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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Virginia's New AG Fires Civil Rights Division, Will Start Prosecuting Cases Dropped By 'Social Justice' DAs

 


Within hours of taking office, Virginia's newly sworn-in Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) cleaned house - firing dozens of lawyers, including those in the Civil Rights division - and announcing investigations into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudon County Public Schools.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Miyares notified around 30 staff members they're being let go - including 17 attorneys and 13 staff members. The attorneys include the solicitor general, Herring's deputies, and reportedly Helen Hardiman - an assistant AG who worked on housing discrimination.


It appears that the new Republicans running Virginia have learned a lesson from the failures of the Trump administration.  The biggest mistake that Trump made was failing to fire the bureaucrats who spent the entire four years of his term obstructing, undermining, and sabotaging his administration. 

A Fresh Wind is Blowing In Virginia

 CHANGE:

● VA Governor Glenn Youngkin Overturns Mandates and Takes on Critical Race Theory Immediately Upon Taking Office.

● New Va. Gov. Youngkin issues executive orders on COVID mandates, CRT and more. “Executive Order Number Two delivers on his Day One promise to empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.”

● Winsome Sears to make history as first woman — and Black woman — to be Virginia’s Lt. Governor.

UPDATE: Virginia’s New AG Fires Civil Rights Division, Will Start Prosecuting Cases Dropped By ‘Social Justice’ DAs.

Loudoun County won't release report on high school sexual assaults, but Smith family wants it made public

 Stories you won't find in the Virginian Pilot


So the investigation which might reveal what happened and what various board members knew about what happened and what they did about it can’t be shown to parents…for the sake of the families. That’s what they’re going with. Unfortunately for the school board, one of those families has already released a statement demanding the report be released: “The question must be asked—how can an outside independent investigation, funded by the taxpayers, not be released and is instead kept secret from the public?” The statement ends, “…our lawyers will reveal the truth during the course of our Title IX lawsuit against Loudoun County.”

Uh-Oh: Vials Of Mysterious Substance At Wuhan Lab Labeled 'Save For 2024 Election'

 

WUHAN—Well, this can't be good: an investigative journalist—a real one, not a "journalist" who complains about pronouns in videogames on Twitter—managed to infiltrate the Wuhan Institute of Virology. What they saw concerned them: for one thing, there appeared to be multiple vials of a mysterious substance, all of them labeled "Save for 2024 election."

Someone had scrawled the words on the vials in red marker, warning lab workers not to open the vials until they're needed in 2024.

"What's that?" the journalist asked in an audio recording from her phone.

"That? Oh, that is nothing!" replied one scientist.

"Then why does it say that on the vial?" she asked.

"Because we want nothing bad to happen in 2024 so we are going to release the bottle with nothing in it that year. For good luck."

She then narrowly escaped with her life as she saw the lab worker pressing the room's "release the monkeys" button.

"This, uh, doesn't seem good," said one political commentator. "I guess I shouldn't have thrown all those masks away."

At publishing time, sources had confirmed the handwriting was in English and matched Dr. Fauci's.

To Save Time, Biden To Ship 500 Million Free Masks Directly To Landfill

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The White House is releasing new details surrounding President Biden’s plan to send free facemasks to every American. In an effort to save time, the free masks will be shipped directly to landfills nationwide.
 
“The science tells us that wearing a high-quality mask over your nose and mouth probably might possibly help prevent COVID maybe,” said press secretary Jen Psaki. “Therefore, the President is committed to making sure every American has access to a medium-quality government mask manufactured by the lowest bidder.”
 
“That being said, we realize that anyone who wants to wear a mask probably owns several dozen already,” Psaki continued. “We also know that many others want your grandmother to die and thus refuse to wear masks at all. So, to save money, we’ll be shipping all masks directly to local landfills.” 

Joe Marsecci, chairman of the Masked Citizens Environmental Alliance, praised the Biden administration’s decision. “The decision to ship these masks directly to the landfill saves both time and money, as well as reducing carbon emissions from delivery and waste-hauling services,” Marsecci said. “The only thing more ecologically responsible would be dumping all the masks directly into the ocean.”
 
At press time, the White House was denying reports that Biden’s plan to purchase 500 million facemasks was in any way related to his son Hunter being named chairman of the board of a large Ukrainian facemask conglomerate. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Thursday, January 13, 2022

'A Battle for the Soul of America'

 




Even a blind pig, as the saying goes, can find a truffle once in a while. And when the porker in question is the Biden administration, including the president himself, any sign of acuity or even sentience is welcome. During last week’s orgy of Democrat schadenfreude over the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 “insurrection” of unarmed Americans wandering through the hall of the Capitol and taking selfies – when not being murdered by trigger-happy policemen – Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., delivered himself of this remark: “I’ve said it many times… we are in a battle for the soul of America.”

Well, it’s true – he has said it many times, especially near the end of the campaign in 2020. The phrase has been a staple of the Democrats’ repertoire of cliches, right up there with “good-paying jobs,” “build back better,” and promises to “shut down” Covid-19. And it’s also true that we are, indeed, a battle for the soul of America – although references to “soul” are pretty funny coming from the party of slavery, segregation, secularism, and sedition.

Let's go, Brandon! No joke.

Pretty funny coming from a party that traces its lineage back to slaveholder Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican party, and whose first vice president, Aaron Burr, shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers.

Pretty funny coming from the party that seceded from the Union upon the election of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln; took up arms against the United States; fought a bloody civil war; and assassinated Lincoln just a few days after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in 1865.

The Virginian Pilot's Sudden swerve on Covid - The Fisking

 The Headline:                                          Adapting to the virus

The sudden swerve is enough to give the reader whiplash.  Until Biden surrendered to Covid, the press (and that includes the Virginian Pilot) were all about eradicating the virus. Now suddenly, our press overlords tell us we have to live with it.

Better communication, guidance, testing, resolve all needed to fight COVID-19.

Wait, are we going to fight it or learn to live with it?  Think the common cold or the seasonal flu, both viral infections like Covid; do we constantly test for these?   

Just as the start of the new year provides individuals an opportunity for a fresh start, the omicron variant of COVID-19 should encourage public and health officials to rethink how our nation and our communities battle this disease from now on.

The hope for eradicating COVID is gone. We must find ways to manage the disease, to protect the vulnerable and to live with the virus in the safest, most workable way possible.

Biden gives the OK to admit that the virus will be with us and NOW the press decides that we must learn to live with it.  Something that got you labeled a conspiracy theorist mere weeks ago is now declared common sense. Many prominent virologists said this a year ago but were branded “fringe” by the CDC ,  Dr. “I am SCIENCE” Fauci and their allies in the press .

That should begin at the top. One year ago, President Joe Biden rolled out a comprehensive national strategy for battling the virus. It emphasized vaccinations, testing and other mitigation strategies, use of the Defense Production Act, and efforts to open schools and businesses.

The Pilot doesn’t explain how Biden’s “comprehensive national strategy” was any different from the plans developed by the previous administration.  Vaccines were developed under the Trump administration who also recommend looking for drugs to treat those who got sick, used the Defense Production Act to build ventilators and personal protective gear and advocated opening schools.  But that was in 2021 when the Pilot was blaming Covid on Trump and advocating closing in-person learning in schools.   

That strategy worked — until it didn’t.

Forget the fact that more people died under Biden than Trump.

COVID variants — first delta, then omicron — opened new fronts in the war on this virus.

Viruses mutate so the variants were totally expected, except to the Pilot’s editors.  In fact, viruses often mutate because of vaccines developed to manage the original variant. 

A stubborn reluctance to get the vaccine served as fuel for that fire.

Blaming the unvaccinated is becoming more and more laughable as the vaccinated are getting Covid despite getting the shot plus one, two, many boosters.  And it's begging to come out that the vaccinated are MORE likely to get the Omicron variant. 

And political differences proved too polarizing for some communities to overcome.

Right! Telling the people with natural immunity or who had medical doubts about the vaccines that they were killing grandma was not polarizing at all. Telling people who have their doubts about vaccinations that they would lose their jobs and could not leave their homes was not polarizing at all.

There are plenty of things the federal government should have done better, especially when it comes to testing. It is also inexcusable that Americans must translate instructions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control about proper testing and quarantine procedures, and Biden’s December announcement that his administration would provide rapid tests to Americans free of charge came months too late.

Having a test to see what’s making you sick is a good idea, but how testing is supposed to be THE key to adapting to the virus is never made clear.  If you test positive for Covid but don’t get sick, what does that tell you?  One thing it tells you is that Covid is not nearly as deadly as the hysterics in the press pretended. 

The strain of those failures is evident in Hampton Roads.

On Friday, Sentara Healthcare announced it would postpone “all hospital-based non-emergent [sic] surgeries, procedures and diagnostic testing” in order to handle the growing influx of patients infected with omicron. A Chesapeake testing event scheduled for Monday was postponed for lack of staff (again, thanks to COVID infections).

A real newspaper would ask Sentara just how busy their facilities are with patients who are there because of the virus or because they are there for other reasons but tested positive.  In New Yor City emergency hospital facilities were constructed, and hospital ships were deployed that were never used.  That influx of Covid patients never happened even in the nation’s epicenter of Covid.  Remember “two weeks to flatten the curve?”   Incidentally, how many of the staffing problems were caused by firing staff who refused to get the shot?

It’s not just affecting health care. Schools are returning to virtual learning because teachers or critical support staff — bus drivers, in particular — are infected. Government agencies are shutting their doors temporarily; Virginia Beach Department of Human Services was closed on Monday. More will follow.

It’s simply not true that schools are closing because teachers are infected.  Teacher unions are refusing to teach for a number of reasons.  Children are simply not in serious danger because of the virus.  Teachers are not in serious danger because they can be infected by students.  European schools have been operating regularly all through this epidemic.  But getting paid for not working seems to be something that teachers like.

Some have called this the “D.I.Y. wave” of COVID because Americans have been left to determine for themselves when to get tested (and how to find a test), when to quarantine (and for how long), when to get a booster (and where), when to wear a mask (and where it’s required), and so on.

This was once called freedom.  People decding things for themselves.  Evidently, our overlords don’t like this. 

Two years into the global pandemic, you might think that we’d be better at this. You’d hope that the self-proclaimed “greatest country in the world” could come together to battle a virus that’s claimed more than 835,000 American lives.

The Virginian Pilot continues to parrot this claim of deaths attributed to Covid.  It's a lie and  even the CDC is gradually forced to admit that dying of Covid and dying with Covid are not the same thing.  Apparently, the Pilot employs hysterics who form their opinions  by watching “The View.”

We should be capable of providing clear, straightforward guidance so Americans know what to do when faced with another wave of infections, at providing the tools so people can make smart decisions to limit the spread of disease, and at demonstrating the collective resolve needed to help health care workers and health systems endure yet another wave of illness and death.

Who is the “we” the Pilot talks about?  The  American people have been willing to go along, or been bullied inbto going along, by institutions that have been revealed as liars.  Incompetent liars whose lies have been spread by organs of disinformation like the Virginian Pilot.

The virus has evolved but we have not evolved with it.

At this point, we should be worried about hospitalizations and deaths rather than case numbers, to better focus our concern on the problem.

Again: who is the “we” the Pilot talks about?  Look at yourself in the mirror.

We should be making decisions about schools and businesses based on factors such as community infection and vaccination rates, to make every effort to keep them open and operational.

Who is the “we” the Pilot talks about?  Is this the Pilot that every day advocates that schools should be closed and people wear masks indoors, outdoors and while driving alone in your car?

We should be focusing efforts on vaccination, testing and mitigation measures (such as masks) but also improving ventilation and rethinking how we use shared public spaces.

All efforts should be made to protect the vulnerable, but our public policies will have to increase our capacity for risk.

We need better communication from elected officials — Biden, yes, but also Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin as he prepares to take office and those in local positions — as well as leaders in public health.

And we will need more from individuals, who shouldn’t need government to tell them to wear a mask indoors, but who do it because it protects themselves and others.

Another call for Covid theater.  Masks, especially the masks people buy in the story, don’t work to stop the virus.  It’s theater for the uninformed. 

Thoughtful adaptation is our only way forward. All have a role to play.

The role of the Virginian Pilot is to shut up and let people make their own decisions about their own health care and stop spreading fear and hysteria with fake data.  How about setting up a Truth Commission to force the press to admit the lies they have spread, not just in the last two years but in the 4 years before that.  That may be the way for the press to begin the long, slow road to rehabilitation in the eyes of the public.  The nation needs a press it can trust, not a press that spreads lies.

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Intellectuals have wreaked horrific devastation on much of the world, now it's America's turn

 Related: To quote Neal Stephenson, from In The Beginning Was The Command Line, “During this century, intellectualism failed, and everyone knows it. In places like Russia and Germany, the common people agreed to loosen their grip on traditional folkways, mores, and religion, and let the intellectuals run with the ball, and they screwed everything up and turned the century into an abbatoir. Those wordy intellectuals used to be merely tedious; now they seem kind of dangerous as well. We Americans are the only ones who didn’t get creamed at some point during all of this. We are free and prosperous because we have inherited political and values systems fabricated by a particular set of eighteenth-century intellectuals who happened to get it right. But we have lost touch with those intellectuals.”

That was last century. This century the intellectuals are trying to bring to America what they did to Europe in the 20th.

Why Do People Not “Trust the Science”? Because Like All People, Scientists Are Not Always Trustworthy

 

It sometimes feels like researchers are striving to give people reasons to doubt science in the age of COVID. In the most recent example, the DisInformation Chronicle discovered that, in one of the most widely read science journal articles of 2020, researchers wrote that it was a “conspiracy theory” to claim that the COVID-19 pandemic could have started from a lab accident in China. However, they violated publishing ethics by not disclosing that the article had been secretly edited by two scientists whose lab research involves genetically engineering coronaviruses.

Monday, January 10, 2022

What Makes Riots, Conspiracies, Cabals, and Insurrections ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’?

 Victor Davis Hanson explains.


If the Republicans take the House or perhaps even the Senate, what new norms will they inherit from the Democratic majority of 2019-2021? 

Will Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on national television ritually tear up the text of Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address and grimace while he speaks? Was that Speaker Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) intended vision of her new “narrative” for the 21st-century Congress?

Will the new majority, calling back to 2018, almost immediately begin impeaching an unpopular Biden? And will Republicans likewise dispense with a special counsel’s report, or with formal hearings with an array of witnesses with spirited cross-examinations? 

Will they establish a special committee to investigate the rioting of summer 2020? Perhaps, in the new cannibalistic spirit of the age, will they dig into which national political figures—or colleagues—communicated with the Antifa or Black Lives Matter riot leaders, or offered them bail?...

Will Republicans claim as reason to impeach Joe Biden that he failed to execute the laws as he swore to, by nullifying U.S immigration law? Was he not also guilty of an “abuse of power” and “obstructing Congress,” as he allowed 2 million aliens unlawfully to cross the southern border, during a pandemic without either testing or vaccinations, helping to spread the disease with reckless disregard? Will the new Congress subpoena generals to investigate the surrender and flight from Afghanistan, and especially who ordered it and why?

Would the Republicans follow the new norms and thus impeach a once-impeached and acquitted Biden a second time as he leaves office, and have the Senate try Biden in 2025 as a private citizen—again with neither a special counsel nor formal report—nor with the chief justice presiding over the trial, as the Constitution demands?

Will they appoint a special counsel to appoint a dream team of conservative lawyers? And would they allot a budget of $40 million and a lifespan of 22 months to get to the bottom of the Biden family pay-for-play syndicate, as federal investigators try to square Biden family expenditures and lifestyles with reported incomes? 

Trump in 2024? Maybe!

 Roger Kimball:  

Read the whole thing.

Is there such a thing as “Trumpism without Trump”? I do not know. I understand those who argue that asking for Trumpism without Trump is a bit like asking for sunshine without the sun. It was often said, sometimes thankfully, sometimes as a matter of fact, that Trump was sui generis. If that is the case, then it might well be that the message and the messenger are so closely bound up with each other that the effort to disentangle them is doomed to fail. 

I understand the concern about Trump’s vaunted “divisiveness.” But it is well to acknowledge this irony. The tsunami of hatred and vitriol that washed over Donald Trump since before he assumed office until the present moment was nothing if not “divisive.” It infected the Twittersphere as brazenly as any of Trump’s “mean tweets” about Jim Acosta, the “fake news,” or sundry other “losers.” Why was that not castigated as “divisive,” evidence of bad character, against the norms or civilized political behavior? 

We now know that the whole Russia collusion delusion was invented lock-stock-and-barrel in the fetid skunkworks of the Clinton campaign. We know, too, that it was seized upon and pumped up by an irresponsible media and the rancid outposts of the administrative state and its so-called intelligence agencies. Trump was cooked before he set foot in the Oval Office.... 

... But maybe there is something in the oft-urged point that two can play at incontinent temper tantrums. 

Why should the anti-Trump fraternity have a monopoly on that species of intemperate insanity? There might be some positive good achieved if the Left and the NeverTrump neither-Left-nor-Right were to suspect that they might themselves be the object of the sort of hysteria they have visited upon their opponents. There might be something salutary in making that sort of intimidation reciprocal. It’s worth pondering. ...

It’s too early, I think, to decide who the best Republican candidate will be in 2024. Age will certainly be a consideration. But so will the question of who gets to say whom the American people are allowed to elect. Not too many, I think, will be willing to hand over that honor to Liz Cheney and her smug, entitled, and repellent confrères.

Sunday, January 09, 2022

You lose your freedom a step at a time, and then suddenly

The truth about the Government's Covid plans

PENN’S TRANSGENDER SWIMMER LOST TO YALE’S TRANSGENDER SWIMMER IN A HOTLY CONTESTED WOMEN’S IVY LEAGUE 100 METER RACE

 From now on all women's sports records will be set by males.


Penn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who had been crushing her competition since joining the women’s swim team after three years swimming as a biological male, met her match Saturday in the 100-meter freestyle during a tri-meet with Yale and Dartmouth.

Thomas won the 200-meter and 500-meter races at Penn’s final home meet of the season, but she finished sixth in the 100-meter where Yale’s Iszac Henig, a transgender swimmer who is in the process of transitioning from female to male, crushed Thomas. Henig finished the 100 in 49.57 while Thomas touched the wall in 52.84.

Canadian military officer calls for a probe into a ground zero 'Covid' outbreak at Wuhan forces games TWO MONTHS before world was alerted to the 'mysterious new illness'


This looks very bad at many levels: China for creating the virus, Canada and the U.S. for aiding and abetting the cover-up, and especially Fauci who sent money to the Wuhan lab to create this monster.
Athletes from Germany, Italy, and France were also infected and came down with symptoms of Covid indicating that these military games were a super-spreader event that infected the whole world.


The whistleblowing military officer said the 168-strong Canadian delegation arrived in Wuhan on October 15 to find the city empty. 'There were skyscrapers as far as you could see but all the schools were shut, the cranes were not moving, there were hardly any cars and almost no one around,' he said.

'When team members asked about the deserted streets, they were told it was for their benefit. But I've been to previous Military Games and never seen this – and we were only 9,000 athletes in this big city.'

He said that after eight days, Canadian athletes began feeling sick with flu-like symptoms such as fever, nausea and exhaustion. 'I started to get symptoms just before the end of the Games. There were so many cases that a large portion of the plane back had to be quarantined for the sick.'

He felt so terrible that, driving home from the airport, he had to stop for three days to crash out at a hotel – and was wiped out for six weeks. Almost two years later, he says he is still suffering from what he thinks is long Covid.

 As soon as news of the pandemic began to emerge in early 2020, many athletes started discussing among themselves if they had been early victims of the new virus.

Yet no serology (serum) tests for antibodies were carried out, despite fears being raised with military doctors.

On January 22, Major-General Andrew Downes, Surgeon-General of Canada's armed forces, sent a memo telling competitors their risk of having caught Covid in Wuhan was 'negligible' since they had left the city 'well before the virus had begun circulating'.

The Canadian armed forces said there was no awareness of the virus at the time of the Games and 'there have not been any Covid-19 cases identified among this group'.

However, testing for the disease was unavailable in Canada until January 2020, so participants were not checked on their return.

The whistleblower said Major-General Downes's memo was followed by an email from the public affairs department ordering them not to talk publicly about their concerns. He admits to discomfort in disobeying such orders, but believes he has a public duty to speak out now.

 

Jamie Metzl, a World Health Organisation adviser, said that although it could not be confirmed if the Games were an early super-spreader event, it was critical such leads were followed up.

'Until we know how this terrible crisis began, it would be unwise and self-defeating not to turn over every stone,' he said. 'It would shock most people to learn there has been no comprehensive international investigation into the origins of the pandemic. This is unacceptable and leaves the entire world and future generations at risk.'

Dumb and Dumber (Nos. 22 & 23) Watching the Education Apocalypse in Slow Motion

 


THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU NOW SINCE DAY #1 OF DUMB & DUMBER. Banning CRT is NOT the solution. You’re going to get it no matter what, which is why you must #JustWalkAway. “Getting critical race theory out of public schools is harder than passing a law.”

Banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory and its tenets in public schools may not be as easy as passing a law. Idaho was the first of nine states to pass an anti-CRT law, and so far this new school year, some parents don’t see any change.

"In any way that they can get it in there, they get it in there, by using words like equity, teaching about white supremacy," said Kristen Young, a parent in the Nampa School District who formed a local chapter of Power to Parents.

WHAT EVERY SIX-YEAR-OLD NEEDS TO KNOW IN ORDER TO BE PROPERLY EDUCATED: “The New Sex Education.” Why don’t we just ...

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“The Failure of Public Schooling in One Chart.”

 


Saturday, January 08, 2022

MAKE JAN. 6 ASHLI BABBITT REMEMBRANCE DAY

 

Speaking to media in Washington, Babbitt’s mother, Micki Witthoeft, said, “I’m here to commemorate the 6th, to exercise my first amendment right, to support the prisoners who showed up for America on the 6th last year”.

Witthoeft said those who were arrested in the aftermath of the January 6 attacks “were suffering for no reason” and were “losing their businesses, losing their houses, losing their lives – lots of them for little more than carrying a flag”.

You know, the flag that won our independence from foreign tyrants and saved our country at Gettysburg when the Republicans of Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves own by Democrats. Those who assembled in Washington D.C. on Ja n. 6 were largely there to protest domestic tyrants that used their cash and big tech censorship to manipulate an election and turn the government of the people into a government of, by, and for the likes of George Soros and Mark Zuckerberg.

Jaw-Dropping: Almost $25 Billion In Donations For “Racial Justice” And Related Causes Since George Floyd Death

The wealthy foundations and oligarchs hate you and want you dead.  And they are willing to sue their tax-sheltered dollars to see to it. 

The first thing to do is to tax these organizations and send some of these people to prison.

Among the top funders are the Ford Foundation, at $3 billion; Mackenzie Scott, at $2.9 billion; JPMorgan Chase & Co. Contributions Program, at $2.1 billion; W.K. Kellogg Foundation, $1.2 billion; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $1.1 billion; Silicon Valley Community Foundation, $1 billion; Walton Family Foundation, $689 million; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, $438 million; and the Foundation to Promote Open Society, $350.5 million.




 What was exposed were truths that we have known for a long time: The left-wing race-based activism has funding of a magnitude right and moderate groups could never even dream of, billionaires and foundations are major funders, and the most radical ideas like defunding the police and CRT are some of the destructive results. The largest brand name foundations are against you and promoting damage to our society.