May 27, 2020 It’s a tiny slip of an island, just 110 miles off the coast of China. But a narrow stretch of water isn’t the only thing separating Taiwan from its communist neighbors. There, floating in the Formosa Strait, is a surprising patch of democracy. To most people, the thought is astounding. A boat ride away from one of the most oppressive regimes in human history, 23 million people go about their days free. And China can’t stand it.
Most Americans probably don’t give a second thought to Taiwan — except maybe to marvel at how a country with a Florida-sized population managed to stave off the coronavirus so effectively. But otherwise, the average person doesn’t pay the area much attention. That, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) argues, is where they’re wrong. Taiwan is one of the most important pieces of land in the Pacific — and if the West wants to teach China a lesson, it had better wrap its head around that — and fast.
For years, the island nation has been threatened by China with “reunification,” which is just a euphemism, former State Department envoy Christian Whiton points out, “for military invasion and conquest.” A violent end, he warns, of the 71 years of virtual independence from China. But why should Americans care? Apart from the fact that China is in everyone’s doghouse over the coronavirus — does losing Taiwan to the communists really matter? Continue reading
While news reports have said we are still a year to a year and a half away from the release of the coronavirus vaccine, we know that they are working hard to roll one out. Once it is released, the CDC, Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates have said they want to make it mandatory for everyone living in America and around the world.
Why is that a problem?
First, the vaccine is untried and untested. We have no idea the long-term consequences, if any, of the new COVID19 pharmaceutical cocktail.
We also do not know what is really in it.
We know that the majority of vaccines contain aluminum and formaldehyde, both which are toxic to the human body. Also aborted fetal tissue–both male (MRC-5) and female (WI-38) DNA is in Hep A and B, Shingles, Varicella, MMR and MMRV vaccines. (Could that be in part the cause of all the gender identity confusion as DNA from both genders has been injected into us and our children?) A new cell line from a 3-month old aborted fetus (Walvax-2), has been developed in Wuhan, China to create new vaccines. Will any of these cells be included in the vaccine?
And what else? Continue reading
The eagerness with which Gov. Kate Brown imposed a creeping lockdown on the State is astonishing. While initial decision to introduce a degree of social isolation to slow down the spread of the virus seemed justified, at least in the light of what we knew at the time, there is no scientific or legal basis for extending the lockdown beyond 28 days, without involving the Legislature, as is required by Oregon Statutes. Political motives seem to be behind this move; across the Nation, a number of allegations of foul play to slow down the economy and hurt Trump’s reelection chances have been made. I do not claim to read the Governor’s mind or know her motives. But I can see with a naked eye the damage to our economy.
Did the Governor act in good faith, addressing what she perceived as a dangerous emergency, to the best of her ability? Hardly. 28 days seems enough to convene a legislative session and consult medical experts. I cannot imagine the Oregon Legislature being so unreasonable as to deny the Governor necessary help in the effort to stop a dangerous epidemic. Regardless of her motives, the Governor inflicted lasting damage on our economy and demonstrated contempt of the Statutes and the Legislature.
The following is a letter I sent to the Oregon Supreme Court as amicus curiae in support of Judge Shirtcliff’s decision declaring the lockdown null and void. Now it is an open letter to the Court. Continue reading
None of the people locking us in our homes and out of our churches have to wonder where their next paycheck is coming from. Yet without batting an eye or showing an ounce of compassion, they have thrown 36.8 million Americans out of work. And they seem determined to keep us unemployed. They are already stoking panic over a possible resurgence of the Chinese virus in the fall, to keep schools locked down and people in a state of hysterical fear.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York is determined to send his shock troops into the breach by physically pulling folks out of the water who just want to take a dip at the beach. Meanwhile, Gov. Pritzker of Illinois is incarcerating his citizens in place while his wife gallivants off to their $2.3 million equestrian ranch in Florida. After returning from Florida, she gallivanted off to their third home in Wisconsin. “Leavenworth for you but not for me” seems to be the motto.
When churches have done their Lexington and Concord thing and defied tyrannical, anti-Christ edicts from their regressive governors they have won virtually every showdown in court. They have been granted victory after victory by judges who have a working familiarity with the First Amendment of the Constitution, a document of which our governors seem to have an abysmal ignorance. Continue reading
Metro has a history of breaking promises to voters. This track record continues with the Metro Affordable Housing Bond measure that was passed in 2018.
At the time the measure was passed, the regional government said the cost of new projects will be around $253,000 per unit. They also warned the costs could be much higher.
That warning is already proving true. Metro recently released cost data on the first four projects the agency has approved and committed funds for.
The average total cost for the four developments is nearly $365,000 per unit, with the most expensive project coming in at more than $405,000 per unit. This is 44% higher than what Metro projected only two years ago.
Because these are private-public partnerships, the Metro bond is not funding the entirety of the developments. Even so, had Metro placed a cap on bond funds distributed per unit, or a cap on the cost per unit of qualifying projects, we would likely see lower development costs.
Metro must be held accountable for its low-ball projections and its budget-busting cost increases. Every dollar wasted on cost overruns is a dollar that’s not spent on providing the affordable housing voters were promised.
Good government is services delivered. Metro has over promised and under delivered.
Rachel Dawson is a Policy Analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free-market public policy research organization.
Governor Jay Inslee of Washington has instituted, by royal decree, a regulation that turns any ordinary citizen who defies his Coronavirus testing edict into a criminal. In fact, such a person will not be allowed even to leave his home to buy food or pick up prescription medication.
This, of course, is for our benefit. It’s all a part of Inslee’s “Contact Tracing” program, which, we are told, is necessary to “box in” the Coronavirus. Inslee’s contact tracing involves interviewing people with positive COVID-19 tests to identify who they’ve been in contact with, getting those people tested, and then making sure they isolate themselves and their families.
At the press conference introducing this proposal one question kept coming up – what about enforcement? How will you ensure Washington State residents comply, and what if they don’t? One reporter asked the quite sensible question, “When it comes to contact tracing, how are you guys going to handle people or families who want to refuse to test or to self isolate?
“If they want to leave their home to get groceries, I know you’ve said they can’t do that; how will you make sure they don’t?“
Inslee’s answer is even worse than you might have expected. According to Lynwood Times reporter Luke Putvin, “For those businesses/individuals that don’t comply, the governor stated that he confirmed with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, there will be sanctions in civil or criminal court.” Continue reading
It didn’t look like recess. It looked like an elementary school jail. Instead of carefree children running around outside, the images from French journalists are almost tragic: little boys and girls, each sitting glumly in their own chalk-outlined box. To some parents, it was a sobering picture of what public education might look like in the fall. But to millions of others, it was confirmation — the time to homeschool is now.
There’s very little about life that the coronavirus hasn’t changed. For everyone in the world, it’s been a transformative time — but for parents of school-aged children, it’s been especially disruptive. And while having these routines turned upside down has been challenging, it’s not necessarily been negative. Moms and dads have had a chance to look at the traditional learning model and consider: is this really the best option for our kids? For all the frustrations about being stuck at home, it’s finally forcing parents who might never have thought about public school alternatives to take stock of what their children are being taught and how well they’re performing.
And guess what? The longer this goes on, the more parents seem convinced that at-home learning is better. In at least three new polls, anywhere from 15-40 percent of families say they’re ready to make the switch to homeschooling after the lockdown is over. Now, maybe that’s health driven, Mike Donnelly, senior counsel at Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) says, Continue reading
I’m not going to sugarcoat it; we are not guaranteed a single thing in this life. Not safety, not security, not happiness, not a good job, not comfort, and not convenience. Yet, that’s what we expect.
Dr. Fauci said something in a recent interview that was disturbing to me. He told NPR that he “can’t guarantee” a physical vote in November will be safe. What concerned me was not that he thought we might not be able to have a physical vote for the presidential election—something that would be an absolute disaster for our voting system as voter fraud would run rampant–no, it was the word “guarantee.” Since when did life, policy, governance, or decision-making operate on guarantees? Let me tell you when: never.
Nowhere in the Constitution are we guaranteed safety. Because it’s nonsense. I cannot even guarantee you will make it through this day. No one can. To use language like “I cannot guarantee” and then proceed to make statements regarding our nations safety is nonsensical, unnecessary, and will only result in further panic and uncertainty. But this is where we are. We live in a world obsessed with guarantees. Continue reading
One fallout of the Covid-19 crisis is its severe thrashing of our economy. Not only have all the impressive economic gains of the Trump administration evaporated, but we are now adding to our national debt in scary ways. I hope that all the bailouts are temporary means to solve a temporary problem.
To use an analogy: One of the saddest things about a midlife crisis is that permanent damage can be done to “solve” what turns out to be only a temporary problem. I pray that America won’t adopt the permanent solution of socialism to solve our temporary coronavirus crisis.
One of the most frightening things about the bailouts is that some people find that they are receiving more money for not working than they did when they were working.
Long before the crisis, we have seen the rise of popularity of socialism among the young in America. A Gallup poll about a year ago found that four in ten Americans embrace some form of socialism. Yipes.
In short, if we are not careful, this crisis could end up greasing the skids toward socialism. Continue reading
The CDC now acknowledges a death rate for coronavirus of 1%, a grudging admission that its earlier death rate estimates of 4% and higher vastly overstated the risk from this disease. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-covid-death.html But with additional antibody testing I have no doubt that that number will fall further, to a level comparable to common flu. https://www.biospace.com/article/multiple-studies-suggest-covid-19-mortality-rate-may-be-lower-than-expected-/ Similarly, notwithstanding early CDC reporting that large numbers of asymptomatic children were silent carriers of this virus, it is now recognized that children under 18 years of age are as much as 13 times less likely to contract this infection in the first place, and less likely to transmit it when they do contract it. Generally speaking, the early reporting on this pandemic has been strikingly inaccurate.
Meanwhile, the raw number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. is now being inflated at a troubling rate. https://gellerreport.com/2020/04/coronavirus-death-numbers-fraud.html/ I am reluctant to say this, but I am beginning to suspect that a significant majority of alleged coronavirus deaths are actually deaths from commonly terminal old age conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease with accompanying but irrelevant coronavirus infection. It has been widely reported that some number of patients are dying “with” coronavirus, but not “of” it. But we have no idea what proportion of total deaths that number represents. To express my concern another way, I am beginning to suspect that for most geriatric deaths now being reported as coronavirus deaths the actual cause of death had nothing to do with the accompanying coronavirus infection either as tested or as assumed to exist. Continue reading