A reminder to all the Californians and other out-of-staters who are talking about moving to Georgia temporarily, just so they can vote in the runoff and steal the two crucial Senate seats for the Democrats: it’s illegal. Claiming you’re becoming a resident of Georgia just to vote in an election when you’re only there temporarily is a felony punishable by a $100,000 fine and up to 10 years in state prison. So either way, you’d better be planning to stay a while in Georgia.
The web hosting site WordPress/Automaticc seems to be looking with envy at Facebook and Twitter. It just deplatformed the popular blog The Conservative Treehouse, ordering them to find another host.
When pressed for a reason, WordPress/Automaticc issued a vague statement saying that TCT had consistently violated their terms of service on prohibited ads and calls to violence. The site’s creators reply that in 10 years, they have never been told they were violating any terms of service and have never advocated violence. They say they will move to a new platform.
I would say that if I had a lot of money, this would be a great time to launch a new webhosting platform, social media site or women’s magazine that didn’t think of itself as a leftist propaganda organ first and a for-profit business second.
Along with cheap gas, standing up to China and peace in the Middle East, here’s something else you’ll never see again if Biden gets into the White House: wage growth.
A study by the Foundation for Economic Education found that despite the left’s claims of stagnant wages and the economy leaving the working class behind, wages soared under Trump. From 2002 to 2015, there was no growth in wages, adjusted for inflation. But between 2016 and 2019, real median income grew by nearly $6,000 to $68,703 a year. In 2018 alone, the median household income rose by $4400, more than in the previous 20 years combined. By comparison, “in 2016, real median household income was $62,898, just $257 above its level in 1999.”
The two major factors fueling this explosive wage growth were Trump’s deregulation push and the corporate tax cut, two things Biden has vowed to reverse immediately.
But I’m sure he won’t send any mean tweets, so it’ll be worth it, right?...
WAPO: ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
The editors of the Washington Post think it’s time to get rid of the Electoral College because too many people in non-urbanized states still have a say over who their leaders are going to be, and that should only be decided by people like the editors of WaPo and the swells they attend cocktail parties with. I paraphrase, but that’s the gist.
THE MEDIA WILL IGNORE THIS
News That Absolutely Nobody in Government or the Media Will Pay Attention To: Even as some officials are ordering new lockdowns and canceling Thanksgiving and Christmas, the New England Journal of Medicine published a joint study of the spread of COVID-19 by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Naval Medical Research Center. It involved 1,843 young, healthy Marine volunteers and took place on a Marine campus tightly controlled by the military.
The recruits were tested and put through a 14-day quarantine to insure they were not infected at the start. They were then put through rigorously-enforced prevention measures, including wearing double-cloth masks at all times except when sleeping and eating, washing their hands, maintaining 6 feet of distance, using bathrooms and dining facilities regularly sanitized with bleach, avoiding personal electronics and other items prone to surface virus transmission, taking classes and exercise outdoors, undergoing daily temperature checks and more. Their instructors were also restricted to campus and put under similar precautions.
Result: Despite all those precautions, after two weeks, there were 51 infections among the 1,843 recruits, a 2.8% infection rate. Interestingly, there were fewer infections among a control group that didn’t follow all the strict measures (26 out of 1554, or a 1.7% infection rate.) It’s speculated that overuse of masks in the first group increased infections because of recruits touching them more and viruses growing in masks that are worn too long.
The full report can be accessed via this link, but because it’s pretty dry science reading, I’m linking to a summary of it by historian and science blogger Robert Zimmerman.
Aside from providing scientific evidence that the virus, like all viruses, is going to spread no matter what we do, the study also notes that almost all the infected recruits were asymptomatic and wouldn’t have known they had it if they hadn’t been tested constantly. Again showing that the disease is not a death sentence for younger, healthy people, who are still being forced to follow all the economy-, job- and freedom-destroying mandates that this study suggests are pointless and might even make matters worse.
A PERFECT RESPONSE
The Rev. Franklin Graham had a perfect response to Jake Tapper’s claim that “Christmas is not gonna be possible this year” because of the coronavirus.
I don’t really expect a lot of people in the media these days to understand Christians or Christianity, but did they not at least learn as kids from the Grinch TV special that Christmas is not something that comes from a store, Christmas means a (whole lot) more?
CNN FOR SALE?
I mentioned recently the rumors about CNN possibly coming up for sale if they don’t have Donald Trump to badmouth 24/7. Here’s some more background on that possibility, including that their parent company has $150 billion in debt and needs to cut costs and unload losing businesses. My suggestion is that Trump buy it in a clearance sale and rename it “Trump TV.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be under the impression that the Democrats lost their majority in the House.
Unlike some conservatives, I’m not going to make fun of her. I’ll just congratulate her on her ability to see two years into the future.
A NEW "SQUAD"
We have far too many people in America today, and even in government, who have been miseducated into believing in socialism. Fortunately, we’ll have some new Republican House members in January forming their own “Squad” of immigrants and children of immigrants from socialist nations who know only too well how toxic it is.
One of them is Victoria Spartz, who grew up in Soviet-dominated Ukraine and who was just elected in Indiana’s 5th District. Here’s a great interview she gave Monday to Fox & Friends, expressing her concerns about the rising embrace of socialism in America by people who don’t understand what it really is and what it leads to. As she ominously put it, “I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore, for good reason.”
We could all use a non-political Huck’s Hero story right now, to give us some inspiration. So how about a big salute to Chris Nikic?
Born with Down syndrome, he had to undergo painful operations, and was once too weak to swim a single lap. But with determination and his dad helping train him to pursue his dreams, Chris just entered the Guinness Book of World Records. He’s the first person with Down syndrome ever to finish the Ironman Triathlon. He swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran just over 26 miles in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds. Learn more about this extraordinary young man at the link.