Eric Florack on April 6th, 2020

According to press reports, they’ve been something on the order of 2.4 million legal gun sales in the month of March. That is an absolute record in gun sales. And yet, there have been no mass shootings. The results are surprising, certainly, but you won’t see the news media talking much about this, if at all.

Additionally, in response to the covid-19 problem, the federal government has opted to temporarily suspend rules and regulations regards truckers and the hours they can drive and required rest breaks and so on. According to the reports I’m seeing, there is a goodly number of them that are going absolutely hate on this stuff. They’re getting the job done keeping the shelves full moving food from point A to point B.

And yet, in this case as well, the results are surprising, and the news media isn’t talking about this one much , either… There has been no spikes in the number of traffic accidents involving tractor trailer rigs.

Just a thought here… perhaps in at least these two cases over -regulation was the solution to a problem that didn’t exist.

Might we conclude that Government it its infinite wisdom, in both cases attacked the wrong problem?

davidl on April 6th, 2020

There are blondes, dumb blondes and then their is Mika Brzezinski from Breitbart:

Monday, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mike Brzezinski reacted to President Donald Trump’s Sunday press conference with the White House coronavirus task force discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

Host Joe Scarborough noted Trump is “pushing an unproven drug” in hydroxychloroquine to help combat the virus. Brzezinski then speculated Trump continues pushing the drug because “there’s got to be some sort of financial tie to someone somewhere.”

“Dr. Fauci wasn’t allowed to talk about what he feels is important to say about this drug that the president keeps pushing,” Brzezinski stated. A lot of people would say, follow the money. There’s got to be some sort of financial tie to someone somewhere that has the president pushing this repeatedly. But more importantly, he had Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, which most people — I think we can universally agree — are trying to slow the spread or trying to contain this virus, are trying to save American lives, as we are looking at our worst week yet ahead.”

We have Chinese Wuflu pandemic that is killing people.  We have a sixty year old generic drug, with a proven track record of relative safety, that cures patients with the Wuflu.  The we have Dr. Fauci, a seventy-eight year old deep state medical bureaucrat willing to standby and watch Wuflu patients die, while he develops, test and get approved some pie in the sky miracle Wuflu vaccine.  Question for Dr. Fauci, after some thirty years, how in your HIV vaccine doing?  Virus vaccines are hard to develop and even then fall far short of proven.  For example millions take the season flu vaccine every year, and thousand of them die each year from the seasonal flu.

Eric Florack on April 6th, 2020

Yesterday, in a post entitled More Coronavirus Perspectives, I laid out the case that this was increasingly looking like an intentional attack on the part of the Communist Chinese party

This video adds to that pile of evidence. Some of this evidence has yet to be confirmed but it fits with the available facts and it’s just too damned convenient to ignore.

And yes, I understand that I’m suggesting that the Communist Chinese party is guilty of injuring and murdering literally millions of people. And, the likes of George Soros and Barack Hussein Obama along with them.

But a simple examination of history will show that ship has already sailed. A point of investigation for you to start with is how many people the Chinese Communist party has murdered since 1949?

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President Donald J. Trump has fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson from Last Refuge:

The DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) chief counsel [formerly Michael Atkinson], and the chief counsel for every FBI field office are required to conduct an “Accuracy Review” of selected FISA applications. One per field office (25 to 30 field offices),which are also sent to DOJ-NSD (main justice) for general counsel inspection.[…]

However, when the OIG inspected 42 of these Accuracy Reviews, the IG identified that only three of them had accurately assembled documents (Woods File) supporting the application. The error rate within the files self-checked was over 93%.[…]

The error rate in the files undertaken by the internal accuracy review was over 93% (3 compliant out of 42 reviewed). These were the FISA files with the greatest possibility of being accurate. It was specifically Michael Atkinson who held responsibility for conducting former “accuracy reviews” the IG finds were grossly non compliant.

The IG memorandum, evaluating the prior performance of Atkinson as legal counsel for the DOJ-NSD, now provides evidence to support President Trump saying he no longer has confidence in ICIG Michael Atkinson.

Atkinson, in addition to his star role as Adam Schiff’s mole, is both disloyal and incompetent. Needless to say, the firing of a deep state rat, has Adam Schiff to schiff his pants, from Infowars:

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) melted down over President Trump’s firing of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, claiming he’s more concerned with “retaliating against people that are on his enemies list and doing it in the dead of night” than addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

Atkinson was the individual who essentially launched the impeachment coup by alerting Congress last year of the whistleblower complaint against Trump regarding Ukraine.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, and what is this president doing, as thousands of people are dying? He is retaliating against people that are on his enemies list and

If Schiff-less thinks it is inappropriate to fire a hack in the middle of a Chinese aided pandemic, does that mean he going shut down his ongoing impeachment inquiry, or investigate Nancy Pelosi’s role in spreading the Chinese Wuflu?  Of course not.

Eric Florack on April 5th, 2020

Increasingly, we are seeing evidence that this coronavirus was spread as an intentional attack.

As David has already noted, the Chinese Communists have blamed our military for the spread of the Wuhan virus. Now initially, most people, myself included, considered this a huge backside ,-covering move.

Now, however, I wonder if it’s not more serious than that.

You see, the Chinese Communists, traditionally, when they want to blame somebody else for something that they themselves have done, tend to blame the CIA, not the US military. That distinction is important because from an international law point of view, calling the virus an American military action versus calling it a spy action means that the Chinese can claim that it was an act of war. Frankly, that’s the only reason I can see for the distinction…The only reason I can see for the change of tactics.

And frankly I am far from convinced that this isn’t the Communist Party following their own founders advice about “accuse your opposition of what you are guilty of.”

Add to that, this coming from Tom Cotton the other day, on Martha MacCallum’s show:

“We know it didn’t originate in the Wuhan food market based on the study of Chinese scientists … I’m not saying where it started, I don’t know. We don’t know because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) won’t open up to international experts,” Cotton said. “That’s what we need to do so they can get to the bottom of where the virus originated and hopefully can effect a diagnostic test and vaccine for it.”

Cotton also pushed back against critics, specifically Rutgers University chemical biology professor Richard Ebright, who said he found no indication in the genome sequence of the virus to indicate it was engineered.

“Let’s take the professor,” Cotton said. “He was …in fact today cited in the Asia Times saying that it was quite possible that it was a laboratory incident.”

“That’s not saying this is a bioweapon,” Cotton clarified, “but we do know they were investigating and researching coronavirus in that laboratory. It could’ve been an accidental breach, it could’ve been a worker that was infected.”

So, grotesque as the wet market in Wuhan is, the idea that the virus originated there seems questionable at best.

It seems to me far more likely that it came from a couple of miles down the road… at the well established laboratory. I keep hearing, through back channels sources that none other than George Soros has a large financial stake in that lab.

Even if you assume that the release was unintentional and a worker at that site became infected and thus spread it to the population, the question remains what in the world the Chinese were doing developing such viruses in the first place.

The American news media with the help of the Chinese propagandists may consider Tom Cotton to be a fringe figure, but he’s not an idiot. He can read intelligence reports as well as anybody.

There are other indications that this was an intentional act… Mostly the press reaction to it, largely driven by an entity called China Daily, an organization which provides Chinese propaganda masquerading as news which place is like the New York Times The Washington Post the Miami herald and so on pick up and run verbatim.

Another point is the economy. The one fact that the Democrats ,(and the Chinese, but I repeat myself) have been unable to surmount, is the huge and unalloyed success all of the economy under Donald Trump. Personally I can’t think of a better way of dealing with that issue than shutting down the economy entirely on the basis of “the world’s going to end because of the coronavirus.” It seems to me a little too convenient.

There’s one more point to be had here. the most serious of the SARS cases under the Obama Administration ended up numbering in the neighborhood of 50,000 cases, give or take. the Obama Administration brushed it away as being not a major concern. And yet the roughly 5,000 deaths I’ve seen in the most recent reasonable projection here in the United States causes people to believe that the end of the world is nigh? Any death is tragic, certainly, but the variance in reaction between the two cases is I think cause for concern. I mean, forgive me, but something simply doesn’t add up here. There is either far more going on here than we’re being told or far less, and at this point, I would be hard-pressed to tell you which.

All these factors put together however, are more than enough to cause you to sit back and go “Hmmmm”.

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davidl on April 5th, 2020

In case you are not a gamer, from Urban Dictionary:

NPC
A play on video games “non-player character” mixed with a play on The Simulation Hypothesis.

An NPC is seemingly a human that is unable to think objectively.

We exist in a simulated reality and some humans take on the role of NPCs, spouting “opinions” they are programmed to spout and repeating in a cult-like manner.

If, and when, Slow Joe does a live media appearance, he can attempt to refute President Donny’s characterization.

Eric Florack on April 2nd, 2020

My plate has been pretty full lately so I haven’t had a chance to put new posts up as I would have liked to. A broken arm, a new truck, a new amateur radio license, (KD2TRL) and just simply trying to make ends meet.

At the moment I’m in the Bronx, making a food delivery..

That said I’ve been jotting notes down for the last couple of weeks.

Got into a discussion yesterday with somebody who advise me in authoritative tones that’s this pandemic shows how we need “universal health Care”. The conversation came to a crashing halt when I suggested that the Chinese already have government-run universal health Care. there’s a reason the China isn’t giving us the full story on what’s happening to their own people with this thing.

I notice that San Francisco has banned reusable shopping bags. Remember, I made a prediction about that a couple of weeks ago.

I see where we are watching closely the activities of college professors and the Communist Chinese. Good thing, too.

I see where the Chinese propaganda and the mainstream media here in the United States are singing the same tune. This is my shocked face.

if you want to hear some Chinese propaganda yourself, all you have to do is turn on stations in Washington DC and San Diego. I’ve mentioned this before but I can’t imagine that they’re not seriously spinning reality to their own advantage these last few weeks.

It occurs to me to ask, how many Americans have to die before orwe consider this an attack, an act of war on the part of the Chinese? that seems a rather important question to answer regardless of your stand on responding to China as such at the moment. What is the threshold?

The evidence suggests that this virus was developed in a lab and Wuhan, owned by George Soros. Whether the virus was intentionally released or got away from them seems an open question.

Either way, it seems to me we’re already in a war. We’re just not fighting back. If this is in fact part of the PLAs expansion …and I suggest that it probably is… It is worth noting that only about 25% of draft age people in this country are physically able to conduct any kind of fighting.

The group is called Seventh Key. the song has been around for a few years but it applies very nicely to our current situation. If you like Kansas you’re going to love this…

davidl on April 2nd, 2020

The domestic epicenter of the Chinese Wuflu pandemic is New York City. The city is tough position with regard to the Wuflu. However the obstinate position of the mayor, Bill de Blasio, to disregard sound medical advice and instead push politically correct bull feces has only made a bad problem worse:


Aside a few assertions of do not panic, every single bit of advise given by these democrat politician is flat out wrong and more so dangerous, from Tom Elliot, Grabien:

New York City’s health commissioner, Oxiris Barbot, ostensibly responsible for advising New Yorkers on best health practices, largely spent the last two months encouraging Gothamites to defy popular guidance for avoiding crowds as well as people recently back from China.

Barbot said that riding public transit and going out into public — including attending the Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, were not just responsible behaviors, but would additionally help defeat anti-Asian prejudices.

For her part, Oxiris Barbot seems totally unfit for public health commissioner but an apt fit for Commissar for Tourism.  Speaking of commies, notice how Comrade Bernie flat out rules out shutting down our borders.

davidl on April 1st, 2020

After finding some seventeen mistakes in the FBI requests to the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, the Attorney General ordered wider review of FISA applications.  A prelimary report has been released and finding are not good, from Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice. via Legal Insurrection:

As a result of our audit work to date and as described below, we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy. Specifically, the Woods Procedures mandate compiling supporting documentation for each fact in the FISA application. Adherence to the Woods Procedures should result in such documentation as a means toward achievement of the FBI’s policy that FISA applications be “scrupulously accurate.” Our lack of confidence that the Woods Procedures are working as intended stems primarily from the fact that: (1) we could not review original Woods Files for 4 of the 29 selected FISA applications because the FBI has not been able to locate them and, in 3 of these instances, did not know if they ever existed; (2) our testing of FISA applications to the associated Woods Files identified apparent errors or inadequately supported facts in all of the 25 applications we reviewed, and interviews to date with available agents or supervisors in field offices generally have confirmed the issues we identified; (3) existing FBI and NSD oversight mechanisms have also identified deficiencies in documentary support and application accuracy that are similar to those that we have observed to date; and (4) FBI and NSD officials we interviewed indicated to us that there were no efforts by the FBI to use existing FBI and NSD oversight mechanisms to perform comprehensive, strategic assessments of the efficacy of the Woods Procedures or FISA accuracy, to include identifying the need for enhancements to training and improvements in the process, or increased accountability measures.

… we believe that a deficiency in the FBI’s efforts to support the factual statements in FISA applications through its Woods Procedures undermines the FBI’s ability to achieve its “scrupulously accurate” standard for FISA applications.

Funny while the IG found numerous omission in the FISA application, former FBI director vouched for their accuracy, from John Soloman, Just the News:

The FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act compliance is a “labor-intensive” and “top-tier” program that protects Americans civil liberties by ensuring evidence is “very, very carefully scrubbed” for accuracy,[former FBI Director James] Comey told House members in a closed-door deposition back in December 2018.

Fifteen month later, the Justice Department’s inspector general blew a hole in Comey’s representation. His review of warrant applications in more than two dozen FISA cases over the last five years that found that every one of them failed to meet the requirements of the Woods Procedures, which mandate the compilation of documentary evidence in support of each fact in a warrant application.

More from John Soloman, Just the News:

House Republicans late Tuesday renewed their demands that the House Judiciary Committee hold hearings into the FBI spying on Americans after a new review found agents routinely used inaccurate or incomplete evidence to justify surveillance warrants.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the panel’s ranking member, sent Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

As a minimum the hearings should hear from all officials who do, or did, oversee the FISA court, Chief Justice John Roberts, every supervising judge of the court, and every director of the FBI, and both the chair and ranking member of all appropriate congressional committees for the period of the report.  If Congress should fail to act, the President should appoint a special counsel.  I suggest Sidney Powell.

davidl on April 1st, 2020

Surprise President Donald J. Trump knows supply chain management, and more specially Just in Time(JIT).  Evidently, JIT is something not taught in either political science classes or journalism school, from Matt Margolis, PJ Media:

[Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont]”It was disturbing today to find out that the national strategic stockpile is now empty. We did get 50 ventilators, for which I am very thankful,” Governor Lamont said. “For now we are on our own. For now, we are doing the best to scour the globe for PPE (personal protective equipment) as best we can.”

This, it turns out, was not true. President Trump was asked about Lamont’s claim during the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, and he explained what’s really happening.

“It’s not emptied, let me explain something. What we’re doing […] rather than having it brought into the stockpile, where appropriate […] we’re trying to have supplies sent directly to the states,” Trump explained. “Because we don’t want medical supplies coming into warehouses all over the place and then we take them from there and bring them to another warehouse. So we’re having them brought, ideally, from the manufacturer directly to the hospital or the state where it’s going.”

Memo to Governor Lamont, the ‘Seventies just called, and they want their philosophy back.

davidl on March 31st, 2020

As Will Rogers once said, a recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a recession is when you lose yours.  The media is moving to recession:

As the Press Begins Laying Off “Journalists,” Suddenly “Journalists” Discover That There Is an Actual Cost to Economic Shutdown

Hat tip and more: Ace

davidl on March 30th, 2020

New York and Rhode Island two states: two democrat governors, Andrew “Fredo II” Cuomo and Gina Raimondo with only one set of balls. The states share a common problem, the spread of the Chinese Wuflu virus New York is exporting it and Rhode Island is importing it. However only Rhode Island seems give a darn about slowing the spread of the disease. Fredo whines about the constitutionality and legality of Governor Raimondo response’s, calling it an act of war. Infected person’s crossing border carrying a fatal disease is an act of war.

Governor Fredo lacks the legal and practical ability to seal New York’s many borders. However, Fredo is obligated to make a good faith effort to stop the export of the virus. New York City is the domestic epicenter of the virus. Yet Fredo continues to allow Bill de Blasio to fiddle while New York City burns.

from PJ Media:

Cuomo didn’t say on what grounds he would sue Rhode Island, although I’m sure the commerce clause would come into play. But you can see Governor Raimondo’s frustration. Thousands of Typhoid Mary’s are coming into the state refusing to follow the 14-day quarantine rule. Meanwhile, her citizens are getting sick and Cuomo is apparently saying it’s better to appear positive than “reactionary.”

Political correctness was a large part of the problem with the spread of the Chinese Wuflu virus. Yet Fredo is more worried about labels than controlling the spread of disease.

davidl on March 30th, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties, what ever they may have been, and wore out their welcome in Canada.  Don’t know what Kate has to say about this.  However the less than fully royal couple has moved to California, but still seem to want their royal welfare, paid security, from American Thinker:

It was no surprise, therefore, when the couple was first looking about for a place to relocate after quitting the royal family, that Meghan told her friends that the U.S. was a non-starter as long as Trump was in the White House:

That promise had a short shelf life. It turns out that the lure of home (Markle grew up in Los Angeles) and Hollywood was too strong. The ex-royals have moved to Hollywood – a decision that might have been driven by Canada’s refusal to fund their security needs.

On Sunday, Trump made it clear that American taxpayers also won’t be paying for the ex-royals’ security needs.

From President Donny Donald J. Trump:

I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!

Harry oncer flew the Queen’s helicopter.  Maybe he can get a pilot’s job somewhere.

davidl on March 29th, 2020

Commodities are fungible, have multiple uses. This includes Ethanol, to wit unaged whiskey. In addition to being a raw material for sipping whiskey, it can be used has hand sanitizer and more motor fuel. In the midst of the Chinese Wuflu pandemic, we need more of the former and less of the latter.

So I suggest federal government waive some the requirement to use ethanol and direct its use for medical purposes. We have the authority, from Watts Up with That:

There is considerable pressure being applied on the government to increase the ethanol mandate and blend more ethanol in our gasoline. But, the technical problems with this action and the risks to engines have prevented this from happening. The statutory volume requirements have not been met since 2013 (Congressional Research Service 2019). The EPA has the authority to waive the statutory requirements and has used this authority. Technology cannot be legislated, whether it is E15 gasoline or switchgrass cellulosic ethanol. According to the Congressional Research Service:

We have the ability to end our self made shortage of hand sanitizer. Using ethanol to kill the Wuflu virus will save lives. Let us do it.