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If you were trying to start a race war …

…. would you change a single thing from what the far-left of America is doing now?

I know the title may seem provocative to some as this idea is but a subset of a universe of things we proles are not supposed to even think about, much less say out loud. If it seems provocative, good, because it seems to me to be high time more people started talking openly about what is happening all around us every day.

I was prompted to start this discussion by the almost-incomprehensible remarks made by the Biden Administration’s Ambassador to the United Nations in which– in a speech to the organization run by Al Sharpton of all possible people — she claimed that “the original sin of slavery [was] weaved into our founding documents and principles”. This is, as an excellent article in The Federalist pointed out, “flat-out, 100 percent, lying liar false” and will be shown to be just that in a later discussion.

However, let us examine a few headlines from within just the last few days as an illustration of how we seem to be, in my most humble but somewhat at least adequately informed, opinion.

From this very morning, April 17, 2021 (The Bongino Report):

“Biden’s America: Riots, Protests Hit Minnesota, Portland, Chicago, Oakland, North Carolina”

The headline links to this alarming article in Fox News which contains these chilling reports:

“Brooklyn Center: 100 arrests
An emergency curfew was imposed by police Friday night as rioting escalated outside police headquarters, FOX 9 of Minneapolis reported. As of early Saturday, Public Safety Commission John Harrington estimated about 100 people had been arrested.

City officials initially tried to go without a curfew Friday for the first time since protests erupted Sunday following the police shooting death of Daunte Wright, according to FOX 9.

MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR POLICE TO STOP USING TEAR GAS, RUBBER BULLETS AGAINST PROTESTERS

But Mayor Mike Elliott’s attempt to “take a different approach” was reversed around 10:30 p.m., with the emergency curfew put in place from 11 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.”

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Portland: Third riot of week

Two separate marches got underway in downtown Portland on Friday night with at least one of them declared a riot, according to FOX 12 Oregon. They occurred hours after police had fatally shot a suspect in a city park.

Raleigh/Durham: Flags burn
The two North Carolina cities saw crowds gather to protest recent police shootings that have occurred around the country.

Protesters marched through downtown Raleigh but their numbers were smaller than were seen last spring, following the police-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported. Many businesses had boarded up in advance of potential trouble, the newspaper reported.

In nearby Durham, more than 100 people gathered near the county courthouse, according to the paper. Many carried placards with messages such as “Stop killing us,” the report said.

Some in the crowd were seen overturning trash containers and spray-painting buildings, while others burned American flags and shouted “F— the police!” the paper reported.

Those are reports of riots — insurrections? — which took place in our America, or what was our America not very long ago, either just last night or over the course of the last few days.

Your guess is as good as mine as to how many of these barbarians will be charged with an actual crime and, if they are, how fast the Vice President of the United States (how it pains me to write those words—right to the quick of my soul) will organize funding for their bail and near- inevitable nolle-prosequi.

We are taught that the beautiful credo inscribed over the entrance to the United States Supreme Court, above, is a bedrock of the foundation upon which our rule of law was created and for the first years of my practice at the Bar, I fervently believed that it was, by and large, observed in fact, and was not just a slogan to be mouthed by politicians or other insincere members of the public who had no earthly idea what it really stood for. It has become increasingly difficult over the past few years to truly believe this is still an operating and fully functioning compass point in our society in view of so many clear illustrations that it is no longer as meaningful as it once was.

I make the following statement as a general observation without deep research, but feel, based on my current reading, it is basically true. In the summer of 2020, deemed “The Summer of Love” by the imbecile the people of Seattle elected as their mayor, the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots cost a number of lives, untold numbers of injuries and we will probably never know the real value of the property damage inflicted by those “mostly peaceful” “protests”, pusillanimous weasel words which are the heart of the problem I am addressing in this paper. Yet, to the best of my knowledge, very few arrests were made, the young white man in Kenosha being a rare exception, arrested in an incident in which he was rather clearly acting in self-defense, and of those arrested, especially in truly lawless cities such as Portland, almost all were released to return to their Mom’s basement or wherever bottom feeders like those we saw in the streets of cities across the Nation might live when they are not busy destroying lives and property.

This feeling of a sense of loss while watching the rule of law being abused in this manner is certainly not helped, and is in fact aggravated to an extreme, in seeing such publicly proven liars and reptiles as Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Hayden, Mueller, Weissman, and so many others still at liberty and while that could certainly change if there really is such a person as Mr. Durham and he really is doing something beyond getting a guilty plea from a glorified file clerk, there does not seem to much indication that any of them are in any legal peril whatsoever. Here, I will say again what I say often in these discussions–if I am wrong, I would welcome that news with citations to the authorities which will help me understand my error.

But, to me, the development which really hit home the hardest for me, in the area of “Equal Justice Under Law”, was the action of the Department of [In]Justice announcing it would not bring charges against the Capitol Police officer who caused the homicide of Ashli Babbitt on the evening of January 6. I do not use the word “homicide” hyperbolically, as that happened to be the conclusion of the Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia in his recent report. Ms Babbitt, a 13 year veteran of the United States Air Force who had become an avid supporter of President Trump had, according to reports, just climbed through a window opening and was simply standing near the opening, obviously, it must be assumed, not threatening anyone, when she was shot by the officer. The video of the incident, despite feverish efforts to have it taken down, is still readily available, and rather clearly shows the entire moment in which the shot was fired. One can judge for oneself the race of the shooter and one can also say that in America that should not matter. To say that in 2021 America requires a gigantic pair of blinders. I have viewed the video–several times — and it is clear to me that the officer is African-American and unless my aging eyes have totally failed me, I feel that is at least a component of the DOJ’s decision to drop the charges. It also should be noted that over three months after he shot this lady who served her country, his identity is still unknown and will, in all likelihood, remain so. An excellent discussion of this detestable, despicable, disgusting decision of the DOJ can be found in an article entitled, aptly enough, “The DOJ Is Lying about the [Ashli] Babbitt Case”. Here’s a portion of his discussion illustrating how excessive the force used was in relation to the actions, or lack thereof, of his “target”:

Excessive force is easy to establish. The Supreme Court has held that the government must introduce evidence that the action of the officer in shooting to kill Babbitt was “excessive in relation” to a legitimate government objective. Kingsley v. Hendrickson, 135 S. Ct. 2466, 2473-2474 (2015). This is an objective standard – the force must be objectively unreasonable when viewed from the standpoint of a reasonable officer at the scene. Here, Babbitt was unarmed, was climbing through a window and not attacking anyone. In response, she is shot and killed. Easily excessive.

Consider the contrast between the shooting of this Military Veteran and the way defendants were treated in the George Floyd case and the Duante Wright case in Minneapolis. The story of the way the officers were treated in the Floyd case is too well known by this point to require but these few words: disgraceful and near-instantaneous public revealing of their names and personal information. The same is true of the officer who mistakenly shot Wright, thinking she was grabbing her taser and fired her service weapon instead. The hounds of the “mainstream” media, until fairly recently known as journalists, along with, of course, the likes of professional race baiters like Al Sharpton, could not wait an entire day before effectively handing up her guilty verdict. If one’s only objective is swift “justice” for this Mother of two children, without having to bother with those pesky things known as “facts” and, as a secondary consideration apparently these days, the law, this is surely the way to go. It is also the way to bring an end to the greatest experiment in liberty and freedom ever created by the mind of man: America.

The wild disparity between the treatment of the defendants in the Minneapolis cases and that of the unidentified shooter-who-should-be-defendant in Washington was discussed in a piece entitled “A Tale of Two Police Officers.” After sketching out the basic facts of the case involving the police officer in the Duante Wright case and the Capitol Police officer the author drew these bright line distinctions between the two cases:

Do you need much more evidence that there are two classes of Police Officers in America these days?  The 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Police Department resigned, along with the chief of police; her picture is all over the press, the criminal victim is being idolized by the Black Lives Matter Marxist supporters, and cities are being burned and looted in support of the criminal, Daunte Wright.

The Capitol Police Officer who shot the innocent demonstrator in Washington DC on January 6 has not in any way been identified in the media, and will not be charged with any crime for shooting to death the innocent Veteran, Ashli Babbitt.  The Officer obviously has the full support of the Democrats who now run the “Justice” Department, or he would have been identified before this.  The Officer must be kept from the opprobrium from conservatives, that would come forth if he were identified.

More of this kind of thing is coming, as the BLM ruins cities all over America the minute a police officer shoots any black criminal for any reason.  Most of these kinds of shootings are also taking place in large cities run by…you guessed it…Democrats.  With no consequences, no pushback by the poor black citizens who are mostly the ones victimized by the welfare state.  Those people keep electing the governments who have kept them in poverty for decades.  With the mostly-white City Councils calling for “defunding the police”, those poor blacks are calling for more police presence in their neighborhoods, not less.  This situation cannot end well.

With that “tip of the iceberg” view of just a few of the more alarming notes of the discord marching through our Nation today, it may be appropriate to return to a fuller discussion of the remarks of Biden’s Ambassador to the United Nations and to wonder aloud why this kind of speech, from one of the highest officials in government today, is not unnecessarily fanning the flames of an already out-of-control racial atmosphere in America. Her remarks were summarized in an article entitled “Democrats Should Be On Their Knees Thanking God They Live In America:

Joe Biden’s United Nations ambassador claimed April 14 that “white supremacy” is intrinsic to the United States’s “founding documents and principles” and that the entire country is at fault when any individual in it does anything racist.

“I’ve seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield said during an online event for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, mentioning several personal experiences of racial discrimination. She then went on to blame Americans as a whole for any evil action any American has committed, saying: “Racism is the problem of the racist, and it is the problem of the society that produces the racist. And in today’s world, that’s every society.”

She then touted the deadly Black Lives Matter riots of 2020 as a model for addressing racism like “being made to wait behind white patrons for a table at a restaurant.” Thomas-Greenfield also touted her efforts as UN ambassador to get the United States back on the UN Human Rights Council, “so that we can advance our most-cherished democratic values around the globe.”

After outlining the outrage of adopting an official policy of moral equivalance between the U.S. and members of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, which includes China, Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, the author continued:

Thomas-Greenfield’s accusation against her own country of “white supremacy” “weaved” “into our founding documents and principles” is not only flat-out, 100 percent, lying liar false, it is a word-for-word amplification of Chinese communist propaganda designed to wreck what it sees as its No. 1 competitor for world domination.

This is not only clear from China’s constant use of Twitter and Facebook to foment racial division and other leftist identity politics as a method of cold war, but also highlighted in the recent Alaska summit in which Chinese diplomats hurled critical race lies at Biden flacks while the latter sat, cornered by their own party’s rhetoric coming out of a foreign adversary’s mouth.

When your nation’s controlling political party sounds exactly like the world’s top Communist Party, Houston, you have a [ ] problem.

Another article referred to this person who sings the praises of Al Sharpton and–to me this simply beggars belief— Black Lives Matter as “The Ambassador of Blame America First”, recalling the honorable and honored service of Democrats from the 1970s and 1980s, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick, who were proud of their country and said so, time and time again, every opportunity they had. Here, from the excellent Federalist article cited above, is the kind of pride those Democrats showed in their country, long before their party, of which neither could possibly understand now, went totally Marxist/Socialist and race-obsessed:

Let me complete that 1975 Sen. Patrick Moynihan quote, because it’s beautiful, and presents a shocking proof of how the American Democrat Party has utterly shifted from American to American hatred. He said: “Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me its equal. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do. Have we done obscene things? Yes, we have. How did our people learn about them? They learned about them on television. In the newspapers.”

Forty-five years ago, a Democrat could say things like this. Now, Democrats say the opposite. They are not fit to lead this great country. They are not fit to lead a garden club. Nobody who hates himself or herself, and his or her own mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, and ancestors that much is fit for anything except maybe scrub toilets in disgusting communist concrete block apartments until he understands why the world has always known the United States is the best place on earth.

The Chinese Communists are just jealous. But if they ever wanted to stop being evil, our founders know the recipe — and we used to like sharing it.

One does not have to be some conspiracy theorist or right wing nut to wonder: how in the world does this kind of rhetoric do any good in today’s atmosphere, as we await the almost-certain riots, mostly peaceful to be sure, after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, and the continuing mostly peaceful riots over the Duante Wright incident and myriad other causes for rioting –it does not seem to take much– all over the country, a small sample of which was set out at the beginning of this discussion. And to have one of the very top officials in the Federal Government hold out Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter as models “for addressing racism” simply boggles the mind.

It is my deepening opinion, and I thank God every day that I can (a) still have one and (b) express it out loud, that we are inching closer and closer to the point of critical mass, when the proud 75 Million Americans who voted for the re-elction of President Trump and, based on reading of late, very possibly many who voted for the tragic, frail, pathetic little figure now occupying the Oval Office, will one day just simply refuse to be “peacefully protested against” any longer. In other words, I see the development of more and more elements leading us iinexorably toward a race war.

There are no words to express how deeply I hope I’m wrong.

The poet William Butler Yeats wrote a poem entitled “The Second Coming” which keeps coming back to me lately as these events swirl around all of us. Here are a couple of portions of that poem which describe my fears and feelings at what I see on the horizon:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity.

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And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Pray that God will heal our beloved country. He is our only hope.

 A Most Remarkable Document: Letter Signed by Many Former National Security Officials and Flag Officers – Full of Lies

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A few days ago, a letter was sent by a group of former “security officials” and military officers, decrying the “January 6” “riot” at the Capitol, which it termed a “lethal breach of the Capitol Complex by armed extremists” and deeming it an “exigent and growing threat” to the survival of the Republic.

What makes it so remarkable to me is its assumption, studied and chronicled years ago by Dr. Sowell in his masterful book, “The Vision of the Anointed”, that we are all too stupid to inform ourselves of what actually happened that night at the Capitol, allowing them to lie at will.

First, the letter, after which a brief discussion of how outrageous these misrepresentations are, especially to anyone with any military at all in their background as many of the signatories are Flag Officers of the United States Armed Forces. They are a disgrace to the military.

Here’s the letter:

Dear Members of Congress,
We are former senior national security, military, and elected officials who have represented or served Democrats, Republicans, or administrations of both parties. We write to encourage this Congress to establish an independent and bipartisan national commission to investigate the January 6th assault of the U.S. Capitol Complex and its direct causes, and to make recommendations to prevent future assaults and strengthen the resilience of our democratic institutions.
We also write to you with great urgency in light of what we collectively see as an exigent and growing threat. The events of January 6th exposed severe vulnerabilities in the nation’s preparedness for preventing and responding to domestic terrorist attacks. The immediate security failings that permitted a lethal breach of the Capitol Complex by armed extremists raise serious questions and demand immediate solutions.
But January 6th was also the result of complex national security threats. These include coordinated disinformation campaigns, nontransparent financing of extremist networks, potential foreign influences, and white supremacist violent extremism, which the Department of Homeland Security identified in an October 2020 report as among “the most persistent and lethal threat[s] in the Homeland.” As FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to you recently, “January 6th was not an isolated event. The problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now and it’s not going away anytime soon.” Understanding how these forces culminated in an attack on the infrastructure of our democracy is critical to preventing future attacks.
In the wake of September 11th, the administration and Congress jointly acknowledged that the attack’s causes were complex and that an independent and well-equipped national commission was an essential tool to aid the federal government. Congressional inquiries, law enforcement activities, and a national commission not only worked in parallel, but critically complemented each other’s necessary work. An independent commission should not supplant the ongoing work by the legislative and executive branches, but it can uniquely support them by providing comprehensive and expert recommendations for Congress to act upon.
Commissions — properly empowered, resourced, and led — can establish a full picture of events and an analysis of their causes, from which nonpartisan recommendations can authoritatively flow. With dedicated time, resources, and expert staffing, they can also exclusively focus on the matter at hand over an appropriate time horizon. Given the gravity of January 6th as a national security matter — the violent disruption to the transition of power and the continuing threat of future attacks — a national commission examining the lead up to the January 6th assault, and the attendant security lapses, is not only appropriate, but a critical component of the national response.
A failure to deploy the full suite of tools available to fully understand January 6th and address its causes will leave the Capitol, and the nation, vulnerable to future attacks. In bipartisan fashion, we have successfully marshaled these tools before, and we implore you to do so once again.
Sincerely,
(Note: All titles are former positions or military ranks held prior to retirement.)

It has become more and more apparent with each passing day that the only way to get the actual, reality-based news of current events is to read and study the report of any given occurrence, speech, incident, bill, etc., and then go to the source document to learn what was actually said. Nothing illustrates that better than this “obscene and atrocious letter”, from which the following fabrications jump off the page they are so obvious.

  1. “lethal breach of the Capitol”: anyone who has seen the recent report of the Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia knows that of the people who died that day, only Trump supporter–and military veteran of 13 years in the United States Air Force- Ashli Babbitt (who was unarmed) was shot, by a still unidentified Capitol Police officer who will, in all likelihood, remain unidentified for all time. Two died of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, another of acute amphetamine intoxication. The death of Officer Sicknick remains an amazingly well kept secret, made even more amazing when one considers that Washington is the leakiest town in the world.
  2. “armed extremists”: after 3 months of exhaustive investigation by about 7 Congressional Committees and an untold number of officials from the FBI and other agencies, not one single firearm has been retrieved from the scene of this “insurrection”, making it the first “armed insurrection” in history devoid of “arms.”
  3. “white supremacist violent extremism”: an aging window installer from Alabama put his feet on the desk of one of Her Most Esteemed Speaker Pelosi’s assistants– not in the Chambers of Her Majesty herself– and a man with Viking headdress made loud noises. Also, one of these “violent” white persons –did I mention he was white?–picked up a bunch of plastic retainers from a supply area. And for this we need a 9/11 Commission, the most complete militarization of the Nation’s Capital City since the Civil War, and over one hundred highly compensated retired officers get, as the Brits might describe it, their knickers all knotted up. 
  4. “the most persistent and lethal (they like “lethal” a lot!) threats to the Homeland”: this one is almost literally breathtaking  in its sheer, in-your-face dishonesty, coming, as it does, at the same time thousands of illegal –that word bears repeating: illegal–aliens from all over the world are pouring through the now newly porous border thanks to the dismantling of President Trump’s excellent work in re-building border security by the Harris “Administration” unchecked, many of whom are carriers of COVID 19 and many of whom are members of murderous criminal gangs such as MS-1. In other words, as to the last group, real violent terrorists! No mention of those real terrorists, just the “white” variety who are, of course, so much more “lethal.”
  5. Speaking of which, where was this group of worthies last summer (remember “The Summer of Love”?) when “armed extremists”, some heavily armed, ranged across the country, destroying small businesses, inflicting huge property losses, injuring scores of innocent bystanders and killing many American citizens in the wake of their “domestic terrorism”. If I missed it I am sure that omission will be brought to my attention, but I do not recall this group of stalwarts, or any like them, calling for a “Portland/Seattle/Minneapolis/Kenosha/Chicago/St. Louis Commission” to investigate what was, under any definition, excepting only those disordered enough to urge them on as did our current Vice-President, real, lethally armed dangerous terrorists. Do you?  
  6. Where were these dignitaries, now so concerned about the “violent disruption to the transition of power” when a real, sometimes violent (mostly peaceful?) disruption of the transition of power was taking place in early 2017–and for months (years?) thereafter?

Have my characterizations of this [C of C] letter been too harsh? Too triggering (except for the NT’ers as I know their answer)? Most importantly, inaccurate? If so, I invite your thoughts regarding same. 

I close with the way one online site characterized the letter, as food for thought:

This dishonest and error-ridden letter isn’t a call for an “investigation.” It is a call for an anti-MAGA Patriot Act. It’s a demand for a new War on Terror, this time aimed at the American people.

As noted above, to anyone with any military in their background, this letter, signed by some of the highest ranking Officers in the military, is just one more attack on the edifice which was once the proudest and strongest fighting force in the history of warfare.

No longer.

44 seconds of heartbreaking viewing–what the Democrats have done to simple humanity

This video is a vivid illustration of the very essence of human cruelty and pure amorality.

Someday I may come to understand how a parent, especially this little boy’s Mother, could do this to their own child .

I urge you to view the video in order to get the full force of what the Democrats have done to our Beloved Nation by electing this group of street thugs –who call us “Neanderthals”! I am not steeped in the history of the Paleolithic Age, but I would venture the speculation that Neanderthals took much better care of their own children than these parents did. Where in the world has simple humanity gone in these days when EVERYone in positions of national “leadership” lies about EVERYthing and treats little children like little animals? God Help us.

Happy Now?

A question for our fellow Americans who hated President Trump (my President!) so much you elected the sad spectacle we saw at the National embarrassment called euphemistically a “press conference.”

Happy now? Feel really good about yourself now that you have elected a really pathetic, addled, dementia-stricken corrupt old person (I can say that as I am much older than he is) to be “Leader of the Free World”? With his doddering, shaky finger on the nuclear button?

I am certain that Xi and Putin are applauding your “enlightened” choice—and thanking you for making it so much easier for them!

Somehow, America will survive, in spite of colossal mistakes such as those on display at that sickening “performance”,  because of one simple truth: God Bless America!

Glory Hallelujah for Texas!

In true Bidenesque fashion, I “borrowed” the title from a great piece appearing in spectator.us, briefly summarizing the wonderful decision by the Governor of Texas to lift all restrictions on citizens, as our governor, Ron DeSantis did some time ago, including the truly inane “mask mandate” which stopped making any sense whatsoever a long time ago, according to, as all the leftists like to put it, “the science!”

Here is a brief portion of the article:

Specifically, Abbott ordered an end to restrictions, after Wednesday March 10, on the right of businesses to define the conditions of interaction with customers. Any business now can decide how it wants to operate. Less substantively but more important in the symbolic sense, he said he was lifting the state-imposed requirement to wear a face-mask in public. Businesses can still require masks, but who wants to be the only shop in town policing facial appearance? Abbott cited the falling rate of coronavirus spread and lauded the widespread availability of vaccines. ‘People and business,’ the governor said, ‘don’t need the state telling them how to operate.’

Of course, the usual suspects howled and shrieked, exclaiming, for example, that his decision was “reckless”, this coming from that icon of virtue, the totally failed governor of the totally failed State of California:

Oh, yes, they do!, plenteous Democratic party figures and health officials shouted. Ex-presidential candidate Robert Francis (Beto) O’Rourke charmingly notified the world that Abbott was issuing ‘a death warrant for Texans’. The county judge of Dallas, a Democrat, tweeted: ‘You should focus on what doctors, facts and science say is safe; not on what Gov. says is legal.’ California governor Gavin Newsom, who’s now infamous for acting as if the rules he imposes don’t apply to him, called Abbott ‘absolutely reckless’.

Whether Dr. Fauci and his legions of petty autocrats like it or not, their authoritarian regime is coming to an end, with states like our new home state of Florida and Texas and South Dakota leading the way.

No better way to sum how happy that makes me than the words by the author of the quoted piece:

Glory Hallelujah!

Who Is The Real President? Serious Question.

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Jim GeorgeFebruary 27, 2021

It may have become a trite and overused phrase, but we do live in very strange times, when a painfully stricken person not in command of whatever cognitive abilities he may have left with the title “President of the United States of America” while every person with a functioning mind knows he cannot possibly be making decisions as serious as that involving bombing another sovereign Nation. I have tried doing some perhaps-not-rigorous enough research to see if there have been any serious analyses making an attempt to at least make an educated guess as to who is pulling the big lever(s) behind the curtain, but have come up empty handed. Like many of us, I have winced at the clips of “The President” mumbling and stumbling through public remarks, like those he made yesterday in Houston, and the pain and embarrassment one feels has nothing to do with partisan politics and everything to do with simple humanity, not to mention a feeling approaching rage at how family members can be so power hungry as to put one of their elders through this public humiliation. 

I have seen it suggested, and have suggested it myself, that Susan Rice is the major force either making, or behind, the major decisions. I also saw recently suggestions that Ron Klain, Chief of Staff, was in the thick of some of the decision making. 

I have been struck by the somewhat benign attitude about what I consider an extremely dangerous and perilous vacuum in what our Founding Fathers designed to be the “energetic Executive” with jokes and nicknames (the gentleman from Madame Tussauds) about a situation over which Xi and Putin are assuredly licking their murderous chops. 

Does anyone have anything to offer on who is actually occupying the most powerful office in the world?

Serious question.

Who Is The Real President? Serious Question.

Jim GeorgeFebruary 27, 2021

It may have become a trite and overused phrase, but we do live in very strange times, when a painfully stricken person not in command of whatever cognitive abilities he may have left with the title “President of the United States of America” while every person with a functioning mind knows he cannot possibly be making decisions as serious as that involving bombing another sovereign Nation. I have tried doing some perhaps-not-rigorous enough research to see if there have been any serious analyses making an attempt to at least make an educated guess as to who is pulling the big lever(s) behind the curtain, but have come up empty handed. Like many of us, I have winced at the clips of “The President” mumbling and stumbling through public remarks, like those he made yesterday in Houston, and the pain and embarrassment one feels has nothing to do with partisan politics and everything to do with simple humanity, not to mention a feeling approaching rage at how family members can be so power hungry as to put one of their elders through this public humiliation. 

I have seen it suggested, and have suggested it myself, that Susan Rice is the major force either making, or behind, the major decisions. I also saw recently suggestions that Ron Klain, Chief of Staff, was in the thick of some of the decision making. 

I have been struck by the somewhat benign attitude about what I consider an extremely dangerous and perilous vacuum in what our Founding Fathers designed to be the “energetic Executive” with jokes and nicknames (the gentleman from Madame Tussauds) about a situation over which Xi and Putin are assuredly licking their murderous chops. 

Does anyone have anything to offer on who is actually occupying the most powerful office in the world?

Serious question.

Thanks to Brahms, Copland, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and the Enlightened Leadership of Gov. Ron De Santis of Florida!

Jim George

February 26, 2021

This is an exuberant, enthusiastic note of thanks for the first experience of live classical music in over a year, thanks to the genius of Brahms, Copland, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Peter Rubardt, and, last but not least, the enlightened leadership of our new home state of Florida and its Governor, Ron DeSantis, for letting us live and laugh and enjoy life and dine out (or in!) and make a living and, this past weekend, enjoy the thrill and the magic of live classical music once again!

Yes, masks were required and there was limited, distanced seating, but there was magnificent music, starting with Copland’s Appalachian Spring followed by one of the most challenging pieces ever written for violin, the Brahms Violin Concerto, performed flawlessly (in the most humble opinion of this musically uneducated person) by the brilliant, two- time Grammy Nominee, Jennifer Frautschi. 

We moved to our new home state 2 1/2 years ago from our lifetime home of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for many of the same reasons more and more are doing so now, especially those who are trying to escape states run by petty tyrants like Cuomo, Whitmer, Wolf and Newsom. Little did we know, however, starting our new life here in the Florida Panhandle well before the pandemic went into overdrive a year ago, how many benefits would accrue to us as a result of our choice, and how much richer and more open our lives would be compared to what has to be the miserable locked-down, triple masked-up, no outside activities at all existence of so many of our fellow Americans. My Lady and I were at lunch a few days ago at a very nice and jam-packed restaurant and I looked around and saw happy, lively, spirited, laughing Floridians having a fine time, which would have been impossible in states led by those power-mad little martinets listed above. I remarked to My Lady that the Mask and Distance Compliance Police in many states would be aghast at such a happy and life-filled scene–quelle horreur! 

Gov. DeSantis and Florida are clearly leading the way or, as was so well put in an article in the Federalist a few days ago, 

Gov. Ron DeSantis has put the leaders of locked-down blue states to shame, and Democrat politicians are ashamed to admit it.

One of the best discussions of his common sense approach was authored by our colleague Susan Quinn, appropriately entitled Gov. Ron DeSantis Defies the Media and the Federal Governmentin which she relates facts about our governor most assuredly not reported by the mainstream media which has attacked him repeatedly and relentlessly as he is such a living, breathing refutation to their ongoing narrative about the pandemic and the multitudinous ways our rights have to be taken away to combat it. I highly recommend her piece and note my 100% concurrence in her conclusion:

With his courage and defiance, I hope DeSantis will consider running for the Presidency in 2024.

As a matter of fact, I have started touting a DeSantis-Noem ticket for 2024 in the event President Trump decides not to offer himself (and his family) up for another four years of demeaning abuse and degradation.

The Federalist article offers a brief summary of the main features which make DeSantis’ approach so different from the draconian approach of the Democrat governors:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis started lifting lockdown restrictions back in May, allowing stores and restaurants to begin reopening in all but three counties in South Florida. The stay-at-home order also ended at the beginning of May. Unlike New York and California, Florida never tried to bar people from going to religious services.

At the end of September, DeSantis lifted all remaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Traveling back and forth from COVID-conscientious Northern Virginia to Florida, I could notice a difference. In Florida, kids were going to school, wedding parties were throwing receptions, young people were studying at coffee shops, and families were taking Christmas pictures downtown on the square.

By my observation, people wanted to keep living their lives, and they came to Florida to do it. The numbers suggest the same thing. Florida ranks third in the nation for one-way U-Haul rentals in 2020. (The state was behind only Tennessee and Texas, where lockdowns have also been comparatively less extreme.)

Despite the media’s rapturous coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who sent more than 9,000 potentially contagious patients into nursing homes and then covered it up — New York ranked 42nd on U-Haul one-ways. California, which was still shut down at the beginning of 2021, ranks dead last of all 50 states.

“When I go around Florida, I will see New York license plates here,” DeSantis told Tucker Carlson on Monday. “I doubt you see very many Florida license plates making their way to New York right now.”

Also noted is the fact that the Biden administration has, in just one more of its many authoritarian moves, threatened to ban travel to and from Florida, an idea so breathtakingly stupid and totally unconstitutional it is hard to believe that even this Marxist/Socialist cabal would attempt it:

As Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has pointed out, Biden called Trump’s proposed travel ban on China “xenophobic” and insisted a European travel ban would “not stop” coronavirus.

The only reason to shut down travel to Florida — where coronavirus numbers are often below average and no lockdowns have crippled the economy — is political theater. DeSantis has put the leaders of locked-down blue states to shame, and Democrat politicians are ashamed to admit it.

If they have been put to shame by governors like DeSantis and Kristi Noem of South Dakota they are about to have more reason to resent their solid approach as it appears the whole raison d’etre for their autocratic edicts may be crumbling soon. A recent analysis appearing on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal by Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at the John Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health predicts, as stated in the title, “We’ll have herd immunity by April.”

This rare dose of good news has caused quite a stir and has drawn howls of derision and condemnation from “our betters” but it is supported by very convincing data–those pesky facts that get in the way of a good, dark, pessimistic narrative:

Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill. Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

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My prediction that Covid-19 will be mostly gone by April is based on laboratory data, mathematical data, published literature and conversations with experts. But it’s also based on direct observation of how hard testing has been to get, especially for the poor. If you live in a wealthy community where worried people are vigilant about getting tested, you might think that most infections are captured by testing. But if you have seen the many barriers to testing for low-income Americans, you might think that very few infections have been captured at testing centers. Keep in mind that most infections are asymptomatic, which still triggers natural immunity.

As these developments take shape they more and more firmly corroborate the wisdom of governors like Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem — as an article I saw recently put it, from memory, “the pandemic is coming to an end, whether Dr. Fauci likes it or not.” No one can, in good conscience, even seem to downplay a pandemic which has taken 500,000 lives from us, and nothing said here is in any way meant to be so interpreted. However, if these apparently soundly based predictions prove correct in the next month or two, as Dr. Makary said: “… we also need to reopen schools and society to limit the damage of closures and prolonged isolation.” 

How inestimably glorious it would be to get back to living! Everywhere! It may be happening soon!