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Things that might get me banned for reporting: A study in Israel found that out of 7,700 new cases of COVID in the latest wave, 72 (less than 1%) were people who had the disease and got reinfected. About 3,000, or 40%, were people who had been vaccinated (it’s not clear which vaccine they got.)

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/309762

When you factor in that 835,792 Israelis have had COVID and recovered and nearly 5.1 million have been vaccinated, that means that vaccinated people were 6.72 times more likely to get infected than people with natural immunity.

Of course, this still means that only a little over three thousand out of nearly 6 million people who were either vaccinated or previously infected got it, so that’s still awfully low. But it doesn’t sound like a very solid argument for forcing people who’ve already had it to get vaccinated.

Friday, a federal judge ruled in favor of Texas and eight other red states in ending Obama’s DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.) It’s the program that prevents the deportations of illegal immigrants who were brought here as children. Currently, there are about 650,000 people enrolled, and while the judge didn’t remove protections from them, he said there can be no more applicants.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-daca-bombshell-judge-strikes-program-unconstitutional-suspends-applications/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=huckabee

The ruling stunned Democrats and their media handmaidens, but it shouldn’t have. I’ve been writing for years about why DACA is unconstitutional. Even Obama himself said he didn’t have the power to do it before he went ahead and did it anyway. Since then, it’s been treated as untouchable holy writ, despite the fact that it was plainly unconstitutional and even its creator said so.

While critics will wail about the cruelty and unfairness of the ruling, how you feel about the law is irrelevant. As Governor of Arkansas, I saw no point in sending people who had been brought here as children, raised as Americans and gone to school on the taxpayers’ dime to be deported to where they couldn’t even speak the language just as they were about to become productive taxpayers. But the judge was only doing his job of upholding the Constitution. He made it clear that if Congress wants to create DACA, then Congress has to do it. Creating immigration laws is their job, not the President's.

Ironically, they could have done so years ago. This article talks about how President Trump unsuccessfully tried to undo Obama’s unconstitutional version of DACA and was thwarted by courts with far less regard for the Constitution. He actually wanted to pass a legitimate form of DACA, but Democrats in Congress were so furious that they lost the 2016 election, they refused to work with Trump even on things they wanted, like DACA or infrastructure spending. Now, what they call “infrastructure” and Obama’s version of DACA are both in jeopardy because they childishly ignored the rules, demanded more than was reasonable and just wanted to attack.

Why am I reminded of this Aesop fable?...

http://read.gov/aesop/026.html

Secession

July 18, 2021

A new poll by Bright Line Watch and You Gov found that a shockingly large number of Americans would be okay with their state seceding from the United States to form a union with more like-minded states.

https://www.westernjournal.com/shock-poll-staggering-number-americans-want-say-ok-secession/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

It’s interesting how easily people flip-flop on the idea of secession. For instance, liberals want to tear down statues of Confederate soldiers because they were treasonous traitors for trying to secede. Then, when Trump was elected, some liberals seriously argued that California should secede. But when some conservative counties wanted to secede from California, secession became unthinkable again.

Of course, as the story notes, this wasn’t a carefully thought-out response (they didn’t phrase it as, “Would you like to have a civil war?”), but the answers are still disturbing for what they tell us about the fractious times in which we live.

Sadly, the left has done a very good job of attacking patriotism and undermining national unity, miseducating young people about America’s history and ideals, abusing government power and turning Americans against each other to advance their political goals. Social media has also had a cancerous effect on national unity and identity, allowing people to live inside bubbles of group-think where they never engage civilly with anyone who disagrees with them and hide behind the anonymity of screen names to threaten and demonize others.

This is why, more than ever, parents need to take back control of schools, so that young generations can again learn why America is such a great nation, and why truly oppressed people risk their lives to come here and wave American flags when they demonstrate for freedom.

That history should also include lessons about the most trying times, like Pearl Harbor and 9/11, when Americans put aside all their bickering and stood together because an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. Teach them that when the Twin Towers fell in New York City, Texans stood in line to donate blood, and nobody gave a thought to whether their red state blood might be saving a blue state resident. We were all Americans then. We still are. We just need to be reminded more often, without having to suffer a national tragedy to have it brought home to us.

For reasons that make no sense, Democrats are dead set against requiring a person to have a photo ID in order to vote. The “idea” of an “ID” is simple enough—you should vote, but your vote should be protected by making sure you are the person doing the voting. If someone votes your ballot, they are stealing it from you.

I’m fairly well known and most places I go, I’m recognized and called by my name before I even sign in at the front desk. This happens at the airport, at a doctor’s or dentist’s office, and at a bank when I wish to withdraw funds. Even so, without a photo ID, I couldn’t see a doctor, fly on a plane, or pay for groceries with a check. I couldn’t take out a loan, check into a hotel or rent a car, or pick up baseball tickets at the will-call window. In most cities I couldn’t even enter a large office building. So why the heartburn about having a photo ID to vote?

The argument that it’s racist to require the ID for voting is not just laughable—it’s insulting to people of color to assume they are somehow less capable than white people to function in our current world. Black or brown people are as smart as I am, and I know they too go to doctors, hospitals, hotels, office buildings, and fly on planes. To suggest that obtaining or using a photo is just too complicated for a black or brown person is outrageous and denigrating. Do Democrats really think so little of minorities? It’s not racist to ask ALL people, whatever color they are, to have a photo ID when they vote. It is 100% racist to insinuate that a minority person is too dumb or lacks the basic life skills to obtain or use a photo ID.

Vice President Kamala Harris insulted people in rural America this week by saying that a photo ID would be too much to ask of people in rural parts of the country, because if we had to make a photo copy (or as she said if we had to Xerox our ID or go to Kinkos), we wouldn’t have the ability to do that.

She needs to visit rural America more. She might be surprised to find out we have electricity, running water, paved roads, cable tv indoor plumbing, and yes, even connections to the INTERWEB! We even wear shoes and store-bought britches. Heck, a bunch of us have even been to an airport and flown on those big jet planes. And we even have toilet paper. If we run out, we have the NY Times, since the Sears catalog no longer gets printed. I’ll bet she doesn’t even know that we quit using horse drawn carriages years ago and drive big ol’ fancy cars like the folks in California. Now I admit, we ain’t all as fancy as the folks in CA where she comes from. We still sometimes use plastic straws, eat real ribeye steaks instead of tofu, and believe that church is more essential than a casino or topless bar. And if the VP wants to come down for a visit, we can show her that all our folk no matter what color—know how to get and use photo ID. And we also know how to get and use a cast iron skillet and this might really mess her up—we know how to get and use a rifle, shotgun, or pistol. Most of us would never think of using those things on people unless they are dumb enough to try and invade our homes or threaten our families. And then it’s not us that will need a photo ID. It’s the dumb son of a gun who tried to break into our house. He’ll need a photo ID so the authorities can notify the next of kin.