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John Kerry violates mask mandate at Logan Airport

July 7, 2021

Despite the fact that Joe Biden claimed he was only “asking” Americans to wear masks for 100 days (although nobody has been able to explain to me how making something mandatory was considered “asking”) the Federal mask mandate remains in place. Of course part of that mandate means that you must wear a mask while on public transportation and at airports and the like.

Apparently that only depends on who you are: You might remember back in March John Kerry was caught violating the Federal mask mandate while on an airplane. He defended himself by saying that he only pulled the mask down for a second and somebody just happened to snap a picture at the opportune time.

Well, now he has been caught again and this time it might not be so easily explainable. This time he was caught walking through Logan Airport and going through the metal detector sans mask.

It’s good to be the King…

New York Governor declares gun violence a public health crisis, seizes emergency powers

July 6, 2021

I really do hate to be the guy who says I told you so but back when Donald Trump was threatening to declare a national emergency at the Southern border to circumvent the Congress and fund the border wall through fiat I warned people that eventually a Democrat would be back in the White House and he or she could use Donald Trump’s example to declare global warming or gun control a national emergency to push forward his or her radical agenda.

It did not take Nancy Pelosi long to come to the same conclusion back in 2019 and now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making a test run of his own, preparing the way for a national emergency declaration if all goes well. The would-be dictator has declared gun violence in his State to be a public health crisis and has usurped emergency powers to fight the epidemic. Here is more:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued the first-in-the-nation Executive Order declaring gun violence in New York as a Disaster Emergency — the first step in a comprehensive plan that aims to tackle the surge in gun violence throughout the state.

The disaster emergency status will allow the state to address the gun violence crisis by expediting money and resources to communities so they can begin targeting gun violence immediately.

This new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis, using short-term solutions to manage the immediate gun violence crisis and reduce the shooting rate, as well as long-term solutions that focus on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence.

Here are some of the key points:

Treat gun violence like the emergency public health it is;

Target hotspots with data and science;

Positive engagement for at-risk youth;

Break the cycle of escalating violence;

Get illegal guns off the streets;

Keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people;

Rebuild the police-community relationship

What is the reason the police-community relationship needs to be rebuilt for in the first place? Could it be Democratic politicians supporting the defund movement? But I digress…

It sounds all very well and good on the surface but we know what is going to happen when more and more of the States start following suit, and then what will happen when the Federal Government decides to take a crack at gun control through Executive Order…

Joe Biden flew Hunter Biden and his business associates to Mexico on Air Force 2

July 4, 2021

You might remember that during the 2020 Presidential campaign whenever a question came up about Hunter Biden’s illicit business dealings and the possibility that he was cashing in on his father’s name and position as Vice-President that Joe Biden claimed he never even discussed Hunter’s business dealings with his son.

Now new emails, with pictures, have surfaced and we are getting more details as to why Hunter Biden once called his Dad his “office-mate” despite Joe Biden’s calm they are two separate adults leading two separate lives. It turns out that Joe Biden did in fact host Hunter Biden’s billionaire business associates in the White House after all, and also flew then on Air Force 2 to Mexico so they could discuss a business deal. Here is more:

Joe Biden entertained his son’s business associates in the vice president’s office, including Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim and Miguel Alemán Velasco.

The then-vice president also flew Hunter and his partner Jeff Cooper on Air Force 2 to Mexico City in 2016 where Hunter arranged to meet Alemán’s son for meetings over a ‘flippin gigantic’ business deal.

The revelations, laid bare in photographs and emails on Hunter’s abandoned laptop, are the latest in a growing body of evidence calling into question the president’s claim that he never spoke about business with Hunter.

In the light of shocking documents uncovered by from the laptop, the president now faces serious questions – not just whether he knew about Hunter’s controversial business dealings, but also whether he was involved in facilitating them himself while vice president.

Knowing Joe Biden’s mental decline it is very possible that he has no recollection of this meeting or who those people were, however this happened five years ago, before the decline really started to take place, so I am not willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Doctor Fauci accused of HATCH Act violation

June 30, 2021

Things are going from bad to worse for Doctor Fauci, he is now being accused of violating the HATCH Act for an interview he conducted shortly before the election. Here is more:

A complaint against Dr. Anthony Fauci alleges that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) violated the Hatch Act—which prohibits government employees from “us[ing] his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.”

The complaint, filed on Wednesday, was made by Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), a non-profit organization “dedicated to promoting compliance in government and restoring the public’s trust in government officials.”

“PPT respectfully requests that you investigate whether National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci violated the Hatch Act in the course of conducting an interview with The Washington Post just days before the General Presidential Election in November 2020,” the group asked.

“Dr. Anthony Fauci’s evaluation of the two candidates running for President during his interview with The Washington Post on October 30, 2020 demonstrated a clear intent to use his influence as one of the nation’s leading COVID-19 experts to affect the outcome of the coming national election,” the complaint reads.

Honestly, I think we all know this is going nowhere…

Hunter Biden’s investment firm has ties to company which helped fund Wuhan clinic research

June 28, 2021

We already know Doctor Fauci is up to his eyeballs in scandal for not only helping to fund gain-of-function COVID research in Wuhan but for also stating he thought the research was so important that the risk of creating a pandemic was worth it, but now we are learning, that Hunter Biden’s firm also has ties to funding the research. Here is more:

It has been revealed that Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners (RSTP), of which Hunter Biden was managing director, was one of the main financial backers for a company that partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Metabiota. Metabiota has partnered with both EcoHealth Alliance and with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Financial reports show that, in Jun. 2015, RSTP did a round of capital funding for Metabiota, which brought in around $30 million.

Metabiota was already partnered with EcoHealth Alliance under an umbrella bringing several related companies together in the year 2014. This umbrella eventually led to a study on bat infectious diseases in China.

Is it any wonder why people like Doctor Fauci and Joe Biden are so quick to dismiss the China lab leak theory…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez downplays violent crime surge, blames media hysteria

June 27, 2021

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a theory about the recent spike in violent crime. For lack of a better term she believes it is fake news, media-driven hysteria designed to counter the defund the police movement. Here is more:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) doubled down on defunding police this week, asserting the crime surge is just “hysteria” and that making “responsible decisions about what [funds] to allocate” away from police departments is “important.”

“We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases,” she explained about a recent New York Times headline about surging crime:

Now, I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much. But I also want to make sure that this hysteria, you know, that this doesn’t drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context so that we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate in that context.

Ocasio-Cortez continued to say the establishment media is perpetuating “this idea of crime” surging throughout America.

“I agree with Representative Bowman, that I do believe that we need to reallocate resources away and that a big, you know, major causes of this — and by the way, I also think it’s important context because we hear on the news and media, they perpetuate this idea of crime wave, crime wave, crime wave, right?” she continued. “And so this idea that a lot of us are panicked thinking that we are at some unprecedented level that we’ve never seen before.”

She did not come right out and call the reports fake news but it is pretty evident that is what she was saying in her remarks. Personally I am glad to learn the crime wave we have been hearing so much about is nothing but media driven hysteria designed to hurt the defund movement and that she is concerned about overreaction because this is the very same crime wave Democrats have been using to push their radical, draconian gun control measures. Apparently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez either did not get the memo or else she did not think through the ramifications of claiming there was no crime spree.

Once again a Democrat is caught talking out of both sides of their mouth–there is no crime wave when they want to defund the police however there is a crime wave which only restrictions on those who are not participating in the crime wave can stop. Just once I would like a reporter to follow up when a statement like this is made and ask the interviewee to rectify their two simultaneously conflicting views.

Republican Senators introduce resolution calling on CDC to loosen Federal mask mandate

June 26, 2021

While many States are finally loosening mask restrictions and life is returning to normal the Federal mandate remains in place with no sign of being lifted anytime in their near future. But if a few Republican Senators have their way that could change soon. Here is more:

Republican senators this week introduced a resolution aimed to urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update the federal mask mandate requiring face coverings to be worn on modes of public transportation.

The resolution, offered by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), calls on the Biden-led CDC to “review and update its guidance relating to mask-wearing in confined places.”

The resolution states that the Senate:

…encourages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review and update its guidance relating to mask-wearing in confined places to clarify that individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask on public transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems.

The resolution also states that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) should update its mask requirements:

…to be consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, to permit fully vaccinated individuals to travel on all transportation networks throughout the United States without wearing a mask.

Using language like “urge” “encourages” and “should” should get results…

By the way, I thought Joe Biden was only going to “ask” us to wear a mask for 100 days? Whatever happened to that promise and where is the mainstream media with the lie-o-meter they were so found of breaking out over the last four years?

9th Circuit Court reinstates California’s ‘assault weapons’ ban

June 22, 2021

A few weeks ago a Federal Judge declared California’s “assault weapons” ban unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction against the ban. But apparently “permanent” does not mean what I think it means because today the 9th Circuit Court blocked the decision and reinstated the ban. Here is more:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a federal judge’s ruling Monday that overturned California’s ban on assault weapons.

The three judge panel issued a stay on Judge Roger Benitez’s ruling, which means the current ban on the firearms will stay in place while other proceedings continue.

And so on and on it goes, this one will be headed to the Supreme Court and the only good news to come from this is that the 9th Circuit Court remains the most overturned court in the nation. Donald Trump made some headway reforming this circuit court but just not quite enough.

Sunday, June 20th open thread: ‘Why Can’t I be You’

June 20, 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 The Cure performing an improvised and extended version of “Why Can’t I be You?” live in 1990:

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty in same-sex adoption case

June 17, 2021

Back in 2018 the city of Philadelphia informed the Catholic Social Services they would not be allowed to take in any more foster children unless the organization agreed to allow children to be adopted by same-sex couples. Needless to say the Catholic organization refused and initiated a lawsuit which culminated today with the schizophrenic Supreme Court siding on the side of religious liberty. Here is more:

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Thursday unanimously overturned a lower court ruling regarding the City of Philadelphia barring foster children from being placed with the Catholic Social Services due to its unwillingness to endorse same-sex couples.

In a 9-0 judgment, SCOTUS held that the City of Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with Catholic Social Services (CSS) for the provision of foster care services unless the agency agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. It came about after Philadelphia stopped foster children from being placed with the Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the basis of its beliefs and practices on traditional marriage.

“Philadelphia took this extraordinary action not in response to any legal violation, nor in response to any complaint it received, but because of CSS’s religious beliefs and practices regarding marriage, which City officials read about in the local paper,” the petitioner’s brief reads, noting the Third Circuit ruled in favor of Philadelphia, considering the city’s actions “neutral.”

“The City will renew its foster care contract with CSS only if the agency agrees to certify same-sex couples. The question presented is whether the actions of Philadelphia violate the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, in which he ultimately determined the city’s action did so.

The city’s actions, he wrote, “burdened CSS’s religious exercise by putting it to the choice of curtailing its mission or approving relationships inconsistent with its beliefs,” noting the city’s dissent of that opinion.

This decision should never have been in doubt however it is surprising to me that the Supreme Court decision was unanimous. That really must irk the left because this is the third such unanimous decision in recent days including the decision on creating an immigration loophole and the decision on warrantless gun seizures, so they cannot claim the court has been radicalized by Donald Trump.