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Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Highlights of the News

ITEM 1The Daily Mail reported, "A Danish health chief has said the Covid-19 Omicron variant is bringing about the end of the pandemic, saying 'we will have our normal lives back in two months.'

"Speaking to Danish TV 2, Tyra Grove Krause - the chief epidemiologist at Denmark's State Serum Institute -- said a new study from the organization found that the risk of hospitalization from Omicron is half that seen with the Delta variant.

"This, she said, has given Danish authorities hope that the Covid-19 pandemic in Denmark could be over in two months."

I said that when this began because history shows a virus devolves into a cold virus.

ITEM 2: The Seattle Times reported, "Seattle ranks as the most medicated major metro area for mental health conditions, according to a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. It shows that more than 1 in 5 adults in the Seattle area have taken prescription medication to help with emotions, or with concentration, behavior or mental health, in the past four weeks. The survey was conducted from Dec. 1-13.

"The survey includes data for the 15 largest metro areas in the U.S. — Seattle just makes the cut at No. 15. Among these major metros, Seattle had the highest percentage of adults taking medications for their mental health, at 21% (or about 660,000 Seattle-area adults)."

At least the loony left is medicated for our protection.

Too bad they still vote.

ITEM 3: The New York Post reported, "An infant was found abandoned in a cardboard box in Alaska with a heartbreaking note from the desperate mother who said she could not afford to feed her baby.

"Alaska state troopers responded to a report of an abandoned baby found around 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, officials confirmed in a statement."

The baby was taken to the hospital and found to be healthy. The note said the baby was two months premature.

This is a story that is at once heart-breaking and spirit lifting depending on how you view it. The baby lives. Be gentle about the mother who chose birth over abortion.

ITEM 4: Powerline reported, "To say opinion is divided about Eric Zemmour, the right-wing candidate for president of France, is an understatement, and we have heard from a number of sensible observers of French politics that Zemmour might not be the best idea. Certainly the mainstream media is as panicked about him as they are about Trump. Some conservative critics say he a lightweight, a poser, the equivalent of Bill O’Reilly, and running chiefly to undermine Marine Le Pen."

Thomas Chatterton Williams of The Atlantic suggested Zemmour is anti-Muslim. 

Williams wrote, "What would they like to do to these people should they have their way in April? Back at home, catching the rest of the speech that we had missed, we heard the beginning of a not-so-subtle answer. Zemmour had named his new political party Reconquest, evoking the medieval expulsion of Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula."

Three thoughts.

1. Zemmour is a response to the Muslim invasion.

2. Bill O'Reilly toured with Trump recently and is to the right of Powerline.

3. People who get American politics wrong ought to stay out of French politics.

ITEM 5: The Daily Wire reported, "Schumer Vows Vote On Changing Senate Rules If GOP Continues To Block Efforts."

Democrats learned from Obamacare. They now realize that once they pass a program, Republicans won't repeal it. Weakness carries a huge penalty.

Breitbart reported, "Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has reportedly resumed negotiations with the White House on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda after essentially torpedoing it before the Christmas break."

Told you so.

ITEM 6: AP reported, "Ashli Babbitt a martyr? Her past tells a more complex story."

Nearly a year after Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Byrd shot and killed her, AP finally does a story on her -- to trash her.

She was an Air Force veteran.

If she were a drug dealer with a rap sheet who died of fentanyl, AP and the rest would have made her a hero.

ITEM 7: Neon Nettle reported, "Democrats Are ‘Maneuvering’ to Replace Pelosi, Washington Post Reveals. Far-left and more temperate Democrats are now vying to replace Pelosi."

Hopefully her successor won't back clap, make faces, and tear up the speech when the president addresses Congress.

ITEM 8: 538 reported, "25 states — most recently California, Michigan and Virginia — have now finished redrawing their congressional maps (not counting the six states with only one congressional district). And several other states are already deep into the process. For instance, 10 maps have already been proposed in Florida, and Georgia’s new map has already been drawn and is simply awaiting the governor’s signature.

"At this point, redistricting has created 6 more Democratic-leaning seats nationally, one fewer Republican-leaning seat and four fewer highly competitive seats. However, because many of those newly blue seats are already held by Democrats, it’s actually Republicans who have gained a handful of House seats through the redistricting process so far. Republicans have also converted light-red districts into safer seats in states like Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah."

No one knows.

It depends on how you measure red and blue. You cannot go by places that voted for Biden.

ITEM 9: Lad Bible reported, "Keanu Reeves Donated 70% Of His Matrix Salary To Leukemia Research."

The donation tops $30 million.

The story said, "In 1991, his younger sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer, which she battled for 10 years before entering remission.

"Keanu put his life on hold as he became her carer, which saw the Matrix sequels delayed and Keanu sell his house so he could move closer to her and look after her."

Be excellent to each other is not just a line from a movie to him.

ITEM 10: Life News reported, "A newborn boy was found in the trash bin of an airplane’s bathroom, leading to the arrest of his alleged mother, BBC News reported.

"Airport officers discovered the child while screening the Air Mauritius plane, which landed in Mauritius on Jan. 1, BBC News reported. They noticed blood-stained toilet paper during a routine customs check before finding the newborn, who was rushed to a public hospital to be treated.

"A 20-year-old woman from Madagascar is believed to have given birth to the baby during the flight, and she was later taken into custody, BBC News reported. The woman initially denied being the boy’s mother, but a medical examination reportedly confirmed that she had just gone through labor."

The report said both are healthy. One of them should spend some time in jail.

ITEM 11: The Floridian reported, "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has opened up a bit about First Lady Casey DeSantis's chemotherapy treatment and overall battle against breast cancer during a press conference at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Monday."

AOC declared he was missing and implied he was not in Florida during another wave of covid.

She said that in Miami, not her home district which faces another wave of covid.

Asked about it, DeSantis said, "Yeah, I guess I should've been at the beach in Delaware, right?  And they would've been really happy about that."

The real news is Casey is doing OK.

ITEM 12: The Daily Wire reported, "Air Force One Temporarily Stuck — With Biden On It — Waiting For Snow Plows To Clear Its Path."

Stranded.

The perfect metaphor for this presidency so far.

ITEM 13: The Blaze reported, "'She's 13. Stop this': Top Dallas newspaper ripped for 'utterly classless' story on Ted Cruz's teenage daughter."

The Dallas Morning News was once conservative.

Then it got woke. The end of newspapers cannot come soon enough. 

Mike Cernovich tweeted to the newspaper, "Why are you stalking a child’s TikTok-- auditioning for CNN?"

ITEM 14: Zero Hedge reported, "Iran Demands Trump Be Put On Trial For Soleimani Killing: 'Muslims Will Take Revenge.'"

What do you know?

Another country run by Democrats.

ITEM 15The Lincolnite reported, "A double-jabbed 37-year-old woman put in a coma after catching covid wants to thank staff at Lincoln County Hospital for saving her life, and is urging everyone to make sure they get vaccinated."

She's a respiratory nurse.

The vax did not save her.

Viagra did.

The story said, "After more than a month in hospital with covid pneumonia, including being in a coma and erectile dysfunction drug Viagra helping to save her life, Monica is now on the road to recovery."

Without Viagra, she'd be a stiff by now.

ITEM 16The Sun reported, "The Taliban has ordered clothes shop mannequins to be beheaded because they are idols as the brutes continue to wage war on women's freedoms."

The Biden Doctrine takes hold.

ITEM 17: Axios reported, "New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued subpoenas for two of former President Trump's children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, as part of a civil investigation, according to court documents filed Monday."

The harassment continues.

They won't comply.

FINALLY, American Wire reported, "Toddler receives letter from Windsor Castle after dressing up as the Queen with her corgis."

It was a cease and desist order!

Of course not. 

Charming.

She's barely taller than the dogs.

52 comments:

  1. To this DAY I still think about the political cartoon from the 90s, I think, where a bureaucrat is sitting with a young and troubled woman in an obviously baroque setting. The caption reads something to the effect of, “So, do you have any questions about the abortion procedure, Mrs. Beethoven?” That’s what your Alaska Woman piece brought to mind. You’re a Warrior For Life, Big D, and I thank you for it.

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    1. "2. Bill O'Reilly toured with Trump recently and is to the right of Powerline."

      Bill O'Reilly had a chance to inform the world of president "You didn't build that" criminal intent when he interviewed him on one of the largest stages in media. Minutes before a Super Bowl...and what was the takeaway that the world walked away with?

      "Not a smidgen..."

      That's all you need to know about 'Ted Baxter'
      H/T El Rushbo!

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  2. #2. I thought lead was the drug of choice for altering the minds in liberal hell holes. Those who self medicate seem to like THC, fentanyl, meth and crack. Sad to say that after an intervention they vote democrat forever.

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  3. Item 2: “Seattle ranks as the most medicated major metro area for mental health conditions” Seattle is home to Amazon, Starbucks, and Costco. Just sayin’.

    Item 3: “An infant was found abandoned in a cardboard box in Alaska” If the mother is found, she will face serious charges. In Florida, and I think most other states, a newborn can be surrendered anonymously at any police or fire station, with no repercussions. Some states also allow a mother to do that at a church.

    Item 13: “Iran Demands Trump Be Put On Trial For Soleimani Killing: 'Muslims Will Take Revenge.'” I wonder if Muslim Lives Matter thugs will take revenge by burning down their own neighborhoods. Nah, nobody would be that stupid.

    Item 15: “erectile dysfunction drug Viagra helping to save her life” A woman taking Viagra? That’s hard to beat.

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    1. As one link I saw said,"is there anything Viagra can't do?"

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    2. I stopped taking Viagra. I missed cuddling

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    3. Lol! There will be hell to pay if they try to scuttle Viagra!

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    4. I always thought a good commercial tagline would be "For a good time, see Alice!"

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    5. We we’re all shocked to find out about Grandpa’s addiction to Viagra, but nobody took it harder than Grandma!
      ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Item 1 - Soon we will see which politicians will “Follow the science” and which will “Cling to pandemic powers”. I suspect the former will be red and the latter, blue politicians…

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  5. Item 11 - It never gets old seeing DeSantis make fools of Democrats. Soon he will be doing that from the office of POTUS.

    Item 12 - I like the metaphor, but the perfect one feels more like the end of Thelma and Louise, with the only open question being whether any non Democrats are in that car going over the cliff.

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  6. The Daily Wire reported, "Air Force One Temporarily Stuck — With Biden On It — Waiting For Snow Plows To Clear Its Path."

    Stranded.

    The perfect metaphor for this presidency so far.

    Climate change is hell.

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  7. re: Your baby news. We can only pray for the best outcomes for these infants and their mothers. They have a chance at life, which is more than the other choice that wasn't made.

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  8. re: Item 1 -- If Omicron is the end, hopefully, of the pandemic there will not be a need for multiple boosters. But you all do you. I am against mandates. (I have said this multiple times.)

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    1. The “pandemic” as we know it is not a medical phenomenon, so no medical solution (natural immunity, herd immunity, vaccine, or treatment) can be stop it. It is a political phenomenon, so its end will come when the politics change. There is no “pandemic” in Florida because the Governor won’t allow pandemic-fueled population control.

      The end of the national “pandemic” will probably come when Senate investigations, headed by Rand Paul, start uncovering criminal activities by Fauci, Birx, Redmond, et.al. President FJB can issue all the executive orders he wants, but in 2023 and 2024 they’ll be neutered by Congress passing laws to rescind them.

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    2. God, I hope you are right. The pandemic has always been political for sure.

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    3. I received in the mail yesterday my letter from CMS (the Baltimore gang) reminding me to get the booster. After my Moderna 2-shot cure-all. So...they're staying right on top of me. *Sigh* I was hoping to wait for an Omicron security situation but...dunno...

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  9. "Leukemia Research. The donation tops $30 million."

    Nixon started the "War on Cancer" in 1971. Cancer won.
    Cancer is big business, and a racket.
    There are more than 1,200 accredited cancer centers in the U.S. They spent $173 million on television and magazine ads directed at the public. A 2014 study concluded that cancer centers “frequently promote cancer therapy with emotional appeals that evoke hope and fear while rarely providing information about risks, benefits, costs, or insurance availability.”
    A 2016 study found that cancer experts and the media often describe new treatments with terms such as “breakthrough,” “game changer,” “miracle,” “cure,” “home run,” “revolutionary,” “transformative,” “life saver,” “groundbreaking” and “marvel.”

    “No one is winning the war on cancer,” Azra Raza, an oncologist at Columbia, asserts in her 2019 book "The First Cell: And the Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last." Claims of progress are “mostly hype, the same rhetoric from the same self-important voices for the past half century.” Trials have yielded improved treatments for childhood cancers and specific cancers of the blood, bone-marrow and lymph systems, Raza notes. But these successes, which involve uncommon cancers, are exceptions among a “litany of failures.”
    -- quote Scientific American, "The Cancer Industry"

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    1. My mother and an aunt survived cancer and each lived 40 plus years after diagnosis and treatment. My best friend is on 15 years. None were the above mentioned cancers in the last paragraph. I know personally many other success stories.

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    2. My late wife survived Thyroid Cancer, some 35 years. The youth director at my church has had leukemia for going on two years. he's doing well. Never give up.

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    3. Unquestionably, great strides have been made. However, the salaries of CEOs of charities is obscene!

      CharityNavigator.org

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    4. hmmm...my wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996 and breast cancer in 2017 - aggressive treatment was the order of the day and I'm blessed to still have her around. Certainly there will be "excesses" in any situation such as this, but there is still no better time to be sick than 2021 IMHO...but hey, what do I know?

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    5. I just lost a buddy to pancreatic cancer ; treated at one of the cancer treatment centers in the Atlanta area . I am not sure if the treatment or the cancer killed him . He fought the good fight for five years .

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  10. re: Powerline blog and Eric Zemmour. I read that Powerline item with a big grain of salt. Based on what I know, Zemmour is making public discourse about immigration possible, particularly Muslim immigration and the lack of integration in those communities which are largely no-go zones. Zemmour is an Algerian Jew who believes in integrating into the host country. Nothing wrong with that. As we know, in many countries you simply cannot publicly discuss any problems/issues with immigration without being labelled as a racist. Most of these politicians simply did not discuss immigration with their voters and just went ahead with it, despite any ramifications. Nothing wrong with immigration, but legally and with integration is the right way to go about it. A country can only absorb so many people at a time before its fabric starts to change.

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    1. and so the question goes begging: is there anything wrong with wanting to maintain the "fabrique" of a society, so to speak? I remember Carter being lambasted back in the 70s for having the temerity to defend the "ethnic purity" of some urban neighborhoods...sacred bleu, we can't have that, can we? Oh well, Chinatown ain't Chinatown anymore...OTOH, as Jake Gittes was told: "forget it Jake, it's Chinatown"...more of a state of mind than a reality anymore, but hey, what do I know?

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    2. No there is nothing wrong with that. Newcomers are always welcome but the idea is to fit in with those who are already there. However, often neighborhoods do change, sometimes for the better and often for the worse. A fabric can be strengthened when new people bring new ideas but fit in culturally with the majority.

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    3. Living in a French-speaking enclave in North America has made me quite aware of this. You need to have a common language, that comes first. Then you need to try to fit in as much as you can with the culture. This is a challenge for some of the immigrants who come to Quebec. It takes time, sometimes a lot of time and it doesn't always work, and many French lessons and exposure to French Canadian culture. Many only want to speak English and quickly move to Toronto. You can survive in Montreal with only English, although I do not recommend it, but once you leave it can be a real challenge to communicate. You can also speak French but be culturally English, or even bi-cultural or tri-cultural. It is a really interesting mix here. It works reasonably well because the population is only 8 million and it is also government mandated to protect the survival of the French language here. It is enriching, for sure. But you need to fit in with the majority wherever you are.

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  11. 2 - from the outside looking on, Seattle appears to be under medicated.

    4 - the author is the Powerline piece is Steven Hayward. He was a featured writer in the National Review Never Trump issue. He never brings that up and hasn’t since PDJT became president. One other Powerline writer is massively anti Trump. The other two are solid conservatives.

    9 - much respect to Reeves. Never seen his movies. Maybe I will.

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    1. re: Powerline-- I find all of the authors uneven and often wrongheaded for so-called conservatives. Paul Mirengoff of Powerline is also another anti-Trumper.

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  12. https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/curfew-dog-walking-past-10-p-m-now-permitted-1.5726672

    Dog walkers officially got a reprieve from the Quebec curfew!

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  13. finally- My dear Wife was an Anglophile. She could channnel Hyacinth Bucke-er, Bouquet perfectly. she would've loved that little girl and her pups..

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  14. 1 - Methinks that while she is correct on the scientific merits, you'll now see lefties jumping on this for two reasons. The first is that all the covid stuff is now polling disastrously for the left, and so they want to get rid of the issue and bury it asap and hope everyone forgets about it... so that they can get back to things like banning plastic straws. The other is that the gentry class - which was being smug and arrogant about how they were avoiding the plague while the unwashed rubes were getting it - have now been getting covid, as the newer variants are (as expected) less virulent but more transmissible. It also seems like many/most of the "laptop class" now "getting the covid" are asymptomatic but testing positive. With that, they now want to drop the whole thing and move on to something else.

    16 - It's a weird story, but I don't see the connection between shop mannequins and "women's freedoms." The Sun should stick with "Page 3"...

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  15. Yes, now that the laptop class is getting it, the narrative is starting to change. However, they were perfectly satisfied working at home having working class people bring them stuff so that they could be safe. Ridiculous.

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  16. And I always saw the hypocrisy in this and it always angered me and still does.

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  17. 1: Believe it when you see it.

    The Deep State Dwarf & Co will ride this until the people rise up and force them to stop.

    4: Thomas Chatterton Williams of The Atlantic suggested Zemmour is anti-Muslim.

    So he can't be all bad.

    6: That they feel obliged to do this says the people don't believe it was an "insurrection".

    Fake News is doing a Full Court Rather over this which means they're losing control.

    8: How much do you trust Ned Silver?

    12: Leave him there.

    15: Droll.

    FINALLY: Too cute. I'm sure Her Majesty, great-grandmum that she is, had a chuckle. She seems like a pretty cool broad.

    PS You're turning into David Brinkley, at least during his Huntley days.

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  18. Item #4---It appears France has their "Never Zenmour" jackals too.

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  19. 15. With viagra, I'd be stiff now.

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  20. Mr. Surber, you wrote, "The end of newspapers cannot come soon enough."

    Could you get rid of all so-called news agencies, including AP, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC... who did I leave out?

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  21. Item 5 - "Democrats learned from Obamacare. They now realize that once they pass a program, Republicans won't repeal it."

    Of course they won't repeal it. It's their program, too.

    "Weakness carries a huge penalty."

    Only for the conservatives who voted for them.

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  22. Item 8 "it’s actually Republicans who have gained a handful of House seats through the redistricting process so far."

    They're licking their chops in anticipation of getting on the gravy train and selling their votes to the Democrats.

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  23. I see Kane now has your Rockford clip.
    Good job BTW.

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    1. GET TV kicked off The Rockford Files reruns this week. Don't miss it.

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  24. IRT Item 12, there was a mid-60s Chuck Conner’s weekly called ‘Branded’. If you remember the theme song, you’ll get a kick out of these lyrics:
    Stranded, on top of the toilet bowl.
    What do you do when you’re stranded, and you’re without a roll?

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