Saturday, February 29, 2020

What I Learned About Government Healthcare From China

As I watched my neighbor put her dog’s poop in a single-use plastic baggy, I thought about split pants in China. When my wife and I got off the plane, 18 years ago, to adopt our first daughter, we were taken aback by the split pants. 
Split pants are (or at least were, back then) pants the children wear that are open in the crotch area. That allows them to urinate or defecate unobstructed, onto the street or wherever they may be. The theory is that eventually they will learn to “aim it at the toilet” or something to that effect. 
Either way, I distinctly remember my brand new Nike slip-ons (probably made not far from where I was standing) sloshing into a mix of urine and who knows what else, and continuing to do so for the next three weeks. 
As I started feeling the cough coming on, I remember one of the women in our group saying, at one of the airports (as she too, stepped into urine) “The people in this country probably have built up antibodies inside them our bodies have never even thought about.” I replayed that line in my head for the next three weeks, as I descended into night sweats, fevers and a cough like I’ve never experienced. 
Over the next several days and weeks, we would experience the amazing culture of China, in several different cities. But some things stood out to this germophobic American. 
I watched a man hock up something from his chest and spit it on the floor, right next to us, in a restaurant. No oysters for me, thanks. I’ve suddenly lost my appetite. 
We visited a Hutong (inner city – where the locals live) and saw raw chickens, skinned and bleeding, just laying on the floor, waiting to be thrown on a restaurant grill…for public consumption. No FDA or USDA or food inspectors or “codes” to comply with, here. But why? 
This is the last purely communist country on earth. You’d think there would be red tape everywhere. What was happening here? 
Then, my wife and I had to rush our newly adopted, 8-month-old daughter to the public hospital…and suddenly it all started making sense. 
As we stepped in more urine, took our number from the print-out machine, walked past the line of children whining and crying from the scalp IVs in their heads, then rushed to clean up blood and mucus (left by the last patient) on the plastic table they were now laying our baby on, then waited on the ONE overworked doctor (attending to no less than three hundred people) try to round up a basic anti-biotic to administer to my daughter (right there on site – no refills) it dawned on me what I was seeing and what I had been seeing this whole time. 
I wasn’t watching a “backward” culture or a third-world society. These people weren’t genetically inferior to first-worlders. They weren’t “less-evolved” than I was. I was witnessing the kind of maximum, almost brutal efficiency a society must develop when the state is the master and the individual is merely a subject. 
Why would a Communist country not have an effective FDA? Because who are you going to complain to if you get tainted food? The government? They don’t answer to you. The press? They are owned by the government. And again, they don’t answer to you. So what if you don’t like the conditions in the hospital? Where else are you going to go? This hospital is the last (and only) stop. You can’t opt for another place and then just pay out of your own pocket. 
The government has capped financial upward mobility. There is now “income equality.” And that means nobody has the means to buy their way into a different (or better) situation. And even if you could, one doesn’t exist. The state provides it all. You’re stuck. 
In every one of those places I described (especially the hospital) there were uniformed guards posted everywhere. The government was literally on every corner. And yet it didn’t feel like help. It felt like surveliance. 
As this virus is doing whatever it’s doing, we are also having a heated debate over our own politics as a nation. We are literally discussing the merits of “democratic socialism” in the context of a Presidential election, in the United States, in 2020. 
I don’t think this is an accident. I’m watching people (even good friends) on the left, basically throw their backs out, trying to contort and explain away why “some’ socialism is a good thing and how public services are all really “socialist” constructs anyway and how it really isn’t as bad as all that and how ‘this isn’t Communism – relax” and basically try to shoe-horn themselves into possibly having to take a deep breath and vote for a guy who sees the bright side of Fidel Castro but at least is not Donald Trump. 
And he has ignited the debate over “single payer” healthcare. And that notion always seems to be reasonable on the surface. Why not just streamline the whole thing? Why not get the bloated insurance companies out of it? Why not eliminate the greed and corporate bureaucracy from our health? That all sounds very reasonable. 
But here’s the thing … Single payer also means single buyer. That means the dynamics of the market get eliminated. One of the natural checks-and-balances of finding a hot-shot surgeon willing to do the risky procedure or even just seek a second opinion, get chopped away little by little. Because now we’re answering to the government. It isn’t answering to us. After all, where are we gonna go? They’ve got us.

As You Start To Walk On The Way, The Way Appears --- Rumi, Poet

The Other Day Trump Ordered California To Stop Draining Water Into the Sea, and Instead Give It To Farmers In Central Californis ... NOW THIS!


Trump told the farmers he was going to put a lot of pressure on California to make this happen:
One of the most significant agenda items for California Tea Party groups has always been getting the spigot turned on again to the state’s breadbasket, the Central Valley. 
Authorities diverted massive amounts of water to protect the smelt and appease eco-activists. 
Now, President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum directing more of the water to farmers and other agriculture interests in a prime agricultural area during a stop in the nation’s bluest state. 
Speaking alongside House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the lawmaker’s hometown of Bakersfield, Trump boasted of how his administration reworked environmental rules to assure more water gets to farmers, while also taking shots at his political rivals – from California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Democratic presidential primary hopeful and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. 
“For too long water authorities have flushed millions of gallons into the Pacific,” Trump said. “I ordered the administration to update outdated opinions which determined water allocation in this state.” 
Trump added that he is going “to put a lot of pressure” on Newsom to enact the changes and if the California governor doesn’t follow through then “you’ll get a new governor.”

California reservoir ordered to be drained over fears earthquake could collapse dam

As California experiences a potentially record-breaking dry February, federal regulators have ordered that a large reservoir south of San Jose be drained due to fears a dam could collapse in an earthquake, sending a torrent of water into Silicon Valley. 
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered last week that the Anderson Reservoir be completely drained by Oct. 1 due to fears the 240-foot high earthen Anderson Dam poses too great a risk of collapse if a large earthquake strikes. 
“It is unacceptable to maintain the reservoir at an elevation higher than necessary when it can be reduced, thereby decreasing the risk to public safety and the large population downstream,” David Capka, director of FERC's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, wrote in a letter Thursday to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which owns the reservoir.

Is it possible that California would drain a reservoir in a drout year - under the false pretense that, suddenly, they are afraid of an Earthquake - just to spite Trump?

Cheap Shot of The Day

Erdogan Opens the Gates: Syrian Migrants Granted Unhindered Passage to Europe

The Turkish government has announced that for the next 72 hours it will open its border with Syria and allow any and all migrants to go to Europe unhindered. 
A senior official has claimed that the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened the borders for Syrian asylum seekers and other migrants and will not prevent anyone from heading to Europe by land or by sea, Reuters reports. 
According to the news service, all Turkish border and police officials have been ordered by the government to stand down along with members of the Turkish coastguard. The move comes after the Turkish government claims to expect a wave of migrants after around one million people were displaced in Idlib. 
According to Turkish journalist Ragip Soylu, “Land and sea crossings to Europe would be free to pass for the NEXT 72 HOURS and Turkey will open the borders immediately.” 
Following the signing of the migrant agreement, brokered in 2015 and came into effect in 2016, between the European Union and Turkey, President Erdogan and his ministers have made repeated threats to open the border.


We'll Always Have Paris

“He Was Going to Name Names… And Ends Up with a Bullet in Him”: Louis Gohmert Speaks About Phillip Haney


We're In the Middle of a Marxist Revolution

Trump Nominates Representative John Ratcliffe, Deep State Scourge, as Director of National Intelligence

"Dissident Rabbi:" The Kibbutz Sanders Joined and is Citing as Proof That He Is Pro-Israel Was Itself Not Pro-Israel. It was Pro-Soviet and Specifically Pro-Stalin

And one of the founders was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. 
This was a small kibbutz, Dissident Rabbi says. Bernie Sanders did not just stumble into this nest of Soviet spies. 
He had to have chosen it, specifically, and only after having been told about it by Soviet fellow travelers.

Continue reading.

Burning Down The Towhid: Fire At Iranian Clinic Treating Coronavirus Patients

google translation of (Persian) tweet: Videos taken with the caption: "Right now the #Turkey_Tawid # Bandar Abbas (Corona Hospital) burnout clinic is said to be ill from # Qom with #KorunaTash ... #Turkey_Shogh"

Friday, February 28, 2020

David Allan Coe
Long Haired Redneck

The Ride

One of Benny Gantz's own strategists says he's unreliable

In a most interesting development, a campaign strategist for Benny Gantz slammed him in a recording aired on Israel's Channel 12 as a liability to the country, the transcript provided on Israel National News:
Bachar: She (Haredi social activist and Blue and White MK Omer Yankelevich) says he is stupid, [completely incompetent] and 'must not become prime minister'.

Acquaintance: They're [dangerous], and as I've already told you, very dangerous.

Bachar: They will make the wrong decision. When people in the world try to attack Iran, they will prevent them from doing so.

Acquaintance: And how do you know they'll prevent it?

Bachar: He has no courage to attack Iran.

Acquaintance: Like, because that's the type of person he is?

Bachar: Because he's that type.

Acquaintance: And what can happen then, my love?

Bachar: You see?

Acquaintance: Danger to the people of Israel.
Isn't that something. One of Gantz's very own employees considers him bad for the country. Gantz didn't take kindly to this news, and now he's fired the guy:
Blue and White Chairman MK Benny Gantz has fired an adviser after a recording published on Channel 12 revealed the adviser as warning against a Gantz victory in the elections, since Gantz is "a danger to Israel."

Blue and White said: "[Yisrael] Bachar fell into a planned ambush which included personal exploitation, use of inappropriate means, and fraud - which will be dealt with via the judicial system. The political sources' manipulative involvement will also be revealed soon."

In the meantime, Gantz has decided to immediately end Bachar's involvement in his campaign.
They're all trying to spin it as something else, but it's clear this is embarrassing for Gantz, and doesn't reflect well on him going forward.

Somali Teen Refugee, Hassan, Robbed, Beat, and Stabbed His Neighbor Alicia ... Set Free by Islamic Prosecurot Sakina Ahmad, Immediately Violates The Girl's Restraining Order

Canadian Government Sterilizes and Mutilates Teen Girl and Bans Parent From Talking About It

Adult migrant high school students charged with raping 11 YO girls

"The Fight Started When He Hit Me Back": When Muslims Are Attacked, The Media Explains The Situation Using the Same Strategy, Start History Where Convenient ...

From Vlad Tepes:
Hindus appear to be fighting back against constant riots, violence and threats by Muslims who have a never ending list of advantages they demand for Islam and its followers. The trigger for this is likely related to an eminently reasonable law the Indian government put into effect whereby minorities in Islamic lands who are facing persecution, which is always the case, its an Islamic imperative that non-muslims be second class citizens in Islamic land, could get refugee status in India. Muslims are demanding that muslims from muslim countries also should get that status. Which may be insane or irrational, still manages to provide impetus to Muslims in India to stage more and more riots. But now that the Hindus are starting to fight back, the media is making them the evil ones. What a surprise.
This video takes the liberty of all left wing/Islamic reporting to start history where convenient. In this case, claiming the Hindus started the violence when the muslims had a “peaceful blockade.” In other words, “The fight started when he hit me back”. Reasoning that was once upon a time relegated to the sandbox, but now is the stuff of international relations. Muslims have been rioting violently ever since India passed the refugee law. It is only recently that evidence appears of Hindus having had enough of it.

The Whistleblower Was a Wiretap?

When are these people going to be put out of our misery?




Elizabeth Warren to Introduce Bill to Strip Border Wall Money to Pay for Virus Effort: Democrats Weaponize Coronavirus Against Trump

BREAKING: Ukraine Launches CRIMINAL Proceedings Against Joe Biden Over Firing of Prosecutor Viktor Shokin

BREAKING: Ukraine Launches CRIMINAL Proceedings Against Joe Biden Over Firing of Prosecutor Viktor Shokin

After leaving office in 2017, former Vice President Joe Biden Bragged about strong-arming the government of Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor Viktor Shokin. 
Joe Biden made the remarks during a meeting of foreign policy specialists. 
Biden said he, “Threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.” 
Biden suggested during his talk that Barack Obama was in on the threat. In April 2019 John Solomon revealed what Biden did not tell his audience. 
Joe Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter. 
Since then Joe Biden and Democrats have then gone out on an international smear campaign to destroy Viktor Shokin’s education. In January fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin filed an official complaint against Joe Biden for interference in Ukraine’s legal proceedings. 
And today:

Former Iranian ambassador to Vatican succumbs to coronavirus in first high-profile death of the epidemic

Former Iranian ambassador to Vatican succumbs to coronavirus in first high-profile death of the epidemic

One wonders when the Iranian ambassador to Vatican last had contact with the Pope given recent reports of Pope's illness:
Also consider the papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula in Feb 2019

During which the pope and grand imam signed historic pledge of fraternity

....was there any similar event/meeting earlier this month commemorating this landmark anniversary during which this virus could have been gifted as an act of jihad within the Vatican grounds? 

Look at the number of Iraniaan officials also infected or dead.
Gregg Allman
Ain't Wastin' Time No More

I'm No Angel

Midnight Rider

Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘Socialist’ ABC Reporter Admits Bosses Spike News Important to Voters, 'Don’t Give Trump Credit'

ANTIFA: When "Protest" Becomes Terrorism

The rapid escalation in danger to the Canadian People is putting lives at risk, and is now terrorism against the nation.
There comes a point when a protest is no longer a protest. 
When a protest violates court injunctions, when it risks vital national infrastructure, it becomes an illegal blockade. 
And there are times when an illegal blockade becomes more than an illegal blockade. 
When it starts to devolve into setting trains on fire, attempting to derail trains (which could cause explosions and hundreds of deaths), an illegal blockade becomes domestic terrorism.

2016 Article From Phillip Haney, Who Wound Up Suicided: "DHS/Obama ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties"

Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time. 
Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.” 
Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away. 
After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack. 
Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). 
These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.” 
Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database. 
A few weeks later, in my office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records. And I was well aware that, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially beforean attack occurs. 
As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015). 
It is very plausible that one or more of the subsequent terror attacks on the homeland could have been prevented if more subject matter experts in the Department of Homeland Security had been allowed to do our jobs back in late 2009. It is demoralizing—and infuriating—that today, those elusive dots are even harder to find, and harder to connect, than they were during the winter of 2009. Haney worked at the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years.

“If Anything Were to Happen to Me and My Safety Ilhan Omar and Her Team Will Be Responsible” – Somali Activist Receives Threats After Reporting on Ilhan Omar’s Marriage to Brother

Last week The Daily Mail reported on Ilhan Omar’s marriage to her brother. Abdi Nur was their source. Now Abdi is receiving threats. On Wednesday Abdi Nur posted his concerns for his safety on Facebook. Nur is convinced if something happens to him it will lead back to Ilhan Omar.

Via Abdi Nur
My name is Abdihakin Osman Nur and I live in Minneapolis Minnesota . I am an American citizen. I am the person who spoke to the media and said that Ilhan Omar married her brother and made legal papers for him to stay in America , I confirmed that the marriage was fraudulent and that I was personally aware since I was a close friend and neighbor to both Ahmed Hirsi and Ilhan Omar. 
It is also an open secret in the Minnesota somali community but everyone is afraid of problems from supporters of Ilhan Omar some of whom have felony criminal records . 
This issues started in August of 2016 and the first media person whom I spoke to was Scott Johnson who writes for Power line blog . 
I shared his posts on my Facebook and I was met with vicious online harassment and threats including insulting me for being in a wheelchair and insults to my person as a disabled man . They caricatured me as wearing diapers . 
I finally decided to put them on all the things that they were doing in suppressing the information through intimidation and threats and so I told the writer of daily mail to put it on the record . 
Since that day I have received veiled threats about my safety , insults online and threats of a set up in which to have me locked up . I have had fake complaints to try and shut my Facebook down . 
They have also told a media personality on YouTube to threaten me and she did so live on a YouTube video . 
I would like to inform the public and the government of the USA . If anything were to happen to me and my safety that Ilhan Omar and her team will be responsible . 
I also ask for the support of the American people in case I’m set up or something happens to me because I have talked . Thanks for your help and understanding. 
Abdihakin Osman Nur my Facebook name XERTA SHEKH MY TWITTER XERTA SHEKH

Odd Coincidence – Rogue CDC Official Pushing Coronavirus Panic Button is Rod Rosenstein’s Sister…

Real Headline from The Crazy Years: "Doctors suspended for removing transgender man's vagina without consent"

Real Headline from The Crazy Years: "Doctors suspended for removing transgender man's vagina without consent"
Two doctors had their licenses suspended after removing a transgender man's vagina in London without his consent, according to a report. 
Dr. Marco Capece and Dr. Giulo Garaffa were found guilty in connection to the irreversible procedure on a transgender man -- who didn't discover until a week after the October 2016 surgery that his vagina was removed, Metro UK reported Tuesday. 
The patient, who wasn’t identified, said that he went in for two other procedures in his gender assignment process -- a hysterectomy and a metoidioplasty, an operation that gave him a penis. 
But he claims he never consented to the third procedure -- a vaginectomy -- that he received at Highgate Private Hospital.

Will There Be a Democrat Civil War?


Let Me Google That For You, Blue-Check "Journalist" Genius


Humpday Blues

Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks
Old Friend

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


At least seven dead including shooter in rampage at Molson Coors

Seven people were killed including a gunman during a shooting rampage on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors on Wednesday afternoon, according to multiple sources.
Employees were notified by email that an active shooter was in or near the second-floor stairwell of the sprawling factory’s Building 4. Police responded at 2:11 p.m.
As of 3 p.m. the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office reported it had not yet been called to the scene, 3939 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee Fire Department commanders were reporting to dispatchers that multiple people were shot, according to emergency radio traffic provided by Broadcastify. Firefighters and police officers were responding to the scene clad in ballistic gear.
Authorities were asking people to stay away from the scene.The campus was on lockdown, according to Twitter users whose wives work inside. The women were told to stay inside their offices. One woman reported multiple ambulances on scene.
James Boyles spoke with the Journal Sentinel. He said his wife, Lasonya Ragdales, works at Molson Coors in the claims department. She has been told that there is an active shooter and she is locked in a room with co-workers. She was texting him from inside the building.
Paramedic units from Milwaukee and West Allis were dispatched to the scene along with officers from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Marquette University Police Department and the U.S. Marshals.
Police blocked off the scene at North 35th and West State. Highway 175 was also closed at West State and Vliet.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett arrived around 3:30 p.m.
Nearby schools were locked down: Marquette High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Woodlands School, 3121 W. State St. and Story Elementary School, 3815 W Kilbourn Ave.
At Story School a teacher was seen comforting a visibly shaken mother terrified that her childen were in danger. She rushed to the school after hearing the news.
At Woodlands School Andre Kimbrough said his son was still inside the building. Kimbrough said he, along with many other parents, went to pick up their children at the end of school around 3:15 p.m. but got a call from school officials about the lockdown. Many parents were circling the block waiting for an all-clear.
Kimbrough said he could see a "stream of police cars," ambulances and fire trucks. He felt good that the kids were safe inside.
"I'm more worried about how they feel," Kimbrough said. "They must be kind of freaking out."
About MillerCoors
Molson Coors Beverage Co., which operates MillerCoors, on Oct. 30 announced plans to close a Denver office and relocate hundreds of corporate support jobs to the Milwaukee office, 3939 W. Highland Blvd.
The brewer now has 610 jobs at the Milwaukee office. Corporate functions based there include human resources, financing and information technology.
Also, the main brewery on West State Street and a smaller, recently expanded brewery, at 1515 North 10th St., together have 750 jobs.
The restructuring announced last fall is designed to cut costs, with 400 to 500 jobs being eliminated throughout Molson Coors. The consolidation also will bring together employees in central locations so they can better work together.
Molson Coors has seen continuing sales declines as it faces steadily increasing competition from craft brewers, as well as other makers of alcoholic drinks. Its recent name change, from Molson Coors Brewing Co., reflects increased investment in cider, seltzer and other alcoholic drinks.

The Left Pushes Relentlessly Leftward: The Purpose is Not Productive Policy, But The Destruction of Western Culture

From the Vlad Tepes Blog:
More evidence of Stephen Coughlin’s assertion that leftism is about a constant and never ending series of dialectic clicks to the left in order to negate all that we are. In this case, how gays and lesbians have had it with LGBT because of its destructive nature, and of course its pedophilic and imposed pseudo-reality.

How Coronavirus Has Played Out So Far

Coronavirus is a highly contagious illness. I am not sure that it produces more deaths than the usual annual flu, though. That remains to be seen.

Why do I say that?


  • 'While the new coronavirus ravages much of China and world leaders rush to close their borders to protect citizens from the outbreak, the flu has quietly killed 10,000 in the U.S. so far this influenza season. 'At least 19 million people have come down with the flu in the U.S. with 180,000 ending up in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu season, which started in September and can run until May, is currently at its peak and poses a greater health threat to the U.S. than the new coronavirus, physicians say. The new virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, has sickened roughly 17,400 and killed 362 people mostly in that country as of Monday morning...' 
  • Regular Flu, USA: 19 million sick, 10 thousand dead 
  • Coronavirus, globally >18 thousand sick, 362 dead

Canada: Man "Commits Murder for Terrorist Reasons"

Hmm, I Don't Know Why
But He Looks Like 
He'd "Commit Murder for Terrorist Reasons"
Evidence uncovered at the scene of a grisly murder Friday night in Scarborough prompted the crown to prosecute the crime as a terrorist act. 
Sources tell the Sun a note found under the body of 64-year-old Hang-Kam Annie Chiu — who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer near Sheppard Ave. E. and Markham Rd. — stated the accused, 30-year-old Saad Akhtar of Toronto, allegedly committed the murder for “terrorist reasons.” Chiu was walking alone at around 7:15 p.m. when she was attacked. 
He allegedly told officers he was in possession of an explosive device, prompting an evacuation of the police station. 
Akhtar allegedly didn’t know the victim, the source said, apparently targeting Chiu at random. He was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the crime.


Sara Carter Selfie in a Bikini

They Hate Us: Just Imagine a World Where People Aren't Really People, They're Just Part of the Internet of Things ..."

“Almost half of all blacks and Hispanics who attend Harvard were admitted because of illegal racial preferences in admissions according to a brief just filed by the Department of Justice.”

“Almost half of all blacks and Hispanics who attend Harvard were admitted because of illegal racial preferences in admissions according to a brief just filed by the Department of Justice.”
The Department of Justice has filed a brief in a federal lawsuit filed by Students For Fair Admissions that says Harvard's race-based admissions process violates federal law. This filing marks a extreme departure from the Obama Civil Rights Division that spent significant time and resources seeking to expand the use of race in decision making. 
The brief filed by the Justice Department says Harvard "considers applicants’ race at virtually every step, from rating applicants to winnowing the field of applicants when attempting to avoid an oversubscribed class." The brief notes that forty-five percent of African-Americans and Hispanics at Harvard are because of racial preferences given to them during the admissions process.
No shit?


By the way, note this: Before any one accuses me of ethnic stereotyping, here's where the photograph above comes from.

Yes, that's right: BOSTON'S NPR RADIO STATION.


Michelle Obama: "Harvey Weinstein is a Wonderful Human Being, A Good Friend"

#Resistance Hanging Judge Declares Roger Stone Jury Forewoman Didn't "Technically" Lie; Declares That Calling Trump's Supporters "Racist" Does Not Show Bias; Reads Stone's Complaint in Mocking Tone

Dem candidate Tom Steyer lays out his plan for a climate police state

“I will use the Executive emergency powers of the presidency to tell companies how they can generate electricity, what kind of cars they can build, what kind of buildings we’re gonna have…”
And it’s not just Steyer, of course: The absurdity of the Bernie Sanders and AOC anti-fracking crusade 

Between gas, nuclear power (including future thorium and fusion power), geothermal, and hydroelectric sources, the U.S. will be able to eliminate nearly all carbon emissions without any more expensive renewable-energy subsidies or noxious social justice activism.

This will surely disappoint environmental fundamentalists. For as Ocasio-Cortez’s former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti admitted, even her $97 trillion Green New Deal scheme was not really about the environment but about transforming society.

The far Left wants to return the U.S. to Year Zero, radically reorganizing the entire economy. This is not our claim — they say it openly. They want to begin with a cutoff of the abundant energy supply, which makes possible and affordable all the comforts that modern society takes for granted — everything from smartphones to toilet paper. Through central planning, these socialist politicians hope to disassemble profitable industries and reassign labor and capital according to dumb, naive, and poorly planned “five-year plans” and “great leaps forward” — something Ocasio-Cortez reminded everyone of last year with a well-produced animated video.

Every historical attempt at socialism has involved such plans, which always end in failure. Sanders’s plans are no different. The public can avoid relearning history’s lessons about those failures by voting against Sanders and any other candidate who wants to end or curtail fracking.

As Virginia Postrel noted about 20 years ago when discussing The Future and its Enemies with Brian Lamb on C-Span:
The Khmer Rouge sought to start over at year zero, and to sort of create the kind of society that very civilized, humane greens write about as though it were an ideal. I mean, people who would never consider genocide. But I argue that if you want to know what that would take, look at Cambodia–to empty the cities and turn everyone into peasants again. Even in a less developed country, let alone in someplace like the United States, that these sort of static utopian fantasies are just that.

Although socialist North Korea begs to differ:

Iran's Health Minister gives press conference to downplay the dangers of cornoavirus; The health minister is himself diagnosed with coronavirus shortly thereafter

Iran's Health Minister gives press conference to downplay the dangers of cornoavirus; The health minister is himself diagnosed with coronavirus shortly thereafter
Iran's deputy HEALTH minister tests positive for coronavirus after looking shaky and unwell while he played down outbreak's dangers - as death toll rises to 15 and cases are exported around the Middle East 
Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi was placed into quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus 
Comes a day after he sweated his way through a press conference while insisting outbreak is under control 
Iran has officially declared 95 cases and 15 deaths, but there are fears that the true number is much higher Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Iran to 'tell the truth' and cooperate with health officials over the virus.
Coronavirus experts begin panicking, saying that our current containment strategies will fail.

Italy is now on the verge of a pandemic.

San Francisco declares local emergency amid coronavirus outbreak

Americans should prepare for coronavirus crisis in U.S., CDC says.

Wuhan’s easing of coronavirus lockdown measures lasted all of three hours. “The confusion over the lockdown measures suggest ongoing divisions between local governments and the central government in Beijing in managing the crisis.”

Alison Krauss and Union Station
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Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up Car in Pentagon Parking Lot

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) A 19-year-old man from Arkansas has been charged with trying to blow up a car in the Pentagon parking lot Monday morning.
The charges, announced Tuesday afternoon, follow an extensive search yesterday involving numerous law enforcement agencies, including Arlington County Police, that resulted in the man being arrested in Arlington National Cemetery.
Federal prosecutors say the suspect, Matthew Richardson, tried to blow up a Land Rover, parked in the Pentagon North Parking lot, by sticking a piece of fabric in the gas tank and lighting it on fire. The vehicle did not explode and the suspect took off running after being confronted by a Pentagon police officer.
More from a Justice Department press release:
An Arkansas man will make his initial appearance in federal court at 2 p.m. today on charges relating to his alleged attempt at blowing up a vehicle at the Pentagon yesterday.
According to court documents, Matthew Dmitri Richardson, 19, of Fayetteville, was discovered in the Pentagon North Parking lot yesterday morning by a Pentagon Police Officer on patrol. The officer allegedly observed Richardson standing next to a vehicle striking a cigarette lighter to a piece of fabric that was inserted into the vehicle’s gas tank.
After the officer approached Richardson, the defendant allegedly told the officer he was going to “blow this vehicle up” and “himself”. When the officer attempted to detain Richardson, Richardson pulled away and ran across the parking lot towards Virginia State Route 110 and onto Virginia State Route 27. A subsequent review of surveillance camera footage showed that Richardson jumped over a fence into Arlington National Cemetery. Richardson was later found by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Police Emergency Response Team near Arlington House.
According to court documents, after a search of Richardson, officers allegedly discovered a cigarette lighter, gloves, and court documents related to Richardson’s arrest on or about February 22 for two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer in Arlington County.
According to court documents, the owner of the vehicle is an active duty servicemember and does not know Richardson.
Richardson was arrested yesterday and is charged with maliciously attempting to damage and destroy by means of fire, a vehicle used in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Woodrow G. Kusse, Chief of Pentagon Police, made the announcement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Embroski and Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum are prosecuting the case.
Arlington County Police assisted federal police agencies in the search for the man on Monday.
Arlington officers were dispatched to the area around Arlington National Cemetery around 11 a.m. to look for a man who, according to initial reports, might have intended to light himself on fire. They were joined by Pentagon police, Fort Myer police and U.S. Park Police in searching for the man.
According to ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage, Arlington police assisted with maintaining a perimeter around the search area and brought a K-9 officer to help with the search.
The U.S. Park Police Eagle 1 helicopter also hovered overhead during the manhunt, looking for the individual throughout the sprawling cemetery grounds and amid throngs of visitors. He was finally apprehended around 12:15 p.m. by Pentagon police near Arlington House, the one-time home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Richardson was arrested this past weekend in Arlington and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, according to prosecutors. Savage said he was arrested by a different police agency, not Arlington County Police. Richardson was previously arrested on theft charges in Arkansas in November.