Mid-Day Snapshot · June 22, 2021

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Not Satire: China Wants Nobel Prize for Wuhan Lab

Beijing deflects from growing consensus that the Wuhan lab likely unleashed a deadly global pandemic.

Thomas Gallatin

No, this is not a headline from our favorite satire site, The Babylon Bee: The Chinese Communist government brazenly claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) — the same lab most likely responsible for unleashing the global coronavirus pandemic — deserves to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

According to China’s state-run media:

The award is mainly given to individuals or research groups who have made or demonstrated significant achievements in the past five years. … China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson stressed at Thursday’s press conference that scientists working at the WIV should be awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine, rather than being blamed for being the first to discover the gene sequence of the novel coronavirus.

Why not the Nobel Peace Prize for killing at least 3.8 million people by lying about the virus in the early days when it could have been contained?

In its appeal, Beijing highlights the work of Shi Zhengli, famously (or infamously) nicknamed the “Bat Woman” due to her study of bat coronaviruses, as well as the director of the WIV biosafety lab, Yuan Zhiming. Shi recently claimed that “bat viruses in China could be studied in BSL-2 labs because there was no evidence that they directly infected humans.” For context, BSL-2 labs work with what are considered moderately dangerous viruses like hepatitis or HIV, whereas BSL-4 labs are the highest level of control and containment for those viruses considered most dangerous and contagious, such as ebola.

Political analyst Jim Geraghty observes:

Shi’s argument wants it both ways. Part of the argument in support of the zoonotic theory of SARS-CoV-2’s origins is that new viruses jump from animals to people all the time, and thus that is what most likely happened in this case. … [At the same time], it’s extremely unusual for bat viruses to infect human beings — which makes SARS-CoV-2 extremely different from most viruses found in horseshoe bats, suggesting something about the virus may have changed or been altered to make it more contagious among human beings. Or another option is that it isn’t so rare for bat viruses to infect human beings, which would suggest that these viruses shouldn’t be studied in BSL-2 laboratories. Pick one.

In other words, Shi’s assessment of the nature and danger of coronaviruses is a transparent attempt to deflect away from the growing international consensus for the origin of COVID being a leak from the Wuhan lab, and thus the accompanying blame put on the ChiCom regime.

Speaking of the lab leak theory, part of the explanation for the sudden about-face taken by both the Biden administration and mainstream media over COVID’s origins — going from calling it a fringe conspiracy theory to now entertaining it as the most plausible source — may have to do with a rumored defection of a top Chinese official. It’s being reported that China’s number two official in charge of the Ministry of State Security (MSS), Dong Jingwei, weeks ago defected to the U.S. and brought with him valuable information exposing Beijing’s knowledge of COVID’s origins.

Regardless, the deadly truth is that the ChiComs lied big and are now aiming to shore up the lie by boldly demanding a prize for it.

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Senator Whitehouse’s White Privilege

The Rhode Island Dem’s membership in an all-white beach club is the embodiment of his party’s hypocrisy.

Douglas Andrews

With the possible exception of Arkansas’s John Boozman, the best name in the U.S. Senate belongs to Sheldon Whitehouse. There simply isn’t another member of the upper chamber whose name rolls off the tongue as smoothly and sweetly, or that conjures up such images of competence, sobriety, and dignity. Put simply, if Mitt Romney looks like a president, “Sheldon Whitehouse” sounds like a president.

Unfortunately for the Rhode Island Democrat, that’s as far as the comparison goes. When it comes to the important work of the Senate, Whitehouse is all hat and no cattle, and his colleagues know it. As we’ve documented before, he’s a hard-left hater of the First and Second Amendments, he routinely ascribes ill will to his Republican opposition, and he’s inclined to invoke the RICO statute on those who wonder whether global warming climate change is every bit the existential threat that he thinks it is. His infamous exchange with then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh showed the rest of the world just how unserious the senator with the serious-sounding name is.

Worse yet, but not at all surprising, Whitehouse is a hypocrite with a clear-cut preference for racial homogeneity. “As the nation prepared to celebrate Juneteenth and the end of slavery in America,” writes Andrew Stiles in the Washington Free Beacon, “at least one Democrat was pushing back against his party’s woke obsession with racial equity.”

That one anti-equity Democrat would be Whitehouse, whose been dragging his feet for years about his membership in an all-white beach club in the elite oceanside town of Newport. Last week, a local reporter finally caught up with him to inquire about his progress toward integrating Bailey’s Beach Club — a promise he’d made back in 2017 after having pledged to cancel his club membership 11 years before that. It didn’t go well.

“I think the people who are running the place are still working on that,” said the senator, “and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet.” But not to worry, he says, such clubs have “a long tradition in Rhode Island.”

Suffice it to say, Whitehouse’s word appears to be nearabout worthless, and he appears to be about as influential with his fellow lily-white beach-clubbers as he is with his senatorial colleagues. As Stiles put it, “Opponents of white supremacy will have to pry his Bailey’s membership from his cold dead hands.”

All this is of a piece, though, with the Democrat Party’s free pass on issues of race. Were Whitehouse a Republican, his Senate colleagues would be holding hearings by now. As commentator Lisa Boothe quipped, “Whitehouse is a member of a whites-only beach club, the Gov of Virginia either wore black face or a Ku Klux Klan robe, and Joe Biden said he didn’t want his kids to grow up in a racial jungle. But Democrats want to lecture about racism in America.”

That pretty much sums things up.

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Nepotism in Biden’s White House

It turns out his “American Families Plan” is to hire his staff’s families.

Nate Jackson

The entire reason Hunter Biden’s profitable corruption was (or should have been) big news isn’t because it was Hunter Biden, but because Joe Biden was behind it. Scranton Joe was the “big guy” running the family show from the Senate and then from his position as Barack Obama’s vice president. Joe’s family found his “public service” to be quite lucrative. It shouldn’t be any surprise that nepotism continues in Biden’s own administration.

If you prefer, don’t take our word for it. Take the word of The Washington Post, which reports that despite Biden’s promises not to employ his family members, his “vow did not extend to his senior staff and their relatives” because “at least five children of his top aides have secured coveted jobs in the new administration.”

And take the word of Obama’s director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub. Reacting to the Post’s story, Shaub had some strong words:

I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing any criticism of him. But this royally sucks. I’m disgusted. A lot of us worked hard to tee him up to restore ethics to government and believed the promises. This is a real “f-ck you” to us — and government ethics.

EVEN THE F-ING HEAD OF PRESIDENTIAL PERSONNEL, WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE KEEPING THEM HONEST, HAS A CHILD WHO’S A RECENT COLLEGE GRAD WORKING IN THE ADMINISTRATION. AND THE SPOUSE OF THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. This is ridiculous. What a f-cking failure.

At least it’s not as bad as Donald Trump’s White House, Shaub and the Post couldn’t help but saying.

Now, is this the end of the Republic? Hardly. We’ve survived far greater scandals than the director of presidential personnel having a daughter hired by the administration.

Yet it’s just one more sign of Biden’s hypocrisy. “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy,” Biden declared in January. “And nobody has an office in this place.”

Not from his family, at least, and not “in this place.” But his son made plenty of Biden bucks peddling influence in China and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, his press secretary, Jen Psaki, and her deputy, Andrew Bates, each took pains to defend Biden with the same refrain. “We have the highest ethical standards of any administration in history,” insisted Psaki. Bates added, “The president has instituted the highest ethical standards of anyone to ever hold this office.”

Sure thing.

On a final note, Hunter Biden is selling “art” for $500,000 a pop. Shaub doesn’t like that either, saying, “The notion of a president’s son capitalizing on that relationship by selling art at obviously inflated prices and keeping the public in the dark about who’s funneling money to him has a shameful and grifty feel to it.”

But hey, if a president’s former crack addict son can’t blow paint through a straw and cash in, what is the American Dream anyway?

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No Wonder Grassroots Patriots Fear Election Theft

Leftists and Never-Trumpers are busy incessantly casting conservatives as morally evil.

Harold Hutchison

The Left has often claimed that the rhetoric of conservatives causes violence. For instance, take the false accusations over the years that Sarah Palin incited the Tucson shooting that killed six and left a dozen wounded, including Representative Gabby Giffords, critically so. But when it comes to incidents like the attempted assassination of Steve Scalise (and others) by a Bernie Sanders-supporting Rachel Maddow superfan, the Left and the establishment don’t say much, even when there seems to be a much stronger link between the rhetoric and the violence.

That’s why some recent comments on social media deserve notice. When Joe Biden took cheap shots at Donald Trump and the Republican Party at the G7, Jonah Goldberg of The Dispatch, among numerous others, rebuked him. But Matthew Dowd, a former ABC bigwig whose Twitter profile claims “Democrats are only vehicle today to save the Republic,” responded by claiming the GOP is “an antidemocratic entity,” going on to say that “our politics will only be detoxified if the gop [sic] as it currently constituted is gone.” Ron Fournier, formerly an AP “journalist,” added a comment implying that “terrorist-backing, anti-democratic forces” are fair game.

Those social media exchanges only reinforce what we noted when we called out David French, also of The Dispatch, for falsely claiming conservatives were lying when we said the Left hates grassroots Patriots and seeks to silence them. Our commentary in February, when left-wing “national security experts” openly compared the Republican Party to a terrorist cell that would be raided or bombed, also touched on the dangerous rhetoric coming from the Left. While we have said those who broke the law on January 6 should be punished, we also have said that the reckoning needs to extend across the board.

But part of that reckoning includes addressing the past. Grassroots Patriots who have seen themselves smeared as racists (or worse) over the years have every right to question what that rhetoric — and the Republican/conservative establishment’s failure to stand up to it — could lead people to do.

The smears continue, with an accident being falsely portrayed as a terrorist attack, and then Florida Governor Ron DeSantis facing phony claims he enabled it.

Dennis Prager has not been wrong to point out that the constant portrayal of Trump as an illegitimately elected Russian puppet who thought white supremacists were “very fine people” and was an existential threat to democracy could have not just had effects on the 2020 election, including the need to “fortify” it. That rhetoric also probably provoked violence against conservatives as well. Just ask the attendees of this year’s Western Conservative Summit and the journalists who covered it.

When a former media bigwig says the only way to detoxify politics is to wipe out the GOP, and another once-prominent reporter paints Biden’s political opponents as “terrorist-backing, anti-democratic forces,” it’s fair to question whether the Biden administration is scheming to weaponize the Justice Department against political opponents, particularly given the track record of abuses and lies grassroots Patriots have witnessed.

The Left and “Never Trump” types can try to gaslight about “norms and standards” all they want, and they can try to paint grassroots Patriots as paranoid. But the fact is, what comes out of their own mouths and keyboards often prove grassroots Patriots are right to fear what the Left’s hateful rhetoric can lead to — that things won’t stop with a “fortified” election.

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Dems Lecture Catholic Bishops After Abortion Rebuke

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes communion for lawmakers who promote abortion.

Thomas Gallatin

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 168-55 on Friday in favor of drafting “a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church,” which could be used by church bishops to deny communion to politicians who support abortion. Last month, we noted that the bishops planned to consider such a formal statement, and they voted overwhelmingly to do so despite the Vatican advising against such action.

The vote was seen as a clear rebuke of leading Catholic Democrats like Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who dubiously claim to uphold the teachings of the church while fiercely working to undermine them, particularly in promoting abortion — even to the extent of advocating taxpayer funding of abortion. The vote approving the drafting of an official statement is the first step. Fox News reports, “The new Communion document isn’t finalized yet and at least two-thirds of the bishops would have to vote to adopt the language at their next gathering slated for November.”

Predictably, Democrat lawmakers reacted with heavy condemnation, charging the bishops with “weaponization of the Eucharist” in order to target Democrats. In an official statement from nearly 60 Democrat representatives, they urged the bishops “not to move forward and deny this most holy of all sacraments, the source and the summit of the whole work of the gospel, over one issue.”

Democrats didn’t stop there. These lawmakers sought to dictate to the Catholic bishops how they should act and what doctrines they should teach and believe. “No elected officials have been threatened with being denied the Eucharist as they support and have supported policies contrary to the Church teachings,” the lawmakers said, “including supporting the death penalty, separating migrant children from their parents, denying asylum to those seeking safety in the United States, limiting assistance for the hungry and food insecure, and denying rights and dignity to immigrants.” In other words, according to these Democrats, the bishops’ failure to aline church doctrine with the Democrats’ leftist political agenda makes them hypocrites. Whatever happened to the Left’s often-voiced “separation of church and state” dogma? Evidently, that myth only flows one direction.

Unlike the other Democrats, Biden retreated behind the “it’s personal” bromide. “Joe Biden is a strong man of faith,” insisted his press secretary, Jen Psaki. “As he noted just a couple of days ago, it’s personal. He goes to church, as you know, nearly every weekend.” She added, “He doesn’t see it through a political prism and we’re not going to comment otherwise on the inner workings of the Catholic Church.” And he’ll keep attending Mass.

Political prisms? Biden is the same bad Catholic who as a candidate promised to keep attacking nuns over ObamaCare birth control mandates. That’s because, contrary to Psaki’s assertion, Democrats see everything through a political prism.

Meanwhile, Pelosi, one of the biggest offenders of Catholic teaching against abortion, was unwilling to identify whether a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being. When pressed by a reporter, Pelosi responded, “Let me just say that I’m a big supporter of Roe v. Wade. I am a mother of five children in six years. I have some standing on this issue as to respecting a woman’s right to choose.”

The Democrats promoting abortion simply refuse to acknowledge or even consider the rights and lives of preborn children, which is exactly why these bishops voted to issue a public rebuke and warning to Catholic politicians advocating for the termination of innocent life in the womb. We certainly hope this serves as a wake-up call.

As a footnote, a new poll shows that three-quarters of professing Catholics believe that politicians who support abortion should be denied communion.

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CNN’s Desperate Don Goes Race-Crazy

Don Lemon can’t seem to stop talking about Donald Trump, and about what a racist country we live in.

Douglas Andrews

CNN’s Don Lemon (pronounced lay-MOH) has some serious problems. He’s a first-class narcissist, a prime-time anchor for the worst-performing and most embarrassingly leftist cable news network around, and he can’t stop thinking about race.

Recently, he sat for an interview with The Washington Post Magazine — mostly to schlep his new book, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism, but also to talk about what a horrible country the United States is for black people, and how there’s this “false reality that we’re living in a post-racial world after the election of Barack Obama.”

That whole twice-elected Obama thing was all BS, Lemon says.

If it’s BS, as he says, it’s because race pimps like him keep obsessing over race, and obsessing over the relatively rare instances of white-on-black crime and unjustified police violence against black men, while utterly ignoring the much more common occurrence of black-on-white crime and the black-on-black genocide occurring every day in our Democrat-controlled urban centers.

“We’re living in two different realities as Black and White people,” he complained to The Post’s Eric Easter last week. “We knew, as Black people, what was lurking beneath the surface. I still believe that [Trump] was the necessary wake-up for America to realize just how racist it is.”

Lemon laughably laments “five years of talking about Donald Trump for two hours a night. Growing sick and tired — as my mom and grandmom would say — of the bullsh-t and giving false equivalence to the bigotry, lies and hatred.” Of course, Donald Trump carried CNN for the past five years, and Lemon should thank him for it. No more Trump, no more hatefest, no more viewership.

Lemon then goes on to blame Trump’s America for the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, and to decry the apparent lack of justice in a nation where more than 90% of murdered blacks are killed by other blacks:

We constantly see Black bodies being killed. How long are we going to have to hold Black bodies up to get justice? That is a constant struggle every single night. That is a journalistic dilemma that we have to deal with every night. How much do we show? How much should you hear? Should it be wallpaper? Does it diminish the impact of it by people becoming immune to it? We do struggle with those discussions — and we should struggle with them.

Setting aside the weirdness of the “black bodies being killed” construction, maybe CNN’s ratings would be a bit better if they struggled less with those types of discussions and struggled more with accurately reporting the news.

As for the “two different realities” Lemon speaks of, if he means one rich and privileged, and one poor and patronized, he’s probably right. He belongs in the former category, of course, living as he does in a $4.3 million home in tony Sag Harbor, New York. As Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson pointed out last night, “He lives in one of the whitest towns in America. In fact, 80%, Sag Harbor is just 3% African American. In the interview, Mr. Lemon said America needs to see more people like him. He regularly lectures America about diversity. What he didn’t tell The Washington Post is that in his free time he runs away from diversity.”

Lemon has a flair for both the idiotic and the melodramatic, as when he says, “I don’t know if America sees Black people and especially Black gay men as fully human, and as deserving of the American Dream.” But he also wants white America to know that he’s here for us, here to shepherd us through the racial thickets:

Whether we like, as Black people, being the teachers or helping to guide White people through racism — it’s uncomfortable sometimes, it’s tiring — unfortunately to some degree you have to do it, because otherwise they may take the wrong actions, and we want people to do it the right way. And the right way is by understanding and seeing our humanity.

What’s uncomfortable and tiring is to hear a rich, privileged, patronizing black man like Don Lemon lecture the rest of us on race. No wonder his network’s ratings are in the toilet.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

National Security

  • More than 600 vets release letter denouncing “woke” military and socialism in U.S. (AMN)
  • Kevin McCarthy offers “eight pillar” plan to hold China accountable for COVID pandemic (Daily Signal)
  • Georgia hospital system hit with ransomware attack following Biden-Putin summit (Fox Business)
  • Hacker attempted to taint San Francisco drinking water (Fox Business)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Nellis Air Force Base hosts first-ever drag queen show, stupidly asserts it’s “essential to the morale, cohesion, and readiness of the military” (Breitbart)
  • Violence breaks out at various Juneteenth celebrations across the country (Daily Caller)
  • Olympics hit with backlash after New Zealand “transgender” athlete qualifies on women’s side (Washington Times) | “Like a bad joke”: Female competitor reacts (Daily Wire) | American “transgender” Olympian wants to burn U.S. flag on the podium (Daily Caller)
  • The backlash is real: As rebellion against Critical Race Theory grows, the Left turns to denial and dismissal (Daily Signal)

To Infinity — and Beyond!

  • Over 60,000 sign petitions to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Groundhog Day comes for the defense budget (RealClearDefense)
  • Satire: Female weightlifter suffers tragic testicle injury just weeks before Tokyo Olympics (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “American tyranny has come gradually, like a slowly rising river. Each of us does not realize the danger until the water comes in our door. Until then, it is merely someone else’s problem and a problem that we fool ourselves into thinking won’t reach us.” —Charley Reese (1937-2013)

For the record I: “I could make an argument that the first five months of the Biden administration have been the best of Vladimir Putin’s political life. Just from an economic standpoint, folks know that Vladimir Putin was 3-0 when it comes to pipelines. … But then Joe Biden gave him a political win. He invited the Russian dictator … to sit down with him. And, as a result of that, Vladimir Putin was on the world stage with equal billing with the leader of the free world, and he made no concessions.” —former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe

For the record II: “Vladimir Putin got something that the American people haven’t gotten. He’s had four hours with Joe Biden and an ability to conduct really a physical and mental assessment, evaluation and differential diagnosis. And why that’s important … [is because] as intelligence professionals, when it comes to foreign leaders, whether it’s videos or pictures, I mean, we look at every tick, every tremor, every bobble. … Vladimir Putin … a former KGB spy, a seasoned intelligence officer, had four hours directly with Joe Biden … who we all know fell up a flight of stairs for no apparent reason twice, someone who couldn’t remember the name of his own secretary of defense, couldn’t remember the name of the Pentagon, and someone who has uttered more incomprehensible words and sentences than any American would care to admit.” —John Ratcliffe

Re: The Left: “Crime is a problem all over America. It’s going to get worse as some of it is driven by gangs and drugs, which are pouring across the border in record numbers. But it is most prominent in places where the left is in complete control. At some point the voters of these cities have to wake up. By the way, I couldn’t help but notice the irony of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declaring racism a ‘public health emergency.’ Not only is this the same bigoted mayor who refuses to grant interviews to white journalists, she had the audacity to declare: ‘At almost every single point in our city’s history, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and well-being of our residents of color — especially those who are Black.’ Well, Democrats have dominated Chicago for decades. So, I guess we know who’s to blame for the city’s history of racism.” —Gary Bauer

The bottom line: “Critical race theory is bigoted, it is a lie, and it is every bit as racist as the klansmen in white sheets.” —Senator Ted Cruz

Stop digging: “It is essential as a scientist that you evolve your opinion and your recommendations based on the data as it evolves. … And that’s the reason why I say people who then criticize me about that are actually criticizing science.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

And last… “Tony Fauci is not acting as a scientist or a doctor anymore. He’s acting as a Democratic Party activist in a white lab coat.” —Senator Tom Cotton

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