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.

Signs that the Socialists in Black Lives Matter went too far

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They lost their core support in the Congress

House Black Caucus chair breaks with Black Lives Matter

Lifezette comments on how the House Black Caucus Chair broke with Black Lives Matter.

In an interesting sign of the growing distance between the black radical racists of Black Lives Matter/the “defund the police” movement, and the Democrat black political establishment in DC, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) earlier this week expressed her distaste for the term “defund the police.” “I told some friends that’s probably one of the worst slogans ever,” said Bass in a Washington Post live broadcast.

Bass is also savvy enough to understand that the slogan and its message is political suicide not just with swing voters but with black urban voters who would suffer the most if police departments would lose funding to such a degree they could not fulfill their public safety functions in those sometimes crime-ridden areas.

“Police officers are the first ones to say they are law-enforcement officers, they’re not social workers,” said the Los Angeles member of Congress. “What we have done in our country is, we have not invested in health, social and economic problems in communities. We leave the police to pick up the pieces. In my city, for example, on any given night, we have over 40,000 people who are homeless. Why should the police be involved with that?”

Her words are a very tactically clever pivot from what she comprehends is a losing message. “If you’re talking about a substance-abuse issue, talking about intellectual challenges, why should police officers have to clean up society’s problems?” Bass further commented. She also said that one of the main points of the “defund” movement was that cities and states had “lopsided” priorities. “Why doesn’t a city deal with its social problems so not so much money would have to go to law enforcement?”

She mentioned that communities “do need police,” but divesting from the social safety net would leave law enforcement “in a very unfair position.” Bass noted that one of the main reasons law enforcement gets in “physical conflicts that have terrible results” is that they’re encountering people with mental illnesses they’re unequipped to handle.” That is a very good point.

Bass repeatedly has sought to differentiate between defunding police and reducing police budgets: “It was said that the mayor of Los Angeles defunded the police department. I just want to make a note that he absolutely did not defund the police department. He did reduce the budget and he shifted the funds to deal with some of the real issues that police officers always complain about.”

(Read more at Lifezette)

Hopefully, this will be the end of Black Lives Matter

The problem with this is that there is too much support from the socialist side of our nation.

However, if the Congressional Black Caucus decides to cut off the Black spigot to the Democrat voting machine, then Democrats may be in trouble for an election or so. If the Congressional Black Caucus did flex its muscles and show the Democrat party where the real votes were, they might start getting some bang for their buck (rather than the pie-in-the-sky, empty promises that they get now).

Maybe if they start effectively dealing, the Black community might get answers that help the common man (like school choice — something supported by a number of Black households). With this, Black individuals might be able to get out of war zones like Chicago (where, during the weekend ending on 21 June, there were 104 shot and 14 killed).

They have all shown themselves to be hypocrites

Like CHAZ / CHOP – CNN builds a wall

Townhall comments on how CNN built a wall to protect itself from peaceful protests.

CNN-WallTownhall’s Julio Rosas has been covering the leftwing chaos plaguing our cities. He’s currently in Atlanta, where he discovered the hypocrites at CNN have built a wall to protect their headquarters. Of course, CNN’s wall sucks compared to what we want down on the border. But we should never hear that “walls don’t work” or that “we need drones, sensors and AI instead.” When push comes to shove, CNN doesn’t even believe the garbage they air.

On May 29, one of those so-called “peaceful” protests sprang up outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. The rioters smashed windows, threw smoke grenades, destroyed the interior and shot bb pellets at journalists inside the building.

And CNN should stop promoting the “defund the police” movement on its network since the news outlet relied on the Atlanta Police Department to save its headquarters.

(Read more at Townhall)

If we could only break down the wall in their heads, then we could get somewhere

However, the forces at CNN have barricaded themselves against logic. Therefore, unless we can stoop to abandoning 3/4 of Aristotle’s formula for the delivery of messages (where we would keep only the emotional appeals and abandon the logic, ethics, and timing), I don’t think that we Conservatives can go there.

They lost sight of the fact that all BLM has is optics

They crushed the optics of the Aunt Jemima brand on a false narrative

Townhall quotes the grandson of Aunt Jemima regarding the decision of Quaker Oats decision to capitulate to cancel culture.

Earlier this week Quaker Oats, the parent company of Aunt Jemima, the iconic pancake brand, announced their intentions to rebrand. According to the company, “the brand has not progressed enough” to reflect their corporate values.

“As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations,”  Kristin Kroepfl, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quaker Foods North America, said in a statement. “We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough.”

But what most people don’t know is that “Aunt Jemima” is based on a real woman. Nancy Green was hired in 1893 to service pancakes at Chicago’s World’s Fair. Green wore an apron and headscarf while serving pancakes, which she did until her death in 1923.

Anna Short Harrington eventually replaced Green. And it was Harrington who Quaker Oats discovered as the iconic “Aunt Jemima” character. In fact, the company used her likeness on their products and even sent her around the country to make flapjacks for people, which launched her to stardom.

Larnell Evans Sr., Harrington’s great-grandson, told Patch about his family’s history:

Harrington was born on a South Carolina plantation where her family worked as sharecroppers. In 1927, a white family from New York “bought” Harrington to be their maid. She made a living as cook at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in Syracuse and worked for wealthy white people, including Gov. Thomas E. Dewey. She was discovered by a Quaker Oats representative while serving up her pancakes, a favorite of local frat boys, at the New York State Fair in 1935.

And it’s because of this history that Harrington’s great-grandson takes issue with Quaker Oats doing away with the Aunt Jemima brand.

“This is an injustice for me and my family. This is part of my history, sir,” Evans explained. “The racism they talk about, using images from slavery, that comes from the other side — white people. This company profits off images of our slavery. And their answer is to erase my great-grandmother’s history. A black female. … It hurts.”

(Read more at Townhall)

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
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.
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.

Even their allies realize tanking the economy will not win hearts

Maher: Millennials Risked Going Out for Protests, They Need to Do So for the Economy as Well

Breitbart quotes HBO host Bill Maher as he suggests that millennials get out for the economy.

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that recent protests have shown “young people will risk going out for an important cause” and that they should do so for the cause of preventing an economic depression.

Maher congratulated the millennials who have volunteered for trials to help speed up a vaccine and said, “What a great way to fight that generation’s reputation for being safety-obsessed scaredy-cats. Same with the recent street protests, proving young people will risk going out for an important cause. And here’s another: stopping us from falling into a depression. You know, restaurants are open again, but too many are still afraid to go. We need someone to lead us back to a life not dominated by fear, and millennials, you have just the immune systems to do it. You know, the Greatest Generation wasn’t great before World War II. The war made them great. Because they rose to the challenge. This is your challenge. And I’m not asking you to storm the beaches of Normandy. Just storm the beaches, and the stores. … Be a hero just by living your best pre-corona life because you are the least likely to die from it. Can it get you? Of course, as so many other things that are still very unlikely can as well, I’m looking at you, texting while driving. So, wear the masks, do the precautions, but live.”

He further stated that young people who have health problems or spend a lot of time around the elderly shouldn’t go out.

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A lot of us older Americans were the ones who developed Facetime apps

A lot of us (and even older guys) were the ones who created the initial programs for online communication; therefore, many of us are very comfortable with distance communication with our kid or kids.

So, millennials will need to do what their parents and grandparents did: go out in pairs and make a life. Go to work. Do something to make a difference and get paid accordingly. And save a lot and spend only enough to keep your own world going.

And know that God loves you and wants your love.

A video shows brutal assault outside Klein convenience store

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Video shows brutal assault outside Klein convenience store

A Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports on an unprovoked beat-down of a White or Hispanic man by a gang of predominantly Black teens.

Investigators are searching for a group of suspects caught on video hitting and kicking a man after he left a convenience store in Klein.

It happened on Sunday around 7 p.m. at the Food Mart store located at 7134 Oakwood Glen Blvd.

The victim told deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office that he was waiting to buy some items when a group of up to six young men tried to cut in line.

“I looked over and said, ‘There’s a line for a reason,'” the victim told ABC13. He and his girlfriend asked not to be identified out of fear for their safety.

Words were exchanged, the victim said, and claims the group mocked his hair and clothes.

After he paid and left, they met him in the parking lot and took turns kicking and punching him. The assault was caught on video.

The victim was carrying shopping bags, and said he just took it.

“I don’t know what else I could do,” he told ABC13. “The fifth one at the end came out of the store after purchasing goods, and came up to me and kicked me in the face and said, ‘Black lives matter, (expletive).'”

fourattackersThe victim suffered a swollen lip, bruising and a cut near his eye. According to deputies, he refused to seek treatment.

“I really hope they’re caught before someone else gets hurt,” his girlfriend said. “I hope that the people take this and don’t say, ‘It’s white against black.’ I don’t want this to be the statement. I want it to be, here’s a man who was checking out and stood up for himself and he was targeted for that.'”

Anyone with information is asked to contact HCSO assault investigators at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers.

(Read more at KTRK)

After weeks of television coverage of Black Lives Matter riots, we get this unprovoked attack near Houston

I guess I will have to be on the look out for similar attacks. However, as a Christian, I cannot condone retaliation.

Still, be aware that the victim of these five hoodlums did nothing to deserve the beat-down. He had gone to the store to get snacks and cigarettes and was waiting in line when this group tried muscling in to the line. He commented “There’s a line for a reason.” So, when he goes outside, these four guys and a girl run up on him and beat him down. He never offered resistance. But the last of the crowd did point out how they felt which group should be “on top” when they added to the beat-down “Black lives matter, b*****.”

Starbucks’ brief lapse into sanity did not last


Starbucks will allow employees to wear Black Lives Matter shirts, pins

Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports that Starbucks has stepped back from its position of being autonomous from Black Lives Matter.

Less than a day after I posted about Starbucks having seen through the Left’s “peaceful” Seattle narrative, Starbucks returned to its liberal roots.

StarbucksDoorStarbucks is speaking out after reports of an alleged policy that bans its employees from wearing accessories or clothing related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many on social media expressed their disgust and anger after learning about this alleged rule, calling on others to boycott Starbucks.

In a statement to the ABC 7 Chicago I-Team, Starbucks said:

“Know you’ve been following Starbucks as we continue to listen to our partners (employees) about how they want to take a stand for justice, while proudly wearing the green apron and standing united together. We will continue to work closely with community leaders, civil rights leaders, organizations, and our partners to understand the role that Starbucks can play, and to show up in a positive way for our communities.

Starbucks stands in solidarity with our Black partners, community and customers, and understand the desire to express themselves. As our latest step towards this commitment, we are partnering with the Starbucks Black Partner Network and Black Starbucks leaders to make 250,000 shirts available to our company-operated partners in U.S. and Canada to affirm our support at this critical time in our history. This small effort allows us to abide by store policies that are designed to maintain a safe and welcoming sense of community. Until these shirts arrive in stores, partners will be able to wear their BLM pin or t-shirt in passionate support of their community and humanity.

(Read more at KTRK)

An “alleged” policy rescinded by alleged idiots

Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly. (Proverbs 26:11 NASB)

It seems that few remember the destructive tendencies of those within the indigenous left. They don’t want us to remember it was the Pacific-Northwest leftists who:

Still, it seems really odd that Starbucks would not stand against the movement starting in the CHAZ, since:

Now it seems that the chickens are coming home to roost. Now it seems that anarchy has forced these leftists into controlling the world around them using all of the means that they have decried for years.

Now, we find them

  • Imposing a poll tax on part of their population by skin color
  • Supporting gun rights and forming their own untrained, hardly-controlled police force
  • Building walls and setting up check points

But we also find them

  • Ignoring the needs of the weak and defenseless,
  • Denying free speech by escorting out any dissenters, and
  • Always being ready to offer a lame excuse for their hypocrisy

One Left-wing luminary recognizes the lunacy of the current Democrat course

In spite of the idiotic indications from the Seattle crowd and Starbucks, if the observations of Rolling Stone editor Matt Taibbi seep into the main stream of leftist thought, maybe there is some hope for some liberal segments. You see, as reported by Townhall, maybe there is some hope since Taibbi has worked to show the untenable aspects of some of Leftist thought. For example:

(Taibbi) notes that a lot of what Cotton was backed up by a majority of the American public. Also, it seems clear that these leftist clowns didn’t even read the column. The Philadelphia Inquirer sent their longtime editor, Stan Wischowski, packing for green-lighting a headline “Buildings Matter, Too.” Again, another view that’s supported by a healthy majority of voters; people value the protection of what they own. It’s not that hard. For the woke, this is problematic. Wischowski helped diversify the newsroom and helped the paper get a Pulitzer for their series on Philly school violence in his two-decade career at the paper, but screw him, right?

Taibbi is surgical in highlighting all of the nonsense, all of the weird acts of contrition being exhibited by white liberals that he rightfully describes as activities that are more in line with cult behavior. Of course, he calls Trump a clown but directs most of his criticism at the media industry that is collapsing under the infection of wokeness and political correctness that are terrorizing newsrooms. Moreover, the pervasive “moral mania,” as he calls it, has generated a list of the “Most Important Thing Ever” within the liberal media that is often met with the same fate: it’s either forgotten or dropped, leaving the public feeling empty as to why they should be outraged besides the ongoing war cry of “orange man…bad” (via Matt Taibbi):

On the other side of the political aisle, among self-described liberals, we’re watching an intellectual revolution. It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind. It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.

The leaders of this new movement are replacing traditional liberal beliefs about tolerance, free inquiry, and even racial harmony with ideas so toxic and unattractive that they eschew debate, moving straight to shaming, threats, and intimidation. They are counting on the guilt-ridden, self-flagellating nature of traditional American progressives, who will not stand up for themselves, and will walk to the Razor voluntarily.

They’ve conned organization after organization into empowering panels to search out thoughtcrime, and it’s established now that anything can be an offense, from a UCLA professor placed under investigation for reading Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” out loud to a data scientist fired* from a research firm for — get this — retweeting an academic study suggesting nonviolent protests may be more politically effective than violent ones!

Now, this madness is coming for journalism.

[…]

…the Philadelphia Inquirer’s editor, Stan Wischowski, was forced out after approving a headline, “Buildings matter, too.”

In the most discussed incident, Times editorial page editor James Bennet was ousted for green-lighting an anti-protest editorial by Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton entitled, “Send in the troops.”

I’m no fan of Cotton, but as was the case with Michael Moore’s documentary and many other controversial speech episodes, it’s not clear that many of the people angriest about the piece in question even read it. In classic Times fashion, the paper has already scrubbed a mistake they made misreporting what their own editorial said…

[…]

Cotton did not call for “military force against protesters in American cities.” He spoke of a “show of force,” to rectify a situation a significant portion of the country saw as spiraling out of control. It’s an important distinction. Cotton was presenting one side of the most important question on the most important issue of a critically important day in American history.

As Cotton points out in the piece, he was advancing a view arguably held by a majority of the country. A Morning Consult poll showed 58% of Americans either strongly or somewhat supported the idea of “calling in the U.S. military to supplement city police forces.” That survey included 40% of self-described “liberals” and 37% of African-Americans. To declare a point of view held by that many people not only not worthy of discussion, but so toxic that publication of it without even necessarily agreeing requires dismissal, is a dramatic reversal for a newspaper that long cast itself as the national paper of record.

Incidentally, that same poll cited by Cotton showed that 73% of Americans described protecting property as “very important,” while an additional 16% considered it “somewhat important.” This means the Philadelphia Inquirer editor was fired for running a headline – “Buildings matter, too” – that the poll said expressed a view held by 89% of the population, including 64% of African-Americans.

[…]

After the 2016 election, we began to see staff uprisings. In one case, publishers at the Nation faced a revolt – from the Editor-in-Chief on down – after an articles by Aaron Mate and Patrick Lawrence questioning the evidentiary basis for Russiagate claims was run. Subsequent events, including the recent declassification of congressional testimony, revealed that Mate especially was right to point out that officials had no evidence for a Trump-Russia collusion case. It’s precisely because such unpopular views often turn out to be valid that we stress publishing and debating them in the press.

Oh, and there’s this part about the Left’s take on the George Floyd riots, which has become a massive exercise in doublethink:

Kathleen Kingsbury [The NYT’s newest opinion page editor], issued a staff directive essentially telling employees they now had a veto over anything that made them uncomfortable: “Anyone who sees any piece of Opinion journalism, headlines, social posts, photos—you name it—that gives you the slightest pause, please call or text me immediately.”

All these episodes sent a signal to everyone in a business already shedding jobs at an extraordinary rate that failure to toe certain editorial lines can and will result in the loss of your job. Perhaps additionally, you could face a public shaming campaign in which you will be denounced as a racist and rendered unemployable.

These tensions led to amazing contradictions in coverage. For all the extraordinary/inexplicable scenes of police viciousness in recent weeks — and there was a ton of it, ranging from police slashing tires in Minneapolis, to Buffalo officers knocking over an elderly man, to Philadelphia police attacking protesters — there were also 12 deaths in the first nine days of protests, only one at the hands of a police officer (involving a man who may or may not have been aiming a gun at police).

Looting in some communities has been so bad that people have been left without banks to cash checks, or pharmacies to fill prescriptions; business owners have been wiped out (“My life is gone,” commented one Philly store owner); a car dealership in San Leandro, California saw 74 cars stolen in a single night. It isn’t the whole story, but it’s demonstrably true that violence, arson, and rioting are occurring.

However, because it is politically untenable to discuss this in ways that do not suggest support, reporters have been twisting themselves into knots. We are seeing headlines previously imaginable only in The Onion, e.g., “27 police officers injured during largely peaceful anti-racism protests in London.”

And on that front, the public shaming aspect, he notes the torching of The Intercept’s Lee Fang for daring to tweet an interview he had with a black man who said, “I always question, why does a Black life matter only when a white man takes it?… Like, if a white man takes my life tonight, it’s going to be national news, but if a black man takes my life, it might not even be spoken of… It’s stuff just like that that I just want in the mix.”

(Read more at Townhall)

Three more proofs Democrat judges and Kim Ogg need to go

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  1. Suspect on the run after 4 people were shot in Midtown

The Houston Chronicle reported through a 23 May 2020 article on the continued crime spree in the age of Kim Ogg’s released felons.

4shotFour people were injured in a Midtown shooting early Saturday morning, according to the Houston Police Department.

The incident occurred at around 2 a.m. near Anita Street and Travis Street in the proximity of Midtown Park.

HPD officers responded to reports of several gunshots in the area.

“Just after 2.am., one of our patrol officers out here heard some gunfire,” HPD Lieutenant R. Wilkins said. “When he got in the area, he saw a vehicle leave. They got behind it and stopped it real fast. Right after, we started having shooting calls he had dispatched over here.”

When officers arrived upon the scene, they found four men with gunshot wounds. Two victims are in critical condition at an area hospital.

HPD officials say that the suspect is now on the run, and the motive for the shooting is unknown. During the investigation, police discovered that the driver who was pulled over initially was unrelated to the shooting.

“The one we had stopped we don’t believe will be a part of the shooting investigation,” Wilkins said.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

While this particular crime cannot now be tied to a released felon, it joins a trend

Houston murders and other violent crime have seen a dramatic increase due to Democrat Kim Ogg and the social justice judges (as demonstrated by the following tweets from law enforcement leaders).







We can thank George Soros for the election of Kim Ogg (along with a set of barely-better-than-Democrat Republicans like pro-abortion Devon Anderson and tax-and-spend Judge Ed Emmett).

  1. Brian Bullock, suspect in double murder, gets bail

Michael Berry of KTRH bemoans the release of double-murder suspect Brian Bullock by outlining the facts and linking to a report of the murders.

Investigators say Brian Bullock was free on-bond when they say he murdered his estranged wife and another man who was conducting renovations on her home.

The pair were brutally stabbed to death.

Despite the double capital murder charges, a Harris County judge granted Bullock bond last week and he’s now free.

(Read more at KTRH)



Additionally, Republican District Attorney candidate Mary Nan Huffman comments on Facebook:

Oddly, searches at the local ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates yield null results (like the screen capture below). It is almost as if the main stream media is trying to cover for the incompetent Democrat judges and Democrat Kim Ogg.
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  1. Alexis Saborit, already wanted for parole violations, now is wanted for intoxication manslaughter

The Houston Chronicle reports on the hit-and-run tactics of this felon.

The driver accused of killing two people during a short-lived police chase in northwest Harris County Monday night had a warrant out for his arrest for evading deputies outside the jail months ago, records show.

Now, 31-year-old Alexis Saborit is facing two felony murder charges. He’s accused of killing 63-year-old Jarvis Taylor and 57-year-old Roosevelt McClendon at the end of the pursuit.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the driver of a Mercedes Benz car, later identified as Saborit, in the 10000 block of Veterans Memorial Drive driving 61 mph in a 45 mph zone around 9 p.m., authorities said. The deputy tried to pull Saborit over, but he allegedly sped off south along Veterans Memorial.

After crossing West Mount Houston Road, Saborit allegedly pulled into the northbound lanes and drove the wrong way. The deputy followed the driver southbound in the northbound lanes, according to HCSO spokesperson Jason Spencer.

Seconds later, the Mercedes driver slammed into Taylor, who was on a bicycle in the outside lane. The driver continued and crashed head-on into a Buick LaCrosse, driven by McClendon.

The deputy, helped by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, took Saborit into custody after the crash, Sgt. Simon Cheng said. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Firefighters had to cut McClendon out of his car as paramedics rushed Taylor to a nearby hospital. McClendon was taken to the hospital in an air ambulance.

Both were pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospitals, Cheng said.

Saborit showed signs of intoxication, Cheng said, although it is unclear if that was factored into the felony murder charges. In Texas, anyone who is committing certain felonies while doing something “clearly dangerous to human life” can be charged with felony murder if someone dies during the commission of the underlying crime, according to state law.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

As soon as this felon violated his terms of probation, he should have been in jail

The first time this man broke the terms of his probation, he should have been put in jail. That would have saved the lives of two people — innocent people — not that Kim Ogg or the social justice judges care.

Answer this: how can Democrats lock U.S. citizens with “stay home, work safe” orders and promote illegal immigration?

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Democrat leaders have a monopoly on the lockdown

Lina Hidalgo, Gretchen Whitmer, Tom Wolf, all Democrats, all extend “stay at home” orders

As posted previously on this blog, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on 21 May 2020 that her “Stay Home, Work Safe” order would be extended until 10 June.

Similarly, Michigan Governor Whitmer has further extended the stay-home order, as well as restrictions that have shut down many Michigan bhusinesses to limit the spread of the coronavirus outbreak to 12 June 2020.

Likewise, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has extended stay-at-home orders in red counties despite mounting opposition.

These Democrat leaders have promoted policies that encourage illegal immigration

Judge Lina Hidalgo proposes and a narrow margin of Democrats approve a taxpayer-funded plan for “Deportation Defense”

Although violation of immigration law remains a civil (not criminal) offense, Judge Lina Hidalgo proposed and got passed a tax-payer-funded plan for defending illegal aliens, as reported by Houston Public Media.

Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a resolution to create an immigration legal services fund.

lina2The vote was 3-2, along party lines. The resolution, proposed by County Judge Lina Hidalgo, allocates an estimated $500,000 in its first year to help people facing deportation who can’t afford a lawyer. The funds would go toward helping improve due process in the federal immigration system, Hidalgo said.

“The goal is to provide attorneys for immigrants to be able to pursue their case. If it turns out their case has no merit, and they’re not to stay, that’s fine. But they should have a shot at a fair process and they can’t possibly navigate the system, complicated confusing system, without the legal support,” Hidalgo said.

Dallas, Austin and San Antonio have similar city-funded programs in place, but this would be the first county-funded effort in the state and the first program in Greater Houston.

A study by the Vera Institute of Justice found detained immigrants who have a lawyer are 10.5 times more likely to win their case than those without representation.

The report also found that when immigration cases involved women with children, having legal representation improved their odds of winning 14 times.

The county’s next steps are to run a request for proposals from nonprofits likely already working in immigration legal defense, according to the Harris County Judge’s office.

Harris County spends $21 million annually to fund its public defenders office. A large portion of that budget staffs 88 public defenders.

(Read more at Houston Public Media)

Harris County does not provide citizens paid representation when we get sued. Why do illegals get it?

Two things feed into Lina Hidalgo’s need to provide taxpayer-funded legal representation for illegal aliens:

  1. Her need to perpetuate the class struggle of the proletariat
  2. Her need to perpetuate racism (she calls “equity”)

One thing that baffles me is that Democrats cannot seem to see how supporting one side over another (even if done in the name of purported “social justice”) divides us. Rather than giving special advantages to one side over the other, we should promote equality and freedom (not this division and racism).

On the other hand, why do Americans (as opposed to Democrat socialists) vote for this? My answer is simple: we cannot.

Whitmer backs driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

The Detroit Free Press points out how Gretchen Whitmer backs providing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

WhitmerGov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared to support a change in state law to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, when she gave an impromptu interview to an immigrants rights organization during the Democratic presidential debates in Detroit.

“We need to ensure that everyone’s got a path to getting a license, so they’ve got identification,” Whitmer, a Democrat, said in a video released by the group Movimiento Cosecha after an organizer for the group asked her if she favored issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

“That’s something that’s important to me, it’s important to our economy, and it’s important to the people of Michigan.”

Michigan passed legislation to ban the practice in 2008 after Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican, issued a formal opinion in 2007 saying undocumented immigrants could not obtain driver’s licenses. Cox’s opinion reversed a 1995 opinion from former Attorney General Frank Kelley, a Democrat.

Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Whitmer, would not answer directly Friday morning when asked whether Whitmer favors changing state law to allow undocumented immigrants to hold Michigan driver’s licenses. But she did not deny the accuracy of the video and transcript released by Movimiento Cosecha.

“Not sure I’ll have much more to add outside of what the governor said in the video about ensuring that undocumented immigrants have a path to getting an ID,” Brown said in an email.

She did not specify what that path would look like or whether she was talking about a state identification other than a driver’s license. In the video, Whitmer specifically referenced driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

(Read more at the Detroit Free Press)

Certainly Whitmer sees that a license gives an illegal alien an avenue to the legal

Certainly Whitmer understands that giving the illegal alien a drivers license also gives the illegal alien the possibility of various legal documents (including the ballot); therefore, for Whitmer to play with this idea is the equivalent of playing with a metaphysical gun. She cannot expect to pick this idea up and not draw attacks from those who stand for our freedom.

So, with this information (and with the knowledge that Whitmer has acted as a little dictator in the name of health while Sweden has fared better without a lockdown), freedom-loving people should vote her out.

Governor Tom Wolf seeks the removal of an ICE detention center in Pennsylvania

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania CBS affiliate Local21News reports that Governor Wolf seeks the closure of the Berks ICE detention center.

WolfWhile target cities wait, advocacy groups continue working to shut down detention centers. Governor Wolf says he wants the Berks County center closed.

“I haven’t had a conversation on the most recent thing,” Wolf said, when asked about the detention center. “Since I’ve been in this position, since I first learned about the Berks County detention center, I’ve been against what they do, I think it’s wrong. It’s immoral, it’s inhumane and I don’t think we should be doing that in Pennsylvania. It gives us a bad name.”

(Read more at Local21News)

Here again, Governor Wolf seems to live to produce oxymoronic situations

Weeks ago, Governor Wolf placed COVID-19 patients in nursing homes in the name of health. Now coronavirus reigns in Pennsylvania nursing homes.

Governor Wolf continues to strangle the economic health of numerous counties in the name of health, but where does he expect the funds for their physical and economic health to spring from?

Governor Wolf wants the average citizen to obey his mandates and probably threatens them with jail time and fines if they do not obey. But for the illegal alien who broke into the country and is competing with our citizens for the resources here, he wants to shut down the ICE center (and probably let them all go).

Oddly, Democrats wonder why people cannot take them seriously.

This is the result of Democrat policies

Illegal alien arrested in deadly-hit-and run as county looks to buck ICE

The Daily Caller reports on one illegal alien in Northern Virginia’s Prince William County (where county officials had decided not to work with ICE).

An illegal alien was arrested in a Northern Virginia suburb for his alleged involvement in a deadly hit-and-run accident and handed over to immigration officials, but local leaders are looking to scrap a program that allows law enforcement to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Officials in Prince William County, Virginia, have debated ending a years-long partnership program with federal immigration authorities, the 287(g) program. The introduction of new jail board appointees is expected to lead to the end of this partnership, according to proponents of the program.

As the debate was occurring this week, an illegal alien was arrested after he allegedly struck a man with his vehicle, killing him, and speeding off, according to ICE. Federal authorities and proponents of the program are pointing to the arrest of this man as a prime example of why the partnership needs to stay in place.

Walner Alberto Pichinte Echeverria
Walner Alberto Pichinte Echeverria

A 62-year-old northern Virginia man, attempting to cross a road in the early morning hours of May 6, was struck by two vehicles, with the injuries he sustained ultimately causing him to die, according to news outlet Inside NOVA. The second vehicle that struck him as he laid on the road sped away. The Prince William County Police Department identified and arrested 35-year-old Walner Alberto Pichinte Echeverria May 18, Inside NOVA reported.

Pichinte Echeverria, a Salvadoran national, was living unlawfully in the U.S. and was placed in ICE custody on May 21, a spokeswoman for the agency told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Walner Alberto Pichinte Echeverria, 35, an unlawfully present Salvadoran national, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on May 21 by the Prince William County Police Department in Manassas, Virginia, after his arrest May 18 for felony hit and run,” ICE spokeswoman Kaitlyn Pote said in a statement provided to the DCNF.

“On May 19, a designated immigration officer with the 287(g) Program at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center in Manassas, Virginia, trained to identify and process removable aliens with criminal charges, served Pichinte a warrant of arrest and an immigration detainer,” Pote continued. “He remains in ICE custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.”

The 287(g) program allows Prince William County to verify the immigration status of suspects who are arrested and charged with a crime. If the individual is discovered to be living in the U.S. unlawfully, they are subsequently handed over to ICE.

The Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center has been a partner in the program since 2007, according to ICE.

The cooperation agreement also allows the agency to pay for most of the tab for immigration enforcement. Critics of the program have argued that local officers shouldn’t expend their own resources to assist federal authorities.

“The goal of 287(g) is to enhance public safety by identifying aliens, lodging immigration detainers, and initiating removal proceedings by issuing charging documents on criminal and removable aliens booked into the jail facility,” ICE said in a statement.

(continued)

The partnership has become controversial among progressive community leaders, particularly in response to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Prince William County, much like the rest of northern Virginia, has shifted toward the Democratic Party, and the now-Democrat-controlled county board of supervisors may have set the stage to scrap it.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

So, it sounds like there will be no justice for the victims of this hit-and-run

Oddly, Americans have worked for about 60 years to eliminate giving people preference on the basis of their skin color. No longer are there “Whites only” fountains, cafes, or bars. No longer are there “Negroes only” schools or entrances.

However, now Democrats have worked to establish a separate class for the illegal alien. Unlike citizens, illegal aliens seem to have an agreement with police where the illegals are not detained at auto accidents. They don’t find themselves asked about proof of insurance or title.

Her airhead attributes alone should get this off the ground


Ocasio-Cortez Joins Joe Biden’s Climate Change Panel

Breitbart reports that America’s number one airhead has joined the Biden team on climate change (no, global warming — no, global cooling — no, global smarming).

House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the "Trump Administration's Response to the Drug Crisis-Part II" on Capitol HillRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a chief advocate for the Green New Deal, will serve on former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate change panel for the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee’s campaign, Reuters first reported Wednesday.

Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) failed White House bid, will advise on global warming issues as one of the Vermont senator’s representatives on the Biden panel.

“She made the decision with members of the Climate Justice community – and she will be fully accountable to them and the larger advocacy community during this process,” an aide told Reuters. “She believes the movement will only be successful if we continue to apply pressure both inside and outside the system.”

The inclusion of the freshman “Squad” member on the council comes as Biden struggles to unite the establishment and far-left wings of the Democrat Party leading into the general election against President Donald Trump.

Although Ocasio-Cortez has yet to formally endorse Biden, the New York Democrat has said she would vote for the former vice president in November.

I personally draw a distinction between endorsement, endorsing a candidate and voting for them,” she told Vice News earlier this month. “I have not yet endorsed Vice President Biden, but I will be voting for him in November.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Don’t forget, the last time she significantly spoke about climate change, she said we would have to have the intelligence of a sea sponge to believe her

Not that long ago, Representative Ocasio-Cortez first told us that the world would “end in 12 years” and then “Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.”

And if that was not enough to bury her theories of climate change (no, global warming — no, global cooling — no, global smarming), there was the relevation from her chief of staff at the time, Saikat Chakrabarti, that the Green New Deal had nothing to do with climate and everything to do with introducing socialism to America.

Good forces show themselves around Shelley Luther in Texas

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GoFundMe amount soars for new American hero

Biz Pac Review commented in a 6 May 2020 article that a GoFundMe account for salon owner Shelley Luther has soared after she was fined and thrown in jail for the offense of not apologizing to social justice Judge Eric Moye.

A Texas salon owner who was fined and sentenced to seven days in jail for defying a state order to close her business has found a lot of support for her brave decision.

ShelleyLotherGoFundMeA GoFundMe page set up for Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther has raised over $273,000 in funds from supporters who want to help her with the $7,000 fine and other costs she has incurred after she “decided to resist tyranny” by defying county orders and opening her salon for business in order to feed her family.

The fundraising page reported Wednesday that the salon owner “is in JAIL as of yesterday” and that, in the first week of the “battle” Luther already accrued nearly $10,000 in legal fees.

“The mortgage is due, the Salon rent is due, and our hero needs us now more than ever before,” the page read.

Outrage has continued to build in Luther’s case as she was sentenced to seven days in jail and hit with a $7,000 fine.

(Read more at Biz Pac Review)

This woman deserves whatever people choose to give

Unlike Judge Moye, Ms. Luther does not have a guaranteed check on any schedule. In fact, Ms. Luther and her employees have been shut down by the likes of Judge Moye.

Unlike Judge Moye, Ms. Luther has not brandished a handgun during a road altercation and then walked away without any repercussions. In fact, Ms. Luther was guilty of violating an executive order that prevented her from supporting her family. Also, she stood guilty of allowing her employees to earn money needed to pay rents and mortgages. Finally, she stood guilty of not apologizing to Judge Moye.

For those violations, Ms. Luther racked up legal fees that went over $10,000, saw fines that rose to $7,000, and missed out on the business she could have been conducting had she been left alone. Therefore, I say she deserves anything that people want to give her.

The sad thing is that Uncle Sam will likely take over half of it.

By the way, Judge Moye will be up  for re-election in November in Dallas.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick pays fine for salon owner who refused to close

CBS News reported on 7 May 2020 that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick of Texas paid the $7,000 fine for opening her business to feed her children and employ her employees.

LtGovDanPatrickTexas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said he would cover a fine owed by Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, who is serving a seven-day jail sentence. A spokesperson later confirmed Patrick did just that, CBS DFW reports.

Luther, owner of Salon A La Mode, was sentenced on Tuesday after judge Eric Moye said she violated statewide stay-at-home orders when she reopened her business nearly two weeks ago. She also publicly tore up a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County that ordered her to close.

Luther was ordered to pay a fine of $3,500, along with $500 for every day her salon is open until Friday, May 8. Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s new executive order from earlier this week allows businesses like salons and barber shops to reopen in the state that Friday.

Patrick said on Twitter Wednesday he would cover the cost, and volunteered to be placed under house arrest so she could be released.

“7 days in jail, no bail and a $7K fine is outrageous. No surprise Texans are responding. I’m covering the $7K fine she had to pay and I volunteer to be placed under House Arrest so she can go to work and feed her kids,” Patrick tweeted.

Earlier Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called for Luther’s “immediate release,” as he believed the judge was abusing his authority and that her arrest seemed like a “political stunt.”

“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table,” said Paxton. “The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately.”

(Read more at CBS News)

Thanks to Lt. Governor Patrick

I have to extend thanks to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick of Texas for paying these fines. However, I am not surprised by his act of compassion. I have been listening to his station, participating in what protests I could, and voting for him since he first started into state politics.

Texas Supreme Court frees jailed Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther

The Houston Chronicle reported in a 7 May 2020 article that the Texas Supreme Court ordered Dallas County Judge Eric Moye to release Ms. Luther.

LutherA Dallas salon owner was released from jail Thursday after a backlash from leading Republicans over her treatment for defying a statewide stay-at-home order.

The Texas Supreme Court issued a temporary order freeing Shelley Luther shortly after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott amended his executive order on the closures to prevent incarceration as a punishment. It had previously threatened violators with up to 180 days in jail.

“Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it,” Abbott said in a statement.

Luther was sentenced on Tuesday to a week in jail and fined $7,000 after refusing to close her salon during the lockdown. She has been championed by some conservatives who say their rights and livelihoods were infringed under the emergency restrictions.

On Wednesday, several prominent Republicans came to Luther’s defense, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who offered to pay Luther’s fine and serve her sentence himself, under house arrest.

Dallas County Judge Eric Moyé had offered to only impose a fine if Luther apologized, but she refused. Moyé called her defiance “selfish,” saying she was “putting your own interest ahead of those in the community in which you live.”

In his statement Thursday, Abbott said the changes to his order “should free Shelley Luther” and ensure that others aren’t subject to the same fate. In April, two Latina women in Laredo were arrested and briefly jailed for defying the lockdown by running nail salons out of their homes. No state officials intervened in their cases.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said the governor’s action had no impact on the release, because Luther had been jailed for contempt of court, not for defying his order. Her appeal to the high court over her incarceration is still pending.

Luther left the jail around 2 p.m., welcomed by a small crowd of cheering protesters.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Let me remind you who sits on the Texas Supreme Court

As opposed to Democrat Judges Lina Hildago, Eric Moye, and Clay Jenkins, the members of the Texas Supreme Court belong to the Republican party and can be counted as conservatives.

New Texas executive orders eliminate jail as punishment, Gov. Abbott says ‘If correctly applied should free Shelley Luther’

CBS Dallas affiliate CBSDFW reports in a 7 May 2020 article that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new executive order eliminating jail time as punishment for punishment of coronavirus-related infractions.

AbbottAfter supporting the actions of a Dallas salon owner who was jailed for violating executive stay at home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has now modified his executive orders and eliminated confinement as a punishment for violating the mandates.

Abbott was among those who chimed in Wednesday supporting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton after he called for the “immediate release” of salon owner Shelley Luther, who was sentenced to seven days in jail earlier this week on contempt of court charges for disobeying a judge’s temporary restraining order prohibiting her from operating her salon.

On Thursday Abbott said, Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen,” and said that Luther’s arrest was among the reasons why he modified his executive orders.

A statement put out by the governor’s office said, in part:

“This order is retroactive to April 2nd, supersedes local orders and if correctly applied should free Shelley Luther. As some county judges advocate for releasing hardened criminals from jail to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is absurd to have these business owners take their place.”

Abbott’s statement also referenced Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata, two women who were arrested in April for violating a community emergency management plan in Laredo.

(Read more at CBSDFW)

I support Governor Abbott in this step

Although I have always believed that Texas should have followed the steps of South Dakota and Sweden (and never shut down), I really believe that counties that have been releasing felons (even murderers) should not be jailing business owners for opening early.

Moreover, I support the Governor in his realization that this is an imperfect situation that can be saved.

Gratefulness: Texas salon owner walks out of jail and immediately bursts into tears of joy

The Daily Caller outlines the moments in a 7 May 2020 article after the court released Shelley Luther.

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther burst into tears of joy after being freed from jail on Thursday thanks to an order from the Supreme Court of Texas.

Walking out to speak with the press after the state’s highest court ordered her release, Luther showed visible emotion when greeted by a supportive crowd chanting “Shelley’s free!”

“Thank you guys so much,” she said. “I’m a little overwhelmed, and I don’t want to scare the kids. I’m OK, but I just want to thank all of you who I just barely met, and now you’re all my friends. You mean so much to me and this would have been nothing without you. Thank you so so much and I’ll have more to say when I can gather myself but I’m a little overwhelmed.”

The Salon A La Mode owner was jailed Tuesday for seven days after refusing District Judge Eric Moye’s request to apologize and admit that her insistence on keeping her business open was “selfish.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Twelve stories not being told about the coronavirus problem

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The origin and nature comes into greater focus

  1. Leaked Western intelligence dossier reveals how China deceived the world about coronavirus

Fox News provides a timeline showing us how China lied about coronavirus.

CoronavirusSpiesA research dossier compiled by the so-called “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance states that China intentionally hid or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak, leading to the loss of tens of thousands of lives around the world

The 15-page document from the intelligence agencies of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, was obtained by Australia’s Saturday Telegraph newspaper and states that China’s secrecy amounted to an “assault on international transparency.”

The dossier touches on themes that have been discussed in media reports about the outbreak of the virus, including an initial denial by China that the virus could be transmitted between humans, the silencing or “disappearing” of doctors who tried to speak up, the destruction of evidence in laboratories and refusal to provide live samples to international scientists working on a vaccine.

Specifically, the file notes that China began censoring news of the virus on search engines and social media beginning Dec. 31, deleting terms including “SARS variation,” “Wuhan Seafood market” and “Wuhan Unknown Pneumonia.”

Three days later, on Jan. 3, China’s National Health Commission ordered virus samples to be either moved to designated testing facilities or destroyed, while simultaneously issuing a “no-publication order” related to the disease.

The Saturday Telegraph report includes a timeline of Chinese obfuscation. On Jan. 5, for example, Wuhan’s Municipal Health Commission stopped releasing daily updates on the number of new cases and would not resume them for 13 days. On Jan. 10, Wang Guanga, a respiratory specialist at Peking University First Hospital who had been investigating the outbreak, said it was “under control” and largely a “mild condition.” (Wang himself would disclose 12 days later that he had been infected with the virus.)

Two days later, on Jan. 12, a Shanghai professor’s lab was closed down after it shared data on the virus’ genetic sequence with the outside world. On Jan. 24, Chinese officials stopped the Wuhan Institute of Virology from sharing virus samples with a lab at the University of Texas.

Perhaps most damningly, the dossier states that Chinese authorities denied that the virus could be spread between humans until Jan. 20, “despite evidence of human-human transmission from early December.”

The file is similarly unsparing about the World Health Organization (WHO), stating that it toed the Chinese line about human-to-human transmission despite the fact that “officials in Taiwan raised concerns as early as December 31, as did experts in Hong Kong on January 4.”

As of Friday night, the WHO’s official Twitter account still featured a tweet from Jan. 14 that stated: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.”

The dossier goes on to state that throughout February, “Beijing [pressed] the US [sic], Italy, India, Australia, Southeast Asian neighbours [sic] and others not to protect themselves via travel restrictions, even as [China] impose[d] severe restrictions at home.”

At the same time, the file states: “Millions of people [left] Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing lock[ed] down the city on January 23.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Remember the Chinese spy who worked as a driver, gofer, liason to the Asian community in Los Angeles, and trusted confidant for Senator Feinstein?

Unless you have surrenderered to the Democrat news, you remember the case of the spy who drove and did odd jobs for Senator Diane Feinstein. Therefore, this business of spying by the Chinese is nothing new.

  1. U.S. investigators eye Chinese lab as origin of coronavirus, Director of National Intelligence confirms

The Washington Times confirms reports that a Chinese lab created the Wuhan coronavirus, a fact that has now been confirmed by the director of America’s intelligence community.

1200px-Seal_of_the_Office_of_the_Director_of_National_Intelligence.svgU.S. intelligence agencies investigating the coronavirus behind the deadly global pandemic now believe it either mutated from animals to humans or escaped from a Chinese government laboratory in Wuhan, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Thursday.

The statement marks the first time that ODNI, which oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies, acknowledged that secret intelligence analysis is underway to determine how the virus outbreak began. It notes that various agencies have been providing support to policymakers on the COVID-19 virus, “which originated in China.”

President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have all confirmed in recent days that spy agencies are probing the mounting questions surrounding the origins of the coronavirus, which has infected 3.2 million worldwide and killed at least 230,000 people.

China’s government initially said the virus spread from people infected from wild animal meat at a food market in Wuhan, but those claims shifted in the past three months.

“The [intelligence community] will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan,” the ODNI said.

U.S. intelligence analysts agree with a “wide scientific consensus” that the virus does not appear to have been man-made or genetically modified by Wuhan researchers who have carried out extensive research on bat coronaviruses like the one behind the pandemic.

The origin of the virus is important for scientific researchers seeking to understand the nature of the disease, how to treat it and how to respond to any future outbreaks.

Officials in other countries have raised questions about China’s handling of the outbreak, and Australia’s government has called for an international investigation into the origin of the virus.

Spokesmen for Beijing have said a scientific study is needed to determine the origin of the virus but have not indicated whether China is conducting such a probe.

Chinese authorities launched a campaign of disinformation asserting that the virus originated outside of China and that the U.S. Army may have brought the virus to China. The Trump administration sharply denies those charges.

(Read more at the Washington Times)

Whether it came from a lab or a market, China covered the beginning of an outbreak and let people travel across the globe

As for myself, I don’t care whether China created this virus and let it go or stumbled upon it and ignored it. However, when they took the lying step of saying the coronavirus could not be transmitted between humans and further lied about how many people had caught it, then they committed an infraction for which they needed to face consequences.

  1. U.S. officials push for expelling suspected Chinese spies at media outlets

Even the New York Times acknowledges that U.S. officials have pushed to have suspected Chinese spies expelled from media.

the-new-york-times-logoAs China moves forward with expelling almost all American journalists from three major American newspapers, Trump administration officials have intensified discussions over whether to evict employees of Chinese media outlets who they say mainly act as spies.

The action is under consideration because some U.S. officials want to retaliate against China in a new conflict that has revolved around news organizations and is being fueled by hostility over the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the virus began spreading across the United States, Washington and Beijing have waged a global information war over the outbreak. President Trump and his aides are trying to pin responsibility on China, where Communist Party officials initially covered up the dangers of the virus as it was first discovered. Mr. Trump, though, has been criticized for vast failures in the American response.

Some American intelligence officials have pushed for years to expel employees of Chinese media organizations who they say mainly file intelligence reports. The officials now see an opening to make a strong case after Beijing abruptly announced this month that it would expel almost all American citizens who report from mainland China for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

China also demanded those organizations, as well as Voice of America and Time magazine, turn over information on employees, budgets, assets and other operational details.

American officials view the state-run outlets in China as a potent threat in the , both because the outlets disseminate propaganda around the world and because of their ability to provide cover for intelligence operatives.

(Try to pick more bits of truth from the New York Times, if you will)

Considering that the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post were kicked out of China, this should be accepted

Had the Obama administration taken steps to defend the media (which, considering what Obama did to James Rosen, AP reporter phone records, and Sharyl Attkisson, that would be well out of character for that crooked administration), they would have rained praises on the administration and exposed the Chinese spying. However, in this age of Trump Derangement Syndrome, the press sides with the communist spies.

  1. China ups its spy game on US soil as it bids to control coronavirus narrative

Fox News points out how China has stepped up its spying and propaganda on US soil.

ChineseSpyFor decades, China has waged an espionage war with the United States, exploiting America’s comparatively open society and free-market economy to steal critical information, trade secrets and technology tools.

But as the coronavirus, officially termed COVID-19, continues to assault the globe – Beijing is upping its spy game on U.S. soil with a focus on manipulating the narrative, officials and experts say.

The primary focus now, according to several current and former intelligence officials interviewed by Fox News, is attempting to control the disease narrative inside the U.S. and cast the blame game anywhere but Beijing.

One U.S. defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, underscored that the Chinese focus inside the U.S. remains centered on technology theft, military readiness and minimizing the blowback.

“Most assuredly, the American people will demand some kind of financial response, if not outright reparations in the many billions,” the source explained. “And the Chinese cannot afford that, but they know Trump will cut into it, too.”

A retired Pentagon officer underscored that its media operations are in “full swing,” a slight shift from its typical focus on IP and technology theft.

“It is about saving face for them,” said the source. “It’s about leaking out false information, even to our [the U.S. intelligence] apparatus.”

Late last month, Trump administration officials ignited a quest to root out suspected spies from prominent U.S. media outlets, as well as Chinese outlets suspected of filing predominantly false media reports to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“There is hacking into computer systems, very active human (HUMINT) recruiting of U.S. citizens out of their embassies, consulates, and spies operating under diplomatic cover or non-official cover. They are extremely active against U.S. defense contractors and in and around technology industry hubs,” noted retired Special Forces Col. James Williamson. “If not the parts themselves, at least critical components of parts, have been used in sensitive U.S. defense technology.”

(Read at Fox News to find how donations of drones to law enforcement may work as little spies)

Add to this the people born with dual citizenships due to the birth tourism industry with China

With a Chinese-government approved program of birth citizenship feeding potential American citizens into the system, the misuse of the

  1. A war of words that has nothing to do with Trump has centered on coronavirus

Fox News reports that China and Australia have been exchanging words and the US may get dragged into it as things escalate.

The animosity brewing between Australia and China over coronavirus reached a fever pitch this week.

But tensions between the trading partners have been simmering for more than a year over alleged plots to plant spies in the government as well as control over strategic islands in the South Pacific that could have consequences for the United States.

The latest spat started after Australia called for an independent inquiry into the origin of the novel coronavirus.

peter-dutton“I think it’s incumbent upon China to answer those questions and provide the information so people can have clarity about exactly what happened because we don’t want it to be repeated,” Australia’s home affairs minister Peter Dutton said on April 17.

China responded by threatening economic retaliation and accused Australia of doing America’s dirty work.

“Obviously (Dutton) must have also received some instructions from Washington requiring him to cooperate with the U.S. in its propaganda war against China … Some Australian politicians parroted what those U.S. forces have said and followed them to launch political attacks on China,” a Chinese embassy official said. “Their move reveals the former’s ignorance and bigotry as well as lack of independence, which is sad.”

China has been working hard to shed its image that it silenced doctors and sat on vital virus data when COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, the capital city of central China’s Hubei province in late 2019. Since then, more than 3.2 million people have been infected by the contagion and nearly 230,000 have died worldwide.

Though Australia’s push for answers will likely receive support from President Trump, who has raked China over coals for downplaying the severity of the virus, allies France and Britain have made clear that now isn’t the time to play the blame game.

That hasn’t stopped Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison from pressing on.

“Australia will continue to, of course, pursue what is a very reasonable and sensible course of action,” he said. “(Coronavirus) has shut down the global economy. It would seem entirely reasonable and sensible that the world would want to have an independent assessment of how this all occurred so we can learn the lessons and prevent it from happening again.”

That train of thought is not sitting well with China, who seemed to view the international inquiry as a political witch hunt orchestrated by the United States to knock its biggest economic competitor out.

“Washington from now on would say nothing positive about China, but constantly condemn us. It has a few followers like Australia. But these countries can barely influence us,” an April 27 editorial in the Global Times, the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party, claimed.

Instead of bowing to pressure, China has doubled down, marginalizing Australia’s concerns and threatening the country with a massive boycott.

(Read more at Fox News)

Petty dictators continue to use coronavirus to subjugate the populace

  1. ‘Freedom is essential’: Protest against coronavirus stay-at-home orders in L.A.

Breitbart tells of the Californian protests against stay-at-home orders in Los Angeles.

GavinNewsomHundreds of protesters gathered at the Los Angeles City Hall on Friday to oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus stay-at-home orders and to demand the economy be re-opened.

Hundreds more circled the area on a parade route of vehicles, many decorated with American flags and protest signs — “Freedom is essential” — honking their horns in solidarity with the crowd on the City Hall steps.

CaliProtestThe protest was organized by a group called “We Have Rights,” with the support of other groups, such as the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County. Half a dozen rallies were held Friday across Southern California.

A woman who identified herself as a nurse, holding a sign that said, “Stop Newsom Open California,” told Breitbart News that she wanted to see the whole country reopened — “Not just California, all the states.”

She noted that while she had been able to stay at work without becoming sick, many patients in need of care had been unable to come to the hospital for treatments other than for coronavirus. “People are suffering,” she said.

(Read and see more at Breitbart)

Even in California, they see their freedoms melting away

Although a limited number of Democrats like Mad Maxine certainly celebrate the taking of freedoms, a greater number have started to awaken. While I don’t hold any delusions that there will be enough to unseat Pelosi, Schiff, or Waters from their gerrymandered seats, maybe there will be enough to move the less secure Democrats.

  1. California county plans to defy Gov. Newsom, lift stay-home order

Fox News points to the people who have had a snoot-full of liberal restrictions.

At least one California county says it can no longer afford to abide by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-in-place response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Officials in Modoc County, in the far northeast corner of the state, say it’s one of five Golden State counties with no confirmed cases of the virus – and the local economy has been hurting.

So beginning Friday, Modoc officials plan to reopen their county of 9,000 people, according to reports. The county’s board of supervisors signed a resolution to that effect Tuesday, SFGate.com reported.

“Modoc County is unique in that our residents and businesses have been able to adapt their framework to fit the physical distancing guidelines put forth by California,” a joint statement from the county sheriff’s office and public health director says, according to SFGate.com. “Modoc needs to be open to salvage our local economy and to move forward in this pandemic.

“We know that we need to do this now, we need to do this in the smartest way possible and we need to do this together.”

Modoc officials insist they aren’t being hasty or irresponsible in their plans.

“We cannot stress enough how important it is to do this right. COVID-19 is not over,” their statement said. “This is the beginning of a very long road to recovery. The reopening plan was made in the best interest of residents’ physical, mental, and economic health.”

Modoc officials say the state’s shelter-in-place rules would resume in the county if more than two COVID-19 cases are detected there, and seniors 65 or older, and other at-risk people are being asked to remain at home until May 15, with orders for them to be reevaluated at that time if the county still has no confirmed infections, the report said.

In addition, restaurants and bars in the county must limit customer occupancy to 50 percent of capacity, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“This is a plan, this is not an order,” the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “This is simply what we are proposing that is eligible to open if preventative measures are possible.”

On Wednesday, Newsom spoke out against reopening plans that would precede the end of his orders, saying such actions could risk the success of the state’s virus mitigation efforts.

(Read more at Fox News)

As stated before, this is a game of numbers

The more the leaders of the left push their left-leaning followers into the middle, the better it will be for all of us. Something tells me that Pelosi has her eyes trained on pushing Trump from office by cooling down the economy, but she has not considered the effects of the petty tyrants she has enabled across the Democrat party. If all of these petty tyrants turn the people against Democrats, she will be in trouble.

  1. Huntington Beach protesters resist California Gov. Newsom’s order closing beaches

Fox News points out how the normally-liberal citizens of Huntington Beach have had enough of Governor Newsom’s order to close the beaches.

One day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Orange County beaches closed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, hundreds of protesters flooded the city of Huntington Beach to demonstrate against the action.

Holding signs with slogans such as, “Open Cali Now,” “All Jobs are Essential” and “Surfing Not a Crime/Newsom is a Kook,” as they took to the street, the protesters — many without face masks and not practicing social distancing — backed up traffic along the Pacific Coast Highway for at least a mile.

Police on horseback worked to push the crowd out of the road, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.

The protest followed a similar one in the city two weekends ago, when demonstrators called for a reopening of the state’s economy after a month under Newsom’s stay-at-home order.

Many participating Friday were with the group Fully Reopen CA Now, according to FOX 11.

“We cannot survive two, three months on this timeline with this amount of businesses shut down and, quite frankly, the data at this point doesn’t support it,” group member Vivienne Reiten told the station.

(Read more at Fox News)

Why close beaches, unless large numbers of sick people are within six feet of each other?

For all of the times that I was at the beach in Galveston, the only times I got within six feet of another person was when I picked up my infant son or hugged my wife. Of course, the muddy gulf waters around Galveston don’t hold a candle to the beaches elsewhere.

However, if the findings from the DHS study mean anyhing, then if someone coughs, then the virus dies within a second or two in full sunlight at high humidity.

Petty dictators try to restrict religious freedom and other freedoms

  1. Kansas City: Church attendees must register with the government or their church will face closure and jail

Pulpit and Pen reports on a set of Kansas City churches that have come under the thumb of a mayor.

As Kansas City begins reopening, the local government is requiring every church who wishes to provide services to turn in when asked a detailed list of every person who enters their building for services, including name, phone number and address, so city officials can use it for surveillance and tracking purposes. Failure to comply can result in up to 6 month in jail and the Church being completely shut down.

This tyrannical and unjust law is part of the “10/10/10 rule” that Kansas City will begin operating under. According to the FAQ website released by the city:

“The 10/10/10 rule specifies that these businesses must limit the number of individuals on-site (inclusive of employees and customers) to no more than 10 percent of building occupancy or 10 people (whichever is larger), and record the names, contact information, and approximate entry/exit time of all customers who are on premises for more than 10 minutes.

In-person religious gatherings (including weddings and funerals) may resume, subject to the 10/10/10 rule (if held inside) or limited to 50 people outside, provided social distancing precautions are followed and event organizers maintain records of all attendees.”

The order further stipulates that by recording people’s names, businesses and churches will enable the Kansas City Health Department “to more quickly trace, test, and isolate individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 if an employee or customer had the virus at the time they frequented the business.”  If an attendee or member does not want to give this information to city officials, the church is to refuse them entry.

Violations of any provision of this order results in steep penalties. According to the government’s announcement, failing to comply “constitutes an imminent threat, creates an immediate menace to public health, and shall be considered a violation of Section 50-155 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.”

The penalty for violating Section 50-155 is “punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 and not more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in the municipal penal correctional institution for a period of time not less than one day and not more than six months.”

(Read more at Pulpit and Pen)

If this is not challenged, this will set a precedent

If people of faith do not stand up against people like this mayor, then this will set a benchmark for the next petty dictator to try to exceed. If we want to keep the rights that our ancestors died defending, we will lose them.

  1. A journalist who contributes to the New York Times and MSNBC warns fascism could come to US if coronavirus shutdowns wreck economy

Fox News provides a little levity by showing that even a journalist at the New York Times and MSNBC can see something coming that has been happening in Democrat-ruled areas for months (refer to my posts on Hidalgo, the US Circuit Court, and other information).

A new Great Depression triggered by coronavirus shutdowns could lead to “fascism” in the United States, a New York Times columnist and MSNBC contributor warned Friday night.

“If the Great Depression is what gave us the rise of fascism and a certain chancellor in Germany, what is the next Great Depression going to do to our politics?” Bret Stephens wondered during an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” alluding to the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Stephens pointed to the economic devastation the U.S. has faced in recent weeks and the “staggering” total of 30 million people filing for unemployment benefits.

He also noted there was “no end of blame that can be assigned” to the Trump administration for its handling of the outbreak, and urged others to “think ahead.”

“We were already moving in a populist and neo-authoritarian direction [when] the economy was relatively good,” Stephens continued. “What happens when you have tens of millions of people who are out of work and desperate — not just economically but politically?

“So people have to start thinking about the balance of risk. … If you balance it in one way, people are going to suffer and people are going to die and that’s almost certainly true. But there are risks to simply holding our breath forever and not hurting ourselves”

Stephens then compared the current “strategy” to combat the coronavirus to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

“We’re trying to destroy the village in order to save it,” Stephens told Maher, “and I don’t remember that ending very well.”

(Read more at Fox News)

If this person would quit believing the lies put out by one side, then he would see dictators have been ruling for over a month

If this guy would look around and consider that the stay-at-home orders have occurred primarily in Democrat enclaves. Additionally, he might consider how these stay-at-home orders may be useless (as demonstrated by the similar coronavirus death rates in both Michigan and Sweden when Sweden did not shelter-in-place).

Furthermore, has Stephens considered the brown shirt tactics of deBlasio and Hidalgo as they encourage people to snitch on each other when they see people not social distancing?

  1. New York City Council demands Samaritan’s Purse must leave due to its views on homosexuality

The city council from New York has demanded that Samaritan’s Purse after the group set up a clinic at no cost to the city in Central Park as reported in a 4 May 2020 article published by The Blaze.

Samaritan’s Purse, which had been operating a field hospital in Central Park, has been effectively booted from the city.

2045IT-B15-587The Christian-based humanitarian relief organization, run by Franklin Graham, established a field hospital in Central Park as New York City quickly became the global epicenter for COVID-19. The move was immediately decried by the left due to Samaritan Purse’s biblical views on sexuality despite the organization’s commitment to serve every patient without discrimination.

But on Saturday, Mount Sinai Health System announced it was shutting down the field hospital. Sources told local media the decision was due in part to Samaritan Purse’s Christian beliefs.

“Source tells me a decision was made to sever ties after controversy over the group’s religious views on the LGBTQ community caused concerns in NY,” local NYC reporter Melissa Russo said.

(Read more at The Blaze)

Never mind the mindless, complaining Democrat bureaucrats

Never mind that Samaritan’s Purse treated more than 282 severely-ill patients without regard to anything (according to a post uploaded in mid March). Never mind that there have never been any reports of them turning anyone away due to sexual orientation.

  1. Judge Lina Hidalgo tweets and posts to Facebook encouragements to turn in people and companies who don’t comply

In a Houston Fox affiliate’s video report on the Judge’s request for people to snitch, negative comments were reported (but not shown — as negative comments against local Republicans have been). Still, the tweets look somewhat like this:


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Actually, there are many more notable tweets and a world of Facebook posts that you can review. However, I am going to acknowledge the finite nature of this blog and stop here.

Two stories on countries taking advantage of America because of coronavirus

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  1. Chinese buyers snap up U.S. oil purchases at widest discounts ever

Reuters reported how the Chinese have snapped up US oil interests when the coronavirus and the Russia/Saudi conflict drove oil below zero.

2pumpsChina has increased U.S. crude purchases with some buyers snapping up cargoes at the widest discounts ever as sellers seek to offload excess supplies in Asia, six trade sources said on Wednesday.

China started processing in March applications from its companies to waive import tariffs on U.S. energy goods as part of the Sino-U.S. Phase 1 trade deal and they have since bought liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the United States.

The world’s largest crude importer is boosting U.S. energy imports at a time when the world is swamped with excess supply after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia failed to extend production cuts and as measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus undermined demand.

Cheap U.S. energy supplies will help China lower its import costs, but the deep discounts will add further pressure on U.S. producers to shut in production after U.S. crude futures CLc1 slumped to their lowest since 2002.

U.S. Mars Sour crude has been sold to Chinese buyers at discounts between $7 and $9 a barrel to September ICE Brent futures for July arrival while the discounts for West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) in Midland were between $6 and $7 a barrel, the sources told Reuters.

BP (BP.L) and Equinor (EQNR.OL) may have sold some of these cargoes, they said, while the buyers were not immediately known. BP declined to comment while Equinor could not be immediately reached for comment outside office hours.

“Only the Chinese are buying and the rest of the world are selling,” a Singapore-based trader said, leading to some “very aggressive offers” for U.S. crude into that market even though the oil’s benchmark is already at the lowest in 18 years.

In early March, independent refinery Panjin Haoye Chemical Co bought Mars crude from PetroChina in one of the first signs of Chinese refiners resuming U.S. crude purchases. Mars and WTI were then offered at spot premiums to benchmarks.

U.S. crude is mired in deep discount as producers, forced to clear pipelines stuck with unsold oil, are now flooding the U.S. gulf coast with cheap crude.

(Read more at Reuters)

Can we be surprised that history has repeated itself?

When oil prices dropped slightly in 2015, China took advantage of the lower prices. Why wouldn’t we expect that to happen again?

How Nancy Pelosi can try to block purchases to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve goes completely against all logic. How can she hate the oil industry so much that she wants to make nine American companies have to rent space in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because prices are so low and oil storage space is so scarce? How can she hurt the taxpayer so much as to keep from filling the SPR when prices are at historic lows? How can she be so greedy as to demand more give aways when America suffers?

  1. Foreign powers test US defenses amid coronavirus pandemic

The Hill points out how foreign powers have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. adversaries are probing America’s defenses as the world is preoccupied with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In the past two weeks, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have all moved to test Washington in the sea, in the air and on land as U.S. forces have become more restricted in movement amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

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US has been commanded to destroy harassing Iranian vessels

“Exactly how distracted is the U.S. military? They want to know,” said Susanna Blume, the director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security, referring to foreign countries.

On Tuesday, North Korea launched ground cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles from fighter jets into the sea, the first time in three years Pyongyang had launched such projectiles. That followed a slew of short-range ballistic missile tests in March as the hermit nation took part in large-scale live-fire military training.

Then on Wednesday — exactly a week after Air Force jets intercepted two Russian patrol aircraft near Alaska — a Russian fighter jet came within 25 feet of a Navy reconnaissance aircraft while inverted, putting the U.S. “pilots and crew at risk,” the Navy said in a statement about the incident.

That same day, 11 ships from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy repeatedly came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in “dangerous and harassing approaches” in the Gulf.

China, meanwhile, has been showing its force in the Pacific region, sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea on April 2 and sending its aircraft carrier near Japan’s and Taiwan’s territorial waters.

“The Irans and the Chinas of the world are always looking for opportunities, and I think that they possibly see the potential for an opportunity right now given some of the public challenges that the military has had in adjusting its guidance to cope with the pandemic,” said Blume, a former Pentagon staffer. “That’s not going to be lost on them, certainly.”

Flexing their might is not new for these rival countries, but the difference now is that the U.S. military and the nation at large seems to be preoccupied in a way it hasn’t been before as it deals with the pandemic, said Jon Alterman, a global security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Hill

If you think it was a mistake to include Democrats among America’s enemies, go back and read how Pelosi tried to block oil purchases into the SPR

If you were around to experience the oil embargo by the Arab states on America during the 1980’s, you remember high gas prices. Likewise, during the early 2000’s, we had $4/gallon gas. If the Chinese/Saudis/Russians are able to buy up, drive into the ground, or otherwise disable our oil industry — we will be paying the price.

Additionally, when a fuel-guzzling tank or air plane gets shrouded because there is no fuel, then we will be much less safe.