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Fauci’s research agency bypassed oversight of Wuhan clinic which was researching COVID

April 6, 2021

Here is an interesting story that is not making the news for some strange reason. Media darling and leftist hero Doctor Fauci, who cannot keep his story straight when it comes to COVID protocols, was the head of an infectious disease research organization which received a grant from the United States to research bat-based diseases, however this agency bypassed Federal oversight and allowed the clinic to do its research unchecked. The results of this lack of oversight have been disastrous.

Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said it is “very concerning” that the federal infectious disease research organization led by Dr. Anthony Fauci bypassed federal oversight of a grant that funded a lab in Wuhan, China to genetically modify bat-based coronaviruses.

Why is the United States funding a lab in China to genetically modify any disease in the the first place is a legitimate question in and of itself, but back to the story:

Infectious disease experts say the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) grant with the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance, which involved the transfer of $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), described scientists conducting gain-of-function research on SARS-like viruses to make them even more contagious. But a federal oversight board created in 2017 to scrutinize such research was not notified of the grant because the NIAID opted against forwarding it for review

“When it comes to oversight of U.S. tax dollars headed to the Chinese Communist Party, Dr. Fauci seems like he’s literally whistling past the graveyard,”

Pay no attention to the research being done in China, nothing to see here. It is almost like Doctor Fauci had a dollar or two to make of this pandemic if it reached this level…

He is risen!

April 4, 2021

He is risen!

  “When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.” (Mark 16:1-4 ESV)

But when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:3-6 ESV)

Iowa Governor signs Constitutional carry into law

April 2, 2021

Today Iowa became the 19th State to pass Constitutional carry into law when Governor Reynolds signed H.F. 756. Here is more:

Gov. Reynolds signed H.F. 756 into law and it takes effect on July 1, 2021. Upon signing the law, Reynolds stressed H.R. 756 “protects the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals.”

Reynold’s signature makes Iowa the 19th state to end the requirement for law-abiding citizens to get a permit before carrying a gun for self-defense.

The other 18 states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Welcome to the fold Iowa! This is an important issue and it is good to see more and more States recognize what is so clearly defined in the Bill of Rights, especially in light of a recent 9th Circuit Court ruling which found that the second amendment does not give the people the right to open carry as well as the much expected gun control push from the Federal Government.

Pete Buttigieg backs away from miles driven tax

March 30, 2021

Last weekend Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg floated the idea of funding an infrastructure bill with a regressive miles driven tax which would have disproportionally hurt the lower classes and minorities. The outcry must have been overwhelming because yesterday Pete Buttigieg backtracked from the idea, claiming this is not on the table. Here is more:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg ruled out plans on Monday to increase in the federal gas tax or charge drivers a fee based on miles driven to pay for the Biden administration’s $3 trillion infrastructure plan.

“That’s not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill,” Buttigieg told CNN on Monday when asked about implementing a vehicle-miles-traveled fee in lieu of taxes paid at the gas pump. “Just want to make sure that’s really clear,” he added. “But you will be hearing a lot more details in the coming days about how we envision to be able to fund this.”

Buttigieg also dismissed the suggestion of a gas tax increase to pay for rebuilding the nations roads, tunnels and bridges but he said measures being discussed “are carefully thought through, responsible ideas that ultimately are going to be a win for the economy.”

Well this is certainly good news, if we can take what he says at face value and this is not snuck into another, unrelated bill, however you did notice that there is going to be some kind of new tax or tax increase coming our way? And once again I can guarantee this tax will not be just on those making over $400,000, despite Joe Biden’s promise…

Biden administration working on COVID ‘passports’ for travel and dining

March 29, 2021

“Show me your papers” might be a term closely associated with Nazi Germany but it is getting closer and closer to being a reality in the United States of Amerika in 2021. Last week Herr Cuomo announced that New York would be introducing “COVID” vaccination passports for people who would like to reenter society and while the Empire State might be the first to do so it is just a testing grounds.

It did not take long for the Federal Government to follow suit, according to this story Joe Biden likes the idea so much his administration is working on Federal COVID vaccination cards as well. Here is more:

Along with private technology and travel companies, the Biden administration is working to develop credentials – referred to as passports, health certificates or travel passes – showing proof of vaccination as individuals and businesses emerge from lockdown, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

As individuals and businesses “emerge from lockdown.” Did you ever think you would hear those words describing the situation in the United States of Amerika? But I digress, back to the story:

According to the Washington Post, the administration’s efforts are housed in offices of Health and Human Services, with the White House this month taking a “bigger role coordinating government agencies involved in the work, led by coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients.”

“Our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy,” Zients said at a March 12 briefing.

If you have to divulge medical information there is no privacy, but I digress again.

The passports offer a glimpse of a future after months of COVID-19 restrictions. Officials say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smooth the way to travel, entertainment and other social gatherings in a post-pandemic world.

If you want to travel, go to a ballgame or a movie, or simply go out to eat, according to this story, you will have to show your papers to the proper people or you will be refused admittance. Isn’t this the type of measure the Democrats usually call racist?

We are just a heartbeat away from losing freedom as we know it and it does not feel as if there is anything that can peaceably be done to stop the inevitable march toward totalitarianism. We should never have let it get this far, we should have fought back a year ago when the lockdowns began.

Sieg Heil!

Sunday, March 28th open thread: ‘The Patriot’

March 28, 2021

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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Here is Topher with The Marine Rapper doing “The Patriot.” Enjoy:

Pete Buttigieg floats ‘vehicle miles’ tax

March 27, 2021

The idea of taxing people for how many miles they drive in a year is something that has been floated before and now Pete Buttigieg, the new Transportation Secretary, seems to be behind the idea. Here is more:

“When you think about infrastructure, it’s a classic example of the kind of investment that has a return on that investment,” the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor said.

“That’s one of many reasons why we think this is so important. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more.”

Stop right there! The idea behind the miles driven tax is supposed to be to raise money for infrastructure but as you can see in that last quote this is really just another attempt at forcing part of the green new deal onto an unsuspecting populace. Okay, back to Pete Buttigieg:

A vehicle miles tax would cost drivers based on how far they drive, not how much gasoline is consumed.

“A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it,” he said of the possibility of generating revenue to pay for the impending spending proposals.

It is not clear whether a vehicle miles tax would replace the federal gas tax or be in addition to it.

A mileage tax “shows a lot of promise if we believe in that so-called user-pays principle: The idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive.”

Two things about that last quote stick out to me. First; I think we all know that this will be in addition to the gas tax, there is no way the Democrats are going to repeal and replace. Second; in theory the gas tax already taxes a person based on how much they drive. The more a person drives the more he pays in taxes, that is pretty simple is it not?

In addition to the bureaucratic nightmare this will create and the unfair burden this will put on the lower income people who have to travel long distances to work there is the broken promise of not raising taxes on people making under $400,000…

Andrew Cuomo to introduce COVID ‘passports’

March 26, 2021

After depriving his subjects of their circuses for a year Andrew Cuomo is preparing to bring them back soon. However, if you would like to go to a concert, a baseball game, or some such event you had better be able to show your papers. According to this story Andrew Cuomo is set to announce new COVID “passports.” Here is more:

Starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to pull up a code on their cell phone or a printout to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus that causes it.

The first-in-the-nation certification, called the Excelsior Pass, will be useful first at large-scale venues like Madison Square Garden, but next week will be accepted at dozens of event, arts and entertainment venues statewide. It already enables people to increase the size of a wedding party, or other catered event.

Like an airline boarding pass, people will be able to prove their health status with a digital QR code – or “quick response” machine-readable label. They’ll need to download the Excelsior Pass app, enter their name, date of birth, zip code and answer a series of personal questions to confirm their identity. The data will come from the state’s vaccine registry and also will be linked to testing data from a number of pre-approved testing companies.

The new pass is part of a growing but disjointed effort to provide vaccine “passports” or  certifications, so people won’t have to hang onto a dog-eared piece of paper, worry about privacy issues or forgeries, or fork over extra cash to prove they’re not contagious. 

Can I get me some HIPAA laws here? According to the article this is supposed to calm worries over privacy concerns and yet New Yorkers will still have to show the gestapo electronic medical papers after giving the State their personal information.

This is to be expected in New York because for the last year this dictator has been stopping out-of-Staters and asking them for their papers if they would like to enter his fascist State, this is just taking it to the next level. Now all New Yorkers will have to show their papers if they would like to attend any kind of event.

And this is only the beginning, you can rest assured that other States will follow suit.

Sieg Heil!

Civil rights leaders call Democrats racists for not ending filibuster

March 26, 2021

Over the last several years we have seen the filibuster whittled down to almost being nonexistent. Slowly but surely this process began with Harry Reid when he wanted to push through Barack Obama’s lower court appointees and it continued when Mitch McConnell needed to get Donald Trump’s Supreme Court and cabinet nominees through the Senate.

When doing this Mitch McConnell swore the filibuster on legislation would always remain in effect because the dangers to our democracy are too great, however now with the Democrats in control of the Congress and the Presidency and being unable to get much through the Senate with Republican opposition the talk is again beginning to circulate about ending the filibuster for legislation.

Now civil rights leaders are pulling out all the stops by playing the race card, basically calling Democrats who refuse to end the filibuster racists. Here is more:

Black civil rights leaders, voting rights advocates and elected officials are ramping up their lobbying of Senate Democrats to nix the filibuster, arguing that they can keep the rule in place or pass voting rights legislation, but not both.

Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, said in an interview that he and others have begun talks to hold town halls and rallies in the home states of senators such as Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who have said they oppose scrapping the filibuster.

“The pressure that we are going to put on Sinema and Manchin is calling [the filibuster] racist and saying that they are, in effect, supporting racism,” Sharpton said. “Why would they be wedded to something that has those results? Their voters need to know that.”

It is very rare indeed that you hear them admit they are using race as a strategy but there you have it. If you support the filibuster so that the minority party in the country still has a small voice in what happens they are going to call you a racist and as we have seen in the past they will go after you and try to destroy your life, they will not stop at simply voting you out of office.

It is always entertaining when Democratic policies come back to bite Democrats and it is always entertaining when they become victims of their own political correctness, however this will have dire consequences in the end and we know that these Democrats who as of right now oppose ending the filibuster will wilt under the pressure. It is only a matter of time before the filibuster is ended and we can thank Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell for their short-sightedness.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

9th Circuit Court rules 2nd Amendment does not guarantee right to open carry

March 24, 2021

It looks like the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time the liberal court has ruled that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to open carry. Here is more:

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Hawaii gun regulation, ruling Wednesday that states can restrict the right to openly carry a firearm in public.

The 7-4 decision said restrictions on carrying guns in public do not fall within the scope of what is protected by the Second Amendment.

“The government may regulate, and even prohibit, in public places – including government buildings, churches, schools, and markets – the open carrying of small arms capable of being concealed, whether they are carried concealed or openly,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the majority.

“We have never assumed that individuals have an unfettered right to carry weapons in public spaces,” the majority ruled. “Indeed, we can find no general right to carry arms into the public square for self defense.”

“The en banc court held that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an unfettered, general right to openly carry arms in public for individual self-defense. Accordingly, Hawaii’s firearms-carry scheme is lawful.”

I would argue that the words “shall not be infringed” are pretty clear and yes, those words do guarantee an “unfettered, general” right to openly carry firearms, in fact it is a radical interpretation to decide otherwise.

Donald Trump had made some progress remaking the lower courts but it is clear the job was not completed before he was voted out of office and now this signals what we can expect in the lower courts with Joe Biden picking the nominees, and also what type of laws we can expect the Congress to pass. Even if this decision is overturned the onslaught from the Federal Government is just beginning.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium