, which featured 100,000 deaths.

But we shut the entire country down and are STILL demanding people wear masks and stay at home and don't go to church.

Granted, the other pandemic numbers may well have included ancillary diseases. But they also feature a low count, probably much lower than the actual pandemic.

So this was not an unusual epidemic. What has been unusual is the novel response. We've experimented with a draconian scheme and we now see chaos and bankruptcy stalking the land.

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Victory Mosque in Michigan

Timothy Birdnow

A mega-mosque is being built in a neighborhood of Christian refugees from ISIS in Michiganstan.

From Creeping Sharia:

The American Islamic Community Center broke ground for a new mosque to be built on 15 Mile Road between Mound and Ryan roads.

The Muslim mosque was initially proposed five years ago but drew fierce opposition from some area residents, resulting in two lawsuits that led to the settlement of one lawsuit by the AICC and the federal government against the city claiming constitutional violations, and the failure of a second lawsuit by a handful of residents against the city and mosque.

That is typical; Muslims build mosques to celebrate triumph over their enemies (and everybody is their enemy) and to threaten those who are not with them yet.

And America has lost any will to resist. We are being swept away by our own decency and by our notion of multiculturalism.

I'll bet Black Lives Matter won't burn THIS religious building; the Muslims won't take it.

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When You Vote Democrat Another Church Explodes

Timothy Birdnow

Does anyone remember when the Democrats ran a campaign ad in the election of 2000 that tried to blame Republicans for southern church burnings? They ran an ad which was roundly condemned at the time (the ru-up to the election of 2000) which featured a black narrator saying "When you don't vote, you let another church explode."

At the time that was considered outlandish, and even the Chicago Tribune agreed.

But now the base of the Democratic Party is actually burning churches and the media and destroying religious statues and the Democrats and media remain silent.

Back before the last Presidential election the media tried to blame the burning of a black Mississippi church on Trump supporters. The Hopewell Mississippi Baptist Church was burned and "Vote Trump" spray painted on the side. But it turned out it was a black member of the congregation who did it and tried to frame Trump people for the act.

So now we have people actually burning churches and there is zero media interest.

They have even tried to burn down a police headquarters with people locked inside and the media yawned.
In fact, the Mayor called them "largely peaceful protests".

In fact, the media cares little about the fact that Black Lives Matter rioters have possibly burned the retinas of Federal agents with lasers.

So all you have to do is be on the side of Marxism and hate America and you get a free pass from the media.

Is this the kind of world we want to give to our children? It's where we are going.

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Paint the Town Red

Warner Todd Huston:

Remember when the media went mad because Sarah Palin put a crosshairs on a political map? It was the end of the world when she did that and according to the media it was the end of civility. And now we have leftists, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa terrorists ACTUALLY killing people and guess what? The media is ignoring it all. No big deal, nothing to see here, move along.

Tim adds:

Palin only drew targets on representations. Antifa is actually painting targets with lasers. They've blinded some people with them. And the media and their Democratic allies think nothing of that!

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More Fake Science

This from Stephen Heins:

Here is another academic example of scaring people, raising university donations, and justifying the use of grant money: One-eyed certainty in a complex world.

Climate Change Has Doubled Risk of Extreme Fire in California

"....Our paper says that climate change has already doubled the risk of extreme fire weather conditions in California," he said, "and it will double them again over the next couple of decades...perhaps more than double. That's a big change."

Other research, led by Park Williams at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and published last year, identified an even steeper increase in summertime wildfires in California, marked by an eight-fold increase in the amount of land burned annually since the 1970s, caused largely, the authors reported, by human-driven climate change.”

Forest management and clear cutting are opposite. https://naturalgasnow.org/upstate-forests-being-sacrificed-on-an-altar-of-solar-fiction/

A word from Tim:

More fake science. When you won't store water in a place where you suffer periodic droughts you are cruisin' for a bruisin'. And when you refuse to remove deadwood aka fuel and don't have any water you are guaranteed to have bad wild fires. It has little to do with "climate change" and everything to do with dogmatic people unwilling to indulge in proper forest management. This is just propaganda to give cover to those who want to seize property and human rights.

Consider this:

"On public lands today, vegetation often goes unmanaged and, as a result, becomes the tinder that fuels wildfires. Nearly 7,000 blazes ravaged California in 2016 alone. But for the Quiroste, fire was a powerful tool. They used it to manage a number of food resources, not just grass seeds. And by regularly setting controlled fires, the Quiroste also kept themselves safe from catastrophic wildfires, which feed on dense undergrowth."

Fire is natural in the West, and beneficial too. What we have been doing is suppressing fire for our own benefit. It's understandable, but if you suppress a thing eventually it breaks out. Every see a levee break? California stopped maintaining the levee but still expected it to hold, then blamed carbon dioxide when it failed. The real villains are the politicians and the Gang Green.

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California Goes Nazi, Takes Over Land Use

Timothy Birdnow

California, not content with brownouts and forest fires, is planning to go after land use in a new, aggressive way.

From Beveridge and Diamond Law

AB 2954 would require CARB to set targets for GHG emissions reductions and carbon sequestration on the state’s natural and working lands by January 1, 2023. Under the legislation, CARB would identify practices and policies that would help achieve its GHG reduction and sequestration goals, and to develop methods for the State to track such emissions and sequestration. For example, carbon sequestration practices such as reducing tillage, mulching fields, and planting cover crops are increasingly employed by landowners seeking to reduce their land’s carbon emissions. Measures like these, along with other measures aimed at different land-based activities, would be included as part of CARB’s next update to its Scoping Plan, a document which generally sets out the agency’s full range of policies aimed at addressing climate change.

Implementation of AB 2954 by CARB likely would require a multi-faceted, multi-agency approach. AB 2954 has received bipartisan criticism over concerns that it grants CARB too much authority over the agricultural and forestry industries, which are outside CARB’s expertise. Various legislators also have suggested that the bill should shift some of this power to the Department of Food and Agriculture or to the Natural Resources Agency. Agricultural groups expressed concern for the speed that the bill was moving through the legislature and for CARB’s ability to enforce the bill’s requirements. Despite these criticisms, the bill passed the Assembly’s Natural Resources and Appropriations Committees.

In other words, you might own the land but the State will tell you exactly how you can use it. That's how the Nazis economy worked.

It's about time we expel California from the Union.

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August 30, 2020

Looting Goes Mainstream on NPR

Dana Mathewson

Power Line's Steven Hayward pens this article, with extensive quotes. It shines a blinding light on the twisted, sick collective mind of the Left.

With lawlessness and organized looting threatening to take down Joe Biden (which is why I’ve been calling the riots "spontaneous pro-Trump rallies”—have they filed their in-kind contribution reports with the FEC by the way?), we’ve seen leading Democrats like AOC say looting is just desperate people trying to get necessities. Like flat screen TVs and Nike shoes, though I haven’t been able to find the FDA’s nutritional guidance on any of these necessities.

In any case, NPR on Thursday offered an extended interview with Vicky Osterweil, author of a brand new book, In Defense of Looting. Here are some highlights from the interview:

For people who haven’t read your book, how do you define looting?

When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot. That’s the thing I’m defending. . .

Can you talk about rioting as a tactic? What are the reasons people deploy it as a strategy?

It does a number of important things. It gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage—which, during COVID times, is widely unreliable or, particularly in these communities is often not available, or it comes at great risk. That’s looting’s most basic tactical power as a political mode of action.

It also attacks the very way in which food and things are distributed. It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions. It points to the way in which that’s unjust. And the reason that the world is organized that way, obviously, is for the profit of the people who own the stores and the factories. So you get to the heart of that property relation, and demonstrate that without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free. . .

Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police. It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected. And also it provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure and helps them imagine a world that could be. And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about—that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory [sic].

What are some of the most common myths and tropes that you hear about looting?

. . . one is that looters are just acting as consumers: Why are they taking flat screen TVs instead of rice and beans? Like, if they were just surviving, it’d be one thing, but they’re taking liquor. All these tropes come down to claiming that the rioters and the looters don’t know what they’re doing. They’re acting, you know, in a disorganized way, maybe an "animalistic” way. But the history of the movement for liberation in America is full of looters and rioters. They’ve always been a part of our movement.

What would you say to people who are concerned about essential places like grocery stores or pharmacies being attacked in those communities?

When it comes to small business, family owned business or locally owned business, they are no more likely to provide worker protections. They are no more likely to have to provide good stuff for the community than big businesses. It’s actually a Republican myth that has, over the last 20 years, really crawled into even leftist discourse: that the small business owner must be respected, that the small business owner creates jobs and is part of the community. But that’s actually a right-wing myth.

A business being attacked in the community is ultimately about attacking like modes of oppression that exist in the community.

And these are the people who want to run this country. Good grief, as my dear brother-in-law likes to say. The rest of the article is here: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/08/looting-goes-mainstream-on-npr.php And please vote for Republicans in a few more months, folks -- we need to keep the adults in charge of the asylum!

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Old Joe at Home

Timothy Birdnow

Here's another little ditty. Sung to Stephen Foster's Old Foks at Home:

Way down upon the Swampy River, Joe made his pay
That's where his wallet's ever filling
that's where he's desperate to stay
all up and down the Eastern Seaboard,
sadly he roams
hoping that  his inauguration
Will save him from the nursing home.

Refrain:

How the polls are sad and dreary
Trump may stay in that dome
Oh dear Lord he might be like John Kerry
could he really lose to that gnome?

All 'round the planet he did wander
when he was veep
lot of campaign dollars he did launder
and sniff little girls hair (the creep)
When his son was skimming Ukraine money
Joe was fast asleep
and Obama might have thought it funny
But Joe got in way too deep.

How the polls are sad and dreary
Trump may stay in that dome
Oh dear Lord he might be like John Kerry
could he really lose to that gnome?

A boy from Delaware moved to the big time
Half a century now
sadly he's been mired in muck and swamp slime
it's past time he take a bow

How the polls are sad and dreary
Trump may stay in that dome
Oh dear Lord he might be like John Kerry
He wants to stay out of a home





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The BLM Races

Timothy Birdnow

This was originally called The OWS Camptown Ladies but I rewrote it for the current revolution. Sung to the tune of Camptown Races:

The  Black Lives Looters sing this song
doo-dah, doo-dah
I'm way too drunk and I've lost my bong
oh-da-doo-dah-day!

Gonna raise hell all night,
gonna get drunk all day
We've got no money we're a rent-a-mob
and the bourgeois pigs will pay!

Those right wing cops have me annoyed
doo-dah, doo-dah
We're all worked up by Blake and Floyd
Oh-da-doo-dah-day!

Gonna raise hell all night,
gonna get drunk all day
We've got no money we're a rent-a-mob
and the bourgeois pigs will pay!

We smash out windows and steal teevee's
doo-dah, doo-dah
we burn down shops and bend our knees
oh-the-doo-dah-day!

Gonna raise hell all night,
gonna get drunk all day
We've got no money we're a rent-a-mob
and the bourgeois pigs will pay!

We stink, we're loud, and quite irate
doo-dah, doo-dah
we all demand a Marxist state!
oh-da-do-dah-day!

Gonna raise hell all night,
gonna get drunk  all day
We got no money, We're a rent-a-mob
and the bourgeois pigs will pay!

We have no money to pay the rent
doo-dah, doo-dah
so we wait for our checks from the government
oh-da-do-dah-day!

We riot and loot to avoid real jobs
doo-dah, doo-dah
It's much more fun to be a rent-a-mob
oh-da-do-dah-day!

We only want what we deem fair
doo-dah, doo-dah
free food and schools and free healthcare
oh-da-do-dah-day!!

So we hang around and smoke our dope
doo-dah, doo-dah
though desperately we need some soap
oh-da-do-dah-day

We're going to spit on the police
doo-dah, doo-dah
And when arrested we'll get release
oh-da-do-da-day

Gonna raise hell all night,
gonna get drunk  all day
We've got no money we're a rent-a-mob
and the bourgeois pigs will pay! more...

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Jersey Teen Billed for Police Overtine

Timothy Birdnow

Now they're starting to get it!

N.J. teen who held Black Lives Matter protest gets hit with $2,500 bill for police overtime

Of course, ultimately some Soros-funded street "community organizers" will pay this bill. Congress should pass a law holding organizers personally responsible for police protection and cleanup for any such "protest". That would go a long way to stopping this.

UPDATE: The Democratic mayor rescinded the order

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Nuclear Power as BACKUP?

Timothy Birdnow

Isn't building a nuclear plant as a backup to wind and solar rather like putting the cart before the horse? You can't turn it off, after all. Why not make it your primary energy source and be done with it? If you want wind and solar and a backup for that why not build a traditional gas or coal-fired backup plant? Methinks there is something dishonest in this.

Bill Gates Nuclear Venture Plans Reactor to Complement Wind, Solar Boom

The article says Gates is partnering with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and the U.S. government and plans to build these in the U.S. and overseas. How much money do you think will come from the U.S. taxpayer? I'll wager the money will be given but they'll never get built in the U.S. at all. Seems like a scam to me. Hat tip: Walter Ohlinger.

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Leftist D.A. Orders Cops to Determine "Need" When Making Looting Arrests

Timothy Birdnow

Now police are going to have to consider whether a looter "needs it" before arresting them!

Soros-backed Contra Costa County D.A. Diana Becton - besties with St. Louis' very own prosecutorial panderer Kim Gardner - put out a "looting guideline" ordering the police to consider the needs of the looters.

I wonder; if they come for HER stuff will she be so quick to forgive them based on their obvious need?

The inmates are running the asylum.

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Corona Urine

Timothy Birdnow

Now urinals are to blame for spreading Wuhan virus.

How long before they start demanding we put little masks over our male members when using public toilets? Permeable membranes designed to let the urine out but block the viruses! Yeah; that's the ticket!

We've gone mad.

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Minnesota Now a Battleground

Timothy Birdnow

Minnesota is now in play.

A riot or two has a way of sobering people up - even in leftist Minnesota.

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August 29, 2020

Nearing Herd Immunity?

This from Joseph Bast:

Excellent analysis of the possibility that "herd immunity” to COVID-19 might already be near.

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Musk Rat Love

Timothy Birdnow

Is Elon Musk a Conservative? Maybe so.

Is Elon Musk a Republican?

Actually Musk says no.

In a more recent 2018 tweet, Musk said he is a registered independent.

"To be clear, I am not a conservative. Am registered independent & politically moderate. Doesn’t mean I’m moderate about all issues. Humanitarian issues are extremely important to me & I don’t understand why they are not important to everyone," Musk wrote.

But then, a guy in his position may fear admitting he's on the more conservative side. It's how you have to play ball in our era of cancel culture and political correctness.

Musk is an engineer, and they are usually pretty conservative, largely because they have experience with reality. Wishful thinking doesn't make a machine work.

I don't know. Still, Musk is coming out with an alternative to Google and I'm eager to see if it gives us a fair shake.

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Russian War Games Off Alaska Coast

Timothy Birdnow

The Russians have conducted a major naval drill just off the coast of Alaska.

From the Daily Mail:

The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times.

Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that more than 50 warships and about 40 aircraft were taking part in the exercise in the Bering Sea, which involved multiple practice missile launches.

'We are holding such massive drills there for the first time ever,' Yevmenov said in a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry.

As part of the exercises, the Russian nuclear submarine Omsk surfaced near Alaska on Thursday, U.S. military officials said.

If the Russians wanted Trump to be re-elected, wouldn't they have waited until after the American elections?  Strange behavior for a political benefactor, no?

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Protecting Pedophiles in Australia

Timothy Birdnow

More and more it looks like all of Western Civilization is run by sexual deviants and perverts. This certainly suggests that is the case. But then I knew this was the planned end game for the "gay nineties" when they began the big push to normalize homosexuality.

Such a civilization is doomed.

Major victory' for paedophiles as baffling law is passed that could see rape and sexual assault victims thrown into JAIL just for telling their stories

From the article:

Victorian sexual assault survivors could be jailed for up to four months or face fines exceeding $3000 for telling their stories using their real names.

TheJudicial Proceedings Reports Act was changed in February, prohibiting victims from identifying themselves publicly if their attacker has been found guilty.

Thenew law applies retrospectively, meaning victims who have lawfully spoken out previously are now censored from speaking out publicly. Media outlets who defy the law can also be prosecuted and face fines of up to$8,000.

This would be a dream come true for Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, and so many other good Democrats.

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"Kitchen Riot" Arrested in Kenosha

Timothy Birdnow

Gas for generators or Molotov cocktails?

Seattle-based activists arrested in Kenosha after filling up gas cans

From the article:

The Kenosha Police Departmentsaid it received a tip from "a citizen" about suspicious-looking vehicles with out-of-state license plates arriving in the city amid violent protestsfollowing the police shooting of Jacob Blakelast weekend.

The officers followed the vehicles to a gas stationand identified themselves before detaining people inside the bus and bread truck, police said.The minivan tried to drive away, authorities said. Inside the vehicles, officers found helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks and suspected controlled substances, police said. Nine people were arrested.

Jennifer Schuerle, a Riot Kitchen board member, said the officers did not identify themselves and disputed claims the group was in town to engage in criminal activity.

Um, riot is in their name. That alone provides reasonable grounds for detaining them. Riots are illegal.

Guess these "chefs" are now getting grilled!

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