Four more times the Democrat message turned into Anti-Americanism

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Snuffing out the freedom of religion, step by step

  1. California’s Governor forbids Christians from singing in church houses

Christian Broadcasting Network shows us how churches now have to decide whether to obey God or Governor Newsom of California.

GavinNewsomGolden State Christians have been ordered by California’s governor to stop singing in church. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment, as I warned folks about in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Click here to read.

“Californians are still free to attend their house of worship. But they’re forbidden from singing or chanting,” read the lead paragraph in a story published by the Sacramento Bee. 

The new guidance for places of worship was issued on July 1.

“Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes,” the 14-page order reads.

The previous guidelines only encouraged churches to “strongly consider” ending corporate worship, the Sacramento Bee reported.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

In the early history of the church (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 5), a similar event happened.

Peter and the apostles were confronted with a similar command by a similar governmental leader. In Acts 5:29, Peter and the apostles responded:
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

We have the same choice. We can let the government mandate that we abandon our Biblical acts and beliefs or we can follow the Word of God. We can we can kowtow to a more politically-correct message or choose to share the good news of the gospel. We can hold our praise and singing or we can obey the mandates in the Psalms. We can ignore the Bible and go the World’s way or we can follow what we read in the Bible.

By the way, since this article centers on singing, here are some of the Psalm verses commanding Christians to sing praises to God:

  • Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. (Psalms 47:6‭-‬7 NASB)
  • My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalms 57:7 NASB)
  • All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. (Psalms 66:4 NASB)
  • Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord , all the earth. (Psalms 96:1 NASB)
  • I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord , I will sing praises. (Psalms 101:1 NASB)
  • Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. (Psalms 105:2 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, (Psalms 147:7 NASB)

Believe me, there are multiple other verses.

Nike hopes that the silent majority will visit their stores when based on Nike’s silence

  1. Nike remains quiet after Kaepernick calls Independence Day a ‘Celebration of White Supremacy’

Breitbart points out the silence of Nike as they ignore their spokesperson’s words on Independence Day.

NikeKaepernickNike has not responded to a request for comment after Colin Kaepernick, one of their leading pitchmen, called Independence Day a “celebration of white supremacy.”

On Saturday afternoon, as 4th of July festivities were getting underway across the country. Kaepernick took to Twitter and accused America of having “dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized” black people for centuries.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This ignores stories like that of Richard Allen: From slave to pastor to founder of AME church to Founding Father and many other firsts

Kaepernick’s narrative ignores the true potential of America. Kaepernick’s narrative says: “Look over here at these cases of injustive.” Never mind that America elected a Black President for two terms. Never mind that people like Oprah Winfry, General Colin Powell, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and many others enjoy success in America. However, even from the beginning, some have been able to apply the teachings of the Bible and the principles of the Declaration of Independence to the betterment of all. For example, the Christian Broadcasting Network recounts the accomplishments of Richard Allen, a Black founding father.

From his young years, Richard Allen knew the humiliating and dehumanizing pain of being a slave. Born in 1760, his entire family was sold from his first master to another. And when that second master fell on financial hard-times, he divided the family by selling Richard’s mother and three of his siblings to another plantation.

Then the teenager known as “Negro Richard” went on in toil and drudgery with just one of his brothers and sisters still with him. That’s when he met the Lord Jesus Christ when listening to the preaching of an abolitionist pastor. He and his brother decided their best Christian witness would be to serve their master all the more and with excellence.

Richard then got his slave master to listen to that preacher too, and his master also came to know the Lord. One of his Christian deeds was to offer Richard his freedom within five years if Richard could pay for that freedom. Throwing himself into odd jobs for cash, Richard managed to buy his way out of slavery in just one and a half years.

He educated himself and became an itinerant preacher in the mid-Atlantic states, changing his name from Negro Richard to Richard Allen. He thought soul-saving would now be the major mission of his life. But he also frequently advocated for an end to the enslavement of the colonies’ 700,000 black people, even as America was fighting for its liberty from Britain.

A Methodist Episcopal church in Philadelphia asked Allen to preach on a more regular basis. His sermons became so popular that black people began to flood the church to overflowing. The church built a new balcony area and then tried to force the African Americans to worship there, separated from their white Christian brothers and sisters. It literally picked some blacks up off their knees and dragged them away from praying with those whites.

Allen and many of his fellow congregants decided to walk out of that church. He decided they needed their own house of worship.

Dr. Peter Lillback founded and heads up the Providence Forum, a group that wants to keep in Americans’ hearts how much God and faith figured into the founding of their nation and the forming of its values.

Lillback said of Allen, “This now former slave who’s been educated is going to establish a church that reaches out to the African Americans.”

The popular pastor had earlier purchased land in 1787 with the help of George Washington and Declaration of Independence signer Dr. Benjamin Rush.

Allen eventually bought a blacksmith’s shop, and in 1794 had it dragged by horses to this property, which has become the piece of land continually in the possession of African Americans longer than any other real estate in the US. He turned that blacksmith shop into a church, meant to be for blacks only so they wouldn’t have to deal with the degrading prejudice of whites and being pushed around by them in the holy space of a church.

But white Methodist leadership in Philadelphia fought back and demanded control over aspects of Allen’s church. He finally took them to court and what’s come to be known as Old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church won its independence.

This became the nation’s first major African-American church. Then Allen convinced several other black congregations in the region – who also wanted to be free of racist overseers – to join with his church. In 1816, they became the African Methodist Episcopal Church, America’s first independent black denomination and oldest formal institution in the US for African-Americans.

Allen was named its first bishop. The AME now has 2,500,000 members in more than 7,000 congregations in 39 countries spread across five continents. And Allen’s Old Mother Bethel is still a lively church within that denomination.

Those weren’t Allen’s only firsts. He was the first black activist invited into a US president’s home. He was the first African American to write a copyrighted pamphlet; the first black to write a eulogy for George Washington (and the only person at that time to write of Washington emancipating slaves).

“If you love the God of love,” he wrote in 1794, “clear your hands from slaves, burden not your children or country with them.”

Allen also helped put together the first convention of African American activists. Conventions became a major place for blacks to push for reforms, abolition and civil rights.

He and fellow reformer Absalom Jones formed the Free African Society to benefit blacks. And he made his own church a major place to educate African Americans and help them improve their place in the young nation. That church harbored more than 30 Jamaicans who’d escaped their slave masters. It became an early stop on the Underground Railroad and helped finance it.

He went on to influence major black reformers in the 1800s like Frederick Douglass and such civil rights activists in the 1900s as Martin Luther King Jr.

While slave owners were using the Bible to justify slavery, Allen was using that same Bible and the Declaration of Independence to battle against racism and men owning their fellow men.

Frederick Douglass went so far as to say that what Allen preached about freedom and equality for his fellow African Americans formed “a new Declaration of Independence.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Corporate Cancel Culture forces a communications exec to resign for stating the military’s official position when he was a Navy pilot

  1. Boeing forces Golightly to resign for an op-ed in a Navy internal publication 35 years ago

The New York Post reports on the forced resignation of Neil Golightly.

BoeingBoeing communications boss Niel Golightly has resigned over a sexist article he wrote three decades ago opposing women’s service in the military.

His exit leaves the embattled planemaker searching for a new top spokesman as it works to get its troubled 737 MAX jet flying again.

Golightly stepped down Thursday as Boeing’s senior vice president of communications following an employee complaint about the 1987 article, which he called “embarrassingly wrong and offensive.”

“At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks,” Golightly, then a US Navy lieutenant, wrote in a US Naval Institute magazine. “Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for — peace, home, family.”

Golightly, who had only been with Boeing about six months, said he decided to resign for the company’s sake even though the article does not reflect his current views.

“My article was a 29-year-old Cold War navy pilot’s misguided contribution to a debate that was live at the time,” Golightly said in a statement. “The dialogue that followed its publication 33 years ago quickly opened my eyes, indelibly changed my mind, and shaped the principles of fairness, inclusion, respect and diversity that have guided my professional life since.”

Boeing said it disagreed with the content of Golightly’s article and that it has started a search for his successor. Greg Smith, Boeing’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of enterprise operations, will oversee communications in the meantime, the company said.

Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun talked with Golightly about the article and its implications for his role as the company’s top spokesman, Calhoun said. He added that Boeing has an “unrelenting commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its dimensions.”

“I greatly respect Niel for stepping down in the interest of the company,” Calhoun said in a statement.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Everybody thinks their sins are too small to be noticed and their accomplishments are too big to ignore

We are all self-centered. We all think too highly of ourselves (and we know it, unless we have become self-deluded and have begun to drink our own Kool Aid).

However, from God’s perspective, our best deeds are like a dirty diaper or used bandage.

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 NASB)

Therefore, maybe these punks are letting us know something that any Bible-reading Christian knows: we have feet of clay (we sin, we are fallible).

However, this makes me wonder what these self-righteous Marxists will think in 10 or 20 years when people change values and destroy their icons. Hey, maybe it won’t even be that long. Maybe the next generation will value babies and wonder how America could sacrifice over 60 million to Molech.

Maybe the next generation will find itself knee deep in debt and will wonder why we squandered our economy for a cold.

Cancel Culture creeps into the Church

  1. Indiana Priest Suspended for Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction — BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

As I first found at BUNKERVILLE, an Indiana priest has been reported to have suspended for condemning BLM‘s violent Marxism. Here is part of Bunkerville’s assessment:

We are witnessing the wholesale capitulation of the bishops before the Marxist mob.

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement published in the parish’s Sunday bulletin on June 28, 2020.  Liberal media outlets almost immediately published excerpts from the bulletin article and called for Rothrock’s removal.

Here is the Father Rothrock’s column in its entirety:

The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020

This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.

Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.

On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?

Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.  Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.

On Tuesday, Fr. Rothrock was forced to issue an apology, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”Apparently this was not enough for the “frothing at the mouth” Marxists calling for his removal.  On Wednesday, Bishop Timothy Doherty removed Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

(Read the statement from the church on Fr. Rothrock’s removal at BUNKERVILLE)

Since I come from a denomination that has leading factions that have promoted “gospel diversity” and other idiocy, I don’t point to a perfect church

Since my church includes the likes of Russell Moore, JD Greear, and other inventors of attempts to pull the world’s philosophies into the church, I cannot claim to have a perfect church.

With that said, this act against Fr. Rothrock seems to be like a huge step back toward liberation theology.

May Jesus come soon.

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Five times America received and reacted to electronic discrimination from the Cyber-Left


In an effort to further snuff out the conservative message on online, Facebook takes action

  1. Facebook announces hate speech advertisement ban

One America News Network reports that Facebook has decided to ban advertisements it deems as hate speech.

Mark_ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg recently announced Facebook will prohibit hate speech from now on. On Friday, the CEO announced the platform will prohibit any advertisements that claim society is threatened by members of a particular race, ethnicity, gender or other protected category.

This came after several major companies threatened to pull Facebook advertisements for the month of July. Zuckerberg specifically noted posts from politicians will be removed if they “incite violence or suppress voting.”

According to the CEO, other posts may be flagged if they do not adhere to the company’s rules.

“We’re going to start labeling content that we find newsworthy that might otherwise violate our policies,” he said. “…If we determine the content may lead to violence or deprive people of their right to vote, we’re going to take that content down, no matter who says it.”

Facebook will also notify users if they try to share a post that has been flagged.

This comes as many social media users on both sides of the aisle have pointed out censorship abuses by big tech.

Attorney General William Barr has addressed how the Department of Justice might handle big tech censorship. In an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Barr claimed the department is investigating several tech companies on the grounds of antitrust laws.

According to reports, he will be announcing specific measures in the next few weeks.

The attorney general is reportedly considering revisions to Section 230, which protects companies from content on their sites and ensures equal speech representation.

“They built up this powerful network, very strong market power, based on the representation that they were sort of open to all as sort of a bulletin board,” explained Barr. “When they got that market power, now they’re censoring views.”

(Read more at One America News Network)

Considering the American government developed the resource they now use to deliver their product, these Internet companies might deliver a balanced product

Considering that the Internet came from ARPANET (a network between universities and the military) and that the overall network within the borders of the U.S. cannot be disputed to as a U.S. asset, the American government might exercise the same rights as it does over the airwaves. That is, just as it requires television stations and radio stations to prove that they are broadcasting in the public interest.

Moreover, considering that all of these social networking companies say that they are platform where ideas are shared freely; however, in practice, they act as publishers (by editing the messages that are allowed out and choosing winners and losers among the field of message bearers). Therefore, if they are going to act like publishers, they should be open to lawsuits like publishers.

Another instance that reminds us that the speech everybody likes does not need protecting

  1. Reddit bans r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse as part of a major expansion of its rules

As seen on The Verge, Reddit has banned subreddits “The_Donald” and “ChapoTrapHouse” as part of an expansion of its rules.

redditReddit will ban r/The_Donald, r/ChapoTrapHouse, and about 2,000 other communities today after updating its content policy to more explicitly ban hate speech. The policy update comes three weeks after Black Lives Matter protests led several popular Reddit forums to go dark temporarily in protest of what they called the company’s lax policies around hosting and promoting racist content. It marks a major reversal for a company whose commitment to free expression has historically been so strong that it once allowed users to distribute stolen nude photos freely on the site.

“I have to admit that I’ve struggled with balancing my values as an American, and around free speech and free expression, with my values and the company’s values around common human decency,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a call with reporters.

In a blog post that cites the company’s new rules, Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years. (The site has no official connection to President Donald Trump, although he did do an Ask Me Anything there as a candidate in 2016.) “The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations,” Huffman said.

Similarly, r/ChapoTrapHouse had also hosted content that violates the site’s rules, Huffman said. The subreddit is a spinoff of the popular left-wing podcast.

Reddit’s new policy begins with a first rule that requires users to “consider the human.” It reads:

Remember the human. Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence. Communities and people that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.

That formed the basis of a policy framework that bans hate speech.

“Reddit’s mission is to bring community and belonging to everybody in the world, and there is speech in the world and on Reddit that prevents other people from doing so,” Huffman told reporters. “Harassing speech or hateful speech prevents people from coming to Reddit and feeling safe and sharing their vulnerabilities … So if we have speech on Reddit that’s preventing people from using Reddit the way that we intend it to be used, or that prevents us from achieving our mission, then it’s actually a very easy decision.”

The introduction of the new policies has resulted in the removal of about 2,000 subreddits so far, and the company says “the vast majority” were inactive. Only about 200 of them had more than 10 daily users, the company said. They include:

  • r/DarkHumorAndMemes
  • r/ConsumeProduct
  • r/DarkJokeCentral
  • r/GenderCritical
  • r/Cumtown
  • r/imgoingtohellforthis2
  • r/Wojak
  • r/soyboys

Last year, Reddit “quarantined” r/The_Donald, placing it behind a warning screen after it was found to host content that incited violence. The company had previously prevented posts on the forum from reaching Reddit’s front page. Former users of the forum began moving to a new site off Reddit last year.

While Monday’s removals hit some high-profile political communities, Huffman said the company would continue to support a broad range of political speech.

(Read more at The Verge)

It sounds like these restrictions would have stopped A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Although I do not support the transfer of nude pictures, this clampdown on the conservative segment of the Reddit audience does not match up to the standards that they claim to hold. As with the previous article, this seems like a case of a company that claims to be an online billboard acting more like an online publisher that edits the works on it.

Censorship of Conservatives by Liberal Twitter creates a response

  1. Parler hits 500K as an alternative to liberal Twitter

One America News Network reported in a 27 June 2020 article that Parler has gained 500K users due (in most part) to the censorship from liberals at Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

ParlerAmid rising censorship of conservative voices on Twitter and other social media platforms, the new app Parler has seen a large influx of users. According to reports, more than 500,000 new people created accounts on the site after Twitter recently banned two conservative accounts.

Parler’s user base skyrocketed by 50% this week alone, bringing the total number of users to 1.5 million.

Conservatives like Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Ted Cruz announced they joined site after experiencing what they called “unfair banning of right-wing accounts.”

“They use that power to silence conservatives and to promote their radical left-wing agenda,” stated Cruz. “Big tech has shown the ability to shadow ban what you say or post without anyone ever knowing about it.”

(Read more at One America News Network)

I have been on Parler as @Mark1one since 4 June 2019

Feel free to follow me at @Mark1one, since I have been there for some time.

Of course, since I am not a heavy hitter (and even if I were), all I can say is: the more the merrier.

Potential Democrat leaders encourage discrimination by the Left on social media

  1. Democrat Congressional candidate urges Twitter followers to ‘report’ Trump supporters

Breitbart shares the rantings of McMurray, the ]Democrat candidate for New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Nate McMurrayNate McMurray, the Democrat candidate for New York’s 27th Congressional District, urged Twitter followers Wednesday to “report” Trump supporters.

“When you see fake videos, when you see racism, when you hear support for Trump, do not roll your eyes, do not play nice, do not worry about hurting someone’s feelings, CALL IT OUT — REPORT IT — FIGHT IT,” he wrote:

Thursday, immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken shared a screenshot of McMurray’s tweet and said, “This is a dangerous chill of 1st Amendment freedoms”:

However, McMurray appeared to have amended the “REPORT IT – FIGHT IT” command with “TALK TO THEM – DO NOT GO WITH THE FLOW” in another tweet on Friday:

(Read more at Breitbart)

This “Fight it” stance seems to go with someone who thinks their supporters have made their mind(s) up and cannot be confused with the facts

Much like the times I have noted the Cancel culture, this “Cancel campaigning” seems to ignore the opposition and encourages the followers of the campaign to do the same. It looks like this guy has thoroughly gotten lost in his own confirmation bias.

Facebook doubles down on eliminating the First Amendment

  1. Facebook blacklists Laura Loomer’s campaign ads

Breitbart reports on what might seem to be violation of Laura Loomer’s First Amendment rights.

Laura LoomerFacebook has reportedly banned all ads on behalf of Laura Loomer, the frontrunner in the GOP primary race for House candidate in Florida’s 21st district.

Loomer’s personal account is banned on Facebook, as well as on Facebook-owned Instagram, and her campaign was prevented from creating a page to reach voters on Facebook last November. Now the campaign is being banned from running ads on the platform as well.

Loomer’s most recent ad can be viewed on YouTube:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously said it’s not right for “private companies to censor politicians.”

“The Laura Loomer for Congress Inc. Campaign represents more than just Laura Loomer, the candidate,” said Karen Giorno, chief strategist for the Loomer campaign and formerly the campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Florida.

The Loomer campaign, said Giorno,  “embodies a national movement, that radiates from within President Donald J. Trump’s home district, FL-21 and is made up of millions of voices from across the country. Many have become volunteers, donors and have pledged to vote for Laura Loomer in the August 18th primary and again in November to retire the radical, elitist, entrenched Democrat incumbent, Lois Frankel. ”

“This community of citizens that are Republican, Democrat and Independent are choosing to support Laura Loomer for Congress to represent them in Washington, because she embodies their values, their mores, their beliefs and their norms.  By Facebook banning Laura Loomer for Congress Campaign ads from running, they are essentially going against their own policy, and canceling millions of voices as well.”

“This is a perfect example of how Big Tech is committing blatant election interference in the form of illegal in-kind contributions to the Democrat party and their candidates in a race that is taking place in the President’s backyard.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

The Left is out to destroy America. Sadly, Loomer is getting in the way of that.

While Zuckerberg claims he wants free speech, his actions show that he only wants free liberal speech or free Marxist speech. If you step over the boundaries and start to become in the least conservative (as with the first article in this post), he will shut you down.

Eight times the Democrat message degenerated into anti-Americanism

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  1. A Washington Post July 4th piece shows flaws in current education

Townhall points out how the joke of a Washington Post piece show how education has failed.

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This explains the darkness of the media.

President Trump decided to celebrate our nation’s birthday and in doing so, set off a meltdown not seen in quite a while from the media. Who am I kidding? It was a day that ends in “y” with these clowns. If Trump said the sky was blue, they would dole out endless articles attacking him. Trump decided to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by delivering a speech and fireworks show at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. That really set off the Left. And it didn’t stop there. This whole weekend is going to be grade-A Trump derangement entertainment from the press. And then, there’s these perspective and op-ed pieces from liberals that bash America. Take this one in The Washington Post, which says the global legacy of our independence has to be reconsidered. Again, the Left is attacking our founding, which isn’t out of the ordinary, but the history professor who penned this piece exposes what kids are being taught in higher education. It’s not pretty. As some have already pointed out, the thesis of the piece is just historically illiterate. America’s independence is responsible for the spread of global racism or something. Oh, and when we finally broke away from Britain, we somehow set forth the UK’s conquest of India or something. As Joe Gabriel Simonson at the Washington Examiner noted, the Brits had been in the Indian subcontinent since the 16th century. And yes, he also said this is what’s being taught about this nation in higher education because you know this isn’t the only professor spewing this garbage. You can see why the ‘woke’ legions are so unhinged if they’re being taught this nonsense (via WaPo):

The first is the central paradox in U.S. history: The nation’s democracy was founded as a slave society.

The second is that after cutting political ties with Great Britain, Americans doubled down on the British Empire’s project of colonial domination. The American Revolution inspired freedom movements in other parts the world. But it also contributed to the worldwide spread of white supremacy.

In the century after independence, the United States went from being a province of Britain’s empire to building its own empire “from sea to shining sea” and then overseas in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam.

When President Thomas Jefferson set the country on a path of westward expansion, he imagined an “empire of liberty” that would spread freedom across the continent and protect the nation from the “dangerous extension” of British power. But the growth of slavery and the “removal” of native peoples on the mainland were achieved by force, not consent.

Across the Atlantic, Britain responded to the loss of the 13 colonies by developing a “second,” much larger empire in Asia, Australia and Africa. Both the American and the British Empires post-1776 were structured by racial hierarchy, violence and a systemic devaluation of black and indigenous lives.

Consider, for example, the case of India. In the decades after U.S. independence, the British East India Co. conquered most of the subcontinent. British colonizers embedded racism in the law, political economy, geography and culture of British India from the late 18th century.

[…]

Britain’s settler colonies in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Africa caused the violent dispossession of indigenous peoples and frequently justified the idea of black extermination. In 1825, for instance, a white settler in Australia publicly proposed: “The best thing that could be done would be to shoot all the Blacks … the women and children should especially be shot as the most certain method of getting rid of the race.” Despite self-aggrandizing claims to the contrary, Britain’s abolition of slavery in 1833 did not stop racism. In fact, colonial expansion intensified colonial racism.

Genocidal violence was a foundational pillar of the British Empire, not an accidental or unintentional outcome. As a consequence of colonial policies, as many as 30 million Indians died of starvation during three major famines that ravaged the subcontinent in the last quarter of the 19th century.

After America declared independence from Britain, both countries maintained powerful traditions of racism and violence that were distinct and interconnected.





I mean, is this a joke? The United States is at fault for Britain’s…total colonization of India.

(Read more at Townhall)

This has been what the Democrat party has shown themselves as: the anti-science, anti-proof party

I am not sure when the trend in the Democrat party started. Certainly, it was in full swing when the “Russia, Russia, Russia” accusations were leveled against President Trump. And when Doctor Christine Blasey lied in Senate hearings without repercussion, it certainly was in full bloom.

Throughout the impeachment hearings, lies predominated in the show directed by Adam Schiff to a degree that even the Boston Herald called for his removal.

Therefore, how can we expect anything less than a full pack of lies from the current set of Democrats? While bad company spoils good character (1 Corinthians 5:33), we still must judge people on their own acts (Ezekiel 18:20). Therefore, with hope, we will see which path the Democrats continue to take; however, history can be telling.

  1. Cancel culture of Democrats ignores all facts when making their point

Townhall comments on how Senator Tammy Duckworth (and most of the cancel culture) ignores facts when making accusations.

CancelCulturePresident Donald Trump’s 4th of July speech at Mt. Rushmore Friday night focused on the United States’ history and legacy in the world. He also addressed the issue with cancel culture advocates trying to completely shatter American history by pulling down monuments and statues. But, according to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), the president’s speech should have focused on the 130,000 Americans who died as a result of the Wuhan coronavirus and the bogus story about Russia putting a bounty on American troops’ heads.

“Where does it end? Should statues, for example, of George Washington, come down?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked.

“Well, let me just say that we should start off by having a national dialogue on it at some point, but right now, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and one of our allies, one of our countries that are opposed to us – Russia – has put a bounty on American troops’ heads. What really struck me about the speech the president gave at Mt. Rushmore is that he spent more time worried about honoring dead Confederates than he did talking about the lives of our 130,000 Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19 or by warning Russia off the bounty they’re putting on Americans’ heads,” Duckworth explained. “I mean, his priorities are all wrong here. He should be talking about what we’re going to do to overcome this pandemic. What are we going to do to push Russia back? And, instead, he had no time for that. He spent all his time talking about dead traitors.”

Bash pushed back, reminding Duckworth that many would not consider George Washington to be a “traitor.” The senator didn’t say whether or not statues of Washington should be torn down but instead insisted a “national dialogue” should take place.

What the senator fails to grasp is this: a “national conversation” can’t take place. The left-wing cancel culture mob has already gunned for any and all monuments, not just those of Confederate soldiers and leaders. A perfect example are the statues of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and President Abraham Lincoln. Both men despised slavery and everything it stood for. They fought to free slaves in the south and bring together our union. No one seems to care about that bit of history. The left sees a statue of a white man from the 1800s so it’s automatically assumed that they were racist members of the Confederacy.

(Read more at Townhall)

Considering that I compiled and then lengthened a list of abolitionist and Black monuments destroyed by BLM, I might be able to point you to an answer

If you think about the first list or the the updated list of abolitionist and Black hero monuments (along with statues of unrelated heroes), you will see that BLM and Antifa do not think about history when they destroy monuments. As proof, they’ve destroyed:

  • A monument to a Black regiment (the Shaw Memorial)
  • A monument to an abolitionist who supported ending slavery by armed insurrection. This man, John Brown, raided the Confederacy.
  • A monument to an abolitionist who worked as a journalist and swayed public opinion against slavery. This man, Hans Christian Heg, led a militia that caught slave hunters.
  • An abolitionist, Matthias Baldwin, who gave much to Black communities.
  • An abolitionist, who (although he came from a Quaker background) joined the Union Army. William Jackson Palmer gave hundreds of thousands to Black colleges.
  • An unknown Revolutionary War soldier
  • The President who signed the Emancipation Proclamation

On the irrelevant side, they have destroyed statues of:

  • Two presidents who served after the end of the 18th century
  • A blues guitarist great of the 1990’s
  • The poet who wrote the words that became the words to our national anthem
  • A monk who established missions across California
  • The union general whose tactics brought an end to slavery

Therefore, it might seem that those allied with BLM and Antifa have taken on one of their characteristics of debate: the characteristic of ignoring facts and just repeating their speaking points/meme.

  1. Democrats Link Mount Rushmore to ‘Glorifying White Supremacy’

The Christian Broadcasting Network reports on the tweet by the Democrat National Committee.

DNC-Mount-Rushmore-tweetThe Democratic Party set its ire on Mount Rushmore in a since-deleted tweet Monday night, decrying an upcoming Independence Day celebration at the treasured American monument as “glorifying white supremacy.”

At the invitation of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), President Donald Trump plans to headline a major fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 3, marking the first time the site has hosted such a patriotic spectacle since 2009. Prior to that point, Fourth of July fireworks shows at Mount Rushmore were an annual tradition.

“Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again,” read the erased tweet from the official account linked to the Democratic Party. “He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal communities.”

The political party linked to an article from The Guardian, a left-leaning European outlet, which promoted the belief that Mount Rushmore, a 60-foot high sculpture depicting the faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt that was completed between 1927 and 1941, is “a symbol of white supremacy.”

Nick Tilsen, a Native American activist, told the British newspaper it is “an injustice to actively steal indigenous people’s land, then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Considering that BLM and Antifa have now defiled a statue of Fredrick Douglas, what can we expect from these Marxists?

Democrats have (through their BLM and Antifa arms) defaced a statue of Black orator Fredrick Douglas, as reported in the New York Post.

With the vandalism of the Shaw Memorial and the Fredrick Douglas statue, these Marxists show themselves not to be interested in advancing pride in the achievements of Blacks or advancing the ideas of freedom borne by Blacks. They only show themselves as desiring to erase the past in order to create their own socialist utopia.

This news comes with a hat-tip to the The Chris Salcedo Show.

  1. Leo Terrell is ‘Embarrassed to be a Democrat’ after DNC plays ‘race card’ with Mount Rushmore

The Daily Caller recounts the words of Leo Terrell after he heard of the 2 July 2020 DNC tweet.

LeoTerrellCivil rights attorney Leo Terrell pounded the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Friday for playing the “race card” with Mount Rushmore and equating the iconic monument to “white supremacy.”

“I am embarrassed to be a Democrat tonight,” he told Fox News’ “Hannity.”

The DNC tweeted Monday, “Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again. He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore, a region once sacred to tribal communities.”

“[Mount Rushmore] is a great place for the president to celebrate our nation’s birthday,” Terrell told guest host Jason Chaffetz as President Donald Trump prepared to deliver a speech in front of the venerated South Dakota sculpture.

“That tweet  — I want people to hear this,” Terrell continued, “The Democratic Party calling this a ‘white supremacy’ meeting is the race card at its highest level and that came from the Democratic Party.”

“The bottom line is simply this,” he said,  “If you are a Democrat, you can be a racist. But the point here is, you accuse the Republicans of being racist and there is no evidence of that whatsoever. It’s embarrassing and I am embarrassed to be a Democrat tonight.”

During his speech to a crowd of vocal supporters Trump condemned the vandalism of historical statues across America and promised that “Rushmore will stand forever.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

My dad was a Democrat; however, the party left him

It sounds like the Democrat party may be in the process of leaving Mr. Terrell. However, that might depend on how much tolerance for lies Mr. Terrell can handle and what other negative consequences there might be for staying with the Democrats. Likewise, how much grief he will have to endure and how much money he will lose will have to come into consideration.

Non-Democrats were recently left by the Democrats

Sadly, many of us who never have been part of the Democrat party have recently experienced even further separation from that party. While they were drawing six-figure salaries and staying in their estates for fear of the coronavirus, they took away from those of us who wanted to work the ability to do just that. And when some of us protested, they called those of us who wanted to provide for our families “selfish,” “greedy,” and “murderers.”

They told us that, if we went into the public to provide for our families, then we did not care for our older relatives to the extent that we were signing their death warrants. This — coming from the party of euthanasia and abortion — rings hollow.

Furthermore, when the Black Lives Matter riots began and CNN started calling those riots “peaceful demonstrations” until those riots reached their front doors, all of the Democrat “stay-home, work-safe” orders rang extremely hollow.

  1. Black Lives Matter protesters filmed dancing on American flag in Washington, D.C.

The Daily Caller comments on how Democrats danced on an American flag in Washington, D.C.

Black Lives Matter protesters filmed dancing on American flagBlack Lives Matter protesters danced on top of an American flag in Washington, D.C. as the city celebrated Independence Day on Saturday.

The footage was posted to Twitter hours before President Donald Trump spoke at the 2nd annual Salute to America in the nation’s capital. Trump centered his speech on the condemnation of protesters who seek to tear down American history.


“I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world: This monument will never be desecrated; these heroes will never be defaced; their legacy will never ever be destroyed; their achievements will not be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and our freedom,” Trump said Friday during his speech at Mount Rushmore.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Before Antifa and BLM can tell me socialism is so great, have them show me some pictures

Before Antifa and BLM can start to prove that socialism works so well, have them provide about 50 pictures of people dancing on:

  • A Chinese flag in Xi Jinping’s China
  • A Vietnamese flag in Nguyễn Phú Trọng‘s Vietnam
  • A Venezuelan flag in Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela
  • A North Korean flag in Kim Jong Un’s North Korea
  • A Laotian flag in Bounnhang Vorachith’s Laos
  • A Cuban flag in Raul Castro’s Cuba

To get 50 pictures, you would only have to produce nine pictures of each of these scenes. There have been well over 9 pictures of citizens dancing on, stomping on, burning, and otherwise disrespecting the American flag on American soil. Therefore, if Marxism works so well, this should be an easy thing to do. Go for it!

  1. AP turns on Americans who don’t support BLM protests after those Americans were not allowed to work or protest

The Associated Press reports on how conservative Facebook groups (after months of being told they could not work or protest) began to complain about the support the BLM protests experienced in the press.

A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial injustice.

These groups, which now boast a collective audience of more than 1 million members, are still thriving after most states started lifting virus restrictions.

And many have expanded their focus.

One group transformed itself last month from “Reopen California” to “California Patriots Pro Law & Order,” with recent posts mocking Black Lives Matter or changing the slogan to “White Lives Matter.” Members have used profane slurs to refer to Black people and protesters, calling them “animals,” “racist” and “thugs”— a direct violation of Facebook’s hate speech standards.

Others have become gathering grounds for promoting conspiracy theories about the protests, suggesting protesters were paid to go to demonstrations and that even the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police, was staged.

An Associated Press review of the most recent posts in 40 of these Facebook groups — most of which were launched by conservative groups or pro-gun activists — found the conversations largely shifted last month to attacking the nationwide protests over the killing of Black men and women after Floyd’s death.

Facebook users in some of these groups post hundreds of times a day in threads often seen by members only and shielded from public view.

“Unless Facebook is actively looking for disinformation in those spaces, they will go unnoticed for a long time and they will grow,” said Joan Donovan, the research director at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. “Over time, people will drag other people into them and they will continue to organize.”

Facebook said it is aware of the collection of reopen groups, and is using technology as well as relying on users to identify problematic posts. The company has vowed in the past to look for material that violates its rules in private groups as well as in public places on its site. But the platform has not always been able to deliver on that promise.

(Read more of the liberal side at the Associated Press)

This only proves again that the press is populated by America-hating liberals that cannot stand debate

If the Associated Press had instead chosen to present both sides of the issue (both [1] the side of the Facebook groups who had been quarantined while healthy and made poor by no fault of their own and [2] the side of those supporting Black Lives Matter), then several things would happen. First, the Associated Press would be rightfully called fair and balanced. Second, Americans would have a debate with facts available.

However, that did not happen. Rather, the Associated Press chose to only present one side of the debate. That is why I am classifying them as America-hating liberals.

  1. How is defunding the cops working – Chicago violence erupts during holiday weekend, at least 67 shot and 13 killed

Fox News reports that Democrat-run Chicago had 67 shot and 13 killed during the 4 July 2020 holiday weekend.

Chicago‘s bloody gun violence continued through the holiday weekend as more than 67 people were shot and at least 13 killed, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

Nine of the victims were minors, with only the two fatalities so far, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The girl, identified by her family as Natalie Wallace, was outside her grandmother’s home at a Fourth of July party in the city’s Austin neighborhood around 7 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and three men got out and started shooting indiscriminately.

Wallace was shot in her head and pronounced dead after she was rushed to a hospital, police said, according to Chicago’s FOX 32.

A 32-year-old man shot during the same attack was in fair condition, FOX 32 reported.

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote on Twitter. “We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.”

A 34-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man, and a 20-year-old man were also killed earlier Saturday, WLS-TV reported.

The 14-year-old boy was killed in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, in an attack that left three other people dead and four wounded, including boys ages 11 and 15, the Tribune reported.

Four men had walked up to a gathering and started firing shots. They fled and have not been arrested, the newspaper reported.

(Read more at Fox News)

When you want to know how the gun debate and the values of minorities really stand with Democrats, refer to the state of Chicago

Any time that a high-profile shooting occurs outside of the major Democrat cities and people start calling for gun control, the most logical thing to do might be to look at Chicago and New York (where some of the strictest gun control measures in the country have been in place). If gun control laws do not work there, why would they work anywhere else?

Likewise, when minorities call out for relief, where do they often make those calls? Do they not call for relief from Democrat bastions like Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and New York? Before we institute another nation-wide socialist agenda, we ought to see how the Marxist ideologies in these cities have done.

  1. How is defunding the cops working – New York City gunman shoots man dead, wounds woman in daylight attack caught on video

Fox News reports how a man has been recorded killing one man and wounding a woman.

New York City police are searching for a gunman who opened fire on a city sidewalk last week, killing a man and wounding a woman in broad daylight.

The shooting unfolded in front of 41 New Lots Ave. in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood at around 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison shared surveillance video of the attack on Friday.

The footage shows a man calmly walking up to another man on a sidewalk. He pulls a gun from his waistband and appears to fire multiple times as the other man stands in close range.


The gunman struck 20-year-old Deondraye Moore in the head and a 36-year-old woman once in her arm and torso, police said.

Both victims were rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where Moore was pronounced dead, police said. The woman is in stable condition.

Moore’s father, Derrick, told the New York Daily News that his son “was a good kid.”

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around it,” Moore said of his son. “I’m shocked.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Critical things to know about the coronavirus (hype)

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Their diagnostics have shown themselves to be questionable

A COVID-19 positive testing might not mean you had COVID-19. It could indicate you had a cold, SARS, MERS, or any other coronavirus

The following information from the Centers for Disease Control seems to counter the narrative of COVID-19 being the deadly disease that the experts have a handle on expertly identifying:

A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance a positive result means that you have antibodies from an infection with a virus from the same family of viruses (called coronaviruses), such as the one that causes the common cold.

These are some of the diseases that may cause a false positive for COVID-19

The National Foundation for Infectious Disease says that the coronaviruses include:

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  • A large group of viruses that cause diseases in animals and humans

The CDC’s death count has been inflated

The CDC has admitted that it over-counted the COVID-19 death count

As the CDC web site also states that excess deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Estimates of excess deaths can provide information about the burden of mortality potentially related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including deaths that are directly or indirectly attributed to COVID-19. Excess deaths are typically defined as the difference between the observed numbers of deaths in specific time periods and expected numbers of deaths in the same time periods. This visualization provides weekly estimates of excess deaths by the jurisdiction in which the death occurred. Weekly counts of deaths are compared with historical trends to determine whether the number of deaths is significantly higher than expected.

Counts of deaths from all causes of death, including COVID-19, are presented. As some deaths due to COVID-19 may be assigned to other causes of deaths (for example, if COVID-19 was not diagnosed or not mentioned on the death certificate), tracking all-cause mortality can provide information about whether an excess number of deaths is observed, even when COVID-19 mortality may be undercounted. Additionally, deaths from all causes excluding COVID-19 were also estimated. Comparing these two sets of estimates — excess deaths with and without COVID-19 — can provide insight about how many excess deaths are identified as due to COVID-19, and how many excess deaths are reported as due to other causes of death. These deaths could represent misclassified COVID-19 deaths, or potentially could be indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., deaths from other causes occurring in the context of health care shortages or overburdened health care systems).

As of June 3, 2020, additional information on weekly counts of deaths by cause of death has been added to this release. Similar to all causes of death, these weekly counts can be compared to values from the same weeks in prior years to determine whether recent increases have occurred for specific causes of death. The causes shown here were chosen based on analyses of the most prevalent comorbid conditions reported on death certificates where COVID-19 was listed as a cause of death (see https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#Comorbidities). Cause of death counts are based on the underlying cause of death, and presented for Respiratory diseases, Circulatory diseases, Malignant neoplasms, and Alzheimer disease and dementia. Deaths due to external causes (i.e. injuries) or unknown causes are excluded. For more detail, see the Technical Notes.  Weekly counts of deaths were also added by age for all causes.

Estimates of excess deaths can be calculated in a variety of ways, and will vary depending on the methodology and assumptions about how many deaths are expected to occur. Estimates of excess deaths presented in this webpage were calculated using Farrington surveillance algorithms (1). A range of values for the number of excess deaths was calculated as the difference between the observed count and one of two thresholds (either the average expected count or the upper bound of the 95% CI), by week and jurisdiction.

Provisional death counts are weighted to account for incomplete data. However, data for the most recent week(s) are still likely to be incomplete. Weights are based on completeness of provisional data in prior years, but the timeliness of data may have changed in 2020 relative to prior years, so the resulting weighted estimates may be too high in some jurisdictions and too low in others. As more information about the accuracy of the weighted estimates is obtained, further refinements to the weights may be made, which will impact the estimates. Any changes to the methods or weighting algorithm will be noted in the Technical Notes when they occur. More detail about the methods, weighting, data, and limitations can be found in the Technical Notes.

This visualization includes several different estimates:

  • Number of excess deaths: A range of estimates for the number of excess deaths was calculated as the difference between the observed count and one of two thresholds (either the average expected count or the upper bound of the 95% CI), by week and jurisdiction. Negative values, where the observed count fell below the threshold, were set to zero.
  • Percent excess: The percent excess was defined as the number of excess deaths divided by the threshold.
  • Total number of excess deaths:The total number of excess deaths in each jurisdiction was calculated by summing the excess deaths in each week, from February 1, 2020 to present. Similarly, the total number of excess deaths for the US overall was computed as a sum of jurisdiction-specific numbers of excess deaths (with negative values set to zero), and not directly estimated using the Farrington surveillance algorithms.

The “fact checkers” at USA Today would like for us to believe that the CDC COVID-19 counts are under counted

The lying or lazy and ignorant “fact checkers” at USA Today would have you believe that the CDC has under counted its death counts.

Theories have circulated that the government’s system for counting COVID-19 deaths causes inflation in the total number of deaths.

At issue in many cases is the federal guidance for those filling out death certificates. The guidance specifies: “COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to the death.”

Some have interpreted that to mean that deaths will be reported as related to COVID-19 when a person has actually died from something else.

On April 8, Dr. Scott Jensen, a Republican state senator and Minnesota family physician, said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that the method of gathering statistics could be “misleading.”

(Read more of their untruths at USA Today)

The Democrat riots have had an effect

Two weeks after the Floyd George riots, over 200 Houston police officers are under quarantine

Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports that 200 police who endured protesters shouting in their faces have self-quarantined.

The Houston Police Department is dealing with a huge spike in officers quarantined after exposure to COVID-19.

On May 1, HPD had 41 officers in quarantine. A month later on June 1, there were 54. The number increased to 207 officers by Monday. Of those, 178 tested positive. Chief Art Acevedo said none are seriously ill and their absence is not affecting police response, at least not yet.

The increase comes just weeks after large police reform protests in Houston, while COVID-19 cases skyrocketed across the state simultaneously. Acevedo suggests re-opening has more to do with the HPD coronavirus spike than protest exposure.

“We opened up the state very quickly, especially bars and, you know, I can’t control what people do off duty,” Acevedo said. “Then we had the protests. I would venture to guess… the protests went on all over the country and in most cities they haven’t seen the uptick that we’ve seen here.”

The Houston Police Officer’s Union doesn’t share the chief’s optimism.

“We saw a huge spike in cases right after the protest,” HPOU President Joe Gamaldi told ABC13. “We absolutely support the right to peacefully protest, but going into large crowds is not following the best medical advice. I just don’t believe reasonable people think this wasn’t caused by the protests and certainly that’s not what our officers believe.”

Gamaldi said officers who need worker’s compensation care are receiving it and officers are getting the assistance from HPD they require.

Acevedo hears the concerns about his own exposure to the virus. He was seen frequently during the protests without a mask in the midst of massive crowds.

(Read more at KTRK)

The Democrat election narrative requires fear

The past four months of Media reports and Democrat sound bites have been light on facts and heavy on fear

From the day in January when President Trump stopped travel from China (and had Democrats calling him “xenophobe,” “racist,” and “hate monger” for closing our borders to coronavirus), the word from both the Democrats and the press has been one of fear.

Of course, greater minds than mine have recognized this manipulation of the American psyche through raw fear. However, you have to admit that Democrats have become masters of manipulating their voting populace through fear, whether it comes from fear of a moderate candidate that would be abandoned by the young vote or fear of another term for President Trump, they have it down.


Two more things to know about Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo wants authority to issue 2nd stay-at-home order

Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports that Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has started to seek the authority to issue another stay-at-home order.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is fighting for the authority to issue another stay-at-home order after local officials lifted the previous one, trusting people would take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We need folks to stay home. We need folks to be part of this effort and work together as a community for the sake of our health, our economy, and all our neighbors,” said Hidalgo.

Ultimately, Gov. Greg Abbott has the final say on if she can do that.

“We have to be patient and have a more sustainable reopening, so that we can have more economic opportunity over the long haul instead of having this situation where we’re bouncing between open and closed, which ultimately leads to lost confidence in the economy,” said Hidalgo.

Harris County sent a public safety alert on Friday to people’s phones to announce that the county was elevated to a level one threat.

“We did issue an alert today because we want to make sure every resident in this county knows that we are now in red alert, the highest threat level for COVID-19 in this community, and we don’t want anybody to miss that,” said Hidalgo. “We need every single person on board with this effort.”

Abbott announced Friday that bars had to close, restaurants needed to reduce to 50 percent capacity, gatherings of 100 people or more would need special permission and rafting and tubing businesses had to close.

He later said he regretted allowing bars to reopen.

(Read more drivel about how the press blames bars — instead of 60K protesting — for the COVID-19 resurgence at KTRK)

In a fitting turn of events, Lina Hidalgo has been self-quarantining due to possible exposure during the Floyd George riots

As reported by Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, Lina Hidalgo announced that she is self-quarantining.

However, if she really were “of the people,” then she would go without pay for the multiple weeks it takes to get two negative COVID-19 test results. Additionally, she would rely on friends (or deliveries she cannot afford) for her food — while she remains a pariah, locked behind doors.

Police react to bad liberal actions and policies

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How many Atlanta cops called in with “Blue Flu” after Devin Brosnan was charged

Townhall reports on the common-sense moves by Atlanta police in protest after police officer Devin Brosnan was charged.

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District Attorney Paul Howard

On the day that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, a Democrat, announced a felony murder charge against former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe and charges against officer Devin Brosnan for the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a large number of Atlanta cops reportedly called out sick. Police departments in the surrounding area refused requests to supplement Atlanta police unless there was an event where a police officer required emergency assistance. The mayor has since admitted that morale “is down ten-fold” among her officers.

While Atlanta cops were calling out sick en masse, officials downplayed the reports.

Atlanta Sergeant John Chafee told CBS News that “suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate.” Chafee did say that eight officers resigned, five were dismissed, and three retired, sometime between June 1 and June 17. Chafee did not tell CBS News how many officers had called out since charges were announced in the Brooks shooting. But Channel 2 Actions News now knows the answer.

Around 170 officers called out sick with what’s being dubbed the “Blue Flu” in the hours and days immediately following the charges. Most of the “sick” officers worked in the downtown area where protests have taken place. On Friday, two days after the charges were announced, 90 officers called out sick, and half of those officers work in Zone 5, the zone encompassing the protests.

“The city’s response, I recall early on, seems like they downplayed those numbers. The public should know that’s a significant amount of police officers who did not come to work during that time period,” retired Atlanta police Detective Vince Velasquez told Channel 2 Action News.

“Some officers have flatly told me that they’re afraid to go to work and to answer a call and commit to a process and feel like they’re doing the right thing, feel like they’re doing their jobs, and then face not just disciplinary action, but prosecution,” Velasquez said. “This is a unique case because some of the charges that were brought up with these officers were policy violations that were turned into oath-of-office crimes that were alleged by the DA, and some of these things are completely foreign to all of us.”

(Read more at Townhall)

I don’t blame the police for looking out for themselves

When a self-interested Democrat politician (or Republican, for that matter) comes after police, I expect police to react the same way they must when a thug grabs a gun. At these times, police must act in self defense. Of course, in this case, this does not entail shooting the lying politician, but it does involve getting out of the line of that politician’s fire.

Therefore, even as crime rises due to bad Democrat “bail reform” policies, police should make themselves scarce.

272 New York City Police officers retire in wake of George Floyd protests

Lifezette reports that 272 New York Police Department officers have sought retirement in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

Anti-police sentiments have been at an all-time high in recent weeks in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.

Now, it’s been revealed that officers in the NYPD have been retiring in droves since his passing.

The New York Post reported that since Floyd died on May 25, the NYPD has said that 272 uniformed cops have put in retirement papers.

The department added that this is a 49 percent increase from the 183 officers who filed during the same period last year.

A source inside the NYPD explained that these mass retirements could signal a coming crisis for the 36,000-member department, which has also been hit with a $1 billion budget reduction after Floyd’s death as calls to “defund the police” have grown.

“We are worried about a surge in attrition reducing our headcount beyond what we can sustain without new recruits, and are afraid the City Council has not taken the surge into account,” the source said.

Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch spoke out to say that officers are “at their breaking point, whether they have 20 years on the job or only two. We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’ And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, agreed by saying that an “exodus” from the NYPD has already started, adding that close to 80 of his members have recently filed for retirement, and that morale among cops is “at the lowest levels I’ve seen in 38 years.”

“People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position,” Mullins said. “There is no leadership, no direction, no training for new policies,” he said.

“Department brass is paralyzed (and) too afraid to uphold their sworn oath in fear of losing their jobs. Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.”

Many NYPD officers reportedly see themselves as collateral damage in the chaos that has ensued since Floyd was killed.

“It’s an all-out war on cops and we have no support,” said one veteran Brooklyn police officer, who is retiring next month. “I wanted to wait for my 30th anniversary in October, but the handwriting is on the wall.”

This serves as a reminder that police officers all over the country need our support now more than ever. The men and women in blue deserve better than what they are getting.

(Read more at Lifezette)

I have seen the New York Times and New York Post essays where police had libs shouting and spitting in their faces

Police should not have to put up with civilians shouting and spitting in their faces, but (as of recently) there are photographs showing that police have endured just that sort of treatment. For that, I fully support the police as they “get out of Dodge” and let the liberals stew in a lawless mess.

NYPD sees 49 percent spike in officers filing for retirement amid George Floyd unrest

Fox News corroborates other reports by showing that NYPD has seen a 49% spike in filing for retirement.

A wave of NYPD officers has filed for retirement in the weeks following George Floyd’s death on May 25, refocusing attention on police morale amid widespread protests and calls to defund law enforcement.

The NYPD told Fox News on Saturday that 272 officers have filed for retirement between Floyd’s death and June 23. That represents a 49 percent increase over the same period in 2019.

Resignations and actual retirements have remained relatively stable with 135 retirements in 2020 and 131 during the same time last year. According to the department, that’s because the recent spate of filings hasn’t been processed yet. The department saw 35 resignations in 2019 compared to 36 so far in 2020.

Hundreds of police officers have reportedly been injured as protests, at times violent, rocked the nation. That included hundreds from the NYPD as the city weighed cutting its budget and transferring funds to other programs in the city.

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told the New York Post that officers were at their “breaking point.”

“We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’” he said. “And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”

On Thursday, the Post reported that a Bronx precinct commander decided to quit over the NYPD’s handling of police reform. Deputy Inspector Richard Brea reportedly took issue with the department’s decision to disband its anti-crime unit.

Amid growing unrest, politicians have proposed a variety of reforms at the federal and local levels. Departments across the country have also seen a slew of firings related to controversial police encounters.

Former Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired quickly after he shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in what some have defended as a justified use of force. After the city charged Rolfe with murder, a wave of the city’s police officers called out of work.

Those calling for reform have generally argued that the justice system is plagued by systemic racism and needs sweeping change to protect African-Americans from brutality.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a large police reform proposal, which was described by its sponsor as a “victory” against police brutality.

(Read more at Fox News)

If you read widely, you can see that it is not usually the inner-city citizen who calls for defunding the police

Most of truthful articles and unedited tweets that I see of Black Lives Matter show White women screaming and marching. A few of the articles I have read by Blacks (which, of course, I cannot find now) detail how they worry for the safety of their neighborhoods each day that the riots creep closer and more police catch the “Blue Flu.”

Therefore, I am not seeing a real movement here. This seems to be a completely forced socialist movement advocating for the end of nuclear family.

An updated list of misdirected damage to abolitionist, Black hero, and irrelevant statues caught up by Antifa and BLM

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An updated list of damaged and destroyed monuments for abolitionist, Black heroes, and figures who had nothing to do with expressed racism

It seems that Black Lives Matter is only about erasing

Remember that it was Black Lives Matter that defaced or destroyed monuments for:

Honoree Name & Link to BLM destruction Information about the Honoree
Abraham Lincoln
Was the President who ran against slavery, directed the Union during the Civil War, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
William McKinley
Never owned slaves. Was the 25th president of the U.S. (from 1897 until his assassination in 1901). Led America to victory in the Spanish-American War.
Hans Christian Heg
Was an abolitionist and a news reporter who swayed people against slavery. Was born in Norway and joined the Union army. Led an anti-slave-catcher militia.
John Brown
Was an abolitionist and advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow slavery. Raided the Confederacy.
Matthias Baldwin
Was an abolitionist and a philanthropist. Began working in his teens as a printer. Became an inventor and machinist, specializing in steam locomotives.
Junipero Serra
Founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California.
Francis Scott Key
Wrote the poem that became the words for our national anthem.
Theodore Roosevelt
Never owned a slave. Was the 26th President of the U.S.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Never owned a slave. Was a Grammy-winning blues guitarist of the 1990’s.
William Jackson Palmer
Never owned a slave. Although a Quaker (who normally claim conscientious-objector status), he fought for the Union because he hated slavery so much. After the war, contributed hundreds of thousands to Black colleges.
Shaw Memorial
This was a memorial to a regiment of Black soldiers.
Revolutionary War Unknown Soldier
This was a memorial to the unknown soldier.
Ulysses S. Grant
Inherited one slave who was freed upon his death. Served in the army that defeated the South and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. Served as the 18th President of the U.S.

Liberals institute bad policy in place of a bad policeman

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Out with the police … in with ‘Sharia patrols’?

OneNewsNow commented in a 26 June 2020 article on the dual trends of defunding the police and establishing sharia patrols in Minneapolis.

A Messianic Jewish leader is warning that if left unchecked, an evil alliance in Minnesota could result in complete devastation of the Twin Cities.

In the wake of the May 25th death of George Floyd while being arrested in Minneapolis, there have been calls to completely disband the Minneapolis Police Department. In fact, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously today approving a radical proposal to change the city charter to allow dismantling of the city’s police department.

“Doing so would first require amending the city charter,” AP reports. “Draft language of the amendment posted online would replace the department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, ‘which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.’

“The amendment goes on to say the director of the new agency would have ‘non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.’ It also provides for a division of licensed peace officers, who would answer to the department’s director.”

Jan Markell is founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, which is based in Minneapolis. During an appearance on American Family Radio Thursday, Markell said the area’s roughly 200,000 Somali refugees in the area have their own idea of what will replace the police.

“And that would Muslim patrols. You could call them Sharia patrols,” she stated. “They have this in Europe. It doesn’t work, of course, but nonetheless this is what they’ve implemented in parts of Europe.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Not too long ago, I blogged about Sharia courts in Texas

Likewise, I have blogged about the possibility of Sharia in the U.S.; however, from what I have heard of Sharia (from the Muslim translation Reliance of the Traveller) (a resource I first discovered through Cornerstone Baptist Church), Sharia will be a hard sell in America.

Unless the Democrats pull something that makes most voter fraud look like kindergarten antics, America will not submit to this Sharia.

After voting to abolish cops, Minneapolis City Council members hire private security

Townhall comments on both the Minneapolis City Council moves to abolish the police department and their hiring of private security for themselves.

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Minneapolis City Council

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to defund and dismantle the city’s police department. Instead of having armed police officers responding to violent criminals, the new plan, which is still in the works, will reportedly task social workers, or some other type of liberal arts major, with keeping the streets safe in Minneapolis.

But FOX 9 News learned the city is now spending $4,500 a day on private security for three city council members following the death of George Floyd. A city spokesperson told FOX 9 that security details have already cost the city $63,000 over the past three weeks.

The Minneapolis city council is comprised of 12 Democratic-Farmer-Labor members and one Green Party of Minneapolis member. The three members provided private security are Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunnigham, and Alondra Cano, all outspoken supporters of defunding the police. So these leftists hire muscle to protect themselves but abolish cops who protect everyone else. Something tells me the private security guards don’t have graduate degrees in social work.

“I don’t feel comfortable publicly discussing the death threats against me or the level of security I currently have protecting me from those threats,” said Councilmember Cunningham in a text message to FOX 9, adding the private security was only temporary.

I bet he doesn’t feel comfortable discussing it.

“My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” wrote Councilmembers Jenkins in an email to FOX 9.

(Read more at Townhall)

Considering the ways that Kim Ogg has betrayed Harris County, Texas as its District Attorney, Minneapolis does not surprise me

Kim Ogg has become adept at releasing felons and releasing liberal protesters. Therefore, it does not surprise me that Democrats would do things to endanger the community (or simultaneously enrich themselves).

Mexico as a source of the second wave

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An influx from highly-infected Mexico fuels the “Second Wave”

The Federation for American Immigration Reform has published a report pointing to an influx of human trafficking from COVID-19 infected countries.

Texas is said to be experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections, and reporters are looking everywhere for clues to the cause – everywhere except south of the border.

COVID cases are rising again in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. Border communities in the Rio Grande Valley are also seeing increases. One health official called the trend line “absolutely apocalyptic.”

Media coverage zeroed in on the state’s gradual return to business as usual, speculating that re-opened hair salons and gyms are driving up caseloads. Certainly a resumption of public gatherings – with and without masks – has increased chances for spreading the virus.

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Coronavirus cases in Mexico are soaring

But while politicians admonished citizens to mask up and complained of “stress on the healthcare system,” not a word was uttered about the ongoing influx of migrants from Mexico and Central America, where COVID cases are now soaring. The border represents an additional risk that should not be ignored, along with the inherent risks associated with reopening many businesses and people who fail to take proper precautions against contracting or spreading the virus.

Sharing 2,000 miles of border with Mexico, Texas is a prime destination. Even with the Trump administration’s ban on “non-essential” travel across the border, 2,766,122 legal crossings were tallied at three Texas ports of entry in March (the latest month for which data were available). Unknown numbers of illegal aliens continue to enter via other routes.

The White House is just now exploring the possibility that travel from Mexico may be contributing to the new wave of coronavirus infections. (Somewhat disingenuously, the liberal Migration Policy Institute tweaked the administration for imposing “mobility limitations not on grounds of health risk, but to protect jobs.”)

“My strong suspicion is that sick Mexican citizens (and maybe Central Americans and migrants of other nationalities) are illegally entering the United States to use American hospitals because their governments have failed them,” Todd Bensman, of the Center of Immigration Studies, wrote this month. Implicit in Bensman’s observation is that taxpayers in these border regions are left with the bills.

Bensman’s theory remains theoretical because neither the news media nor healthcare providers report COVID patients’ immigration status. The media’s failure to pursue relevant lines of inquiry merely raises more doubts.

“American voters and citizens can and should argue that human decency and Hippocratic oaths require that America care for illegally present non-citizens who need help,” Bensman states. “But American voters also should have a chance to counter that Mexico should be entirely responsible for the consequential fallout from its policy choices and that its government expand facilities for its own sick citizens.”

(Read more at FAIR)

Thank God for 200 miles completed of southern border wall

With a hat tip to the Chris Salcedo Show for letting his listening audience know about this, I ran across this article the same morning that Chris mentioned it.

It only stands to reason that a once-porous border on our Southern side would present problems when COVID-19 has hit record levels south of the border.

Thank heavens that 200 miles of the border wall have been completed, making it that much more difficult to enter the U.S. through the Southern border illegally.

Mexico Continues to Break Daily Coronavirus Death Record

Breitbart reports that Mexico continues to break its daily coronavirus death record as of 4 June 2020.

coronavirus-mexico-1-day.Despite starting a gradual return to normal activities this week, Mexico recorded the most Coronavirus fatalities in one day. Mexico ranks seventh in the world for deaths and fourteenth for cases.

During their daily news conference, Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatell and his staff revealed that Mexico currently has 101,238 confirmed cases and another 44,869 undergoing testing. The nation has recorded 11,729 fatalities tied to the virus.

The government figures show that Mexico recorded 1,092 fatalities in one day, the most to date. Mexico also recorded the most new daily cases with 3,912.

Mexico still ranks high globally despite admitting to undercounts. The nation has only conducted a total of 303,461 tests.

(Read more at Breitbart)

With this in mind, what is Lina Hidalgo doing to stop the spread from highly-infected Mexico?

Does Lina Hidalgo stop the gathering of day laborers at street corners? Does she require social distancing among those groups? The answers to these questions are: “No” and “no.”

However, does she mandate that all people in Harris county wear masks and, if they don’t, she will fine businesses where those maskless people shop? The answer is yes. Of course, Democrats want to kill business.

Lina Hidalgo did everything she could to release prisoners from the Harris county jail. Likewise, Kim Ogg has worked to release over 344 felons. Additionally, she released 800 protesters (including who knows how many of whom had broken windows at stores downtown). So, it seems that all of these Democrats have given George Soros his dollars worth by promoting his anti-America agenda.

Even the New York Times recognizes the threat of Mexico and the coronavirus

Coronavirus jumps the border, overwhelming hospitals in California

The New York Times reports on California hospitals being overwhelmed by Mexican patients coming over the border for treatment.

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Healthcare worker and security guard in triage area.

For 32 years, Judy Cruz has cared for patients who showed up in the emergency room in the arid, agrarian valley that straddles Mexico along the California border.

There have been bad flu seasons that caused hospitalizations to spike; weekends when off-road vehicle collisions in the desert resulted in traumatic injuries and scorching summer days when overheated farm workers required intensive resuscitation. Among the patients was always a smattering of Americans who lived across the border.

“We are a teeny tiny hospital but have always been able to manage, calling in staff on their days off or transferring one or two patients out a day to bigger facilities,” said Ms. Cruz, director of the emergency department of the El Centro Regional Medical Center. “We’d get a surge for 24 or 48 hours that required all hands on the deck.”

Then came the coronavirus.

The hospital, which has a 20-bed intensive-care unit, has been overwhelmed with ailing residents of the Imperial Valley, as well as Americans and U.S. green card holders fleeing overcrowded clinics and hospitals in Mexicali, a city of 1.1 million on the other side of the border.

To alleviate the pressure, hospitals in nearby San Diego and Riverside counties began accepting transfers in April. But the intensifying crisis prompted California last week to activate an extraordinary response, enlisting hospitals as far north as Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Sacramento to accept patients from this remote southeastern corner of the state.

Last week, a patient was being transferred from the hospital in El Centro every two to three hours, compared to 17 in an entire month before the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms. Cruz said on a recent morning as a helicopter prepared to airlift a patient and five ambulances dropped off patients near a trio of tents erected outside the hospital to triage new arrivals.

The swelling numbers of Covid-19 patients entering the United States from Mexico comes as many parts of California have pushed down their infection rates, enabling many counties to lift stay-at-home restrictions and reopen businesses.

“We worked hard to flatten the curve in California,” said Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association, who issued an appeal to hospital systems across the state for help. “Now we have a surge in the Imperial Valley because the situation is so severe in Mexicali.”

Other parts of the border, including San Diego County, also have been scrambling with a wave of patients from Baja California, the state adjacent to California. Border towns in Arizona are experiencing an increase in infections that health officials believe is tied to people coming in from Sonora state.

“Our E.R. is used to receiving patients from Mexico for things like complications from bariatric surgery and plastic surgery, and alternative cancer care, but this pandemic has brought a whole different dynamic,” said Juan Tovar, physician operations executive at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, across the border from Tijuana, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.

“We’re seeing Covid patients arrive at our E.R. who are very ill, whose disease has progressed to an advanced stage because care wasn’t readily available in Baja California,” he said.

The border influx is likely the reason that Chula Vista has more cases per capita than San Diego, a city five times larger.

Chris Van Gorder, the president of Scripps Health, a nonprofit health system in San Diego, reported that nearly half of virus patients who checked into the Chula Vista hospital between May 24 and May 30 had recently been in Mexico. That share rose to 60 percent between May 31 and June 2.

(Read more at the New York Times)

So will Lina Hidalgo blockade Mexico?

Will common sense reign and will Democrats work together with Republicans to stop a health crisis from migrating up from Mexico? My bet is that the Democrats do not care about the health of the nation to the degree that they care about socialism and their advocacy groups.

Harris County District Attorney tries to force attorneys to attend her registration drive

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Harris County District Attorney tries to force attorneys to attend her registration drive

Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Williamson Chapell resigns in protest of Ogg’s dishonesty

The Houston Chronicle reports that Kim Ogg has been accused of threatening employees to attend an event. Furthermore, we find that one attorney has resigned over this improper action by Kim Ogg.

OggAtLecternHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg this week encouraged her prosecutors to attend a voter registration drive, where she would be present, in order for them to boost their standing in performance evaluations, according to an office-wide email circulating on Twitter.

Ogg, who is running for re-election as the Democratic candidate for district attorney, denied any ethical wrongdoing, and another prosecutor since said that the correspondence was a draft that contained incorrect information and was meant to be sent from his account. But the email has already contributed to one resignation from an assistant district attorney, who cited several examples of what she called Ogg’s “paranoia” and efforts to bolster her political status.

“Your repeated misuse of county resources and inaction in response to extraordinary worldwide crises demonstrates a lack of professionalism and leadership, and shows what is truly important to you,” Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Williamson Chapell wrote, according to a letter obtained by a reporter from the nonprofit news organization the Marshall Project. “Indeed, you seem to have emboldened dishonesty. I simply cannot work for you any longer.”

Ogg’s email, addressed on Tuesday to all assistant district attorneys, notified her prosecutors of a Ministers Coalition of Harris County voter registration drive and food giveaway on June 27. She would be speaking at the event and was looking for volunteers to help, the email read.

“Part of every employee’s performance evaluation includes a grade for personal development,” she continued. “This includes community activities and volunteering for projects like this.”

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Harris County Assistant DA Mark Goldberg

The prosecutors received a follow-up email Wednesday from Assistant District Attorney Mark Goldberg — a former city councilman who has become one of Ogg’s trusted employees — who said that Ogg’s email should have been sent under his name.

“What you actually got was a draft form with some misinformation that was inadvertently distributed in that form, and I apologize for any confusion,” he wrote in the email, which was also obtained by the Marshall Project.

Dane Schiller, Ogg’s spokesman, denied that his boss ever made a threat against her employees. Ogg was never scheduled to speak at the event, and volunteering became a part of evaluations at the request of an employee-led committee, he said.

Even if Ogg had sent the email personally, Schiller said, “At the end of the day, all you have is her asking her employees to consider volunteering in this poor, underserved neighborhood.”

Williamson Chapell then sent her email to Ogg and copied the staff on it, tendering her voluntary resignation.

In the letter, Williamson Chapell referenced an investigation Ogg initiated in March as to who might have leaked an internal document, actions that Texas Monthly reported. An investigator came to Williamson Chapell’s home to confiscate her work-issued laptop and cellphone, she said.

The prosecutor said she just received the email but denied distributing it, and declined to turn over her personal cell phone. When she did so, Ogg “all but threatened to terminate my employment,” she wrote.

She also accused Ogg of taking advantage of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis as a way to advance her political stature, and said her boss “implicitly threatened” them into attending the voter registration drive.

Schiller declined to comment on that letter.

Defense attorney Murray Newman, who catalogues courthouse happenings on his blog and tweeted the original email sent from Ogg’s account, questioned why Ogg would be asking her prosecutors to come to a volunteer event when they are largely instructed not to come to the courthouse.

“Ethically, it’s kind of a no-brainer,” he said.

(Read the comments by Ogg’s opponent, Mary Nan Huffman, at the Houston Chronicle)

While I doubt that this hit the front page or snuck above the fold, at least it was published in the Houston Chronicle

Pictures of the resignation letter would probably have hit the front page (had this been a Republican DA); however, at least the story was published. Links to the letter were made available (assuming that the user does have a current login to Twitter).

And one stock photo of Kim Ogg standing behind a lectern was provided by the Houston Chronicle.

At least this time the Houston Comical Chronicle did not leave it to Texas Monthly to report embarrassing news for Harris County’s top law enforcement official. Considering that Kim Ogg has a pedigree as a George Soros funded liberal who has subverted justice and released murdering criminals, I guess that we should be glad that this got released at all.

I guess we cannot expect much more.