“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” —George Washington (1748)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
It is now clear that government lockdowns have proven disastrous for people and our economy. They have also been ineffective. According to the most recent summary of social-distancing measures published by Nature, “Stay-at-home orders did little to mitigate the pandemic spread.” The authors say there is “no evidence that the number of deaths/million is reduced by staying at home.”
But there is another reason well-governed states are lifting restrictive ChiCom Virus pandemic mandates.
In discussions this week with physicians who are career disease specialists, I noted these interesting data points. This information is receiving no mention by the Biden administration or its Leftmedia propagandists in order not to disrupt their perpetual “fear and angst” agenda — ensuring their constituents believe BIG Gov is their savior.
First, according to the CDC, in the U.S. there have been 29 million individuals who have tested positive for the ChiCom Virus and recovered.
Second, early in the pandemic it was estimated that the number of Americans who have had the virus but were either asymptomatic or recovered from mild flu-like symptoms was 10 times the number of diagnosed cases. That number is now more conservatively estimated to be about three times the diagnosed number. So at present there are about 87 million undiagnosed recoveries.
Third, thanks to the stunning success of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine-development program, 60 million people have already had one or both vaccine doses, and by the end of March the number of those fully vaccinated will be almost 100 million.
Thus, by the beginning of April, more than 200 million Americans will have COVID immunities.
According to Mayo Clinic experts, 70% of the population must have immunities intact in order to reach COVID “herd immunity” — that’s 220 million people. In other words, we are weeks away from reaching herd immunity, as predicted by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Martin Makary, despite the variants.
Of course, Makary was “fact-checked” for daring to suggest we would reach herd immunity prior to when the Swamp Doctor, Anthony Fauci, says we will. But the fact-checkers got fact-checked and Makary is correct.
Indeed, this week Fauci himself declared, “We anticipate … that the herd immunity level will be about 70-85%. That’s the time that we believe, if you look at the planned rollout of the vaccines, that we would hopefully get to that point somewhere by the end of the summer and the early fall.”
If 70%, we will reach that target by mid-April. If 85%, we should reach that target in May.
Last week, Joe Biden read these words from his prepared script: “We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May.” That is “every adult” including those who have already recovered but may choose to take the vaccine anyway.
What’s next from Fauci, “herd immunity when we reach 150%”? Is anyone paying attention to the basic math?
For sure, Fauci’s fake narrative fit all the faux Demo drama ahead of the party-line passage of their larded $1.9 TRILLION so-called “American Rescue Plan,” despite an economic recovery well underway.
Question: Should anyone be listening to anything Fauci says?
Behind Biden, the second most powerful and equally senile wax figure in DC is Fauci. He wields an enormous amount of power for an 80-year-old lifelong DC bureaucrat, having been in the bowels of various federal agencies since 1968.
Frankly, I never understood why Donald Trump did not tell Fauci “YOU’RE FIRED” last June, when Fauci admitted lying to the public about the effectiveness of face masks — or after any one of the countless times Fauci ventured far off the White House Coronavirus Task Force reservation with serial contradictions in celebrity media appearances.
Recall that once caught in that lie, demonstrating his signature unmitigated arrogance, Fauci insisted, “With all due modesty, I think I’m pretty effective.”
Fauci’s “modesty” and “effectiveness” notwithstanding, herd immunity is on its way! While those with significant comorbidity factors should take appropriate precautions, it is past time to reopen our country. Unlike Fauci, Makary is sticking with the science. As Dr. Makary advised in an additional Wall Street Journal analysis today, get the vaccine and go.
Finally, never again should we quarantine the most healthy among us and shutter businesses across the nation.
A record-breaking 9,500 unaccompanied juveniles illegally crossed the U.S. border in February. These children, most of them teens, are often exploited by coyotes — the seedy men who traffic people and drugs across the border. And these kids were just a sliver of last month’s 100,000 encounters with illegals reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Clearly, we have a crisis on our hands, and it’s a moral one at that.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also thinks there’s a moral problem, but that it was former President Donald Trump’s. “In the last administration, we had a morality problem,” Psaki lectured Wednesday. “Children were being pulled from the arms of their parents, and kids were being sent back on a treacherous journey. That’s not the approach of this administration.”
No, the approach of this administration is to fling the doors open wide for unaccompanied minors to be trafficked into this country without limits. Psaki even admitted as much: “We understand that means there will be more kids who are crossing the border. We made a policy decision that was the right, humane step to take.”
Likewise, Southern Border Coordinator Roberta Jacobson practically claimed the surge is the policy of the Biden administration. “There was a hope for a more humane policy after four years of pent-up demand,” she said Wednesday, “so I don’t know if I would call that a coincidence.” In fact, while speaking in Spanish, Jacobson also said, “The border is not closed.” Only several minutes later did she say in English, “The border is closed.”
She’s almost literally speaking out of both sides of her mouth.
Families often send a teen to the U.S. ahead of them, knowing that our policies favoring chain migration will eventually help them all get here. They’re willing to risk their own children for a better life in America. That doesn’t make the Trump administration “immoral” for closing the border to such shenanigans, and it most certainly doesn’t make the Biden administration moral for incentivizing gang activity and human smuggling.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” —Amendment 10, U.S. Constitution
It appears Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the state legislature are about to explore where federal immigration law ends and Texas’s ability to preserve the Rule of Law in general begins. Due to the utter fecklessness of the Biden administration’s immigration policies — which set a new record for illegal minors crossing the border — Abbott has launched “Operation Lone Star” in an effort to combat drug smuggling and human trafficking in his state. In conjunction with that effort, Texas state Representative Bryan Slaton (R-Canton) has introduced a bill proposing that Texas itself should complete border wall construction initiated by the Trump administration.
How chaotic has the Biden administration’s response to the border crisis been? On March 1, a clueless DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tore into the previous administration’s immigration policies, while insisting there was no border crisis. Eight days later, Mayorkas was asking for DHS volunteers to deal with the “overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the Southwest Border.” He added, “President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to balance all of the other critical DHS missions.”
That is, quite simply, a lie. As this writer documented in his last column, the Biden administration is not only releasing COVID-positive illegals from detention centers but allowing them to disperse themselves throughout the nation.
And this particular manifestation of gross irresponsibility isn’t about to stop anytime soon: In the last two weeks, the number of children detained in Border Patrol facilities has tripled, and more than 100,000 migrants have stormed the border over the past four weeks ending March 3, marking a five-year high.
Texas is fighting back. Operation Lone Star will integrate the Texas Department of Public Safety with the Texas National Guard. Air, ground, marine, and tactical border-security units will be deployed to high-threat areas in an effort to prevent Mexican cartels and other smugglers from moving drugs and people into the state.
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said in a statement last Saturday. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”
And if Slaton gets his way, a completed wall will also be part of the equation. “It is time for Texas to stand up and finish the work that President Trump started,” Slaton said in a press statement. “Let’s finish building the border wall now.”
Texas contractors will be given preference, and those who wish to participate will be required to participate in the E-Verify program that ensures workers are authorized to work in America. The bill also calls for a “border security enhancement fund” that instructs the governor to ask the federal government to reimburse the state for the costs associated with finishing the border wall.
Slaton wants it to be called the Trump Border Wall.
The same day Slaton unveiled his proposal, Abbott released a statement condemning the Biden administration’s “unconscionable act” of releasing COVID-positive illegals into his state. “Border security is strictly a federal responsibility,” it said. “The federal government alone has the responsibility to test, screen and quarantine illegal immigrants crossing our border who may have COVID. Instead of doing their job, the Biden Administration suggested it did not have the sufficient resources and, remarkably, asked Texas to assist them in aiding their illegal immigration program. Texas refused. We will not aid a program that makes our country a magnet for illegal immigration.”
Texas is not alone. Arizona and Montana have also filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration aimed at blocking regulations that limit ICE’s ability to arrest illegal aliens unless they are a national security threat, crossed the border after November 1, or committed aggravated felonies. “If asked about the poorest policy choice I’ve ever seen in government, this would be a strong contender,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “Blindly releasing thousands of people, including convicted criminals and those who may be spreading COVID-19 into our state, is both unconscionable and a violation of federal law. This must be stopped now to avoid a dangerous humanitarian crisis for the immigrants and the people of Arizona.”
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen agreed. “Meth trafficked into Montana by Mexican drug cartels has wracked our state. The problem will only be made worse if the Biden administration continues to allow criminals to stay in the country,” he added. “Enforcing our immigration laws and helping to keep Americans safe is one of the federal government’s most important functions. The Biden administration is failing its basic responsibility to Americans.”
Can these states succeed? In 2012, the U.S. Supreme court ruled against key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration. “The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion at the time. “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”
None of these states are undermining federal law. Rather, it is the Biden administration itself that is conspicuously refusing to regulate federal immigration law to abet its contemptible open-border/amnesty agenda. That agenda also includes requesting and receiving the dismissal of three requests to hear cases with regard to the Trump administration’s desire to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.
That sanctuary jurisdictions epitomize the defiance of federal immigration laws? Again, Democrats and Biden have long made it clear that “selective” law enforcement, a.k.a. the refusal to regulate, will remain the order of the day.
Thus, Texas, Arizona, and Montana will likely inform the nation about whether the Biden administration’s imposition of de facto anarchy via policies specifically designed to nullify federal enforcement of immigration laws is legally tenable, or whether the Rule of Law, border integrity, and the safety of the American public can be maintained on a state-by-state basis.
The entire nation will be watching.
More than two months have passed since the Capitol building was overrun by an angry mob seeking to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College, yet Capitol Hill remains a fortress, surrounded by 5,000 National Guard troops standing behind razor wire and barricades. Washington, DC, more closely resembles the capital of a third-world regime than the home of the United States government.
The Democrats seem to like it this way, and for the foreseeable future, that’s how it’s going to stay.
This week, the Department of Defense, at the behest of the U.S. Capitol Police, extended the National Guard deployment in Washington to May 23. The force will be reduced to 2,300, cutting the Guard presence in half, but checkpoints will remain in place, and plans are being drawn up to deploy mobile fencing and create a “quick reaction force” to be at the ready 24 hours a day.
The mob that rushed the Capitol on January 6 has been continuously leveraged by Democrats to push for a veritable police state in Washington and beyond. First, they used it as an excuse to impeach Donald Trump a second time. After that shamelessly unconstitutional sideshow, they then argued for a massive military presence for Joe Biden’s inauguration, with the 26,000 National Guard personnel at the Capitol vastly outnumbering the event attendees. Then, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called upon the Guard to remain until March 12, surrounding the Capitol and giving off the appearance that a military junta had just taken place. Maybe it had.
As the end of the Guard deployment approached, scuttlebutt arose of a QAnon-led mob planning to descend on the Capitol on March 4, under the supposed belief that Trump would be inaugurated president on what was the original Inauguration Day. Congressional Democrats talked up the threat incessantly, and Pelosi ginned up the drama by giving the House the day off “for their own safety” — time they used to share their faux fear and rage on social media over a mob that never materialized.
Regardless of the validity of the claim, the Democrats played it to the full. The direct result was the request to extend the Guard presence, much to the surprise of many troops currently deployed in Washington.
The Capitol Police were woefully (if understandably) unprepared for the mob that swarmed the building on January 6, and an investigation into their response to the incident was warranted. We should expect that the capital is protected from attack, no matter who the perpetrators are. Hiring additional police and deploying mobile barriers are within the realm of guaranteeing the safety of the capital and those who work there.
However, the Democrats are using the January 6 event as an opportunity to close off the nation’s capital from ordinary citizens, or at the very least make it difficult for people to approach the Capitol building. Like doomsday cultists, Democrats and their media lackeys keep predicting violence, then when it never materializes, they simply push their predictions further out on the calendar. They have not taken even a moment to revisit their very public prognostications of angry mobs, nor have they given any indication as to when this ginned up state of emergency will end. And that is what is most troubling.
Power once claimed is rarely relinquished voluntarily. The erosion of our constitutional liberties and the growth of the federal government are proof. The Democrats are following the playbook followed by tyrannical despots throughout history — use an emergency as a gateway to seizing greater power in the name of safety, then extend the emergency and label those who question their methods as being part of the opposition.
The U.S. Capitol belongs to the American people, and it needs to stay that way.
It’s a sickening sight, watching journalist Andy Ngo get pummeled by a pack of antifa animals in Portland. Not quite as sickening, though, as listening to yet another public figure beg for forgiveness after being called out by the cancel crowd.
The latest to so supplicate himself is Winston Marshall, 33, who plays banjo and lead guitar for Mumford & Sons, a British folk-rock band perhaps most famous for “I Will Wait,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013.
Marshall’s transgression? He had the nerve to express support for a newly released book by the aforementioned Andy Ngo titled Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. In a since-deleted tweet addressed to Ngo, Marshall said, simply, “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.” That was the extent of his transgression.
And then, as Matt Walsh writes, “Fans, the media, and fellow musicians came out swinging, labeling Marshall a racist, calling for him to be fired, and so on and so forth. They made it clear that there is essentially no difference between reading and enjoying a book critical of Antifa and pledging allegiance to Hitler after reading Mein Kampf.”
By Tuesday, Marshall’s publicists had determined just what his apology should sound like.
“Over the past few days,” he groveled, “I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed. I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry. As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. For now, please know that I realize how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behavior. I apologize, as this was not at all my intention.”
Got that? Andy Ngo, the gay guy who got set upon and given a brain hemorrhage by antifa, the guy whose Vietnamese parents were boat people fleeing the communist nation in the late ‘70s, is the “hateful” and “divisive” one. He’s got TWO “intersectionality” points, and he’s still persona non grata.
As Walsh continued, “To hint at even the mildest disagreement with the most radical fringes of the far Left is to profess far Right views, which is to be a bigot, which is to reveal yourself unworthy of inclusion in civilized society. This is the formula, clear and simple and totally insane.”
Far less insane, and far more hopeful as a way out of this Kafkaesque cancel culture, was the lifeline thrown to NBAer Meyers Leonard, who dropped an anti-Semitic slur amid a stream of obscenities while he was playing the “Call of Duty” video game on a public platform called Twitch.
Leonard, who will remain away from his Miami Heat teammates indefinitely, apologized in an Instagram post: “I am deeply sorry,” he said, “for using an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream yesterday. While I didn’t know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong.”
But whereas even some of Leonard’s teammates were quick to throw him under the bus, one man, New England Patriots receiver and one-time Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, took a different approach, tweeting out an open letter that began, “So we’ve never met, I hope we can one day soon.” It went on, “I get the sense that you didn’t use that word out of hate, more out of ignorance.” It ends with, “I’m down in Miami fairly often. Let’s do a Shabbat dinner with some friends. I’ll show you a fun time.”
Julian Edelman. What a mensch. Grace and forgiveness. What an idea.
On Wednesday, Facebook pushed back against antitrust lawsuits filed last December by the Federal Trade Commission and 46 state attorneys general. In seeking to have the lawsuits dismissed prior to trial, Facebook argued that the cases “do not credibly claim that our conduct harmed” either users or competing companies. Rather, Facebook asserted, the real motive for the lawsuits is an attempt by the FTC to have a “do-over” of its past decisions okaying Facebook’s purchase of competitors WhatsApp and Instagram.
The social media giant further contended that it has not harmed users because its “products are offered for free and in unlimited quantities.” Regarding the allegation that Facebook has essentially engaged in monopolistic and anticompetitive actions by cutting off access to its platform for third-party developers, Facebook claimed Supreme Court rulings have set a clearly established precedent that it was under no obligation to provide competitors access to its platform.
However, success for Facebook is not a given. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “Facebook will have to meet a high legal standard to convince a federal judge to throw out the cases before trial. In order to prevail on a motion to dismiss, the company must show that the plaintiffs’ factual allegations about the nature of the marketplace, even if accepted as true, don’t establish a valid legal claim.”
Facebook argues that it’s not a near-monopoly and therefore is not guilty of anticompetitive practices. Yet the very model of its platform is designed to monopolize — the monopoly is the point. The more users the platform has, the greater the ability for Facebook to generate ad revenue. Therefore, allege the FTC and the state AGs, to mitigate the threat of users abandoning Facebook for a competitor, the social media giant simply bought the competition.
It’s Facebook’s abuse via dubious and blatantly politically motivated censorship practices that has raised the greatest ire with users. Facebook tacitly admits as much by suggesting that the antitrust lawsuits were raised “for matters entirely unrelated to antitrust concerns.” It is most certainly not “entirely unrelated” — the monopoly makes the censorship all that much more consequential.
If there’s one thing the mainstream media would have us all know, it’s that Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. After all, that’s what it told us every time it played that endless loop of video with Floyd handcuffed and lying prostrate on the ground crying “I can’t breathe” while Officer Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine interminable minutes, well past the point of Floyd losing consciousness.
So a second-degree murder conviction in the trial whose jury selection began Monday should be a slam-dunk, right?
Wrong. There’s plenty of reasonable doubt as to what killed George Floyd.
And plenty of evidence, too. It’s just that we haven’t seen it. As Tucker Carlson said last night, “The effort to hide that evidence began immediately after George Floyd died. Everyone saw the footage of Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck. It was horrible. It is also confusing. When you watch it, you ask yourself ‘Why would a police officer act like that? Of course, it must be illegal.’ No one in the media thought to tell us that, in fact, using a knee to restrain an uncooperative suspect is the official policy of the Minneapolis Police Department. In fact, it’s taught at their academy.”
Think about it: If Chauvin were doing something he knew to be illegal or even merely at odds with official policy, would he have done it in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses? And would he have looked up so calmly at those who were capturing the whole thing with their smartphones?
It’s tough to see Floyd complain about not being able to breathe and to see Chauvin simply ignore those complaints. Why didn’t he listen, and why didn’t he take his knee off Floyd’s neck?
Because, as Roger Kimball notes in The Spectator, “A look at the police bodycam footage shows that Floyd was complaining that he couldn’t breathe before he was restrained by the police. Why? Because, as the FBI’s interview with the local medical examiner on July 8, 2020, revealed, Floyd was suffering from pulmonary edema, i.e., his lungs were full of fluid. And why was that? Partly because of an underlying heart condition, partly because Floyd was full to the gills with fentanyl, a drug known to affect respiration and cause pulmonary edema.”
Fentanyl. The same drug that killed Prince, Tom Petty, and tens of thousands of other Americans in recent years. Floyd had 11 nanograms of fentanyl per milligram of blood in his body. As the autopsy report states, “Signs associated with fentanyl toxicity include severe respiratory depression, seizures, hypotension, coma and death. In fatalities from fentanyl, blood concentrations are variable and have been reported as low as 3 nanograms of fentanyl per milliliter of blood.”
Whatever considerable distress Chauvin caused Floyd by putting his knee on his neck, it paled in comparison to the distress Floyd caused himself with that massive overdose of fentanyl.
But still, that knee to the neck must’ve kept him from breathing, right? Wrong. As Andrew Baker, the chief Hennepin County medical examiner, also made clear, “The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation.”
Suddenly, then, that slam-dunk case for second-degree murder isn’t quite so convincing. Because if Floyd didn’t die from asphyxiation, then he didn’t die from Chauvin’s knee. Maybe that’s why prosecutors put in a last-minute request — that the judge granted just this morning — to add a third-degree murder charge. Maybe that will stick, they’re saying.
If only Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison had played it straight and shared that bodycam footage immediately. Had he done so, he might’ve saved South Minneapolis and countless other communities across the country from the mob.
Instead, as our Thomas Gallatin wrote last week, “Ellison has overcharged Chauvin, making the prospect of conviction far from a given. Then, should the state fail to convict, Ellison and the ‘social justice’ Left will spin the narrative as yet more ‘evidence’ of their false ‘systemic racism’ claims, and the BLM mob will be ready.”
And so, downtown Minneapolis braces for a trial. And if, as it seems, a racially motivated conviction is the only thing that can keep us from another wave of arson, looting, and rioting, we’re in a terrible place as a nation.
Marching from February’s Black History Month, Michael Brown Sr. is requesting “reparations” for his son’s death. But you won’t believe who he’s demanding $20 million from — Black Lives Matter.
Yes, the infamous organization that took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 after Mike Brown Jr. was shot and killed by police. Black Lives Matter is being confronted by the black family whose son’s death it used to raise money. How dare these people seek restitution, right? Wrong. If reparations are to be paid, they should be given while the getting is good.
The call for $20 million comes after the organization revealed it raised $90 million in 2020. Did you read those numbers correctly? During an election year and through a pandemic, an organization based on race, transgenderism, lesbianism, defunding the police, white guilt, and the destruction of the nuclear family raised $90 million.
BLM released its 2020 impact report, which showed that the organization granted $21.7 million to multiple black local organizations and BLM chapters. But activists are calling for more assistance and accountability.
“We’re asking that Black Lives Matter leadership funds $20 million to Ferguson organizers, organizations, and community foundations to do the work,” International Black Freedom Alliance cofounder Tory Russell said in a video with Michael Brown Sr. “We’re not begging for a handout; we’re coming for what we deserve.”
In a video, Russell said they wanted “to hold Black Lives Matter accountable” and called on the organization for assistance for those on the frontlines in Ferguson.
“What kind of movement are we building where we’re saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ but the freedom fighters and the families are being left behind?” Russell asked. “Where’s our restitution? Where’s our organizing? Where’s our building of a movement?”
Michael Brown Jr. was killed by a cop, Darren Wilson, on August 9, 2014. Wilson was not charged for Brown’s fatal shooting, and Barack Obama’s Justice Department found it was a justified shooting. Yet Brown’s death sparked a wave of protests and uprisings in Ferguson and elsewhere, helping BLM gain more prominence as an organization.
Unfortunately, the only thing that makes Mike Brown Jr.‘s life memorable is his death at the hands of a white cop. If he were shot by a local black cop, there would have been no media frenzy or R.I.P. black death T-shirts being made. He would have died like he lived, and nobody would have cared to make a martyr or even paint a mural of him. Seven years afterwards, Black Death Matters even for reparations, but only when it conveniently fits the “white cop shoots unarmed black male” narrative.
What city will host the next “narrative” in 2021? It’s coming.
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Top of the Fold
- House passes $1.9 trillion pork-stuffed COVID bill (Fox News)
“The vote was 220 to 211 in the House. No Republicans voted ‘yes’ on the legislation. … Republicans said the legislation was unnecessary, too big and filled with unrelated liberal priorities, such as $350 billion for state and local governments. … Biden is expected to sign the bill into law at the White House on Friday.”
- New commonsense report urges reopening of schools (Axios)
“The report — commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and five other nonprofits — analyzed the conclusions of more than 130 studies of whether schools can be reopened safely. … Any benefits to closing schools are far outweighed by the grave risks to children from remote-only schooling — risks that intensify the longer it continues, the report says. The harms include academic loss — so severe that it could set children back for life — and mental health problems related to loneliness and isolation.”
Big Tech Oligarchs
- Free speech-suppressing Apple denies Parler’s request to be reinstated in App Store (Post Millennial)
“The company severed relationships with seven workers, mostly contractors, and developed a new terms of service in order to appease the big tech giants. The changes were apparently not enough to warrant re-entry onto the App Store, however.”
- U.S. orders 100 million more doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine (CBS News)
“Last month, HHS announced it purchased 200 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which each require a two-shot regimen. The administration’s order brought the total doses bought by the federal government from the two companies to 600 million, enough to fully vaccinate 300 million people, most of the U.S. population.”
- Pandemic pushed rural hospital closures to a record of 20 in 2020 (Examiner)
“As the pandemic worsened in March, most states ordered hospitals to discontinue elective procedures. For rural hospitals, that meant canceling a great many outpatient procedures. The Chartis Center has found that outpatient procedures account for an average of 76% of rural hospital revenue.”
- Mexican officials worried about Biden’s immigration policy is incentivizing human smuggling and gang activity (Examiner)
“The internal assessments further revealed that policies from within Mexico are encouraging migration to the U.S. due to COVID-19 vaccinations and protections for children. Those looking to cross the border have been implored to bring children with them, following a new law in the country that bars families with children who are seven and older from being returned to Mexico if border enforcement is unable to house them.”
- Biden administration to resume undeserved taxpayer aid to Palestinians (Disrn)
“The Palestinian government continues to spend international aid dollars on the ‘pay-to-slay’ program, where large portions of the money are given to imprisoned terrorists and their families.”
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
- Disney yanks several movies from Disney+ kid profiles (Disrn)
“The movie Dumbo is cited for having crows paying ‘homage to racist minstrel shows.’ Peter Pan is criticized for portraying ‘Native people in a stereotypical manner.’ The Aristocats movie uses a Siamese cat in a way that plays into a ‘racist caricature of East Asian peoples.’”
- A food chain in Washington, DC, wants you to know which products come from oppressed identity groups (Not the Bee)
“[Giant Food] will feature labels on more than 3,000 products, indicating if they’re women, black, Asian-Indian, Hispanic, LGBT, Asian-Pacific, or veteran owned.”
- Fewer than 1 in 5 support “defund the police” movement (USA Today)
“Only 18% of respondents supported the movement known as ‘defund the police,’ and 58% said they opposed it. Though white Americans (67%) and Republicans (84%) were much more likely to oppose the movement, only 28% of Black Americans and 34% of Democrats were in favor of it [emphases added].”
- FBI releases new video of suspect planting pipe bombs at DNC and RNC headquarters (UPI)
- Dow ends at new record above 32,000 (MarketWatch)
- In 70-30 vote, Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general (CNBC)
- In 66-34 vote, Senate confirms Michael Regan as EPA chief (Examiner)
- Left-leaning poll shows 53-32 favor banning biological males from women’s sports (Daily Wire)
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again: Eight senators propose extending Daylight Saving Time to year-round (Daily Signal)
- Policy: Washington must face the coming Medicare crisis (Daily Signal)
- Policy: Managing the economy: More than the Fed can do (National Review)
- Humor: American patriots dump Harry and Meghan into Boston Harbor (Babylon Bee)
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Insight: “To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” —John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Upright: “Having children is about life, and life is about caring for more than just yourself. Calling abortion women’s health care and thinking that your job is three times more important than bringing new life into the world is not a sign of a healthy culture with a healthy soul. If we want insight into our baby bust, this is what we should be thinking about.” —Star Parker
Observations: “Legal torts require damages; societal torts merely require a claim of damages, without evidence. No one can explain just how a drawing in ‘If I Ran the Zoo’ has contributed to actual racism; there are no recorded incidents of a single white supremacist citing ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’ as a formative source in his racist worldview. But any academic with a computer and a degree in postmodern nonsense can take those books off the shelves simply by claiming that offense is possible.” —Ben Shapiro
Nailed it: “Woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy.” —Senator Tim Scott
For the record: “When Brownsville officials tested migrants last month, over 6% tested positive. Some were willing to quarantine at local hotels paid for by charities, but many boarded busses for other parts of the country. Six percent sounds small, but 6% of 1 million migrants adds up to 60,000 — a steady stream of spreaders being knowingly dispersed throughout the nation. … Travelers flying into the U.S. must have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding, and another negative test is recommended after landing. But illegal immigrants get a free pass to bring the coronavirus to a bus terminal near you.” —Betsy McCaughey
The BIG Lie: “As our state legislators seek to turn back the clock through legislation that will restrict access to voting for many Georgians, I am disheartened, saddened, and angry. … The proposed changes appear to be rooted in partisan interests, not in the interests of all Georgia voters.” —Jimmy Carter
Non sequitur: “We are not trying to close our borders. We are trying to … create an effective, moral, humane system.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“There’s nothing ‘effective, moral, or humane’ about empowering human, sex, and drug traffickers to increase their activity across our southern border and in American communities.” —Rep. Andy Biggs)
And last… “What is Jesus’s most cancelable statement? In Matthew 19, he says God made people ‘male and female’ and points to Adam and Eve as the model of marriage. That would get a lot of other people canceled these days.” —Frank J. Fleming
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