NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. Here is a roundup of some of the events and speeches commemorating it…
And here’s video of yesterday's full National Day of Prayer Service at the White House, hosted by President Trump and the First Lady.
Reminder: Sunday is Mother’s Day, and in many states, florists are finally reopening just in time, so you have no excuse.
It’s easy to lose track of the days when you’re locked down for weeks and the news is all coronavirus all the time, but we must not overlook that today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. That was the date in 1945 when Germany formally surrendered to Allied Forces, ending World War II in Europe.
For those who think we’re currently living through the worst times ever, there is an excellent reminder of the terrible toll that war took in Europe and what VE Day meant to those who lived through it. Appropriately enough, it’s at the Victory Girls blog.
DALLAS HAIR SALON UPDATE
Update: Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther was released from jail Thursday, on order of the state Supreme Court. Gov. Greg Abbott also modified his shutdown executive order, retroactive to April 2nd, to decree that jail time cannot be imposed for violating it. Abbott said, "Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen.”
Luther was sentenced to jail by Democratic Judge Eric Moye when she refused to apologize and admit she was being “selfish” for reopening her business to make money to feed her kids and to keep her stylists employed (she was taking extreme safety precautions in the salon.) Not since the arrest of newspaper printer John Peter Zenger in 1734 has the jailing of an American citizen on spurious grounds come so close to setting off an American Revolution. After her release, Luther spoke to Fox News about her ordeal:
That rebellion against overbearing authorities is even spreading to the law enforcement officers in the bluest of states…
The fierce backlash is causing some of the overreach to be reeled back and explained away as poor communications, like the claim that officials in Ventura County, California, were going to go door-to-door and forcibly remove COVID-19 positive people to government quarantine centers. No, no, no, perish the thought!...
Of course, there are still plenty of examples of abuses of power and pointless extensions of incredibly destructive lockdowns for no demonstrable disease-fighting purpose. But at least some states are finally getting the message that Americans are fed up, they’ve learned how to be careful (wearing masks, social distancing, etc.) and they’re ready for Big Mother Government to stop blocking the door and let them get back to work before they get evicted from the houses they’ve not allowed to leave
Here is a list of all the states and where they stand on reopening for business.
Also, the NFL released its planned 2020 schedule, with the first game of the season now set for September 10th, with the Chiefs hosting the Texans. Will there be anyone in the stands? If not, should we blame the virus or Colin Kaepernick?
"NO GOOD DEED GOES UNTAXED" DEPT:
For all of those swooning over what a marvelous job New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done in dealing with the coronavirus, I have two points:
1. Do some more research.
2. Note that he’s actually trying to blackmail the federal government into bailing out New York by taxing volunteers who came from other states to help New Yorkers with the coronavirus. Under state law, if you work in New York for more than 14 days, you have to pay state income tax on what you earned during that period. Cuomo is demanding that people who volunteered their time and risked their lives pay New York taxes on any money they earned (even if they were paid back in their home states.) Yes, that includes the volunteers of the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, who have already been “thanked” for setting up a free hospital by being slandered and told to go home by the New York City Council Speaker. Even worse than the tax bill is all the compliance with the layers of blue-state tax paperwork. Talk about biting the hand that heals you!
When asked about waiving the tax, Cuomo refused, saying, “So there’s a lot of good things I would like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services. We are in dire financial need.”
I would point out that New York didn’t have to pay for some essential services, like that Samaritan's Purse hospital, because the volunteers they’re trying to punish provided it for free. If New York is going to tax them for working there for free, maybe they should send New York a bill for the work they did for the state and tell them to withhold the taxes from that.
For the record, New York has already received a vast amount of federal aid and is eligible for more, but Republicans in DC don’t want to bail out blue states for longstanding debts that are the result of bad policies unrelated to the coronavirus. Also, I’d like to call your attention to the way Cuomo described not taxing money away from volunteer workers as him “spending money.” Why, it’s almost as if liberals believe that all the money belongs to them, and if they’re feeling generous, they might let you keep a little of your own paycheck.
In fact, it’s always been exactly like that everywhere, but this may be the most outrageous example of it so far.
HATE SPEECH IN SAN ANTONIO
The City Council of San Antonio, one of several big-city pockets of wacky liberalism in the great state of Texas, passed a resolution declaring the phrase “Chinese virus” to be a “hate speech” term. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz quite rightly blasted the resolution as “nuts,” which they probably also consider to be a hate speech term.
Around here, we refer to it as the COVID-19 (Chinese) virus, because that gives the delicate sensibility crowd the meaningless technical term they like, while also identifying exactly where it came from (China), just as the terms Ebola and German measles tells us where those diseases originated. Claiming that “Chinese virus” is hate speech is like claiming that “Mexican food” is hate speech. It just tells you where it came from. I would have used the example of “Chinese food,” but the Chinese food we know is nothing like what they actually eat in China, and bringing up that subject might make the San Antonio City Council fall on their fainting couches.
AND THE BACKLASH CONTINUES
A federal judge in Boston slapped down Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order closing gun stores as part of the “non-essential” businesses locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The judge said there was no justification for it, and when you’re dealing with an issue of Constitutional rights, “some degree of clarity that tells us that it’s necessary is perhaps a foundational requirement.”
And now we know that “We can use this crisis to advance the agenda we were already pushing,” doesn’t even pass muster with a federal judge in Boston.
Joe Biden and his supporters are sending more mixed messages this week than a drunken telegraph operator.
The friendly media tried to ignore former staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation, but when that became impossible, they did exactly what the MeToo movement that they claim to support opposes: they questioned the accuser’s character and motives. Biden and his liberal female supporters, who claimed we should believe all women when Brett Kavanaugh was accused, suddenly rediscovered the importance of due process and the presumption of innocence when their guy was accused. Elizabeth Warren, who demanded tons of records on Kavanaugh, saw no reason to release Biden’s records. And Hillary Clinton chose that moment to endorse Biden, surely an epic moment in bad optics.
They then tried to finesse it, by saying that yes, we should listen to the woman, but only give credence if her story was supported, implying Reade’s wasn’t. But then, several women, all Democrats, admitted that Reade told them about it at the time (they’re still voting for Biden, though), a Larry King episode from the ‘90s resurfaced in which Reade’s late mother seemed to confirm her claim, and now, there’s more evidence, in the form of court records, that she at least told the story to her former husband back then.
Now, a few more twists: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released new guidelines, reversing the campus kangaroo courts that Biden championed under Obama, the ones that stripped students who were accused of sexual assault or harassment of most of their due process rights, such as the right to see the evidence or question their accusers.
No sooner were the new federal guidelines released than “progressives” savaged them and Biden declared, “It’s wrong,” and that one of the first things he would do as President is reverse them, thereby stripping college students of the exact same due process rights that he and his supporters had just claimed for himself only days before. The old “One set of rules for me, another for thee” philosophy that so embodies today’s left.
I know a lot of people are concerned about Biden’s mental health, but I hope that any checkups he undergoes also include tests for chronic tonedeafness. His supporters might want to take that one, too.
Bonus: Best Meme of the Day:
MURDER HORNETS FROM ASIA, BUT OF COURSE...
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, the media are trying to convince us that we’re under attack by “Asian Murder Hornets,” which surprisingly is neither a motorcycle gang nor a rock band (but I bet it will soon be both.) They’re actually large hornets with a really scary name. But here’s something to ease your anxiety, unless you’re a beekeeper.
Oh, I should probably warn you that the bug experts in the article say that if there’s a real “murder insect” out there, it’s mosquitoes, but people don’t think twice about them. Well, just wait until the media start calling them “Murder Mosquitoes” and blaming them on Trump.