Bernie Sanders has been rightly criticized for his rose-colored glasses views of communist dictators such as Fidel Castro, which has forced him to claim rather unconvincingly that just because he’s a socialist, that doesn’t mean he endorses authoritarianism (FYI: there has never been and could never be actual socialism without authoritarianism, which follows socialism as inevitably as dusk follows the dawn. Just ask a Venezuelan. Or read this article by a Cuban-American, about what Cuba was like before Castro seized power, and what it was like afterward.)
If Bernie doesn’t want to impose authoritarianism, he has a pretty odd way of showing it. I’m not even talking about his campaign aides who’ve been caught on video chomping at the bit to build gulags to “reeducate” people who disagree with them. I mean all the revolutionary plans he has to remake America, some of which he plans to impose through executive orders. At a rally in California over the weekend, he came up with a new one: he’ll issue an executive order making marijuana legal in all 50 states and expunging the records of most people who have been arrested for it.
I notice in that pledge no concern at all for whether any particular state wants legalized marijuana or not, or for the fact that Congress makes laws, not the President. Some might call that “authoritarian.” But there’s no denying that making drugs legal nationwide would be good for Bernie, since I fervently believe you’d have to stoned out of your mind to vote for him.
Fake News Monday! There’s actually some good news on the fake news front today. A phony narrative pushed by the Democrats and the liberal media that President Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax” was so blatantly false, easily disprovable and reprehensibly misleading and dangerous to the public health that even Facebook has started flagging posts that repeat it. Imagine that: Facebook actually admitting that a fake story about Trump is fake!
For the record, what Trump actually called a hoax was the Democrat/media attempt to politicize the disease by falsely claiming that his Administration hasn’t been acting to prevent a pandemic. The fake story was repeated by many major media outlets and even by Mike Bloomberg in a “60 Minutes” interview last night.
Bloomberg also purchased three minutes of prime TV time Sunday to talk about the coronavirus and Trump’s handling of it, which backfired when many commenters noted that he came across as a billionaire using his money to exploit a health crisis by undermining confidence in public health authorities at a time when Americans need to be listening to them to prevent the spread of a deadly disease.
This would be a good place to toss in that, no, there have been no budget cuts to the CDC. Also, even the New York Times and the World Health Organization now admit that Trump’s quick action in blocking travel from China helped prevent or at least delay a potential widespread outbreak here.
And while I’m at it, here’s a positive assessment of the Administration’s handling of the coronavirus written by a biochemist. He also offers some good advice on avoiding contracting both the coronavirus and the brain disease of Trump Derangement Syndrome that’s currently running through the media like the 1918 Spanish flu.
Adam Schiff is outraged that President Trump’s attorneys “convinced two judges” to rule in his favor over Schiff’s demand that his White House counsel testify. Silly me, I thought that since Schiff had a law degree, he’d know that attorneys convincing judges to side with their clients is how all non-jury cases are decided.
This is Schiff’s entire tweet: “Trump’s lawyers convinced two judges of their unprecedented legal theory that courts CANNOT enforce congressional subpoenas. This was after they argued during the impeachment trial that the House was REQUIRED to enforce subpoenas in court. Such duplicity can't survive appeal.”
You tried to force Trump’s close staffers to testify without issuing subpoenas. Trump asserted his right as President to refuse, giving you the option of issuing subpoenas that would then go before a court to decide whether they were protected by executive privilege. You decided instead to impeach him for the made-up charge of “obstruction of Congress” because he invoked his long-established executive privilege rights. That was so ridiculous, even Mitt Romney wouldn’t buy it.
Such stupidity should not survive reelection.
“The Party of Diversity”: On Twitter, Karen Tumulty notes that the “most diverse Presidential field ever” has now been winnowed down to the top three contenders, all of them straight, white males between the ages of 77 and 78.
Many New Yorkers are quite angry upon discovering they can no longer have the things they buy in stores put into plastic bags, thanks to the new statewide ban on them. Might I remind them that their anger is aimed in the wrong direction. You’re the ones who voted for this. You can put it back in the garbage bag of history where it belongs.
Amazing Photos: Thanks to high winds and sub-freezing temperatures, some houses on the shore of Lake Erie in New York have been turned into incredible ice sculptures.
In case you missed “In Case You Missed It” this weekend, here it is on YouTube:
And here’s a link to the EmmyMadeInJapan series’ recipe for mustard ice cream:
That’s a delightful YouTube channel, and a charming way to escape the irritating news of the day. Search through the archives and you’ll find all sorts of incredible how-to’s, including a recipe for ketchup cake to go with your mustard ice cream.
“I’m Not A Doctor, But I Report Fake Medical News On TV” Dept: A couple of actual doctors are extremely put out with the media’s attempts to denigrate and second-guess the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Drew Pinsky has some words for those attacking Mike Pence’s handling of disease outbreaks as Governor of Indiana, and two of those words are “fake news”:
Also, the claim that President Trump had “muzzled” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, was branded as “fake news” by…Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci said, “I have never been muzzled ever and I’ve been doing this since the Administration of Ronald Reagan, I’m not being muzzled by this Administration...” He said he just put some TV interviews on hold while they reorganized the task force after Pence took over, but now, he’s reapplied for clearance to do them and been approved; “so I have not been muzzled at all, that was a real misrepresentation of what happened.”
My prayer for you all is that you never have a doctor who gets important things wrong as often as the Trump-hating news media do.