Why Did They Lie

Back in 2020 when the COVID pandemic was beginning, a tight network of elite scientists soon engaged in a remarkably effective effort to deceive the world. They collectively briefed the U.S. government, World Health Organization, and any media outlets that would listen: The science was settled, this wasn’t a lab leak. Some of them went on to publish the now-infamous Proximal Origins paper in March 2020 in Nature Medicine, ranked as the most impactful science article of that year. “We do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible,” the paper’s authors asserted.”

But now we have a much better understanding, not only of how COVID got loose but also why its origin was hidden.

“It was always a lie; one of the most consequential lies of the 21st century. Like all great lies it perfectly inverted the truth: the evidence supporting natural spillover has always been thin. Conversely, the evidence pointing to a lab leak has always been compelling and has grown substantially more persuasive with time.”

And the quoted article concludes that the lies were made for four different reasons:

  1. One group of scientists who lied were direct collaborators with Wuhan in their bat virus gain of function experiments and therefore were directly responsible for the COVID outbreak.  They lied to avoid culpability in this enormous disaster.
  2. A second group of scientists weren’t linked to the Wuhan lab but had strongly supported the idea that gain of function research was safe and therefore would be seen as partially responsible for the risky research that gave rise to COVID.  Also if COVID’s origin is pinned to gain of function research then these researchers would be deprived of this experimental practice for safety reasons.
  3. A third group had financial and reputational incentives provided by Anthony Fauci in the form of grants for research.  They sold their reputations for research dollars.
  4. And the fourth group was anybody who absolutely refused to say it was a lab leak because Donald Trump said it was.  They hated Trump so much that they would swear that the core of the sun is cold if Trump said it was hot.

In a just world, people in the first three groups should go to prison for lying about the origin of a disaster that had such horrific economic impact.  The fourth group should be mocked incessantly and any of them in the media industry should lose their jobs.

But this isn’t a just world.  It’s just the world.

Scranton Joe Biden on the Stump

Ladies and Gentlemen, I come before you today to remind you that you have a choice.  You can either vote for me; humble, lovable Joe Biden or for that Dog-faced Pony Soldier Donald Trump.  And as that clean, articulate black man Barack Obama once said, Donald Trump will never be President of the United States.

Okay, sure, that was wrong and he did become president but hopefully not again anyway.  As my Uncle Bosey once told me, “Stay away from cannibals because they’ll eat you and you’ll never be found afterwards.”  And that’s damn good advice.  Now they’re trying to say he wasn’t eaten by cannibals but who other than cannibals would eat him?  Let’s be sensible here.  He wasn’t eaten by vegans, that’s for damn sure.

But seriously folks, you can’t trust Donald Trump.  He never rides on the Amtrak.  He’s always taking first class airline flights.  He’s not one of us.  That’s because he wants to put y’all back in chains.  And if you vote for Donald Trump you ain’t black.  No joke!

When my son Hunter was killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine fighting the Soviets he was dressed sort of like Rambo and with the muscles and the camo, so it was really something.  I remember him saying, “I just want my country to love me as much as I love it.”  And it was beautiful.  And then Xerxes army surrounded us and I threw my spear at him but only cut his face a little and then I was killed by a lot of arrows.  But luckily, I got better and here I am.  And that’s how we won in Ukraine.  Trump has never been killed in war nor have his sons so how can you trust him?

And if you think about it, Donald Trump is a lot like Corn Pop.  They’re both bad dudes who don’t follow the rules and probably don’t even wait an hour after eating before going back in the pool.  If I had the time, I’d like to bring both of them behind the shed and teach them a lesson with my bicycle chain and my boxing skills.  I’m not bragging I’m just saying that’s what I’d like to do but I can’t because of these new laws about fighting and the whole gay thing.  You’ve got to be careful not to say the wrong thing, which is tricky.

But forget all that for a minute, just remember how much better things are now that I fixed the economy.  I fixed the COVID and then I eliminated college loan debt and I got rid of gasoline and oil and now we’ve got electric cars and electric heat and everything is all electric and that’s progress.  Sure, if you’re still using the gasoline and the oil it’s a little more expensive.  And sure, maybe food and rent are up a few pennies but we’re all doing much better now than under Trump.  Just look at your 401K accounts they’re rocketing.  Why all of my green energy stocks are through the roof.  And just last week Nancy Pelosi showed me her stock portfolio and it was worth six hundred million dollars and you can’t hate that!  All these people in the Trump commercials saying they can’t make ends meet must be lying.  No joke!

So as my friend Madame Secretary of State Clinton said a while ago, “basket of deplorables.”  These dead-enders clinging to their guns and their God don’t have the votes to keep Scranton Joe Biden from coming back and finishing up his mission in Washington.  I’m going to fundamentally transform the whole United States of America into Scranton.  And you can bet your bottom dollar that’s what I’ll do.  The whole country will be just like the Scranton you see today.  Full of Amtrak stations, migrant housing, repurposed police precincts and prisons, welfare offices, needle exchange safe places, transgender bathrooms and Section 8 housing.  Welcome to the future.  So, make sure you vote for me every chance you get.  I really need your help.  Help!!!

What is Wrong with This Picture?

Look at where the country is headed in the next few months.  Donald Trump is the popular choice for president with about half of the voters in the United States.  And he is almost certainly going to be convicted of felonies in up to four different state and federal court legal trials.  Theoretically he could be given a combination of sentences that easily exceeds his life expectancy.

Now what is anyone to make of this?  It’s patently absurd.  Without even going through the charges like the hush money trial which obviously stretches the underlying statute completely out of its jurisdiction, all the charges are political prosecutions that have never been used in the way they are being presented.  An obvious example is the case involving classified documents.  Joe Biden had many classified documents in his possession and was in fact proven to be allowing someone without a security clearance to access these documents and he has been completely exempted from criminal penalties.  The naked fact that these are political prosecutions is impossible to obscure from insiders or the general public.

If Trump loses or is excluded from the presidential race then his future looks to be as a political prisoner in the banana republic jail that the Democrats now maintain for their enemies.  But even if he wins the election there may be state charges that even as president, he cannot pardon himself from.  What are we to imagine about the legitimate president of the United States officiating over his office from a state penitentiary?  Will he be allowed to leave the jail cell for the State of the Union speech?  How will his secret service detail spend their time behind bars?  Will they have to spend time watching over him in the dining room, the prison yard and in the workshop making license plates?

The blatant overreach and the pretense that all of this is legal and measured will probably strike anyone who isn’t a Democrat partisan zealot as proof that we’ve completely left equal treatment under the law far behind.  And that is the part that I believe makes this present situation novel.

What we will see will be the delegitimizing of the claim that this is a nation of laws.  There will be an ironclad example that proves that justice in present day America is no different than what existed in Stalin’s Soviet show trials or Mao’s Cultural Revolution struggle sessions or the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolutionary Reign of Terror.  “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

So, this is a lesson that I learned over the course of the last four years.  Now the rest of America, even the most brain-dead will get a clear view of this on display.  I suppose the rest of the world will see it too.  And the myth of equal justice will be laid to rest.

But there’s a follow-on test we will observe.  What happens after this lesson is learned.  If the Left gets away with this and Americans just knuckle under to it, then we’ll also see another myth exposed.  That’s the one that says that Americans are proud of their freedom and won’t tolerate a tyrant.  That’s the one I’m waiting to find out about.  I can’t say I’m overly hopeful about this second one either.

In Your Lifetime

“This will be the most important election in your lifetime.”  How many times have you heard those words?  How many of the last elections have been described exactly that way?  Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt.  2020, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1976, 1972, 1968, 1964, 1960, 1956. 1952, 1948, 1944, 1940, 1936, 1932.  That’s twenty-three presidential elections and eighty-eight years of crises, wars, world war, depressions, riots, drafts, atom bombs, collapsing evil empires and cultural psychoses.  Forget the boy who cried wolf.  This is almost a century of crisis.

But heaven help me, I think I believe the expression is true this time, in a sense.  Now I don’t think Armageddon is upon us.  Nor do I believe that either Biden or Trump is going to change the world that much, either for the better or worse.  But I do believe that we have reached a point where Americans have gone beyond wondering if our elections are honest and basically will make up their minds based on the results of 2024.

Would you believe an election was honest if it reelected a frail, mentally struggling 82-year-old incumbent who has knowingly allowed millions of illegal aliens to flood the country, increased the cost of living to unaffordable levels for the working and middle classes and waged war on his political opponents through lawfare?  I’m going to say for most honest people the answer is no.

Effectively, this will undermine the legitimacy of the United States federal government in the minds of its citizens over a wide swath of the country.

THAT WOULD BE A VERY BID DEAL

We’ve never been in this territory before.  Well, not since the Civil War, anyway.  And I believe it will have a profound effect on the way Americans think about and interact with their government.  I see this as akin to how the Americans felt about the British government in the 1770s.  There will be an adversarial mindset and the federal government will react to this mindset in kind.  And that could lead to a spiral of actions and reactions.

Of course, trying to predict the future based on historical precedents is a fool’s errand.  But the attitudes are hardening and there is definitely a civil war vibe that has infected both sides over the last couple of years and there definitely is such a thing as self-fulfilling prophesies.  But let’s just say that if Biden is “re-elected” I think it will ignite a political movement to resist the malfeasance of the federal government, especially concerning illegal immigrants.

What happens if Trump wins?  Isn’t it funny how no one even talks about that?  Then he’ll really have a tiger by the tail.  He would have to start off his term by pardoning everybody on our side; himself, first of all and all of the January 6th defendants and as many of his people as have been hounded by the DOJ.

After that he’s going to have to try and make good on his promise to fire almost a quarter of the federal bureaucracy.  Hopefully he’s really done his homework and has a decent plan for such a monumental endeavor.  And then he has to try and revive the economy.  And then boot out tens of millions of illegal aliens.  And then he has to end the war in Ukraine.  And then he has to dismantle the green energy boondoggle.  And then, and then, and then, …

I don’t know about you but electing Trump president is starting to sound like the next round of presidential elder abuse.  The poor guy.  Well, maybe he can make DeSantis VP so he’ll have a kid around to do the heavy lifting.

And even if Trump gets is elected, I don’t think unity is going to be restored to the US.  In fact, based on the last time he came into office I expect the CIA to send a hit squad after him as he steps into the White House on Inauguration Day.

So, is this the most important election in my lifetime?  I’d say yes.  But let’s hope the next one isn’t.

 

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ArthurinCali Fisks Jamelle Bouie’s Diatribe Against Trump

Arthur has dissected the NYT leftist’s screed complaining that Trump is not being persecuted enough!

Good long form analysis of all the Left’s talking points against the man they love to hate.

https://arthurincali.substack.com/p/the-left-burns-down-every-institution

My favorite line:

“Keep in mind that you do not have to be a fan or even a supporter of Donald Trump to be able to see the different set of standards currently being deployed against him, and how that is a danger to the entire faith and allegiance to our political system and institutions.”

Nikki, We Hardly Knew Ye. And Even That Was Too Much.

Well, the obnoxious Nikki Haley finally, finally figured it out.  She’s been the patsy of the Never-Trump cavalcade of clowns like the Koch Brother (after all if there’s only one left is he still a brother?).  Now even she can see that if the only ones who vote for you are Never Trumpers and Democrats, the only places you can win are Vermont and Washington DC where there isn’t anyone else.

Don’t go away mad Nikki.  Just go away.

 

 

 

 

Nikki Haley and Joe Scarborough Agree on Trump

What would Nikki Haley and Joe Scarborough have in common?  Well, they’re both in a panic that Americans might re-elect Donald Trump President of the United States of America.  Here are their latest statements as headlines in today’s new reports:

Haley: Nominating Trump Means ‘Suicide for Our Country

Scarborough: “How Stupid Would You Have to Be” To Vote for Trump?”

Apparently, we would have to be so stupid that we would be willing to commit suicide by nominating Donald Trump for Republican candidate for President.

Well, thank our lucky stars that we have Nikki Haley and Joe Scarborough, two of the most extreme conservatives out there to alert us to our danger.  And that is a relief because suicide is bad.  Very bad.  After suicide there really isn’t much upside left.  Of course, I’m not exactly sure what it looks like when a nation of 273 million people commits suicide all at once.

That’s a lot of corpses.  And if we’re all dead who buries the bodies.  And it will have to be burial.  The cremation of 273 million people would be an awful lot of carbon dioxide released all at once.  The Canadians are even more strict than Biden about CO2 so if they’re going to be stuck disposing of their neighbors’ bodies, they’re not going to burn them.  So, I guess it’ll be burial.  Or maybe composting.  That’s kind of green.  Maybe they’ll do that.

Now I wonder if the suicide will occur immediately after the Republican Convention nominates him.  That’s on July 18th so I had better take my summer vacation before that.  And probably around the Fourth of July I’ll probably buy an expensive sports car and a diamond tennis bracelet for Camera Girl.  The first payment will come due in August.  Hah!

 

I guess I better start figuring out how I want to commit suicide.  I’ve never really given it enough thought.  It’s kind of complicated.  If I were Canadian (Canada again!) I could get some help from the government.  I hear they’re always willing to lend a helping hand when someone wants to off himself.

I read somewhere that if you drink too much water, like ten gallons or so, your electrolyte levels in your blood get too low and your heart will stop.  That sounds pretty painless but I’d have to spend my last hours on Earth in the bathroom urinating and that doesn’t sound very dignified.

Maybe pills.  Currently I know we have a lot of heartworm medicine for the dogs.  Could I do myself in with those?  Nah, I’d just end up dewormed.

Maybe I could get like ten COVID vaccine boosters all in one day.  That would probably kill anyone.  But I don’t like needles.

I have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts.”  Hopefully paper cuts count.  Over the course of my career around the office I must be in the high nine hundreds by now.  I’ll buy myself a ream of really sharp paper and begin playing around with it.  I’m bound to reach my goal in a day or two.  And as a man who spends a lot of his time writing down words, death by paper seems a fitting end.

I guess all that remains is for me to figure out my epitaph.  “He died with his boots on?”  “Stranger, go tell the Spartans?”  “Tippecanoe and Tyler too?”  “Haste makes waste?”  “Dammit, I’ll take the garbage out later?”  I don’t know.  Nothing grabs me.

You know this whole thing is more complicated than I thought.  I’m sorry Nikki, Joe.  I may have to put off this whole suicide thing for a while.  If it’s all the same with you maybe we can nominate Donald Trump and somehow keep breathing for a short while.  If you don’t mind.  But feel free yourselves to drop dead.  I don’t think anyone will really care that much.  I know I won’t.

Look, who does Nikki Haley think she’s kidding?  Regardless of whether Trump succeeds in fixing our government or not he’s the lone possibility of it.  Nikki Haley, at best would be Jeb Bush in a skirt.  At worst, she’d be the new Hillary Clinton putting the deplorables in their place.  Nope, I’ll take my chances with Trump.  At least he hates the same people I do.

What Do We Keep and What Let Go? – Part 3 – Gullibility

The first two installments were about things we must keep.  Let’s look at something that has to go. One word for it might be idealism.  For lack of a better term, I’ll call it gullibility.  It’s the willingness to give those in charge the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their intentions.  The recent COVID debacle is a prime example.  The various health agencies and the drug companies probably in concert with the intelligence agencies and the media came up with a plan to shut the country down during an election year and then force us to take a dangerous experimental drug all while shutting down dissent in the media and social media.

And half of the country adopted the plan like sheep and the other half were hounded out of their careers and demonized by the government.  And the truth about the disease and the “cure” were hidden for many months while the whole country went through chaos and economic and emotional turmoil.  And after all that no one was held accountable and nothing was acknowledged about the disastrous decisions that were made.

We can no longer give the people in charge the benefit of the doubt.  If they screw up, we have to assume that they are either stupid or criminal.  And in either case they must be held accountable.  At the very least we need to fire them.  So that means if Trump comes back to the White House what we must demand is that he fires every single idiot responsible for the COVID debacle.  And he needs to set up a special prosecutor to punish these people.  And the prosecutor needs to be in a jurisdiction where there won’t be a bunch of blue city jurors and the prosecutor can’t be a regime toady.

And Trump himself owes us an apology for being a gullible fool himself.  In fact, if he wasn’t the only hope for straightening out the mess we’re in, I’d say we should prosecute him for letting Fauci torture us during his term in office.  But I’ll cut him some slack.  But at the very least everyone in the US government who had anything to do with funding the Wuhan lab needs to be fired and prosecuted.

And a special prosecutor should employ unbiased scientists to review the data on the COVID virus and the vaccines and decide whether the drug companies and the FDA are complicit in the deaths of the people who were injured and died from the use of the vaccines.  I have no doubt that some people need to go to prison.

As another example, the George Floyd riots were at least tolerated and possibly abetted by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.  And several local and state governments, notably Minneapolis and Minnesota, allowed their citizens to be harassed and in some cases assaulted and killed while a mob stalked the country.  This also needs to be investigated and those responsible prosecuted.  At the very least, most of the upper echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department need to be cleared out.

After all, the FBI has been unrelenting and brutal in their persecution of the poor souls who dared to protest inside the Capitol building.  Harmless people have been imprisoned and some of them forced into suicide for a riot in which no one was armed and no one killed.  But the George Floyd riots burned down countless properties and even managed to murder a number of people.  And the FBI did nothing to stop it or punish those responsible.  Those in charge need to be fired and punished for unequal application of the law.

Finally, the horror show caused by the open border is a crime that must be investigated and punished.  If President Trump can be prosecuted for his part in January 6th, then undoubtedly Joe Biden can be punished for allowing our country to be invaded.  And the immigration laws must be changed to end the invasion.

In general, we need to hold our leaders and their agents accountable for their actions and inactions.  And to do this we have to give up our idealistic ideas about government.  We have to stop being so gullible and replace it with mental toughness.  The power these people have over our lives is immense.  It’s time we started holding them responsible for the immense damage they do.

Mittromneyplex

So, Mitch McConnell is a monstrosity.  This senile fossil of a crooked politician is a millstone around the necks of Senate Republicans.  His highest priority (so he said) is sending as many billions of dollars to Ukraine as is humanly possible.  Or even as is inhumanly possible.  Why that should be his highest priority, has absolutely nothing to do with American national defense or NATO or even geopolitical strategy.  It’s just naked greed.  Mitch McConnell gets his money from the defense contractors and the other vested interests that get their money from government contracts.  He’s so deep in the pocket of these people that nothing else matters at all but keeping them happy.

So regardless of how many millions of illegal aliens Joe Biden lets into the country or however else the administration punishes normal Americans, McConnell’s highest priority is sending money to Ukraine.  Therefore, if the House of Representatives is unwilling to give Biden that money then McConnell has no qualms about announcing publicly that the lack of a deal is Donald Trump’s fault because he’s afraid the deal will also solve the immigration problem.

Now the magnitude of stupidity necessary to believe that Joe Biden suddenly wants to close the border is so enormous that there isn’t even a number yet invented to cover it.  A googol is one with a hundred zeroes after it.  And a googolplex is ten raised to the googol power.  That is:

1010,000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000,​000,000,000

That’s a really big number.  But a googolplex worth of stupid pales into insignificance compared to how moronic you’d have to be to believe in such a thing.  And when you find out that the “border deal” hasn’t even been written down anywhere and just has to be approved sight unseen by the Republicans.  Well, what can I say?  The only thing stupider than that would be the mittromneyplex (10MITTROMNEY), a stupid so large that it would a tear a hole in the very fabric of space-time, the absolute black hole of stupid.

So far, the House Republicans have managed to resist being sucked into this monstrous farce of a sell-out.  I don’t know if Mike Johnson is doing the right thing or the MAGA wing is holding his feet to the fire.  But I think if we witness the Republicans refusing to give the Biden administration the Ukraine money altogether then we will have witnessed an actual Republican victory.  Because let’s face it.  Even if Joe Biden closed the southern border tighter than a drum that would just be a temporary cosmetic action.  He would be doing it during an election year when he knows his immigration policy is as popular as Ebola.  On November 6th the border would just open up again regardless of whether Joe or Trump wins.  And of course, Joe wouldn’t do anything to remove the millions upon millions of illegals he’s let in during the last three years.  It’s strictly cosmetic.  And you can bet that the “deal” will also include amnesty.  What a surprise!

But if the Republicans manage to withhold the Ukraine money, that foreign policy defeat will reverberate around the world.  The Ukrainians will be forced to negotiate with the Russians and the European Union will have to come to terms with the reality that Russia is a country that doesn’t bend the knee to Washington.  And once Russia doesn’t invade Poland, the EU may start rethinking exactly what their relationship is with Washington and Moscow and why.

Meanwhile, the Texans and the twenty-five red states that approve of what Texas is doing are breaking new ground on standing up to the malfeasance that Washington practices.  And if they’re brave enough to continue on this road, we may see that a hell of a lot of our problems with federal unconstitutional overreach may be at least partially fixable.  But either way, the days of buckling under when Mitch McConnell says mean things about you may be behind us for good.  Let’s hope that old fossil sinks into a tar pit as soon as possible.

I’ve Found the Leftist Pundit of the Week

PBS’s ‘Firing Line’ host Margaret Hoover does her best George Stephanopoulos impression trying to shame RINO Chris Sununu into saying he would vote for Biden over Trump.  To his credit Sununu wasn’t cowardly enough to let her force him into that.  She keeps pecking away at him to say that January 6th was such an abomination that Biden would be the only legitimate choice because of “our democracy.”

When she parrots the line about Trump weaponizing the Justice Department against his enemies Sununu amusingly mentions that some people say that the Democrats have already been doing just that.  You can see the frustration in her AWFL face.

So as much as Sununu is a typical New England Republican, meaning a libertarian Democrat, he has the basic political survival instincts not to completely betray his own party on air.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2024/01/20/chris_sununu_trump_is_gasoline_on_fire_but_i_would_vote_for_him_because_thats_how_bad_joe_biden_is.html

If even Chris Sununu has the sense to see that Donald Trump is popular enough to get enough votes to become president then the Democrats must be feeling the heat in this campaign environment.  I bet they force Joe Biden out.  Some people say he won’t be pushed.  But the FBI has all the evidence they could possibly need to expose the Biden Crime Family for what it is.  Biden is not a courageous man.  He’s a stooge.  He’ll do what he’s told.

Poor Margaret Hoover.  Even Chris Sununu has begun telling her that the Biden jig is up.