Move over Gov. Whitler, because a new Hitlerian government official rears his ugly head amidst the Chinese coronavirus epidemic: Mayor Bill de Blasio.
He’s far from the newest communist politician I have talked about, but as I said in a prior article, if you want to look at the epitome of incompetent leadership, look no further than that found in New York. This time, though, we will talk more specifically about De Mussolini over here.
You see, a large gathering of Jews occurred recently to mourn the death of a New York rabbi at his funeral. This large gathering, though they were not adhering to social distancing orders, were wearing masks to protect themselves, so the probability of contracting the virus or spreading it to someone else was considerably low.
However, this didn’t matter to De Blasio, as he took this as an affront to his and Gov. Cuomo’s power and authority and any such challenge must be squashed (as tyrants tend to do).
De Blasio took to Twitter, saying: “Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic. When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.”
“We have lost so many these last two months + I understand the instinct to gather to mourn. But large gatherings will only lead to more deaths + more families in mourning. We will not allow this. I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance.”
Oh, boy, do I have a lot to say about this.
First, there is no denying here the absolute racism and anti-Semitism being displayed. The guy is directly threatening to round up Jews and arrest them should they gather together at any capacity whatsoever. And they want to say that Trump acts like Hitler?
Second, it is extremely ironic that de Blasio would threaten anyone with arrest considering he LETS PEOPLE GO ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE INSANE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN THAT SATANIC CITY! Now, it’s a bit different for people who are not criminals to be arrested like this. Getting arrested means getting a permanent record of it. You can lose your job and find it harder to find another. This is not exactly a problem for the over 1,500 inmates Mayor Dumbassio has chosen to release amidst the epidemic because plenty of them are getting rearrested and rereleased, showing no signs of attempting to adjust to the outside world and reform of their past crimes, but it is a problem for law-abiding citizens getting arrested because of an authoritarian’s order.
Third, spare me the faux empathy, de Blasio. You know damn well you would NEVER consider making this sort of threat of the Muslim community or other special identity group community protected by the Left. How do I know this? Well, de Blasio allows mosques to remain open for daily prayers, while he has previously threatened to permanently close any church or synagogue that remains open, according to The Blaze.
The guy is a disgusting hypocrite, apart from an anti-Semite. He hates Judaism and Christianity, which is why he’s so adamant about playing Stalin when it comes to those groups of people, but protects Islam even though they also gather in large groups, even for daily prayers.
So you know very well that his “zero tolerance” standard is not actually for the whole city. It’s just for the people de Blasio doesn’t like. It’s for Christians and Jews seeking to worship or mourn the loss of a loved one.
He pretends he’s doing it to “save lives” but then, how do you explain allowing mosques to remain open for particular gatherings? Is it that he doesn’t care about Muslim lives? Of course not. He would rather prioritize them and appease them, allowing them to worship however they please. So he’s not doing it to save lives. New York City BY ITSELF is responsible for more than 20% of the total deaths to coronavirus in the U.S. And while the population density and the transit system have their share of the blame for it, asinine and incompetent leadership (as well as greedy leadership, since hospitals get money if they have more coronavirus cases and deaths, so they have an incentive to not only inflate the numbers but even KILL their own people) are also to blame.
Keep in mind, this was the same fool who excused his own visit to a gym AFTER he ordered them to start closing down, as saying that there were few people there, so “it was okay”. By that logic, such businesses ought to be open NOW, as they can admit few people, the people inside can keep their distance (and you know that’s usually the case if you’ve ever been to a gym. People tend to mind their own business and keep their distance) and the facilities have disinfecting wipes to clean the equipment. And yet, people can’t go to the gym in New York as of right now (unless you are the mayor, of course).
De Blasio personally going to a Jewish rabbi’s funeral to disperse the large crowd and subsequently THREATENING THESE PEOPLE WITH ARRESTS if they gather like that again only shows not only his dictatorial tendencies (which is par for the course for just about anyone with a “D” next to their name) but Hitlerian ones at that.
Again, he wouldn’t DREAM of uttering such a threat to Muslims mourning the death of an Imam (a Muslim teacher or person in a high position). He would NEVER personally disperse a crowd of Muslim mourners because of the repercussions of it. They would demand his head (some figuratively, many literally) if he were to do that. But he feels perfectly fine and moral to disperse a crowd of Jewish mourners, knowing perfectly well that they won’t do anything to him, and threatening them with arrests should they gather like that again.
Given the opportunity, I doubt he would allow for churches and synagogues to open at all, even after the Coronavirus pandemic subsides. And he has plenty of opportunity and desire to do just that.
It will be interesting to see the various lawsuits that arise following this pandemic. Many government leaders have blatantly shredded the Constitution over the past few weeks and months, arbitrarily ordering businesses to close when they have no such power to do that, ordering (some) worship centers to close, when they have no power to do that, and disallowing certain products to be purchased in stores, when they have no power to do that.
Bill de Blasio, Cuomo, Whitmer and a slew of other government “leaders” have shown themselves that, given even the slightest opportunity, they will tear apart our Constitution and order us around at their very whim, supposedly all for our sake.
C.S. Lewis once wrote: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”
These tyrants believe they are doing something good. It’s why de Blasio mentioned the idea of such large gatherings leading “to more deaths + more families mourning.” 98% of the people who get the virus recover (and that number is on the low side) and the chance for spreading the contagion is significantly lower when multiple people wear a mask, as the people who attended the funeral proceedings did.
They were sure to be safe with how they were gathering together. But that doesn’t matter to tyrants like de Blasio, who wave their authority sticks around as they please, believing it to be for “the greater good.”
We see these people for the dictators that they are. And like I said at the end of the prior article talking about this idiot, I hope the people of New York wake up to the communist reality that they live in and vote against more of this.
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Have you ever heard the phrase “a murderer isn’t a murderer because he murders people – he murders people because he’s a murderer”? Or the phrase “a thief isn’t a thief because he steals – he steals because he’s a thief”? These are the phrases I think about when thinking about China….
You see, when China was allowed into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in spite of its tyrannic and murderous regime, the hope was that they would become more civil if they were around more civil countries and give up their tyrannical ways. It didn’t matter that the regime had massacred millions of people. It didn’t matter that they had child labor. “If only they knew how wonderful freedom is”, we thought, “they’ll surely become a democracy some day”….
Oh, how naive we’ve been…
Because, you see, a murderous regime isn’t a murderous regime because it massacres its people – a murderous regime massacres its people because it’s a murderous regime. That’s just who they are…
Communists aren’t murderers because they kill people, they’re murderers because they’re communists…it’s who they are. Same with Socialism. Same with Liberalism. It’s their worldview, a world in which your life doesn’t matter unless you’re useful to them in some way. If you disagree with them, they have no issues killing you.
And now we’re facing this pandemic, which best case scenario China failed to alert the world of the seriousness of the problem and worst case scenario it’s a coordinated attack. We know the Trump Administration and other countries are looking into what really happened – I wonder if we’ll ever truly know. Judging by the seemingly over-reaction on the part of almost all countries around the world, you would think they must have thought this could have been a coordinated attack. Think of 9/11 – first plane hits the first tower “oh, my goodness! What a horrible accident!”. Then the second plane hits the second tower “Oh, no…this is a coordinated attack”…Obviously by the 3rd attack we knew…and we grounded all flights, because we didn’t know how many more planes out there were carrying terrorists ready to crash them into their pre-determined targets. “Are we talking about 4 targets? Six? A dozen?” We didn’t know so we grounded all flights.
With the Chinese Coronavirus, something similar seems to have happened – why are we closing down the economies? Does it make sense given that mortality rate will most likely prove to be closer to the flu? Was this the right decision?
Unlike with the terror attacks on 9/11, when the general public witnessed exactly what happened and concluded rightly that this was, indeed, a coordinated attack, with the Coronavirus it’s not so clear to us. But it’s probably more clear to the Trump Administration and all these governments that chose to shut down their countries.
Perhaps, like that deadly morning on 9/11, they didn’t know exactly what they were dealing with. “Is it one strain of this virus? Two? Does it kill only older people or people with vulnerabilities? Is it a coordinated attack? If so, who are the targets?”…they probably didn’t know then. Do they know now?
There are two possibilities regarding how this pandemic began:
What to do about China, then? In either scenario? Does it matter what the true scenario is?
Back to my initial comment, a murderous regime isn’t a murderous regime because it massacres people – it massacres people because it is a murderous regime.
What do you do with a murderous regime? Do you trust them? Do you do business with them? Do you legitimize them by allowing them in global organizations such as the WTO?
The best course of action is to STOP doing business with them altogether – they’re not trustworthy.
American companies need to bring their manufacturing back home – or look for other, more civil, countries to manufacture their products.
China needs to be kicked out of every single global organization – or America and all other civil countries need to defund those organizations out of existence.
Seize all international assets owned by China. China cannot own any company in the civilized world, because they bring their murderous mindset to a civil world. China is a bad influence. They’re communists and communists are murderous.
I don't anticipate any massive announcements if the Trump administration moved towards choking the murderous regime in China - it would happen much like during the Cold War when we choked up the USSR economy. Cold wars tend to be fought on the economic front. But if Trump doesn't win re-election, a Biden (or any other Democrat) presidency would double down on China and soon enough rather than having China become more civilized, WE would become more like China.
We love the Chinese people, but we hate murderous regimes. They need to democratize, civilize and respect life before they can be allowed into the civilized world.
But before we fight the enemy in the Chinese murderous regime, we need to fight the enemy within - those in our own country that love the Chinese murderous regime and would love to replicate it in America just like they're doing in Democrat-run States, with outrageous "stay-at-home" orders. Communists hate freedom. They are the true enemy.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them”
Do you want to look at the epitome of incompetent leadership? Look no further, then, than the leadership found in New York, particularly in New York City, where their already insane criminal “justice” reform of a revolving jail door has been amped to 11 as a result of this Chinese coronavirus crisis.
Due to this pandemic, New York has released over 1,500 inmates as a result of fears of spreading the virus to these criminals and having them die before they believe they should. And this decision has been about as bad as you expect it to be. What exactly do you expect when Gotham’s prisons release the inmates?
According to the New York Post, “at least 50 of the 1,500 inmates cut loose… have already landed back in jail – and in some cases were set free yet again, according to police sources and records.”
Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that just 50 of the 1,500 were “bad people” and that the rest are “good people” who have done nothing wrong (as a Leftist might believe from this). This is 50 people that THE POLICE HAVE CAUGHT. The rest are still on the loose, likely with many seeking to commit further crimes (because that’s kind of what they do) but have yet to be caught and rearrested.
Let’s take a look at some of the released inmates and see how they’ve adjusted to life on the outside, shall we?
First, we have James Little, a 40-year-old man released from Rikers Island amid the epidemic on March 28.
Little went about a week without seemingly committing any crimes before attempting to rob a bank in Gramarcy Park, wearing the usual robber attire of a mask and gloves and slipping a note to the teller instructing them to give him money. The police arrested him the following day (Little did not get any money from the bank) and linked him to two other bank robberies in late January of this year and late December of last year, leaving with a thousand dollars in each of those two robberies.
Now, what exactly did Little do to land him in jail in the first place? Well, two things. One, he served a 20-year sentence after having pleaded guilty to a murder in Coney Island when he was just 15 in 1995, serving 7-to-life and being released on parole in 2016. However, the second incident that has landed him in jail is a charge for strangulation earlier THIS MARCH before having been released on the 28th. So not exactly the best person these lunatics could have chosen to release.
Let’s now look at some other cases.
Next, we have Darryl Naser, a 25-year-old man who was rearrested FIVE TIMES in April after having been released in late March. Naser “was first jailed on charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen credit cards before his coronavirus-related release. He was arrested again April 1 on a burglary charge, and on April 4, April 6 and April 8 on drug possession charges,” according to the NY Post.
Of course, he was released without bail each time because of the virus (or, rather, because of the actually unbelievable idiocy of the mayor).
We also have a 32-year-old man named Victor Castillo, who was “arrested three times since being set free on March 24”, with two of those times having been criminal trespassing and the other time for breaking a bodega window in an effort to steal cash. He is still a free man.
Charles Abbriano is a 52-year-old man with many low-level crimes, originally arrested for various theft cases before being released. The following week, he was arrested for petty larceny… and rereleased. He was then arrested again on April 9th attempting to steal a packed furniture truck with three other men.
Pedro Hernandez is a 45-year-old man with two violent felonies and five misdemeanor convictions. He was arrested originally for trying to steal an electric bike before being released due to the incompetence of the state’s leaders. He was rearrested for burglarizing an apartment but, and you’ll never guess it, he was again released from prison.
Daeshawn Sharperson, probably one of the worst people I will discuss (but not the worst. I’ll get to him in a moment), is a 31-year-old man who admitted to torching his girlfriend’s door, pleading guilty to criminal mischief, dodging felony charges and receiving a four-month sentence. Of course, his sentence was cut short because of this lunacy and eight days later, he returned to his girlfriend’s apartment, reportedly threatening to kill her family before attacking a passenger on a bus… twice.
Thankfully, he is as of yet being held in Rikers Island, but I doubt it’ll be long before he’s out on the streets again (and perhaps gets the opportunity to make good on his threat).
Wilmer Colindres is a 39-year-old man who was charged for attacking a DHS officer; while in jail, was charged with forcible touching after grabbing a physician’s rear; and was charged with assaulting a sergeant two days after being released… and has since been released again.
Finally, the worst scum I will talk about (because I believe I’ve made my point with the other “minor” released offenders) is Robert Pondexter, who was originally in jail for rape and drug-related charges, was released because the leaders in New York are idiots, and was back in court 10 days after being released for… wanna take a guess?
Sexually assaulting and attempting to rape another woman. He was seemingly also using crack by the time police caught him.
“Pondexter had been walking across the street from the Concern Heights Apartment building, a supportive housing development on the block, when he allegedly grabbed the woman by the collar and pulled her into a school parking lot,” according to the NY Post.
The woman said that Pondexter forced her to perform oral sex and demanded she take off her pants, but she was able to kick him away and escape.
Suffice to say, De Blasio is an absolute moron (at best). Releasing thousands of inmates onto the streets is never a good idea and what we are seeing is what was bound to occur: many of those inmates are committing more crimes and being rearrested because of those crimes. And these are just the people the police are managing to catch. I can’t imagine what the others are doing as well.
With the insanity that was their criminal justice reform BEFORE releasing these inmates like this, I hope the people of New York are waking up and realizing that the leadership they are voting for is negligent at best and destructive at worst and hopefully, they will vote against this insanity to continue (but I doubt this will happen).
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
You have to be known as a particularly awful politician and particularly low-intelligence individual for someone like the world’s most infamous terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, to believe you would be a terrible U.S. president. But that’s the case for Joe Biden, as a story from 2012 has resurfaced that indicates even the former FBI’s Most Wanted terrorist believed Biden would’ve been terrible for the U.S. were he to take office.
According to Breitbart News: “Osama bin Laden wanted to assassinate former President Barack Obama in the early 2010s as part of a plan to plunge the U.S. into crisis through the elevation of Joe Biden, whom the infamous terrorist leader believed was ‘totally unprepared’ to serve as commander-in-chief.”
The Washington Post first uncovered this plot back in 2012, and the plot to assassinate Obama was centered around shooting down Air Force One as the former POTUS toured Afghanistan with then-General David Petraeus. “Bin Laden briefed members of the war in Afghanistan, before being killed by U.S. forces in May 2011, according to documents seized from al-Qaeda’s compound,” according to Breitbart.
Bin Laden is said to have explained to his top lieutenants that “the reason is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency… Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis.”
Bin Laden knew that Biden simply was not cut out for the job and knew that, if he were to take over as president, that would give al-Qaeda and other terrorist fighters in Afghanistan a bit more of an edge for reasons I will state in a moment.
Now, at the time of uncovering this plot, it was hardly a big deal to some people. The Obama White House was not particularly worried because, even though it was a plot to assassinate the president, they figured al-Qaeda lacked the resources to shoot down Air Force One. Of course, Air Force One is far more important than any other commercial aircraft and is suited for potentially dangerous targets. While plenty of the defensive parts of Air Force One are classified (for obvious reasons), some of the amenities feature electronic counter measures (ECM) to jam enemy radar and can eject flares if targeted by a heat-seeking missile.
So if that was the plot to assassinate Obama, it was almost certainly not going to work. However, that is not the point. I am glad that al-Qaeda never was able to assassinate Obama, and that plot was not going to work to that end, but the point is the reason for having put that plan together in the first place.
Bin Laden fully believed that, if Joe Biden became the President of the United States, it would lead the country into a crisis and allow for al-Qaeda to get a fighting edge over such an incompetent commander-in-chief. Even though Biden tries to argue that he would be a great president when it comes to foreign matters, military officers who have worked with the Obama White House note how utterly inadequate Joe Biden was even when he had the opportunity to lead (to an extent) as Vice President.
Former Department of Defense secretary Robert Gates, who worked for both the Bush and Obama administrations, said in a May 2019 interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he stood by statements he made in a memoir recalling that Biden had “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
When asked by the show’s host, Margaret Brennan, if Biden had the ability to “be an effective commander-in-chief,” Gates responded by saying: “I don’t know, I don’t know. I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration, we disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues.”
“I think that the vice president has some issues with the military, so how he would get along with the senior military and what that relationship would be… I just think it would depend on the personalities at the time,” Gates continued.
Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis was also critical of Joe Biden in his own memoir, saying that Biden “exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.”
This is all significant because Joe Biden advised Obama not to launch the raid on bin Laden’s compound, which resulted in the terrorist leader’s death (and Obama boasting about it as though he killed the guy himself), because he felt the risks were “too high”. Biden was so afraid of what raiding the bin Laden compound would lead to that, were he president at the time, he wouldn’t have greenlit the raid on bin Laden’s compound.
This, among other reasons, are why bin Laden felt confident that Joe Biden would’ve been a disaster for the U.S. as its commander-in-chief. When even the leader of a terrorist organization believed Biden would have led the U.S. into a crisis, at least when it came to the war in Afghanistan, how can anyone confidently say that he would make a good POTUS in general?
Now, of course, the idea most likely is that Biden won’t serve his full term and that whomever he picks as his running-mate, were he to beat Trump in the November elections, would have to almost immediately take the reigns as President of the United States. It’s probably for this reason that the sad and pathetic loser from Georgia’s gubernatorial elections in 2018, Stacey Abrams, is campaigning to be Biden’s VP. No one campaigns to be someone’s second place, unless they thought the first-place guy wouldn’t be around for long.
However, Biden will have to make the campaign about himself and will have to get people to vote for HIM. I don’t know how effective a strategy it would be to go for “vote for me to get in, but I will leave pretty much the day after I get inaugurated, so basically, vote for the VP.”
That, in combination with Biden’s heavily-documented mental decline and his clear love and admiration for, not to mention ties with, China, makes for someone that I don’t know if many people outside the Democrat Party would be willing to support.
Hardcore Democrats undoubtedly will (as will around 80% of Bernie’s supporters, but as I have noted in the past, that likely wouldn’t be enough) and NeverTrump Republicans like Romney, Flake and Meghan McCain also will support him, but will Independents? Will a sufficient number of Democrats who question his mental capabilities support him? Have some NeverTrumpers of the 2016 election come around to at the very least voting for Trump, if not necessarily liking and supporting him?
Biden has a lot of negatives going for himself and he would be thoroughly thrashed by Trump in a debate. The guy can’t even formulate complete sentences at this point, how is he supposed to debate a guy who will pull zero punches?
But regardless, you know the Democrats have found a disaster of a presidential candidate when OSAMA BIN LADEN thought he would be terrible as POTUS. And keep in mind, this was a Biden of roughly a decade ago. He has gotten MUCH worse since then.
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
Over the past few weeks, every Thursday has been a rough one for me. Not because of anything in my personal life, but because we receive the news of jobless claims every single Thursday.
Before this pandemic, I would hardly pay attention to these numbers because they were generally great every week and even a bad week was still pretty good in the grand scheme of things, especially in comparison to the eight years of the slow economic recovery (if you could even call it that) that we had during the Obama years.
For the last three and a half years, we had real growth, real wages, real jobs being brought in and created and we had real prosperity. I’ve already talked about how the “jobs” Obama created were either part-time or contract jobs for the most part, so he could not be said to have been a good jobs president at all. Trump has clearly been very different and has helped bring in real growth unlike anything I had seen before (keep in mind, I am in my early-to-mid 20s).
But for the last five weeks, I have seen three years of growth and prosperity be wiped away like they were nothing. Three years of economic progress gone just like that. CNBC even reports that “The US economy has wiped out all the job gains since the Great Recession.” Now, that’s a misleading headline since the economy is being kept in a stranglehold right now, so it’s not the economy wiping anything out, but the point remains.
Every job that was created in the last TWELVE YEARS is now gone. And yet, some people still want to keep these unnecessary lockdowns (I assume the majority of people who say this still have their jobs) and some even have the gall to mock protesters as saying they are “prioritizing money over people” or “just want to get a haircut”, to which I say: “shut the hell up, you privileged jackasses.”
I am no fan of swearing on this site, but I am getting rather fed up with idiots who think this way.
First of all, no one is prioritizing money over people or money over lives. It’s a matter of lives vs. lives. I can understand people being afraid of the virus killing people and it is a very real concern. Around 50,000 people have died from the virus in the United States alone (granted, these numbers are probably a bit inflated because of the way people, particularly DeBlasio and Cuomo, are counting deaths, but let’s roll with it). There is no doubt that this is a serious issue. But that does not automatically mean that people starving to death, killing themselves, succumbing to drug abuse, and practicing domestic abuse are no longer issues in and of themselves.
How many people will kill themselves because they can no longer afford to live? How many will starve to death? How many will overdose and further strain hospitals (an example of how our measures wouldn’t “flatten the curve” for the purposes of not overrunning hospitals. Not to mention hospitals are laying off thousands of healthcare workers, so how does that help against the virus?)? How many children, wives and husbands will be sent to the hospital for wounds as a result of domestic abuse (and how many will be kept from going there because the abusers are with them 24/7?)? How many people will be treated in “overrun” hospitals because of attempted suicide?
Our response to this virus has resulted in nearly 27 million people losing their jobs in as few as five weeks. Meanwhile, some speculate that we can re-open our economy “fully” towards the end of summer or the beginning of the fall.
Spring started a month and three days ago. Do you really think such an option is a viable one for tens of millions of people? We have the potential to see worse unemployment rates than the Great Depression. Does that not matter to the “keep the lockdowns” crowd?
I know it doesn’t matter to the Left. They would love nothing more than to see this economy go down the drain and subsequently, see Trump go down with it. If the complete destruction of the economy and millions of people’s lives are what it takes to win for the Left, that should tell you everything you need to know about these demons.
But I know plenty of conservatives who are still against opening our economy. People who dismiss protesters and mock them for “not socially distancing” during their protests. Why? Why think this way? What does the country gain from continuing this? What does it gain by calling people out of work “privileged” people who “just want to get a haircut” or “just want to play golf”?
Plenty of people do not know the value of saving their money. Plenty of people do not know the value of multiple sources of income. Plenty of people believe in the big hoax that is job security. Situations like these will force such people to rethink and perhaps be a bit more fiscally conservative, but the lessons of the future do not help them today.
Seeing 27 million people losing their jobs, especially as quickly as they are, breaks my heart and outright leaves me depressed (as well as seeing Trump essentially throwing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp under the bus for trying to reopen his state, when Trump has been calling for “liberating” states in the last few days. I don’t get that man sometimes and that was one of the very few honest times when I have been angry with him). I genuinely did not even feel like writing anything because of such a gloomy state. But when I get depressed like this, I can always turn to the Word of God.
There is no doubt that I am anxious about the present and future of this country. We could be staring at the worst economic situation this country has ever faced and it’s come by our own hand. This situation is like trying to take care of a bee sting on your hand by cutting off the entire arm. The solution is almost certainly worse than the problem, but I say this without discounting the severity of the actual problem.
What we are seeing now makes me sad; makes me angry; and almost makes me hopeless. But like I said, I can always turn to the Word of God and this is something I hope millions of people are doing because the one silver lining that could come from all this (apart from complete economic divorce from the Chinese communists who are responsible for the world being in this sorry state) is a great Christian revival that will bring people to the Lord, whether for the first time or the first time in a long while.
Because the scripture says: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble,” from Matthew 6:25-34.
Not a single event, small or great, has come as a surprise to God. He has known from the beginning what each one of us would be going through, both individually and as a country and even as an entire people in this world that He has created. Not a single spy from China is unknown to God. Not a single secret in Beijing is God ignorant of. Not a single crime against God and humanity committed by China or similarly evil people outside of China is God unaware of. Not a single weakness in people’s individual lives is kept from God’s knowledge. And not a single person’s future does God have to guess about.
Yet, for all the trouble we find in the world, be it the Chinese coronavirus, be it the inadequate, borderline-negligent response from many of our leaders, be it our financial troubles, be it our unemployment possibilities, we can rest securely in the Palm of God, who is in complete and total control over the universe. Not a single subatomic particle anywhere in this universe moves without God’s very approval. Even the devil, for all the evil he does and wishes to do, is restrained like a dog with a leash by our Creator.
I do not know what the future holds for us. I do not know when we will begin reopening on a national scale, or if the jobs lost will be easily recovered, or even what will ultimately cause more damage: the virus or our ridiculous response to it. But what I do know is that there is no evil to be found in God. God has ordained whatsoever has come to pass and He does not allow things to happen if they do not have a good reason for it.
Even a bit further in Matthew, in chapter 7, beginning from verse 7, we see the goodness of God: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Even amidst the trouble we walk through, I know He is with us. And as He not only gives, but delights in giving good things, I ask of Him that, if anything comes from this current time of tribulation, there be millions upon millions, tens of millions upon tens of millions, hundreds of millions upon hundreds of millions, who turn to You, Father, in search of redemption for their sins and in search of comfort, that they may be saved, not only from the virus and the economic repercussions of our response to it, but from the sins that they have committed.
These are dark and scary times, not helped by the people we call “leaders” (the Democrats truly are vile and the Republicans truly are spineless. And Trump hasn’t exactly been his best either, though he’s been doing a great job in many areas). But regardless of the folly, the sins and the evils of Man, we can always rest in the Hands of the Lord.
O, Lord, thank you for the goodness that You have shown us thus far and the mercies that You have given us. I pray to You that You will forgive us of our sins, those of us who repent of them and beg for forgiveness. I pray that You will comfort the troubled, feed the hungry, employ the financially distraught and allow for the whole world to recognize the evils of communism, both in China and in general, as it is antithetical to Your Word and Your Teachings.
Lord, please bring this nation to its knees, not in defeat but in repentance of its iniquities and its wrongdoings in Your Sight. Please give us wisdom to tackle this virus as effectively as possible with as little collateral damage done as possible. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I know that I don’t usually have full-on prayers on here, but the present situation has brought me closer to God (not that I wasn’t before, but I can always get closer still) and I believe it does warrant supplication from the Lord, of course, with thankfulness and acknowledgement of what good God has done for us so far. We should pray in times of trouble and in times of success; in times of sadness and in times of great joy.
I hope this is what the vast majority of people are/will be doing, so that we may get closer to God.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
With the 50th Earth Day celebration coming and going (though definitely dampened by the current situation as a result of the Chinese coronavirus), a noted writer from Junk Science took notice of what efforts have been taken in the last half century to clean up our planet and put them together in a recent article titled: “Eco-Reality Strikes Back: Earth Day at 50.”
Steve Milloy’s article began with a summary of the article he would further write. In his summary, he wrote: “Americans began cleaning up their industrialized environment in the late 1940s, well before the first Earth Day in 1970. Since then, many decades of efforts have produced a U.S. environment that is as clean as any industrialized society in the world, especially considering a population of 330 million with a historically unparalleled high standard of living. In fact, this high standard of living is what made environmental clean-up desirable and possible.”
So right off the bat, Milloy notes that efforts to have a cleaner environment have been taken since well before the first Earth Day, which as I have noted in a previous article, was stupid and at points, counterproductive, for the most part. If what people did for the first Earth Day in 1970 was sing, dance, drag dead fish on the streets (NYC), stage die-ins at an international airport (Boston) and sign an oversized “Declaration of Interdependence” (Philadelphia), then this hippy crap was useless at best and counterintuitive at worst.
Useless and counterintuitive is what the Left is best known for anyway, so it was entirely on-brand.
In any case, Milloy then went on to cite the quality of our air. “U.S. air is as clean as it has ever been. From 1980 to 2018, except where noted:
This is noteworthy because the Left, as you well and truly know, has been saying for decades now that we are slowly but surely killing our planet with our cars and our planes and other things that we use that “pollute” our planet, kill the ozone layer and result in the dirtying of our air and destruction of our planet. But according to the EPA’s figures, that is far from the case. Over a roughly 40-year period, carbon monoxide has dropped significantly, as well as lead, nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide.
If you ask a climate cultist, you would get the sense that we are pumping all these toxins into the atmosphere like one would pump air into a tire. But reality, as often is the case, is far different from what these people claim it is.
When it comes to drinking water, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) says: “Generally, water systems in the United States provide reliable and high-quality drinking water. Violations tend to be infrequent.”
Regarding surface waters, Milloy says that “U.S. surface waters are as clean as any in the world and progress continues to be made. Since 2005, 832 bodies of water have been restored from run-off/non-point-source pollution. Under President Trump’s leadership, this includes 131 bodies of water.”
And when it comes to waste sites: “Superfund waste site clean ups have accelerated under the Trump administration.”
Over the last two years of Obama’s presidency and his EPA, 9 waste sites were cleaned up. Over the first two years of Trump’s presidency and his EPA, 28 sites were cleaned up.
The president that the Left loves and considers to be an environmental champion can’t hold a candle to the president that the Left hates and considers to be almost singlehandedly killing the planet. Not that this ought to come as any surprise at any rate.
What’s more, even with CO2 emissions in the atmosphere (or actually, precisely because of it), the Earth is greener now than ever before, according to NASA.
That is the great irony of environmentalism. The climate cult salivates over a greener planet with more vegetation and trees to produce oxygen, but this comes through carbon dioxide warming the planet a bit more (and before anyone tries to call me a hypocrite for noting that CO2 warms the planet and saying that man can’t do anything to the climate, let me point out that the vast majority of CO2 released onto the atmosphere does not come from cars or planes, but from activity in the sea floor and volcanic activity, so it’s natural, not anthropogenic).
When it comes to the planet, Milloy writes: “Since the pre-industrial age, there has been approximately 1.1°C of warming and almost 50% more CO2 in the atmosphere. Since that time, more people are living longer lives at a higher standard of living.”
“Life expectancy is up from approx. 40 years (1850) to approx. 79 (2019). US per capita GDP is up from approx. $2,825 in 1850 to approx. $53,000 in 2016 (2011 dollars).”
In other words, the nations that tend to be the wealthiest, with the highest standards of living, also tend to be the cleanest and healthiest. This should come as no surprise to people either.
Milloy then goes on to ask the question of how exactly it was that we came about to cleaning our environment. He credits this environmental progress to:
Milloy also notes that, in order to continue cleaning our planet and keeping it clean and safe, we need to continue with efforts in amassing more wealth, as more capital means more ability to clean up our environment, put in place strong property rights, innovate with new technologies, implement better education and become less hysterical about the nature of our planet.
Constant news cycles about the mere existence of people on this planet resulting in its death achieve nothing of value to anyone (except the climate cult and the organizations running such news cycles, I suppose).
Milloy’s final verdict on environmental activism and Earth Day are summarized as follows: “While green groups and Earth Day organizers will grasp for all environmental improvement and protection credit since 1970, the actual story is far more complex. Since the 1960s, green groups have often taken extreme positions to advocate for overregulation that has impeded environmental protection and wasted time/money. Radicals often attack capitalism with the line, ‘You didn’t build that.’ On Earth Day, that should be retorted with: ‘You didn’t clean that up.’ Environmental protection has been a group effort enabled by our wealth and system of government.”
One thing I would like to talk about with that last quotation is the idea that the climate cultists would take credit for the cleaning up of our planet since 1970. The thing about that is that they don’t even do that.
You would think that with each doomsday warning that doesn’t come true, the Left would try and take some credit for that and say that “we have staved off the apocalypse because of our efforts, but we must continue with them, and implement stronger measures, to stave off any possible future apocalyptic climate events,” but they don’t even do that. They just ignore the previous climate warning (Al Gore didn’t face any major criticism for his 10-year doomsday clock expiring in 2016 and AOC won’t receive any either in 11 years) and issue another one as though what they are saying is gospel and totally infallible.
They don’t even really acknowledge that they are cleaning up the planet (they aren’t, but they could lie to people about it). They just keep telling people that it’s getting worse and worse, telling people that our current way of life is unsustainable and things must change in order to “save the planet.” Acknowledging that things have been improving is counterproductive to their fearmongering strategies and desires.
The point isn’t to actually clean up the planet or protect it. It’s to scare people into giving up their rights and liberties “for the common good of the planet”. Acknowledging that our efforts have helped clean the planet would only tell people that our capitalist system has been beneficial to the planet. The Left can’t have that, so they ignore the environmental progress in favor of a lie that they can, unfortunately, pass off to people really well and get them to believe it.
But the good news is that reality does come back to face these lies and wipe them out. We have done great things for our environment and the only ones standing in the way of progress have been the climate cultists and the Left (but I repeat myself).
“The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.”
I think by now both Democrats and Republicans alike are well aware of the fact that Biden’s mental capacities are no longer there – that is, if you’re inclined to believe they were there at any point in his life. “It’s just Joe”, a phrase we’d often hear from the Media and most Democrats when he was VP, implied that Joe just doesn’t think straight and as a result, says a lot of ridiculous things. But now, it’s clear that he’s gotten much worse.
How do the Democrats plan to win the WH with such a flawed candidate as Biden?
Since his mental capabilities are so obviously off, Democrats need a plan to win the WH and still be able to save face while attempting to ram Socialism down our throats.
So in the midst of this dilemma that Democrats are clearly facing, the New York Post published an article recently in which they describe the “plan” that Democrats might be devising to win the WH and give the Obamas another 8 years. Let me briefly explain the “plan”, per the New York Post:
Presumably President Michelle would make Former President Barack her VP.
Now, we know that Biden has already said he’d take Michelle “in a heartbeat” as his VP, so we know he’s already on board with the idea, assuming he understands it. But is this really the plan? And is it going to work?
In order to answer the first question we need to get inside the Obamas’ heads – what do THEY want? And if this is the plan and has been all along, why didn’t Barack endorse Biden from the get-go? Or before Bernie dropped out?
Being President is hard work. Even if you consider the bare minimum a President would have to do: you have to fly to all sorts of places and meet with global “leaders”, meet with your staff and speak with the media and politicians, have an agenda and a strategy to carry it out, give speeches and so on. This is the basic stuff a President would have to do.
Now pretend you’re Michelle Obama – you’ve been the First Lady of the country, have amassed a fortune, live quite well in any of the mansions that you now own, are adored by the Media and not particularly hated by the general public because you never actually held office and your opinions, while they made headlines, have never really been viewed as driven any policy – even though they probably have. But your name is not really attached to anything policy-related, at least not formally.
Now they’re asking you to give up your rather peaceful and luxurious life to become President and, well, go to work every day. Rather than doing whatever you want to do every day, now they want you to, essentially, be in the WH to do what others want you to do – including Barack, Nancy Pelosi, AOC and so on. Even when you may agree with all of the policies these people will want you to execute on, you’re still the one who at least must appear as executing them – you have to come across as “executive” and “presidential”. You must put up a show every single day of your life for at least 4 years, and maybe 8. Is this what you want? Or would you rather be influential and dictate policy from behind the scenes (as she’s most likely doing today), without the risk associated to being president and fail? Would you take that risk?
Which brings me to the second question: is the “plan” going to work?
It again comes down to risk. What do I mean? It means this: the assumption of the plan is that the Media adores Michelle, which is probably true, and that such adoration will translate into votes. Is this true? Does the assumption make sense? Is the Media’s adoration a guarantee that votes will follow? We know from history that Barack hasn’t been too successful getting the politicians he’s endorsed into office, including Hillary Rotham Clinton – which probably means he’s not as popular as the Media would have you believe. Remember what he said when Hillary was running for President? He said she’d be the continuation of his Administration, which America rejected when we elected Trump.
It’s very likely that Michelle suffers from the same problem – she’s likely not as popular as the Media would have you believe. If she knows this, then running for VP is a risk for her brand. If Biden doesn’t win, she doesn’t win. Does she really want to risk her “branding capital” to save Biden or even the Democrat Party? Would she, then, give up the power that the Obamas have today? If she loses, her power is gone. If she loses, Barack’s power is gone. They would become utter failures and would stop being influential even within the Democrat party. They’ve "retired" as winners – winning the WH not once, but twice. Are they ready to try to come back from retirement and lose? Are they willing to become losers? And more importantly…
…are they willing to risk it all, including the power that they currently have within the Democrat Party, just to do what OTHERS want them to do?
“I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.”
Almost a year ago to the date, I wrote about how the Green New Deal, the extremely insane, costly and ridiculous communist power-grab supported by communists in and out of Congress would not do anything to combat climate change even if it worked entirely as advertised.
Of course, that is a situation far from reality for economic and environmental reasons. However, a recent study has pointed out that, were the GND to be made law of the land, it would be an absolute environmental DISASTER to try and implement in full.
Paul Driessen wrote a fairly short study titled: “How the Green New Deal’s Renewable Energy Mining Would Harm Humans and the Environment,” clearly not pulling any punches here and getting straight to the point.
The Left is practically in love with “renewable” energies such as wind and solar power, and hate gas, coal and oil, as well as nuclear power because they believe them to be dirty and unsafe.
However, what the Left fails to realize is that, in order to create these wind and solar plants, one must gather the resources to build them. In order to do so, natural resources such as copper, cobalt, lithium, iron, aluminum and other rare earth elements (REE)s must also be gathered and in order to do so, mining must be done in the places where they are available.
I can only assume you know where I am going with this: the Left can’t have it both ways. In order to get the GND to work (speaking strictly about gathering the materials for wind and solar plants), mining must be expanded. But the Left hates the amount of mining already being done because of the environmental harm the operations are causing to their local areas.
According to the study: “[E]xpanding mining on the scale needed to meet the renewable energy requirements contained in the Green New Deal and other proposed renewable energy mandates would cause unimaginable harm to the environment, wildlife, and humans.”
The paper goes over six particular topics:
1. The Green New Deal’s Need for Metals and Minerals
2. Ruinous Rare Earth Elements
3. Lethal Lithium
4. Killer Cobalt
5. Copper Complexities
6. And Green New Deal Mining Hypocrisies
Let’s briefly go over each of these points. First, the Green New Deal’s need for metals and minerals. According to the study: “The solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries needed to replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy over a 10-year period to produce the 8.2 billion megawatt hours of power for America’s annual electricity-equivalent needs under the GND would require an unprecedented increase in mining for raw materials.”
“To replace all energy generated by [fossil fuels] with power from solar panels – which now generate just 1.5 percent of the country’s electricity – plus a week’s worth of backup power, would require nearly 19 billion solar panels, blanketing an area the size of New York and Vermont. A 2018 study by Harvard University scientists who believe in a human-caused global warming crisis shows that to meet present-day U.S. electricity demand, wind turbine projects would need to cover one-third of the continental United States. Transforming motor vehicles to run on electric batteries would require even more land.”
In other words, in order to even just replicate the output this country can generate, A TON of land would have to be used up. That means destroying entire habitats and ecosystems to fit these plants, not to mention the destruction of rocks around the mining operations that also destroy their local environments.
Ruinous Rare Earth Elements. According to the study, “more than 70 percent of… rare earth minerals are mined in China or by companies under Chinese control, with much of China’s production coming from areas north of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, though there are substantial reserves in other parts of the world.”
“Not long ago, the Inner Mongolia region included massive tracts of fertile farmland. However, it has become a vast toxic wasteland, where virtually nothing grows and few wildlife or humans can live.”
So not only do these mining operations already cause great environmental harm to their local communities (a point which the Left will agree with), but they also would mean reliance on foreign powers, namely China. And we have seen, especially in recent time, how bad of an idea such reliance would be.
Trump has already talked about the supply chain that currently exists and how if one part of the chain breaks, the entire chain becomes compromised. In this instance, the supply chain would be about building and maintaining energy production, which would be a sight worse than a supply chain of cars or phones being disrupted.
What’s more, according to the study, “Producing one ton of REEs releases up to 420,000 cubic feet of toxic gases, 2,600 cubic feet of acidic wastewater, and one ton of radioactive waste” in just that particular region of China. Not only is there far more environmental damage being caused in other mining operation areas, but the damages would be exacerbated to meet the demand of so many solar panels, wind turbines and lithium batteries.
Speaking of lithium, we move on to “Lethal Lithium.” According to the environmental group “Friends of the Earth”, so clearly a Leftist organization, “lithium extraction inevitably harms the soil and causes air contamination.” Lithium is most often found and mined in the South American countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
According to the study, “in Argentina’s Salar de Hombre Muerto (‘salty basin of the dead man’), locals say lithium operations have contaminated streams used for human drinking, livestock, and crop irrigation water.”
University of Chile lithium battery expert Guillermo Gonzalez said “Like any mining process, [lithium mining] is invasive, it scars the landscape, it destroys the water table, and it pollutes the earth and the local wells. This isn’t a green solution – it’s not a solution at all.’”
The actual wind turbines and solar panels also require lithium, not only the batteries, so lithium mining would have to exponentially increase to meet the demand.
“Killer Cobalt”. Since this is getting to be a bit of a long article already, I will summarize this as largely being the same sort of thing as having to mine for other minerals and rare earth metals. More than 66% of the world’s annual output of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where, unsurprisingly, health and safety standards, as well as labor laws, are pretty lax.
“Entire families – fathers, mothers, and children – work for extremely low wages in mines, from sunrise to sundown, six or seven days a week, to meet the constantly growing demand for this critically important metal.”
“More than 40,000 Congolese children, as young as four-years-old, work alongside their parents, often in mine tunnels too narrow for adults, say UNICEF, Amnesty International, and other investigators… The risk of cave-ins and mud slides is ever-present. Depending on the weather, they work in dust or muck, exposing themselves constantly to filthy, toxic, radioactive mud, dust, water, and air. Dangerous levels of cobalt, lead, uranium, and other heavy metals build up steadily in their body tissues, blood, and organs. Many have died as a result of their work under these horrible conditions.”
“Gloves, facemasks, protective clothing, and showers to wash the toxic dirt off their bodies at the end of the day are typically not available. Broken bones, suffocation, blood and respiratory diseases, birth defects, cancer, and paralysis are commonplace.”
“Copper Complexities”. The study explains that as much as three times more copper is required in electric vehicles than in gas-power engines, and “renewable energy systems consume approximately five times more copper than conventional power generation systems.”
In 2019 alone, a total of around 20,000 tons of copper was mined, with the world reserves standing at 870,000. It doesn’t take much to believe it would take a lot more than that, and a lot greater output, to meet the demand for these “renewable” energy options.
For this point, the focus is specifically in entire ecosystems, as ore contains just 0.8 percent copper, so 125,000 tons of ore have to be mined to get just 1,000 tons of finished copper, according to the study. In order to extract this copper, surrounding rocks would have to be removed and/or crushed. An increase in copper extraction would mean more and more land having to be destroyed.
The final point is the hypocrisies of the GND advocates. Namely in that they want the GND to be fully implemented but also do not want any more mining to be done. They already are angry at the amount of mining being done as it stands, so mining even more would be unacceptable. However, you can’t have one without the other. Even assuming GND was affordable, with the understanding that no mining would be done within the U.S. (as there are laws in Western states and Alaska against such mining), we would have to depend on other countries to do the mining and do a lot more of it just for the individual parts.
Land is destroyed as a result, animals die, humans get sick and die and the damage done to the environment is more than if there is no GND at all.
The GND’s technology goals are supposed to be “clean, renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical.”
However, actually putting in place this sort of policy would not accomplish any one of those things, let alone all of them.
Speaking specifically about the ethical part, in 2019, California law-makers voted down Assembly Bill 735. This bill would require that “zero emission” electric vehicles sold in the state must be free of any materials or components associated with child labor.
In other words, California legislators prioritized “zero emission” vehicles over human rights because they cannot have such vehicles without such child labor.
The goals of the GND as listed above are not achievable with the actual GND. It’s like saying that your goal is to lose 30 pounds but you go about it by eating McDonald’s every meal.
The GND is not only unaffordable, and not only would it not actually achieve its supposed goals of fighting climate change (as I noted in the article I mentioned in the beginning), but it would actually be COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to the idea of protecting the planet.
It would require an exponential increase in the sorts of mining that everyone agrees is a detriment to the local environments and the people having to work and live under these conditions, not to mention the animals and livestock that get sick and die.
The more we find out about the Green New Deal, the more insane and unrealistic it becomes. More so than it already was, surprisingly.
“The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”
Late last week, the Chinese Communist Party admitted that the Wuhan virus numbers they had been reporting for a little over a month now were not accurate. In other news, grass is green.
Ok, being serious now, the real question isn’t what the actual number is (though that is one of many and I’ll get to it) but rather, why did they admit it now? Well, I would theorize that it’s likely because they can’t really hide that they are doing so poorly. According to The AP, China’s economy contracted 6.8% in the 1st quarter, though it’s probably considerably worse since their usual GDP was just about building ghost towns, as massive spending can increase the GDP, but is not real growth.
But I don’t really know if that is the reason for it. I certainly don’t think it is.
At any rate, according to Bloomberg News: “China has revised its official count of deaths from the coronavirus, adding some 1,290 deaths in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged last December. The addition, reported by state media on Friday, brings the nationwide death toll to 4,636, the majority coming from Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.”
“The additional deaths were all counted in Wuhan and the late reporting of deaths are due to several reasons, said the report. The first is that some patients died at home without seeing a doctor or being tested for the virus as hospitals were overwhelmed during the epidemic’s peak.”
I call b.s. about these “reasons” considering China straight-up stopped testing people for the virus some time in early March. In a city of 11 million people, 80,000 coronavirus cases shouldn’t overwhelm the hospital system (then again, these are communists we are talking about, so maybe their healthcare system is just that atrocious). I suspect the real number of cases to be somewhere in the couple million and it’s not like the CCP couldn’t hide such a large number if they wanted to, as we’ll get to in a moment.
Anyway, I would also call b.s. on the official number of 1,290 deaths over the last month and a half. Back in early April, the Washington Post estimated the real figures to be around 16 times worse than what China is reporting.
“The coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe officially claimed 2,563 lives in Wuhan, where it began in a market that sold exotic animals for consumption. But evidence emerging from the city as it stirs from its two-month hibernation suggests the real death toll is exponentially higher…”
“Using photos posted online, social media sleuths have estimated that Wuhan funeral homes had returned 3,500 urns a day since March 23. That would imply a death toll in Wuhan of about 42,000 – or 16 times the official number. Another widely shared calculation, based on Wuhan’s 84 furnaces running nonstop and each cremation taking an hour, put the death toll at 46,800.”
The Washington Post isn’t exactly known for being all that truthful and accurate (though they are every once in a while), so for the CCP to be called out by even them is fairly noteworthy, especially as the owner of The WaPo is Jeff Bezos.
Last month, the UK Daily Mail reported: “Mr. Johnson has been warned by scientific advisers that China’s officially declared statistics on the number of cases of coronavirus could be ‘downplayed by a factor of 15 to 40 times.’ And No 10 believes China is seeking to build its economic power during the pandemic with ‘predatory offers of help’ countries around the world.”
So everyone from the Washington Post to Number 10 (the U.K. version of the White House, as 10 Downing street is where the PM lives) suspected the Chinese numbers to be utterly bogus and the CCP to have been under-reporting heavily.
The American Enterprise Institute also has its own estimates, which are considered to even be conservative, as they give China a lot of benefit of the doubt.
According to The Daily Wire: “The estimate from AEI resident scholar Derek Scissors, PhD, was included in an article published Monday night in The Wall Street Journal. The estimate found that China had at a minimum 2.9 million coronavirus cases ‘outside Hubei,’ which is the province that Wuhan is located in. Scissors used travel data that was published with the approval of the Chinese Communist Party and then lowered those numbers even further just to give China the benefit of the doubt.”
Here is what Scissors wrote:
“A natural reaction to figures in the low millions: China is plainly lying but not by nearly that much, because the Communist Party cannot hide 2-3 million cases. Yes, it can. Flu illnesses in the US neared 20 million before the end of January – before COVID-19 was widespread here, with two months left of flu season, and at less than one-fourth China’s population. Chinese respiratory illnesses of all kinds could easily exceed 100 million, hiding 2.9 million COVID-19 cases…”
“Mortality remains sadly unsettled, but China’s size would obscure even a high rate. Hubei’s COVID-19 mortality should be quite high, due to the obvious inability to prepare and being initially overwhelmed. It is 4.7 percent. If extended over the rest of China – which is thankfully an exaggeration – that would produce 136,000 deaths over what is now more than three months. In a typical three-month period in ex-Hubei China before COVID-19, nearly 2.5 million people died. Even that many deaths would be easily obscured.”
“It is the party’s intent that no estimate of Chinese COVID-19 cases can be entirely convincing. Getting to 2.9 million cases starts with information offered by state media, uses the lowest available infection rate, applies days in circulation with a deliberately reduced figure to reflect a superior Chinese virus response, then stirs in the 1.39 billion people. Or you can believe that 1.2 million travelers from ground zero of a pandemic, some freely circulating for weeks, resulted in national contagion of a little over 15,000 cases.”
So even giving China as many benefits of the doubt possible in the calculation, such as taking some of their word for it (even revising down some of the official numbers) and assuming the lowest possible infection rate, the most conservative estimate has the number of total cases at 2.9 million people OUTSIDE HUBEI!
And no, he’s not talking about global numbers. That Daily Wire article was written in April 14th, and Johns Hopkins University said that the virus had (officially) infected over 1.9 million people by that date. Scissors was talking about 2.9 million cases outside Hubei but still inside China.
Now, if there are around 2.9 million estimated cases outside of Ground Zero of a pandemic, what exactly do you think the figure could possibly be within the Hubei province and within the city of Wuhan?
Regardless of whether you would like to take AEI’s estimates at face value, there is no denying the extremely negligent (at best) response that we have seen come out of Beijing. Xi Jinping has been lying from the very start, with the help of the WHO, which is why Trump lawfully decided to freeze funding for that globalist organization (and the U.N. should be next). From lying about its origins to lying about its infectivity and how it can spread to lying about how many cases and deaths there are, the CCP is incapable of telling the truth.
Even in reporting new deaths and cases, they still lie to try and maintain an air of superiority and control. If it looks like China isn’t in control of everything, its standing in the world is diminished (though plenty of Deep Staters would still try and prop them up).
But again, the question is why even report these new deaths? Like Scissors said, it’s not like they can’t hide millions of cases. They also control information, so if they find that Chinese funeral homes are returning 3,500 urns and people are making public the furnaces being used non-stop, they can squash that information from being released. Let’s not forget they kicked out a lot of journalists from media sources that won’t 100% subscribe to the ChiCom agenda (or at least, journalists that Xi Jinping doesn’t trust and believe would subscribe to it, even if they would).
So China is capable of withholding such information. Not to mention Western media is doing its darndest to absolve China of blame, or at least, diminish the consequences that should follow after China set the world on fire. There is, as I mentioned earlier, the economic contraction, but as I alluded to earlier, those numbers are probably worse than reported. Meaning that they can report basically whatever they want (to a certain extent). 6.8% contraction is bad (reality is probably worse) but I can’t see that as the reason for China to report more deaths, even if they are lying about how many more deaths there are.
Why report more deaths at all? It’s not like these are honorable people who tell the truth. They already have a track record of lies and deceit. It’s not like they are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts. That’s a load of b.s. for a number of reasons from theological ones to historical ones.
What do they gain by reporting more deaths at all? Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that. I doubt the Chinese were being all that pressured by people calling out their b.s. For crying out loud, they didn’t care one wit about what the world (minus shameless NBA players) said about how they treated the Hong Kong protests! So why would they care about what the world was saying about how they handled COVID-19?
I know why they wouldn’t report the actual numbers. I’ve already explained what they are trying to do. But I don’t see the sense in these commies reporting any new numbers. Maybe they think it won’t do them much harm to report just a few more, so long as the number is still relatively low (and there’s no doubt anti-American journalists and media pundits will still say that China has done a better job than Trump has in handling the pandemic).
What I do know, however, is that China is lying through their teeth and have been for a very long time. They are a fundamentally untrustworthy hellhole that should suffer major consequences following this pandemic, from economic sanctions to being forced to pay reparations to being kicked out of the World Trade Organization (which they shouldn’t have been allowed to enter in the first place, but that’s globalists for you).
I hope China pays for what they have done. Though something tells me they won’t, at least not that much.
“Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.”
The Wuhan virus pandemic has given some Leftist governors and mayors the opportunity to play little dictators and strip away people’s civil rights and liberties, often using the police to enforce their draconian principles. There are plenty of examples of this, such as police fining joggers who are by themselves for supposedly not adhering to stay-at-home orders (if they are alone, why does it matter?) or even going so far as to arrest a man having an outdoor picnic with his family.
There is also the matter of some officers going to Easter church gatherings to give out fines to attendees who were in their cars and adhering to social distancing rules and a California pastor being given a $1,000 fine and facing possible jail time for holding Easter services and for “allegedly hiding dozens of congregants from the police,” according to The Daily Wire.
When local law enforcement authorities begin to resemble the SS in search of Jews, you know you have a problem. Thankfully, not all police officers are so willing to turn their backs on the Constitution, as four sheriffs from northern Michigan counties released a statement indicating they will not enforce Gov. Whitler’s (not a typo) insane orders, calling them an “overstepping” of her authority (and by the way, the governor is facing multiple lawsuits for these draconian measures).
The statement reads: “We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders. While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority. She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens.”
Instead of employing strict and unnecessary enforcement, the sheriffs said that they “will deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense.”
“Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the US Constitution, and to ensure that your God given rights are not violated. We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”
“Our focus needs to be on reopening our counties and getting people back to work. We also need to be aware that this virus is deadly and that we need to continue to practice social distancing, washing of hands, wearing of masks as well as other medically recommended measures. Allowing those without paychecks back to work is imperative to the economic success and wellbeing of our community. We can do this in stages, especially those that work outside.”
“Together, as a community, we will overcome this pandemic, and as Americans, we will persevere and come out stronger than before. As sheriffs of your community we want you to know we have your back and will continue to serve the people who have entrusted us with your protection.”
I don’t blame them even a little for doing this. Whitler’s (yes, that’s what I’ll call her from now on) executive orders include banning retail stores from selling farming and gardening items, such as seeds, and banning paint from being sold. People can’t buy seeds or paint, but they are still allowed to buy alcohol, weed and lottery tickets. They aren’t allowed to travel between homes or even visit friends or family if it means leaving their homes.
These insane and arbitrary measures have drawn much ire from Michiganders, prompting the Michigan Conservative Coalition to set up a protest called “Operation Gridlock” where thousands of protesters gathered together to honk their cars and cause gridlock. Some protesters, however, took to the state’s Capitol to protest in person as well.
According to The Daily Wire: “The operation… directed protesters to stay in their cars and circle the capitol, honking their horns. Live shots on Fox News showed thousands of cars stacked up around the statehouse. Some protesters sported signs that said, ‘tyranny worse than the virus’ and ‘honk if you love liberty.’”
Matt Seely of the aforementioned Michigan Conservative Coalition, said: “People are basically being told what they can and can’t buy at stores. Nothing makes sense. You can buy a bottle of liquor, but you can’t buy a gallon of paint.”
It’s these arbitrary orders of deciding what stores can and can’t sell, as well as orders shutting down businesses that are subjectively deemed “non-essential”, that have drawn so much ire from people as they are entirely unconstitutional.
President Trump drew criticism for making note that he has “total” power to reopen the economy. While I would argue his power isn’t “total”, it’s definitely more than people think. Yes, the states have the 10th Amendment on their side (and that’s a good thing) and can issue social distancing guidelines (to an extent; an extent these governors are really testing). What they cannot do, however, is shut down businesses arbitrarily by deeming them “non-essential” as they currently are. If they had the power to do that, Leftist cities and states would employ such powers to shut down gun stores as “non-essential” businesses.
They can’t order people not to visit their friends and family and can’t order people not to go between two homes that they might own. The government does not have the authority to tell people if they can gather. It’s literally our First Amendment right to assemble and to issue these orders goes against the Constitution. I get wanting to “flatten the curve” and trying to tamper the ability for the virus to spread, but there are far better alternatives to outright COMMUNISM, such as wearing masks and washing your hands, etc. Let these changes happen naturally and socially, not legislatively or through overreaching executive orders.
States cannot order people to do any of the things they are doing and obviously, states don’t have the Constitutional authority to shut down businesses all willy-nilly like that either. Governors also don’t have the Constitutional authority to restrict what retail stores are able to sell, otherwise, again, they’d be able to tell gun stores to stop selling guns.
This is why it’s not an overreaction to call Whitler a “tyrant”. She very much is and is pushing the limits of her powers (not that she’s the only one doing this, but the topic of this story largely focuses on Michigan cops defying this particular governor’s commie orders). This pandemic has exposed the overly socialistic tendencies within the Left, what with so many Democrats salivating at the idea of using mail-in ballots, a system that would pretty much guarantee Democrat victories and make it far too easy for the Left to cheat.
And for some Democrat governors and mayors, their socialistic tendencies have come out in the form of executive authority.
The Left really can’t help themselves when they get an opportunity, any at all, to rule with as much of an iron fist as they can get away with. Thankfully, it seems there are at least some people within our law enforcement agencies willing to defend the constitution and stand up to tyranny.
Here’s hoping that the next time Gov. Whitler is on the ballot in an election, she gets her rear end kicked out of office, as well as the other Stalin-wannabes currently holding executive power within states and enforcing these draconian measures.
“Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!”
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