Forbes reports:

In updated guidance posted on its website over the weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged an inability to accurately determine if individuals had been infected with Covid-19 via antibody tests; if the test is used in a population where prevalence is low, it’s possible that “less than half of those testing positive will truly have antibodies.”

So… The error rate on the reported infection rates is staggeringly high. Even if The test shows that you have the virus, you probably don’t.

Eric Florack on July 12th, 2020

What do you suppose the chances are that the reason the Democrats are not planning on doing much for a convention has less to do with covid-19 and a good deal more to do with Chicago, 1968?

After after all, how do you convince rioters and potential voters that somebody who has never held office in his lifetime until four years ago has never had the power of government in his hands is more of a historical impediment to change then somebody who has held office and had the power of government of his hands for the last 40 years?

Do you suppose eventually somebody’s going to figure that one out then start burning the convention center to the ground? I’ll bet that’s what’s driving this decision of theirs.,

davidl on July 12th, 2020

I admit that the term racism is easy to use but hard to define.  Yet I try.  Racism is the belief that different racial demographics may well be different, from City Journal via Right Scoop:

Last month, the City of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights sent an email inviting “white City employees” to attend a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” a program designed to help white workers examine their “complicity in the system of white supremacy” and “interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color.” Hoping to learn more, I submitted a public records request for all documentation related to the training. The results are disturbing.

At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,” “perfectionism,” “intellectualization,” and “objectivity” are all vestiges of this internalized racial oppression and must be abandoned in favor of social-justice principles. In conceptual terms, the city frames the discussion around the idea that black Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “blackness” and white Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “whiteness”—that is, the new metaphysics of good and evil.

Unpacking this POS.  The dipsticks the City Seattle hired for this indoctrination seems not to have read their own memos.

On racism. the City of Seattle dips seem to hold that only whites need anti-racism training, and any difference between white population, and people of color must be a white problem.

On diversity, the theory holds that the more variation in a population the better.  Therefore more individualism would mean more diversity.  Yet the dips hold that whites have a problem, which needs to cured, of being too individualist.

Further, this same dips assert that objectivity is a property of whites which must be totally abandoned.  So what objective evidence can this dips present that objectivity must be totally abandoned?  By definition, it is none. After all, objectivity is an anecdote to indoctrination, and indoctrination and not education is the goal.

Eric Florack on July 11th, 2020

Back in 2004, I said this;

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -: A fight broke out near the stage at the Vibe awards ceremony as rapper Snoop Dogg and producer Quincy Jones were preparing to honor Dr. Dre., and one person was stabbed, authorities and witnesses said.”

Can anyone come up with big name Jazz acts having this kind of reputation? Bigtime Rock acts? When’s the last time we heard of a knife fight at the Philharmonic? I don’t recall anything like this at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in all the years that’s been running, do you? I’ve been unable to find records of anything of the like happening down at the theatre district in Branson, MO. I haven’t seen anything like this on the Gospel Music circuits, or the Modern Christian music circles, either.

Ya know, at some point, someone’s going to figure out that there’s a rather well-established pattern, here. And no, this is not a ‘racial profiling’ thing. This is a ‘rap profile’ thing, and it’s getting as predictable as the outcome of tossing a can of gasoline on a campfire.

Prevention of this nonsense permeating our society is not something that requires government intervention.

It doesn’t even require ‘black leaders’ to mouth their nonsense. What it WILL require is individuals to walk away from the rap scene as self-destructive.

And I wonder if those still following these thugs, have the smarts to walk away like that.

Sadly, I tend to doubt it.

And it’s even money I’ll get called a racist for saying this.

And I was, too. Indeed, I still get hate mail over it. The old axiom applies here that the teller of Truth has no friends.

But you know what? So be it. I stand by what I said then.

More, I submit that what I wrote back then, is precisely pertinent to what we see going on around us today. So hold onto your safety bars kids, here we go…

I’ve written extensively on the records of the individuals that the left and the supposed black community keep trying to lionize, and the reason that I’ve done so is because their criminal records both individually and collectively are, in fact, extensive.

That said, this is not a race thing. For every George Floyd, for every Trayvon Martin, etc etc I can give you a Candace Owens, a Walter Williams, a Clarence Thomas, a Thomas Sowell, a Ben Carson, a Shelby Steele, a David Webb, a David Dorn. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

What’s the difference between them? Why is this latter group successful in our society, and in our unhyphenated American culture? Because they actually decided to join it. They decided to reach up to the sky and not down into the gutter.

What do I consider to be down in the gutter? I suppose we could start with the criminal records I mentioned earlier.

Or if you like we can go back to the 2004 NBA All-Star game which I wrote about at the time. Or we could go to any one of a number of cities work gangs of thugs, burning, pillaging, destroying, killing. To come up with those I don’t need to do any further research then to look around at the reports coming in from any major city. Not from the mainstream media mind you, but from the people that actually live there.

What do you say to the black store owners who have lost their business because of these thugs? What do you say to the family of the store owner in Dallas who was killed by these thugs while trying to defend the shop that he poured his life into? How are their rights being defended? How does this advance their lives if black lives really matter?

Now, before you get tuned up, take a good long look at the list of names that I said have been successful. If systemic racism was still an issue in this country, the fact of the matter is these wouldn’t have been successful, either.

Then again…If black lives really mattered, they’d be tearing down crack houses and Planned Parenthood clinics. Not statues.

And by the way, the same thing goes with immigration. It’s cultural not racial.

With the help of the misguided policies of the Democrat party we have begun to see for once and all that bringing large numbers of people into the country who are not going to adopt and adapt to the unique American culture is probably not all that good an idea.

Minnesota seems a good place to start that examination.

Those who adopt the mainstream American culture, regardless whether they are american-born minority, or an immigrant ostensibly trying to improve their lives, have a tendency to do a great deal better financially, socially, and so on, to the precise degree that the individual adopts the mainstream American culture.

Therefore, attacking the lack of cultural assimilation is not racist by nature but cultural and can only be considered self preservationist.

Witness… There’s a lot of white kids these days growing up in the cities identifying with “black” street culture. They too, in all too large a number, are less successful than

folks who avoid that association.

Again I say, it comes down to this… The vast majority of what gets passed off as racial matters actually are cultural in nature.

But as I say in the title of this piece, nothing has changed get all these years.

Why?

Simply put is there is a political party in this country that seems to feel that it’s in their best interest to placate those who refused to adopt the mainstream American culture. when we see people like prince Andrew Cuomo telling us that America was never that great, do you suppose they’re talking about the culture?

The result is what we see going on around us.

davidl on July 10th, 2020

On his CNN program, host Don Lemon so boldly asserted,  from CNSNews:

“Jesus Christ, admittedly, was not perfect”

Granted, it is Mr. Lemon’s opinion, such as it is, and he is entitled to it. However, who, aside from a Mrs. Pelosi class pseudo-Catholic, did Mr. Lemon intend to convince? If you are not a Christian was Jesus just one of billions people who have lived and died. If you are a Christian you know and accept Christ.

Eric Florack on July 10th, 2020

Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way. -General George s Patton

. ”No guts, no glory.” –Major Gen. Frederick C. Blesse

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
-Joseph Campbell

I felt marginalized by his tweets. -Lieutenant Colonel Alex Vindman

Eric Florack on July 8th, 2020

I’ve done Surber I will only say this:

This is precisely the kind of article I had in mind when I told him that we needed him online.

Go and read it

Eric Florack on July 7th, 2020

So, from Lifesite this morning..

“An ongoing inquiry by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into grantees’ failures to disclose foreign ties has resulted in the firings and resignations of 54 scientists,” according to The Epoch Times. “The NIH investigation has investigated 189 scientists for undisclosed foreign ties, with 93 percent of the hidden funding coming from China.

Some 77 grantees have been removed from the NIH system as a result of the probe”

Gee, do you suppose this has anything to do with the recommendations for lockdowns in the US, thereby crippling the United States economy and creating unrest here in the ‘States?

Who do you suppose would benefit from such a thing?

Eric Florack on July 3rd, 2020

Recently we saw our reports that the Seattle Mayor started screaming bloody murder when protesters showed up at her front door doing what protesters these days do. Actually, let’s not call them protesters, let’s call that rioters. That after all is what they are.

It seemed that the mayor objected to her personal kingdom was being invaded… she didn’t like “the movement” anymore.

(By the way, the word “kingdom” is not idly chosen. You figure the implications out.)

So now, we see the father of somebody that was killed in the kingdom of Chop.

He says words to the effect that “I understand black lives matter Etc, but this is my son we’re talking about.”

So what’s he saying? Tearing down statues and ripping up people’s property and causing General mayhem and social disorder, other people dying, other people losing their homes, other people losing their jobs, and businesses they’ve worked their entire lives for… that’s all fine and well with him as long as his kid gets left alone?

And the mayor? She’s all well and good with it so long as her stuff gets left alone, her keep is ignored. Cross that line and suddenly she’s got a problem.

Notice the pattern that’s developing here?

In each case, the perception of the validity of the rules and of fairness, change once the subject of the discussion has skin in the game. It becomes a personal matter.

The problem of course is the lack of perception that Adam Smith alluded to in his great works. It’s always a personal matter. That the body politic is best served when everyone has skin in the game and is working for their own interest. Because as the mayor and the father of the slain are both demonstrating for us so vividly, is the individual will always work for his own interest and rules be damned when it comes down to it.

The mayor, of course having government power already in her hands, has the option to do that. The father in that hannity interview has no such opportunity and yet he’s screaming for the same thing that she was.

And what voice do the people in those riots zones have? they can either quietly pick up the pieces, or they can simply leave town. Does anyone not understand that’s how ghettos are created?

Oh and there’s one other commonality… The political and social position that both of them were pushing, BLM, antifa, Etc.,is the direct cause of what they’re complaining about. And the odd part is, neither one of them sees that.

davidl on June 30th, 2020


The Snark of the Day, by Kayleigh McEnany

“I really think it’s time for the New York Times to step back and ask themselves why they’ve been wrong, so wrong, so often.”

Hat tip: Katie Pavlich, Townhall.

Eric Florack on June 29th, 2020

From Manassas Virginia we see:

Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Manassas Saturday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement officers.
Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Manassas Saturday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement officers.

A couple of notes here…

All of the buildings police cars and statues in the neighborhood survived this event.

Personally I’m waiting for the Democrat Party politicians who encouraged rioters to “express themselves* while ignoring covid-19 restrictions, to complain about these people not obeying those restrictions.

davidl on June 28th, 2020

The below video could be taken for a British House of Commons debate, or just what passes for civilized political debate in today’s political environment.  Except that these demonstrators were seniors, and as general rule humans mellow a bit as they age.  Without further ado, political protest in the Villages in Florida, Seniors Division, video:(not safe for work)

Unlike British MPs, the language is a bit rough around the edges.  However, unlike CHOP/CHAZ, BLM and Antifa, no roads were blocked, no private property damaged, and no stores were looted.  No lives were taken and no rapes were reported.

On the other foot, one apparent supporter of President Donny did yell loud and clear “white power.”  The verbal outburst did not threaten anybody, as opposed to the hypocritical battle cry of black lives matter.  The is black lives matter provided the person has survived birth and is killed by a white person, especially a cop.  Anybody who claims to believe that black lives matter, start doing something about it.

davidl on June 27th, 2020

Joseph Biden, a/k/a Slow Joe crawled out his Delaware basement.

from Biz Pac Review:

Joe Biden made a rare appearance outside his basement on Thursday, appearing at a campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Emerging from his coronavirus-inspired bunker, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee was greeted by a welcoming committee.

…of fervid Trump supporters.

There was even a Trump-Pence 18-wheeler.

I am unable to either confirm nor deny the identity of the truck driver?

Eric Florack on June 26th, 2020

Can somebody point out to me where in the Constitution it says that my constitutionally guaranteed rights are suspended and government has dictatorial powers over my daily activities if there’s a virus?

davidl on June 26th, 2020

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell maybe right in playing his White Guilt Card to largely white fan base. After all rich liberals can afford to grovel for Social Justice Warrior vanity points. NASCAR President Steve Phelps thinks that taking a Goodell, a knee for the cause, is a winning play. I doubt it.

While I am not a racing fan, a motor racing fan or NASCAR fan, I do share a fondness for what is uniquely American. In it history, fanbase and on field personnel, NASCAR is the uniquely American sport, from American Spectator:

NASCAR comes from a quintessentially American, and delightfully Jacksonian American, tradition; the cars, which ultimately made their way onto the first stock-car racing tracks had been customized, if not actually built, for a specific purpose — namely, to outrun the law enforcement vehicles that routinely chased bootleggers up and down the hollers of Appalachia during Prohibition. NASCAR comes from a decidedly blue-collar, hillbilly tradition, which other American sports leagues don’t claim. There were no Ivy League colleges specializing in racing cars up and down the highways of the East Coast to mirror the creation of football, basketball, and baseball; this sport was built on an American ideal that holds that what the hifalutin’ New York set has to say about a certain something matters not a bit unless it’s to set the standard for disagreement, and standing up to The Man is to be held as a show of common-man virtue.

Confederate flags at NASCAR events are, or have usually been, de rigeur. That some degree of racism fell along with that was not the point; it was that the NASCAR demographic was perhaps the most pro-America of all sports leagues, and also perhaps the most pro-law enforcement, it was also the most fervently invested in the old-fashioned American ideals — individualistic, self-reliant, courageous, masculine, and an interesting mix of traditionalist and iconoclastic.

For his part, Bubba Wallace is well on his way to exceeding Danica Patrick’s career NASCAR futility record, if he can but stay sponsored.  As for Richard Petty Motorsports, it look the Hall of Fame driver has hit his Peter Principle level.  Did Petty sign Wallace because he could not coax Patrick out of retirement?