The Covid-19 lockdown as a blueprint for a permanent economic shutdown to ‘save the Earth’
More than 1.4 million cases of Wuhan Coronavirus and 106,000 deaths in the United States alone have accompanied stay-home lockdowns, businesses bankruptcies, over 40 million unemployed workers, plummeting tax revenues and unprecedented debt. Ongoing rioting, vandalism, arson and looting are compounding problems for many cities and minority communities.
But where many see disaster, others see opportunity. Some want to use the crises to enact laws and welfare programs they could never get otherwise. More ambitious activists see the lockdown as a blueprint or dress rehearsal for a total energy, economic and lifestyle transformation to “save the planet.” If three months of Covid lockdowns can reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, they argue, permanent fossil fuel bans are possible, essential and should be undertaken immediately. Continue reading
“Dogma lives loudly in you.” – Senator Dianne Feinstein, to a (Christian) judicial candidate
EVEN PEOPLE IN LALA LAND CAN SEE that it’s gone loony. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t the only snake out there. By the way, snakes and the apple got a bad rap in Paradise (my family raised apples). Something was lost in the translation. The “fruit” of the tree could be plural and symbolize all kinds of fruits from age to age. Anything from excessive vodka to sex in Lala Land to cotton candy, crack, and OPM.*! Self-destructive habits: The very first lie was “You shall not die” (the guy who sipped brake fluid died because he couldn’t stop).
Your dogma lives loudly in you when you say that the fetus is nothing but “a blob of tissue” (a lie). Your dogma lives loudly in you when you say that parents can’t opt their kids out of your sex indoctrination “classes” (they’re not using just bananas and cucumbers anymore for condom demonstrations). Your dogma lives loudly in you when you say that people can use any shower room they “prefer.” Your dogma lives loudly in you when you say that nude bike rides and gay prides are evidence of progress (pride still goes before a fall, and winter is coming). Continue reading
You may have noticed companies and public agencies using the words “renewable energy certificates” or RECs in regard to the alleged source of their electricity, but rarely do they explain what they are. Only that purchasing RECs on your behalf is a good thing.
But what exactly is a REC? And what benefits do we as voters and consumers reap from these entities’ continued investment in them?
As it turns out, they may not do as much “good” as you’re being told.
RECs are a tradable commodity sold by renewable energy facilities (such as wind and solar farms) to the wholesale market, that purport to represent the “environmental amenities” of certain renewable energy projects. By purchasing a REC, an entity has the legal right to claim it is using renewable energy; however, the group has not purchased any energy itself. Continue reading
The Governor of Illinois has released a video in which one of his spokespersons explains what constitutes a “Covid death.” That explanation was so stunning I made a transcript of it.
I just want to be clear in terms of the definition of people dying of Covid, so, the case definition is very simplistic (her word, with no irony intended), so, it means at the time of death, um, it was a Covid positive diagnosis. So that means that if you were in hospice and had already been given, you know, a few weeks to live, and then you were also found to have Covid that would be counted as a Covid death….
This provoked a rather intemperate rant on my part. Allow me to share it with you!
I see! So anyone who dies while testing positive for Covid, regardless of the actual cause of death, must be counted as a Covid death. Not to put too fine a point on all this, but it does make clear that George Floyd’s much lamented demise was a “Covid death.” After all, George Floyd did test positive for Covid in his post mortem. (And you thought he died of cardiac arrest while under the influence of fentanyl and methamphetamine.) Which means of course that the four officers who attended his passing will be acquitted, as a result of which we can expect more protesting (forgive me, I almost wrote “rioting and looting”), which all but guarantees that some sunshine patriot will make a sensible statement about his support of the American flag (thank you Drew Brees) and then piddle down his leg with apologies so copious they have to be numbered. (Update: Drew Brees is now bravely “standing by” his apologies for supporting our flag.) Continue reading
America needs Jesus. No greater reminder of that fact can be seen than the recent protests in the streets of the nation.
The anger against what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis last week is justified. The violence and looting that came in the wake of protests is not.
A white officer kneeled on the neck of a black man in his custody until he was
dead—while being recorded on video by numerous bystanders. But protests turned violent and destructive, and now they are taking place in major cities all over the nation.
In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal (June 1, 2020), Robert Woodson opines, “Riots Invite Crime, Not Justice.” He adds, “Blacks end up suffering more when hostility to police makes it impossible to maintain urban order.”
Long-term positive change can be effected through peaceful means. I think, for instance, of the peaceful African-American lady who, with God’s help, led the peaceful wade-ins at Fort Lauderdale beaches in the early 1960s. Continue reading
While the Coronavirus curve has been flattened – along with religious liberty and the American economy – it is still a threat to some. And Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is still the drug of choice to prevent it and cure it.
Now the Deep State in the medical community do not want you or the world to know that. The reason is as old as commerce itself: follow the money. There is a $6 billion to $19 billion payday for the Big Pharma company which comes up with a vaccine. But since HCQ is a generic, Big Pharma ain’t gonna make nothing off it if it gets recognized as the standard of care.
So the Big Pharma Deep State literally has billions of reasons to sabotage HCQ trials and convince the world that it’s a dangerous, even lethal, drug. If they can get a close adviser to the president to publicly pooh-pooh it on national TV, all the better. Once the word gets out that it stops COVID-19 in its tracks and functions just like a vaccine, it’s game over for Big Pharma. You can get a bottle of HCQ at Fred Meyer for $14.95.
Opponents of affordable health care of the COVID variety have managed to convince the world that HCQ poses a serious risk to heart health, despite no evidence of that at all. HCQ has been used since the 1940s to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis without any serious side effects. I received an email from a listener who has been taking HCQ for RA for 42 years with no side effects at all. Continue reading
Since the dawn of the Republic, enforcement powers have been clearly delineated between the states and the central government. The states were responsible for internal use of force to maintain order, while the federal government was responsible for external use of force to repel a threat to the security of every state from some foreign actor. States had the responsibility to enforce the law, the federal government had the responsibility to wage war.
Because of this constitutional division of labor and power, the use of federal troops at the state level has been rare. But several presidents have done so under exigent circumstances, including Abraham Lincoln who used the military to put down a full-bore rebellion.
According to the Congressional Research Service, under the Insurrection Act of 1807 Congress delegated authority to the president to call the military during an insurrection or civil disturbance, at the request of a state government, for the purpose of suppressing “domestic violence.”
After the passage of the 14th Amendment, another provision was added to the Insurrection Act that allows the president to use the military without a request from, or even the consent of, a state government to suppress any “insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.” This was enabling legislation to make it possible for the 14th Amendment, which provided citizenship to former slaves, to be fully implemented. Continue reading
With the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic waning somewhat in the USA and locally here in Oregon, as people become more careful about spreading it, we are close to the point where we should talk about ‘lessons learned.’ That is the process of 20/20 hindsight, where we look back at what was done and not done that could have altered the course of the pandemic more favorably. Politicians and other political partisans are already offering their commentary, usually blaming someone else for their own miserable mismanagement.
Everyone across the political spectrum should be chastised for the backwards quarantine, where we quarantined the young and healthy and did little to keep the infected from transmitting the virus to those at severe risk, namely the elderly. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo even ordered his state’s nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients! That resulted in thousands of deaths. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used his resources to protect the most vulnerable, and Florida did not see the same carnage.
But let us take a breather from nonstop pandemic discussions to remember the “other crisis” that will return as soon as the Left has milked the coronavirus for all it is worth. Fanatics understand that crises are perfect tools for moving our society in directions that most would never want under Continue reading
School choice has been increasing in popularity with parents for years. Education policies that give parents more options for their kids have been trending positively across most demographics.
Now, a late-April poll conducted by Heart + Mind Strategies reports that a majority of parents are considering changing their children’s future school enrollment. Parents were asked: “Has the impact of coronavirus on your child’s education caused you to consider changing your child’s future schooling?” Among public school parents, 14% said they are considering homeschooling, 20% said they are considering a private school, and 26% said they are considering a different public school.
Education Savings Account programs are an education funding solution that addresses the needs of parents today. ESAs give parents a kind of “money-back guarantee” if they want to opt out of their zoned public schools and choose other options. ESA programs currently operating in five states deposit a portion of the state funding that would be spent for a student in a public school into an account associated with the child’s family. Families can use those funds to pay for tuition or other education expenses. Continue reading
The Founding Fathers set out to craft a Constitution for the specific purpose of telling the new central government what it could NOT do. Patrick Henry and others refused to support the new Constitution because it did not contain a Bill of Rights, which would set out clearly the rights ordinary Americans possess which the federal government would not be allowed to take away.
Henry was afraid that without clear, unambiguous restraints on the power and reach of the central government, we would simply be exchanging a new tyrant – King Government – for the one we had just got rid of, King George.
And so a cluster of amendments was drafted and quickly adopted by the states. Ten shackles were forged for the federal government which became known as the Bill of Rights. Based on our recent history with England, the Founders were eager, as a first order of business, to make it clear that the just-formed government would be absolutely forbidden to tell the church how to do its business. John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, was locked up in jail for 12 years for preaching without a license. The Founders were determined that something like that would never get a foothold here.
According to the First Amendment, the government would be resolutely forbidden to “establish” an official church for the United States. It was forever prevented from picking one Christian denomination and making it the American equivalent of the Anglican Church and requiring American citizens to support it with their tax dollars. Continue reading