Why do so many people believe the official death toll from the coronavirus is unreliable? Maybe because it probably is unreliable…
MASK MANDATE BACKFIRES
Wait, so you mean that if you require everyone to wear a mask in public, some armed robbers will take advantage of that to rob stores? Please, nobody tell New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio about this. It might shatter his faith in the trustworthy nature of criminals.
One of America’s most popular and influential podcasters, Joe Rogan, is no conservative (he endorsed Bernie Sanders for President), but even he has had enough of the never-ending shutdowns in California (Los Angeles County officials now say they will almost certainly extend the stay-at-home order for another three months, by which time there might not be a business left in the entire county.) Inspired by an interview with fed-up Tesla founder Elon Musk, Rogan said he’s considering moving to Texas.
If he needs a little more incentive, how about the threat by L.A. officials to cut off water and power to any businesses they've decreed to be “non-essential” that refuse to close?
I’ll also add that the person making these dictatorial decrees, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer, pulls down over $553,000 a year (and hasn’t missed a penny during this shutdown.) But she’s worth that salary because, as RedState.com notes, she has a “Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.”
Notice anything missing? Like a medical degree?
It’s great to hear that more influential Californians are waking up and rebelling against their out-of-control leftist nanny state and longing for places like Texas that still respect freedom and individual rights and responsibilities. I’m also sure Rogan would get a warm welcome in Texas. But on behalf of the Lone Star State, I urge him to remember that if you vote for the same policies you’re fleeing, you’ll just ruin the place that took you in. Thinking that Bernie Sanders should be President is how you get disasters like Gov. Gavin Newsom and the people who don’t want L.A. to reopen until Labor Day, if then. Why not save the cost of a U-Haul by just voting to replace these people with the kind of leaders they have in Texas?
GREAT MOMENTS IN "GOTCHA" JOURNALISM
Great Moments in “Gotcha” Journalism: The Washington Post nailed President Trump for not being aware that his paternal grandfather died of the Spanish flu -- 28 years before Trump was born. I’m not sure offhand what my relatives died of over a century ago, but I do know what’s killing journalism right now.
Worth a Read: Peggy Noonan on the “class struggle over lockdown,” between the protected class lecturing us to stay in place indefinitely to be “safe,” and the working class who know there’s no such thing as “safe” and whose lives are a series of tough choices that the protected class has never had to deal with.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a similar argument to the very-much-protected hosts of “The View,” who can’t seem to grasp why those selfish people out there want to risk getting a virus by going to work to feed their families and save their businesses.
Excellent commentary by sci-fi/tech writer David L. Burkhead about the “false dilemma of Die or Die.” That is, that we have only two choices: go out and die of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus or stay home and die of poverty. He also addresses why sending people government money to stay home does not address the underlying problem, which is that people have to go out and work to create the goods and services that we spend the money on so that we do not die.
LAUGHING UNTIL IT HURTS
Laughing Until It Hurts: A round-up of headlines from the Christian satire site The Babylon Bee, mocking the endless coronavirus lockdowns and the leftist politicians exploiting them. Each one links to the full story behind it.
WEEKEND "JUST FOR FUN" STORY
Weekend “Just For Fun” Story: A Maryland dad who was depressed at being stuck in the house seemingly forever found a way to cheer up himself and his neighborhood by posting his “dad” jokes on his lawn, one groaner per day. FYI: a “dad joke” is a joke so corny, it’s somehow hilarious, and there are some good examples in this story. For the record: I’m a granddad, so my jokes are twice as corny, and therefore, twice as hilarious.
OPERATION WARP SPEED
Friday, President Trump announced the creation of a new public-private partnership, designed to develop and make available to everyone a vaccine for the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus by the end of the year or even sooner.
Appropriately named “Operation Warp Speed,” the goal is to develop a vaccine faster than any vaccine has ever been created, tested, cleared, and distributed before. The partnership involves the federal government, medical professionals, pharmaceutical giants, and the US military. Trump called it “a massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavor, unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project,” which developed the atomic bomb during World War II. It sounds like another reason why we're lucky we elected a business manager in 2016 instead of another machine politician.
There are more details at the link. I urge members of the media to read the details closely because I don’t want to see any fake news stories claiming that Trump said he wants to drop the atomic bomb on the virus.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE