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Naomi Wolf nails it on lockdowns and totalitarianism

Naomi Wolf discovered the Bill of Rights during the Bush years and believes in it regardless of which party controls Washington, D.C.

Longtime blog readers know that I attended high school with Naomi Wolf. She was a year behind me, but a lot of her friends were in my year and, if my memory serves me correctly, she was in my English class with the brilliant Flossie Lewis (a teacher known to generations of Lowell students).

I was not a Naomi fan because, in honest retrospect, I wasn’t in her league. She was brilliant and beautiful, an airy-fairy hippie chick who managed to make it look easy to get good grades. She was never arrogant about her looks but she was arrogant about her brains and, quite sweetly, she put me in my place more than once.

Because I’d known her personally, I paid attention to Naomi’s career trajectory in the 1990s. (Note: I’ve never seen or spoken to her since high school.) I read The Beauty Myth and, for a brief while, became a bristling third-wave feminist. I got too busy with life to hang onto that notion, though, and then had children. Because I was then a Clinton supporter, I was envious of the fact that Naomi was in the Clintons’ inner political circle. Still, I was able to laugh when I learned that she had given Gore advice in 1999 about his color choices to make him more appealing to voters.

As I hewed right and Naomi remained on the left, I became less impressed with her, as I am with all leftists. She spoke out in support of burqas and vaginas, acknowledged that abortion is homicide but still supported it, constantly attacked George Bush, was anti-war and anti-Israel, and worried about chemtrails. In other words, a leftist crackpot, albeit a brilliant one. She really fell apart when she wrote a book about all the people executed in Victorian England for being gay, without understanding that none were executed. She’d misunderstood the historic records, which is apparently a fairly common problem for Naomi and is her greatest weakness. She’s brilliant but careless. It makes it easy to undermine all her positions, whether or not they’re good.

And it turns out that some of Naomi’s positions are good — at least her position about a free, constitutional society that honors the Bill of Rights. Beginning under the Bush presidency, because of the various anti-terrorism acts that went into effect then, Naomi suddenly became an ardent civil libertarian. Where Naomi gets huge points is that she has continued to be an ardent civil libertarian regardless of which political party holds sway in Washington, D.C.

Because of that intellectual honesty, Naomi has been horrified by the lockdowns and the whole package of power grabs in which both the state and federal governments have engaged, using the excuse of the Wuhan virus to do so. For that reason, Tucker had her on his Monday night show.

Frankly, Naomi didn’t say anything you and I haven’t been saying for a long time. What made it unique was that it was coming from a leftist. Suddenly she’s another Glenn Greenwald — an honest leftist fighting back against the totalitarianism coming from leftist governments. Also, because she’s really bright, Naomi said all these things well. I urge you to watch this video and take it very seriously, especially Naomi’s point about the very small window of time we have left to push back before losing our rights forever. I do what I can with my writing because that’s my one and only strength. What can you do?

The Wuhan virus reveals a profound values schism in America

The way Red and Blue states have responded to the Wuhan virus reveals profoundly different political philosophies in the two Americas.

My son is staying with us because his college sent everyone home after Thanksgiving to do distance learning until next semester. He’s been here three weeks and cannot get over how cavalier people are about mask wearing and social distancing. He misses California’s lockdowns and it’s incredibly strict mask rules. As far as he’s concerned, people here are selfish sadists who, through their carelessness, want everyone to die. I’ve made two arguments to him, neither of which he can comprehend.

Argument 1: That people here are paying close attention to what the lockdown politicians are doing to the middle class, versus what they’re doing vis-à-vis favored classes as well as how they’re handling things in their own lives. Thus, we Red states and other conservatives notice that, under Democrat politicians and their RINO and NeverTrump cohorts, all the working- and middle-class businesses and churches got closed, while the same politicians explicitly or implicitly approved tens of thousands of people gathering for Black Lives Matter protests and riots. Likewise, they’ve noticed how the same politicians exempt themselves from their own rules.

To ordinary Americans/Republicans, that hypocrisy and favoritism is a clear sign that the lockdown politicians know that the Wuhan virus isn’t that dangerous. That being the case, they must be using lockdowns and draconian mask mandates as a political cudgel to achieve control, promote favored constituents, and destroy disfavored constituents.

To my son, though, the politicians’ hypocrisy and favoritism just shows that they’re not that smart. He can’t wrap his mind around people ignoring “the science” — nor does he recognize that the science is disputed, changeable, and politicized.

Argument 2: That people in Blue states value safety while people in Red states value freedom. His response: “You can’t be free if you’re dead.” The old-fashioned notion expressed in Patrick Henry’s much lauded “Give me liberty or give me death” speech is meaningless to him.

That made me think generally about a profound difference between Red states and Blue states. As my son points out, Blue states are much wealthier — although he’s willing to admit that the wealth is highly concentrated and that wealth disparities are greater in Blue states. He also points out that people in Blue states are more “educated.” He cannot understand that “education ain’t what it used to be.” Blue staters may be more credentialed but there’s no indication that they are more learned or more wise.

But again, the point is that Red staters don’t seem to crave the extraordinary wealth that concentrates in Blue states. Nor are they impressed with the Blue state’s credentialism. Nor do they want nanny-statism with its (illusory) promise of perfect safety. Again, what they want is liberty.

While the Blues want money and security, the Reds just say “leave us alone.”

That is such a profound difference, all I can think of is that old tag line from the “marriage advice” column in Good Housekeeping magazine: “Can this marriage be saved?”

If Harris gets into the White House (we know Biden’s just a figurehead), and she gets her Democrat Congress, that obsessive focus on nanny statism and credentialed indoctrination is going to be slammed down on all America. The big question then is whether the Red staters who so want to be left alone will learn to love their prison wardens or if they will begin very aggressively to push back.

I have no predictions. I just know that, when a true conservative is in the White House, the Blue states can be as nanny as they want, while the Red states will be left alone. In other words, it’s true federalism, with 50 laboratories of democracy.

However, if we have a true socialist government in D.C., no one will be left alone. All Americans are going to have a socialist definition of “safety” shoved up and into all their orifices whether they want it or not.

(By the way, apropos the picture at the top of this post, when I went looking to see if von Bismarck had a specific quotation about the nanny state he spearheaded — and I did not find such a quotation — I did find this bit of wisdom from that wily, experienced statesman: “With bad laws and good civil servants it’s still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can’t help.”)

What do I think of the Democrats’ COVID-19 management?

A truly thoughtful, open-minded Democrat friend asked me what I thought of the COVID-19 lockdowns. This was my first pass answer.

I am opposed to the lockdowns. Fortunately, I’m in an economic class that can handle them. People who cannot telecommute or live on their savings are being destroyed. I believe what is happening now is evil.

We know a lot more about the virus than we did in the spring. We have better treatments and we know who’s at risk. The smart thing is to protect the vulnerable, masks in crowded places or for those who want them and get back to normal. And here’s something for you to chew on: John Hopkins did a study showing that deaths in 2020 were average overall, a study that was pulled because the authors didn’t like that people made use of it to advance arguments with which the authors disagreed. The bottom line, as many conservatives have argued, is that COVID-19 hastened the deaths of those who would have died anyway. A tragedy? Most certainly. Losing even one day from a loved one is a tragedy, but you don’t offset tragedy by destroying a country.

Right now, I can’t help wondering what’s driving people like Oregon’s governor. Has she decided that avoiding a single coronavirus death is worth destroying millions of lives, with the attendant increase in suicide, depression, substance abuse, crime, spousal and child abuse, deaths from untreated diseases such as cancer and heart disease, etc.? Can she explain why you can’t have people in your home or go to the Mom & Pop store, but Walmart and Costco are just fine? Also, can those governors explain why they were copacetic with mass riots in the spring, at the peak of the virus, but God forbid you celebrate Thanksgiving?

And the hypocrisy — the Denver may, Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer, and more — they all made it clear that the rules don’t apply to them. That either means they think that, godlike, they are immune or, more likely, they know that what they’re doing makes no difference to the virus. If that’s true, all their rules are either because they enjoy the power or because they’re achieving a goal other than the spread of disease. The obvious short-term goal was to destroy Trump. The longer-term goal seems to be to break the back of the middle- and working classes that are not on board with the Democrat party’s agenda.

People will go along with this for a while, especially if the leaders keep them in a state of fear. However, at a certain point, time blunts the fear and people begin to realize they’re being used and abused. Then, you have a true revolution, not the carefully choreographed BLM rallies, but true revolution. I fear that.

One Democrat with whom I spoke accused me of heartlessness because “people will die.” People will always die and a pandemic that, averaged out over the country, has a 99% survival rate should not merit killing the country to “save” it.

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Is this idea about the origin of the Wuhan virus too off the wall?

Could China have created the Wuhan virus to provide a little extra breathing room in its socialized medicine and welfare systems?

I already know that this idea is far-fetched, but it formed in my mind so perfectly that I had to run with it. I’ll make this brief because there’s really not much to say.

According to Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Hong Kong virologist who claims to be on the run from the Communist powers in Beijing, the Chinese military created the Wuhan virus as a deliberate weapon of war.

However, in a post at Red State, Michael Thau thinks something more complicated is going on. He points out that the normally secretive Chinese government went out of its way to promote to Westerners how dangerous this mysterious new virus was. That being the case, it’s strange that Dr. Yan said that the virus was a deliberately released bioweapon:

[I]f what Dr. Yan is saying is true, the enthusiasm Chinese authorities showed for hyping the virus is tough to explain.

You’d think that they’d want to keep their bioweapon a secret, so it does as much damage as possible before it’s detected.

Why would the CCP want to identify the bioweapon they’d unleashed and its Chinese origins months before it even struck its targets? For that matter, why would they release it in China first and let it make its way to the West, instead of starting it off in one of the countries they were targeting?

Thau thinks that Yan, who seems remarkably insouciant about the safety of her friends and family back in Hong Kong, may not be an enemy of the CCP. Instead, she might be an agent, pushing the CCP’s preferred narrative. Thau thinks that the Chinese wanted a global lockdown and built up a fake narrative to create one.

I think Thau might be on to something, although I come at it from a slightly different angle, and my angle can have Dr. Yan being a patsy, not an agent. Here goes:

If I wanted to destroy the world and had the ability to manufacture a targeted virus, I would make a virus that replicates the Spanish Influenza: That virus was not only exceptionally contagious and lethal, it also targeted hardest the young and healthy. A virus that wipes out the workers would be the virus most likely to destroy the world. As a second-tier goal, I would engineer the virus so that it didn’t affect Han people, who are the preferred ethnicity in China.

Once the virus had run its course, China would be the last nation standing, just as America was after World War II. China would have effectively won a world war without firing a shot. The Chinese era would begin, with the Han dominant in China. That’s what I would do.

Instead, though, if China did indeed engineer a virus, it engineered a virus that takes down the old and sick. That’s not a great weapon. It’s a terrible bioweapon.

However, a disease that specifically targets old and sick people is a useful tool for a socialist country that has a surfeit of old and sick people burdening the medical and welfare systems. We already know that countries such as England routinely deny treatment to the very old or the very sick. They do this because they’re no longer contributing to the system. For that reason, they’re viewed as deadweight, and not worth saving.

Remember, in socialist societies, an individual’s worth is measured, not by being a unique person made in the image of God, but by that person’s utility to the state. If you’re no longer useful and, worse, if are an economic drain on society, you’ve got to go.

So here’s my crazy theory: I think China may have engineered a virus to clean out the dead weight (i.e., old and sick people) from its population. Once having engineered the virus, though, it realized that it could get a secondary benefit from the resulting sickness. It could use scary PR about the virus — a virus that, unlike the Black Death or Spanish Influenza, will not destroy the world — to panic the rest of the world into destroying itself.

How’s that for a theory?

The Wuhan virus has accelerated existing trends

The Wuhan virus has sped up existing processes, such as hastening inevitable deaths, changing the business world, and exposing the left.

You’ve probably read that 94% of Wuhan virus deaths happened to people who already had compromised health, whether from extreme age or diseases that were already putting stress on their bodies. Statistically, the members of that 94% cohort were more likely to precede the rest of us in death, even without the virus. What the virus did was to grossly, and tragically accelerate the process.

Learning the above data made me realize that the Wuhan virus has been an accelerant in many areas of American life. That is, it’s presence in America resulted in existing trends suddenly exploding into warp speed. Or for those of us who still remember long-playing records, the Wuhan virus took trends that were proceeding at 33 1/3 RPMs and ramped them up to 78 RPMs.

First, as noted above, the virus struck people who were fragile because of advanced age or ongoing health conditions, but weren’t facing imminent death, and killed them.

Second, the virus speeded up the move to telecommuting. I’ve been telecommuting since the early 1990s. The technology then was already good enough for me to do my legal research online and email my word product to my clients (all of which were law firms).

Over the years, it’s gotten even better. Back then, I had to get my court filings to the clients at least 24 hours in advance so that my clients could create the multiple hard copies needed for filing with the court and sending to opposing counsel. Now, the briefs never even become hard copies, while all the evidentiary documents are instantly scanned. Many courts don’t want paper filings. The valiant bike messengers who used to keep San Francisco legal practices afloat by whizzing through traffic to get last-minute filings to the courthouses became unnecessary.

I’ve just given you one anecdote about one field. However, the Wuhan virus suddenly turned the white-collar world into a telecommuting world. Take this story about Pinterest, one of the many entirely online businesses that realized that office space is an unnecessary expense:

Pinterest, a social-sharing site popular for pinning recipes, home inspiration and more, has canceled its large San Francisco office lease.

The lease was for 88 Bluxome, a high-rise complex to-be-constructed near Pinterest’s existing San Francisco headquarters. The company cited a shift to work-from-home due to the coronavirus pandemic in its decision. Pinterest will keep its current city offices, however.

“As we analyze how our workplace will change in a post-COVID world, we are specifically rethinking where future employees could be based,” Pinterest  Chief Financial Officer Todd Morgenfeld said in a statement Friday. “A more distributed workforce will give us the opportunity to hire people from a wider range of backgrounds and experiences.”

The termination fee for the 490,000-square-foot office space is $89.5 million, Bloomberg reports

In New York, it’s currently a big question whether the highrises that have stood vacant for months will ever fill again. This article notes that New York office towers emptied before — after the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and after 9/11 — only to fill up again. Back then, though, telecommuting was not an option. (Even in 9/11, the technology wasn’t the same as it is today.) Also, back then, big-city mayors (at least, Democrat big-city mayors) hadn’t welcomed crime and intentionally driven out the middle and the monied classes.

Third, the virus speeded up the left’s antics. Antifa is nothing new. When Trump was elected, Antifa mobs started flexing their muscles in Berkeley and Oakland. Those were warm-ups. The dislocations of the Wuhan virus was like the starting gun for the Antifa mob. They were warmed up and waiting on the starting blocks for the signal. I’m willing to bet that what’s helped their virulence is the fact that a lot of people who previously had jobs are now getting money for free. This is especially true for teachers and criminals, both of whom have seen a diminution in their work thanks to the Wuhan virus:

Fourth, alternatives to disastrous public schooling have gotten a giant kickstart. Parents have been unhappy with public schooling for a long time, but it was always easier to keep the kids in the schools while hoping for the best. With schools refusing to teach, parents are opting for pods, tutors, and homeschooling. Many are discovering that their students are doing very well when they’re removed from the pathologies of public school. The ones who were beginning to run with a bad crowd aren’t, because there are no more crowds, let alone bad ones. Parents who were dismayed by leftist indoctrination are enjoying its absence.

Fifth, Americans got a really swift look at the Democrats’ dark heart thanks to its Zoom convention. If it hadn’t been for the virus, the convention as televised would have looked like an energetic, ebullient affair. We would have had endless crowd shots of visually diverse people happily screaming their support for Kamala and Biden. There would have been speeches complete with applause and balloons and all sorts of happy stuff.

For their convention, though, the Democrats opted for grim settings, dark colors, and small spaces. Not only was the convention visually terribly depressing, but the depressing speeches without applause lines became even grimmer. And then there was the fact that, without a visually diverse audience that the TV cameras could pan (Look at all the black people! Look at all the Hispanic people! Look at all the people with rainbow flags!), it became very obvious that the people leading the Democrat party are mostly old and white.

As the Republican convention showed, it didn’t have to be that way. Republicans opted for visuals that were expansive, bright, and uplifting. In addition, they chose diverse speakers, rather than the Democrats’ tried-and-true reliance on diverse spectators. Americans were treated to people white people, black people, Native American people, Hispanic people, handicapped people, and more, no longer on the floor cheering, but on stage speaking. And they didn’t speak about misery and hate. They spoke about an American unity premised on values and hard work.

I don’t think those fundamental differences in vision would have been so obvious with traditional conventions. That was something else useful that the Wuhan virus accelerant exposed.

Sixth, the Wuhan virus is speeding up the inevitable, and much to be desired, demise of American colleges and universities. These institutions have been ground zero of the leftist takeover of America. If you’re wondering why corporations not only paid obeisance to Black Lives Matter, but also paid millions in hard cash, it’s because their managerial ranks are filled with graduates of those colleges. All of the worst ideas in society today were incubated in American colleges. Readers know that I’ve been complaining for years about how much they cost, how little they teach, and how completely they indoctrinate.

Thanks to the virus, though, the colleges are afraid to re-open. They’re holding online classes, but refusing to give tuition refunds for all the social, hands-on, in-person experiences the kids aren’t getting. The refunds should also cover all the infrastructure costs the colleges and universities aren’t incurring.

Parents who see what their kids are learning are going to realize that they’re paying for nothing or for worse than nothing. Instead of encouraging kids to go to college, parents will start urging kids to get a job or learn a trade. They’ll realize that the knowledge colleges once had something of a monopoly on is freely available online.

The parents of boys will be grateful that their sons are no longer constantly at risk of being accused without due process of sexual assault. And all those parents who mindlessly believed that fake statistic that 1 out of every 4 college women will be sexually assaulted will no doubt be happy to have their daughters safely at home.

That’s six things that got sped up thanks to the Wuhan virus, and they’re all fundamentally important. Do you have more ideas?

Image: Speed (cropped), by Ton Boelaars. CC-BY-2.0.

Watcher of Weasels 2020-08-14 19:46:49

Thoughts about the Wuhan virus, the government’s role in it all, and the Biden-Harris ticket (including debates and conservative panderers).

Paging Dr. Kevorkian. When it comes to the Wuhan virus, liberty, and economic well-being, blue state and blue city voters elected the political equivalent of an army of Dr. Kevorkians.

Government employees have the money and the guns. The real problem with the shutdown is that government employees haven’t been economically affected. And as long as the government has the guns to tax it, those employees will never be affected. I’m not sure, without a formal revolution, we can bring government employees down to the functional level of the people they govern.

Don’t grovel to those awful people. Don Surber has a great post up about the National Review and Never Trump crowd saying nasty things about Majorie Taylor Green, who won in Georgia. She’s a plain-speaking woman who happens to think that QAnon makes important points. This outlook is a lot less loopy than thinking that Biden makes sense or that Harris is “moderate,” “pragmatic,” or a “small ‘c’ conservative,” all of which have been said about a demented candidate and his hard-left, manipulative, unprincipled sidekick.

Those self-described conservatives who savage people on our side in the hopes of winning favor from the people on the left are fools. They’ll never get that favor. Moreover, there’s something pathetic about wanting to be liked by people you properly ought to despise.

Making the debates interesting. When Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge died, Dorothy Parker, famed for her acid tongue, was reputed to have said, “How can they tell?” Right now, the media is pretending that Biden is mentally competent, but people paying attention can easily say, “How can they tell us that?”

Given Biden’s mental state, everyone knows that there’s no way he’s showing up for the debates. Since Kamala is his sidekick — and everyone knows that she’ll be president during Biden’s inevitably foreshortened term, maybe she should debate in Biden’s stead. I think that Trump would handle a debate with Kamala Harris very well. Also, voters deserve to see her in action because she’s the one for whom they’re really voting.

Do you have random thoughts on issues? You’re welcome to state them in the comments, as long as you all play nicely with each other.

Image: U.S. Government work (cropped) that shows Obama and Biden the way I like seeing them best: Going away.

Wuhan virus — there are silver linings to this cloud

There are silver linings to Wuhan virus madness. The past seven months have brought a great deal of useful clarity that we should celebrate.

The other day, I wrote about the fact that Trump’s candidacy promises a return to normalcy. Under the slogan Make America Normal Again, we could have

  • a country in which all races and creeds come together under one flag instead of breaking into tribal units;
  • a place in which borders have meaning and immigration is done in a safe, orderly fashion that his beneficial to all concerned;
  • a land in which we dump the entire concept of microaggressions, recognizing that they’re a Marxist effort to create a racist mountain out of the fact that we are the least racist country in the world;
  • a United States that doesn’t feel obligated to shed its blood for nations that hate us, but that will speak out against tyrants (China! Russia! Iran! North Korea! I’m talking to you) and will provide constant and reasonable support for its friends;
  • an America in which we support our law enforcement agencies, which means helping the 99% who keep America safe and helping the agencies root out the 1% of LEOs who are bad apples;
  • a nation in which, except for the few people born with tangled DNA, boys are boys and girls are girls and, moreover, while we are kind to those whose mental illness leaves them confused, they are not allowed to assert that their mental illness should be our reality; and, most importantly,
  • an America in which the Bill of Rights is accorded the highest place of honor in the laws of our land, with complete respect for all the rights inherent in the American people.

That’s a normal America. That’s a nice America. That’s a civil America. That’s a functional, effective, wealth-generating, clean-air-creating America. That’s Making America Normal Again.

Keep that in mind as election day nears.

Meanwhile, let’s think about the good that’s come out of the last seven difficult months:

The Democrats’ insane impeachment failed.

Americans got a preview of what life in America will look like if the Democrats gain control and, thankfully, many of them, including Democrats, don’t seem to like it. They’ve decided that living in a police state, trapped in their homes or forced to cover their faces in public. And normal Americans, not rabid leftists, are appalled that they’re watching everything they’ve worked for over the years go down the drain — and this isn’t because of events beyond America’s control; it’s because their own government is doing this to them. They don’t like seeing riots destroying their cities and they don’t like seeing police attacked and destroyed along with the cities. They don’t like seeing rabid mobs destroy their cultural heritage, which it’s good culture or bad. And speaking of culture, they really hate “cancel culture.” They understand that cancel culture is not just a variation on the marketplace of ideas; it’s the gulag of ideas and too many of them are being marched off to labor in the mines.

In other words, the Democrats overplayed their hands and that’s all to the good.

For years now, I’ve been complaining about American public schools and what a disaster they are. They fail to educate kids but they do a great job of indoctrinating them about racism and climate change. The problem is the unions, which are simply another branch of the Democrat party. Watching the activists among the teachers refuse to be as brave as a store clerk or truck driver has been illuminating for many Americans. Likewise, many parents have discovered that their children do a lot better being homeschooled than teachers’ union schooled.

I’m truly pleased to see that Scott Adams has finally grocked to this problem. He has a bigger platform than I do and he’s making the most of it:

This is all to the good. Remember, teachers’ unions do not care about educating students. They’re not even that interested in good working conditions and living wages for teachers. They’re all about advancing the hard-left progressive agenda. And that’s now coming through loud and clear.

The climate change agenda has relied for decades on so-called “experts.” The age of those “experts” may finally have ended. While the media is still running interference for Fauci, people are beginning to notice that he was wrong about everything. They also notice that, despite more and more evidence that Hydroxychloroquine is beneficial if administered early and correctly, Fauci refuses to acknowledge that.

When push came to shove, Democrats failed miserably at governance. The two-week lockdown turned into a seven-month lockdown that’s been disastrous wherever tried. It hasn’t slowed the Wuhan virus (which is proving to be a really bad flu rather than the Black Death), but it has destroyed economies and ruined lives. Democrats were also shown to be revolting hypocrites, cheering on mass riots while arresting people for opening hair salons. And let’s not even talk about the older people who died unnecessarily. And I really mean let’s not. It’ll just make me impotently angry and sad.

*** WARNING — GROSS ANALOGY AHEAD ***

For a graphic analogy, Democrats were the slowly growing boil on America’s butt. With every passing day of Trump’s administration, that boil got hotter, redder, and angrier. With the Wuhan virus, it came to a head and ruptured — and we all know that, when a boil ruptures, you finally get to see the hideously ugly, smelly, destructive putrefaction that was rotting within in.

But here’s the good news: If a boil doesn’t rupture but, instead, turns inwards, the host body goes septic and dies. If it ruptures, and the patient debrides and disinfects the wound, that nasty, deadly infection goes away. If someone got very sick from the infection, recovery may take a while, but it will happen.

*** GROSS ANALOGY ENDED. YOU MAY RESUME YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED READING ***

Watching the disaster that is Democrat governance, and the way it bows to the mob, people have been on an unparalleled gun-buying binge. Every one of those buyers is a convert to the Second Amendment. They suddenly understand that our right to possess arms protects us from both the mob and the government behind the mob. While the gun buyers may not have been anti-gun people before, instead being neutral, you can bet that right now, they’re all pro-gun. (And I wonder how much money the NRA will raise thanks to the New York Attorney General’s suit to “dissolve” the NRA.)

I’ve got to get to work, but I’m betting that all of you can add to my list of clarifying things that have happened because of Wuhan madness. Yes, America has suffered terribly, but the whole thing has also been a bright light showing the rot and the rats on one side and highlighting the virtue of classic American, constitutional values on the other side.

Image: Sun breaking through cloud over ocean (cropped), by bigwavephoto.

Bookworm Beat 7/22/20 — news in the world today

I have got the most ginormous list of news that interests me. Let’s see how much I can share, along with my opinions, before I wear you and myself out.

The sins of the fathers. The Bible is clear about visiting the sins of the fathers on the children:

Deuteronomy 24:16 — The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

I’ve believed in that principle for decades. Long before America went crazy, I said it was a tremendous mistake for Germany and the rest of the world to make the children of the Nazi generation feel perpetually guilty about and responsible for their forebearers’ acts. It would, I said, warp them. Looking at Germany today — a country that commits cultural suicide with Muslim immigration while continuing to hate the Jews whom they blame for Auschwitz — I feel I was correct.

The left, unfortunately, likes visiting the sins of the father on the children, yet another way it roundly rejects the Bible’s universal wisdom. The whole point of the Black Lives Matter movement is to make people feel so guilty about the Civil War (over in 1865) and Jim Crow (confined to the South and over by 1964 at the latest), that they will willingly cede the country to Marxist radicals.

For that reason, I think Alinksy’s Rule 4 currently trumps even Deuteronomy. Rule #4, as you may recall, is “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” And in that spirit, I’d like to direct you to two stories:

1. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), who is white and who supports the historically inaccurate, America-hating 1619 Project, is running against black Republican John James (who is awesome). Normally, it wouldn’t be relevant what Peters’ ancestors did in 1865, but this year, the left has said that we are responsible for our forefathers.

That’s why it matters that Peters comes from a slave-owning family that sheltered John Wilkes Booth. I strongly feel that Peters needs to drop out of the race and give the seat to James, as a form of reparations.

2. And it super-duper matters that the uber-woke New York Times, the one that’s abandoned any pretense of reporting the news and is simply engaged in shilling for Black Lives Matter and Biden — all while making a profit — is built upon slavery. Yup. The money that got the Times started is slavery money.

It’s time for the Sulzberger’s (who refused to report about Hitler’s concentration camps and genocide) to walk away from the Times, from their bank accounts, and from their mansions. They need to give it all to Black Lives Matter and retreat to think about their inherited sins.

Conservatives fighting back. Charlie Kirk is pushing an initiative called DivestU. It’s actually what I’ve been saying for years, only Kirk has a bigger platform, more courage, and more panache. The idea here is that conservatives need to stop giving money to their Marxist alma maters. You’d think they’d have figured out that America’s colleges and universities are the birthplaces of the violence and insanity that’s playing out in America today. Defund the colleges!

Meanwhile, Antonio Sabato, Jr., who was a popular (and very handsome) working actor right up until he revealed he’s conservative, at which point he was forced to do construction work, wants to build a conservative Hollywood studio. Others have tried but maybe Sabato will succeed. I wish him luck because we need to fight back at the culture level.

Biden and China.  A few random points about China:

A woman who escaped describes what’s going on in China’s Uighur gulags and it’s really bad, with everything from torture to systematic rape to brainwashing.

China is engaged in organ harvesting, which is an appalling form of slavery.  Nevertheless, the American media and American businesses, all of which talk non-stop about how racist America is for slavery that ended more than 150 years ago, are ignoring the camps. Money talks and they’re tied to China’s money, not America’s.

Attorney General William Barr gave a great speech about China’s rapacious, dishonest, and dangerous policies regarding trade and intellectual property. China’s practices endanger the free world — and were made possible by our government turning a blind eye for decades. Thankfully, Trump is fighting back, not just with trade policies, but by shutting down the spying apparatus (see, e.g, Trump closed the Houston consulate today, which immediately went on a document-burning binge).

China’s economy is potentially on the verge of a serious economic collapse thanks to a property bubble that is (as Trump would say) yuuuuge. The faster we disentangle ourselves from China, the better for us. If they go down, we don’t want to go down with them.

And now, about Biden. Biden went on an insane rant, calling Trump “the first racist president.” His reasoning is that Trump calls a virus that originated in China and that spread because China lied about it, the “China virus.”

Trump and sane Americans understand what’s going on here. The Chinese people are not our enemies, nor is the Asian race our enemy. China, the country, though, is not our friend and is, in many ways, a serious enemy, whether we’re looking at geopolitics in the Far East, germ warfare, or economic warfare.

Biden, however, is entirely beholden to China, which has poured billions into his family via son Baker (Cobbler? Grifter? I forget his name). It may also be behind much of the unrest on America’s streets because China badly needs Trump out of the White House. Trump and the Democrats are aligned in believing that civil unrest, combined with a self-inflicted recession, will do the trick.

Second, is Biden really calling Trump the “first” racist president? First, Trump is not racist.

Second, we have had a few other racists in office:

  • Buchanan, a Democrat;
  • Lincoln, a Republican who didn’t think much of blacks but put his life and the life of our nation on the line to secure their liberty;
  • Johnson, a Democrat;
  • Wilson, a Democrat;
  • Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat;
  • Harry Truman, a Democrat who nevertheless put principle over prejudice to integrate the U.S. military;
  • Johnson, a Democrat; and
  • Obama, a Democrat (whose grandmother was a “typical white person” and whose son could have been the thug Trayvon Martin).

‘Nuff said.

A few random thoughts about the Wuhan virus. Has it ever occurred to anyone that the Democrat governors’ decision to infect old age homes wasn’t stupidity or incompetence? All of them have states that have been overspending. Old people are expensive because they’re using resources for medical care and getting other benefits even though they’re no longer paying into the system. What better way to fix state budgets that have damaged by gross irresponsibility and really evil lockdowns than to trim the aged fat?

I have no proof for this theory. I’m just sayin’…

There was a vile article in Yahoo saying that pro-life states are hypocrites because their Wuhan virus policies are killing people. The article is short on data and long on invective. The article’s trigger was a report saying that more people are getting sick in the Southeast and West.

The problem, of course, is that the numbers show that these states will have to work hard, really hard, to catch up to the virus massacre in Democrat-run, pro-abortion states (you can see a better image here):

Second, California, a vehemently pro-abortion state, is currently taking the lead in new cases.

Third, the linear thinking about virus numbers fails to acknowledge the lives destroyed because of panic, hysteria, and lockdowns. There’s a balance in everything. We could save people’s lives by banning cars, thereby ending car accidents, but then we’d have a lot of deaths from starvation, lost opportunities for medical treatment, abuse from isolation, etc. Everything is a tradeoff. At the end of the day, in my southern state, we have these signs:

That “now hiring” sign is as much a pro-life sign as the “Baby Lives Matter” signs popping up.

Fourth, one Oxford epidemiologist, whose been a whole lot more accurate than the awful Neil Ferguson (the adulterer from Imperial College London who started the whole panic), says she thinks there’s also going to be a pleasantly low threshold for herd immunity.

Oh, here’s a good fifth one: Fauci is not a very good guy, in addition to being a stone-cold political operative pretending to be a disinterested bureaucrat.

Two funny videos that are spot on the nose. This first video, from Ryan Long, a Canadian comic working in New York, captures perfectly how racist woke whites are. I mean, really, really racist.

This second video also captures something perfectly, this time the awfulness of both Democrat politicians and vapid and pretentious Hollywood actors:

I’ve got more stuff in the queue, but I’m running out of time to post tonight. I’ll try to add another Bookworm Beat tomorrow. It’s just a matter of being organized, efficient, responsible, and the opposite of a procrastinator. In other words, if I can change into a new person by tomorrow….

Bookworm Beat 6/19/20 — the corporate pandering, Aunt Jemima edition

Can we still laugh at the leftist war on every American institution and value, including Aunt Jemima pancake mix? Read these memes and then you tell me.