There’s an old saying: “When you find yourself in a hole, the first step is to stop digging.” Someone needs to tell that to Joe Biden.
Last week, Joe whacked a hornet’s nest by telling black radio host Charlamagne tha God that any black voters who couldn’t figure out whether to vote for him or Trump “ain't black." When the buzzing grew loud and scary, Joe sort-of apologized and claimed he was being a “wise guy.” But in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, he put a new twist on his excuse that’s making matters worse. He tried to put the blame for his bad answer on the host:
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with him. He was being a wise guy, and I responded in kind. I shouldn’t have done that. It was a mistake.”
Okay, let’s rewind the tape. Here’s what Mr. tha God said that evoked Biden’s foot-in-mouth response. Referring to black voters, he said: “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
Biden: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
I’ve examined both comments closely, and I can’t find any hints of “wise guy” in the first or any hints of wisdom in the second. Someone should take Joe’s shovel away before he keeps on digging and ends up in China again.
By the way, congratulations to CNN for managing to conduct an interview that was so mindlessly puffball that it actually united Fox News hosts and a liberal writer from Mediate in agreement about how embarrassing and stupid it was.
One of the most popular spurious claims on the left, and one that’s getting harder and harder to repeat with a straight face, is the howler that the Obama Administration never had a "hint of scandal." They mistake “the media refused to report on all the scandals" for “the scandals didn’t exist.”
Since Joe Biden has started pushing this as a campaign theme, the RNC decided to put together an ad to remind people of what really happened, in case they spent 2009-2016 in a coma or watching CNN (same thing.)
The Pew Research Center reported that coronavirus rates are declining in Democratic areas but they "remained relatively steady districts controlled by Republicans." Well, that’s SORT-OF true, depending on how you look at it. Now, for the whole truth, click the link to see the graph that they based that headline on. And brace yourselves. It’s so fiendishly misleading, it’s almost like a Penn & Teller magic trick.
HUCK'S HERO SALUTE
A belated Memorial Day Huck’s Hero salute to retired Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers. One of the most disturbing facts of modern life is the shocking number of military veterans who commit suicide. To call attention to this crisis, on Monday, Chambers put on his dress blues and stood at attention in the median of a busy intersection in Washington, DC. For 24 hours straight, he stood at his post, taking no food, water or bathroom breaks. He has been doing this on every Memorial Day since 2002.
He also has a heart-rending hourly ritual involving a salute in recognition of the estimated 22 veterans a day who take their own lives. I won’t tell you more because I want you to click the link and read the whole story. He does this to draw attention to this terrible problem, and I want you to give him your full attention. Also to read about an organization he started called Saluting Marine Cares that pays medical bills for veterans that aren’t covered by the VA. And why are there any of those?
While the New York Times and other liberal media outlets are ghoulishly marking the 100,000th US death from the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus and attempting to blame them on all President Trump (is he also responsible for all the deaths in other nations from the same worldwide pandemic unleashed by China?), questions are being raised about whether that number is remotely reliable.
There have already been criticisms that a number of deaths attributed to the virus were just people who happened to be carrying the virus, even if they died of something else and just picked up the virus when they were brought to the hospital. Some whistleblowers have also claimed that because of extra funding for those handling virus cases, there’s a financial incentive to label a death as being from COVID-19, even if it wasn’t, or if the victim had multiple co-morbidities such as old age, heart disease, diabetes or obesity. But this is definitely taking it too far.
QUESTION THE NUMBERS
A study by the Freedom Foundation of the official COVID-19 death toll from the Washington State Department of Health found that 82% of deaths “list some variation of ‘COVID-19’ in one of the causes of death” on the death certificate; 5% of the death certificates do not list COVID-19 as a cause of death, but as a “significant condition contributing to death;” and 13% involve persons who “had previously tested positive for COVID-19 but did not have the virus listed anywhere on their death certificate as either causing or contributing to death.”
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee assailed the report as “dangerous,” “disgusting” and “malarkey” (man, Democrats love that word!) He also accused the Freedom Foundation of “fanning these conspiracy claims from the planet Pluto” and not caring about lives lost to the virus, even though the numbers came straight from his own Health Department.
And a spokeswoman for the DOH (or “D’oh!” as Homer Simpson would appropriately say) admitted that five people on the virus death list appear to have actually died from gunshot wounds. Oh, well, liberals blame of all those on Trump, too.
On the subject of malarkey that endangers public health, here’s another study showing that because of all the endless lockdowns and canceling of “non-essential” non-coronavirus medical procedures ordered by liberal Governors such as Inslee, nearly half of Americans have delayed getting needed medical care. This has resulted in serious outcomes, such as suffering strokes or heart attacks at home.
Maybe people should claim they’re having a heart attack because of the coronavirus, and then they’d actually be able to get into a hospital.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
There are many Americans who don’t have direct deposit bank accounts and still haven’t received their stimulus payments to cope with the pandemic. Those are being mailed out in the form of pre-loaded debit cards. At the link is some information on what to look for in the mail and how to use them.
First and most important point: when you see a plain envelope that appears to contain a plastic debit card, DO NOT throw it away thinking it’s a come-on to get you to sign up for a credit card. It might be, but it might also be your $1200-a-person stimulus payment.
House Democrats were all set to vote on reauthorizing the use of advanced surveillance tools under the FISA court system, but they adjourned last night without voting after President Trump threatened to veto it. He tweeted, "Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!"
Trump also urged Republicans to vote no "until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!”
Supporters of the FISA system argue that it’s needed to give intelligence agencies the tools they need to secretly intercept threats such as terrorist plots. However, as we’re learning more every day, when the people in charge don’t follow the rules, it can quickly become an unconstitutional, Soviet-style “secret court” system targeting US citizens without them even knowing it. We were assured that safeguards had been built in to prevent that, but they’re only as secure as the people entrusted to follow them – people like Peter Strzok, need I say more? I’m reminded of Benjamin Franklin’s comment on due process rights, that it’s better that 100 guilty men should escape than that one innocent man should suffer.
My “Huck’s Profiles in Cluelessness Award” goes to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who declared that we need to extend the FISA system because “if we don't have a bill, our civil liberties are less protected." Tell it to Michael Flynn! Come up with a bill that protects our civil liberties from the people running the FISA courts and then we’ll talk.
PS - Big props to Newsmax for picking the perfect photo to illustrate the story of Trump’s veto threat stopping this bill. I’ll bet when Nancy Pelosi pulled this little stunt for the cameras, she never imagined it being used to illustrate her own loss to Trump.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE