Open Thread

Andrew Cuomo forced nursing homes to take Coronavirus patients and lots of people died because of this order – today, he Tweets this out:

Any nursing home that fails to follow health procedures will lose their license.

Remember: If a nursing home cannot provide adequate care, they MUST call the State Department of Health to transfer the resident.

He’s counting on the MSM to do their job – pretend the order he gave never happened.

Even Willie Brown is taking exception to Newsome’s draconian shutdowns. It was revealed that Coronavirus probably first showed up in Nevada in December…and that means by the time we went into lockdown in March, what was going to happen was already baked in. As soon as China and WHO decided to lie about this, there was nothing we could do which was going to really change things. Now, to be sure, the March lockdowns made sense given the information we had at the time. But, now we know: and further lockdowns are at best pointless, at worst destructive. So, why are Democrat governors keeping them? Two reasons:

1. They love their emergency powers.
2. The more misery there is, the better they think November will go for them.

Looks like Obama is signalling the troops on how he wants them to deal with his Administration’s actions vis a vis Trump – I noticed on social media yesterday an endless chorus of Democrats and Never Trumpers assuring quite certainly that Trump has no chance…it was really rather astonishing and I was wondering what was up? This wasn’t the usual Trump Is Doomed stuff…this was absolute assurance that Trump will not win in November. Now I’ve figured out why they went overboard on the predictions: they are signalling Obama people that if they just hold out until January, this all goes away…Biden will drop everything and everyone who committed a crime will be protected. Obama doesn’t want anyone to turn.

Don Surber notes that President Trump learned the lesson of Nixon. First off, don’t be guilty but, also very important, don’t fire anyone and disclose everything. In other words: let the fools impale themselves on a false Narrative.

Little Richard had one of the best Rock n Roll voices, ever:

24 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook May 10, 2020 / 3:00 pm

    Joseph Stalin is alleged to have said, “one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” That’s the way Leftists in general look at death, particularly deaths caused by the state “for the greater good.”. Andrew Cuomo should be indicted on 5,000 counts of negligent homicide.

  2. Retired Spook May 10, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    The Classicist, a pod cast of the Hoover Institute, featured a great interview earlier this week with Victor Davis Hanson about the experts among us who are often wrong and virtually never held accountable.

    • M. Noonan May 11, 2020 / 9:37 pm

      If only our Experts were, you know, any good. I’ve posted that Lord Salisbury quote a few times – about never trusting the Experts; they’ll do you in every time. And it really isn’t a new thing, after all: to take it entirely out of modern controversies: one of the reasons the British performed so poorly at Jutland in 1916 is that their shells – vastly heavier than the Kraut ordnance – simply refused to explode or exploded uselessly outside the German armor belts. Here’s the thing – the fleet commander, Jellicoe, knew all about the deficiencies of British shell. He had pointed it out years before the war when he was in charge of the issue. Nothing was done. Jellicoe wasn’t a stupid man; neither were most the Brits in charge of ordnance…but they all knew their stuff was second rate and only as the war went on did the Brits make a real effort to repair the problem (when the US Navy tested Brit ordnance against US, the Navy was appalled at how bad the Brit stuff was). The whole thrust of British naval action from 1904 to 1914 was the place the largest number of heavy guns possible in a line of battleships to simply blast the German Navy to bits…and they did everything they needed to do except make shells that would do the job. Think about that – Experts!

      • Amazona May 11, 2020 / 10:16 pm

        I am also reminded of Thomas Sowell’s observation that an “intellectual” is merely someone with an idea. It doesn’t have to be a good idea, or a new idea, or a smart idea. It doesn’t have to be right. But once the label is applied, it remains, no matter how often the person is proved wrong or how many of his ideas are just plain dumb.

    • jdge1 May 10, 2020 / 10:41 pm

      Gotta love it. I’m still trying to figure out why more companies haven’t already left and as a result forced voters to throw bad politicians out of power. Guess the good Lord has it all figured out and will play his cards when He deems best.

  3. Cluster May 11, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Flynn’s lawyer Sydney Powell knows … and soon the nation will too

    After the Jan. 5 meeting in the Oval Office, and after CNN and BuzzFeed reported on the unverified, salacious Trump dossier, Powell explained that then-senior FBI agent Peter Strzok texted then-FBI counterintelligence assistant director Bill Priestap that they should use the dossier story “as a pretext to go interview some people.”

    “The whole thing was orchestrated and set up within the FBI, Clapper, Brennan, and in the Oval Office meeting that day with President Obama,” Powell said.

    When show host Maria Bartiromo asked Powell if she believed Obama was directly involved, Powell replied, “Absolutely.”

    I am hoping more information comes out this week further damning everyone involved. Including Joey and Mika who are currently in full cover mode for Obama this morning and still claiming that Flynn, a 3 star general, lied about his contacts and cooperation with Russia. I just have to think that many media members at CNN and MSNBC were in on the set up and the attempted coup.

    Meanwhile, Georgia opened up over 2 weeks ago and Gov. Kemp reported this weekend that Covid hospitalizations are at their lowest numbers since the crisis began. I thought I would mention that because there wont be many mentions about this in the media.

    • Cluster May 11, 2020 / 8:54 am

      What was the line Democrats and the media used about Trump and Russia entrapment?? “The walls are closing in”. Yesterday, Trey Gowdy was asked about media involvement:

      “The media, not only did they not provide scrutiny over Adam Schiff, they aided and abetted him,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Politico, the Hill, Washington Post, New York Times, I’ll come on and even give you the reporters’ names sometime. The reporters who sat there and helped Adam Schiff perpetrate this fraud, next time I’m with you I’ll give you the names of the reporters.”

      Obama, the media, the FBI, the DOJ were all in on the coup to unseat a President. This really is the biggest political scandal in our history and it is just starting to unfold.

      Pass the popcorn

      • Retired Spook May 11, 2020 / 11:00 am

        I’d love for everyone involved to be prosecuted and sent to Leavenworth, but I’d be satisfied if the information is so widely disseminated that it causes the majority of voters to vow that those people will never again be allowed to control the levers of power.

  4. Retired Spook May 11, 2020 / 1:28 pm

    Looks like all the naysayers who said Georgia Governor Kemp would have the blood of thousands on his hands for opening up too soon were wrong. (I know, I was shocked too) Two weeks after beginning to open back up Georgia is reporting the lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since hospitals began reporting data on April 10th.

    • Cluster May 11, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      Red States are now exposing the totalitarians currently governing Blue States.

  5. Cluster May 11, 2020 / 1:45 pm

    And the walls are closing in on the Obama administration:

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government would send a diplomatic note to Washington for information on the 2009-2011 operation known as ‘Fast and Furious,’ a topic that has resurfaced in recent days amid a debate over historic U.S.-Mexico cooperation on security and possible corruption under previous administrations,” Reuters reports.

    During the operation from 2009-2010, thousands of AK-47s, .50 caliber rifles and other weapons were purposely allowed by ATF and Department of Justice officials to be purchased illegally by straw buyers at gun stores in the United States and trafficked over the border into Mexico. ATF officials sat by as thousands of guns “walked.” They argued this was done to trace weapons to the upper echelons of Mexican cartels, but out of thousands of firearms, only two were rigged with GPS devices that died within hours of crossing the border.

    • M. Noonan May 11, 2020 / 9:30 pm

      His request will be given friendly consideration for the Trump Administration…which will make Trump the second President after Coolidge to really treat the Mexicans with respect.

  6. jdge1 May 12, 2020 / 10:01 am

    This article connects Dr. Fauci directly to COVID-19 research. I do not trust him and find much of his participation self-serving. Yet another reason NOT to listen to him with regards to the lockdown.

  7. jdge1 May 12, 2020 / 10:33 am

    ”“So what did you know about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn and was there anything improper done?” Stephanolpoulos asked.

    “I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” Biden said, before accusing Trump of using the issue as a “diversion” from the coronavirus crisis.

    Stephanopoulos followed up: “I do want to press that. You say you didn’t know anything about it, but you were reported to be at a January 5th, 2017, meeting where you and the president were briefed on the FBI’s plan to question Michael Flynn over those conversations he had with the Russian ambassador, [Sergey] Kislyak.”

    That seemed to refresh Biden’s memory.
    “No, I thought you asked me whether or not I had anything to do with him being prosecuted,” Biden said. “I’m sorry. I was aware that there was — that they had asked for an investigation. But that’s all I know about it and I don’t think anything else.” ”

    After first trying to deflect the question to Trump’s handling the virus, Biden got caught in a blatant lie then changed his story. This guy is an inept as they come (thankfully). If the media performed like the watchdogs they used to be, quite a number of democrat politicians and their associates would be serving long term jail sentences. We need to change “drain the swamp” to “prosecute the swamp”. While exposure is the first step to make that happen, it will be a relief and encouragement to finally see real justice. Are secret service personnel allowed in jail for the purpose of protecting? Who would want that job?

    • jdge1 May 12, 2020 / 3:20 pm

      Not sure what level of confidence I have in; 1.) The full truth coming to light, at least in a timely manner or, 2.) Those found guilty of crimes will pay – fines, jail time, or lethal injection. At this point there seems to be a lot of speculation on just how much information Trump, the DOJ, attorney / inspector generals, key administration personnel or members of congress & the senate currently have. We’ve been hearing terms that would seem to suggest “something” whatever that may be, in relation to criminal charges is coming soon, though no actual timeline is forthcoming. For some, it isn’t all that encouraging. Do they have enough information to bring charges now and are sitting on it letting those guilty sweat & scramble, potentially encouraging further mishaps? Do they have most of the information they need to prosecute but need to make sure everything is airtight? Is the scope of the crimes so deep and wide they need to apply considerably more effort and time to find out the extent of what we’re dealing? Does the fact that the elections are 6 months away play into when this all blows up? Does the hope of flipping the house back to republican control and/or gaining (or losing) seats in the senate impact the timing of charges and indictments?

      I have no answers to those questions but believe Trump and team are working diligently, planning timing and will move when they feel it best to do so. The attacks against Trump and people key to him are unprecedented and a horrific attack on our institutions and the office of the President. The likelihood that Obama was involved appears high, but I wonder how difficult it will be to make the connections of prosecutable criminal behavior. Getting someone or some group to turn on him in an effort to save their own skin, prior to the November elections seems an uphill battle, which is why I suspect much of what is yet to unfold will happen after the election, and then only if Trump is reelected and the Republicans hold at least one house.

      While it is encouraging to see new reports and articles of criminal behavior from the left, there still seems quite a number of pieces of the puzzle that need to fall in place before real justice can take place, and then only if the left doesn’t destroy us before we get there.

      • Amazona May 12, 2020 / 8:37 pm

        We need to remember the damage done to the Right if any indictment or prosecution fails. It would be almost like withdrawing from the election before the Dems have a chance to rig it. I don’t know when a failed prosecution would have greater negative fallout. So while I am as eager as anyone to see this brought to its natural conclusion, I think I understand the abundance of caution.

        On the other hand—I watched the whole O.J. Simpson trial, and watched the prosecution overthink every single move they made. They were so intimidated by the “Dream Team”, so psyched out, that they obsessively tried to imagine every single thing the defense MIGHT do and then take preemptive action to head it off. This resulted in so much extraneous and confusing testimony it was easier for the defense to then find something to attack. I don’t want Barr’s team to fall into the trap of trying to preempt every possible response to what they come up with.

        So far, while I am one of those getting frustrated, I have to think those whose names are on lists and faces in the crosshairs are getting more and more edgy, and hopefully more and more ready to flip on their old allies. I laughed out loud when Gowdy dropped his little bombshell about illegally unmasking someone being a felony with a possible 10 year prison sentence. He just slipped it in, and you could almost hear the screams inside the heads of the people he then proceeded to name.

  8. Retired Spook May 12, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    Dr. Fauic now says the CDC official death toll is almost certainly lower than the actual death toll while a couple days ago Dr. Birx said the CDC death toll is probably inflated by at least 25%. So, which one of them is lying? More importantly, when two “experts” have a 180 degree disagreement, why do you ever believe any “expert?”

    • Cluster May 12, 2020 / 4:22 pm

      I pray you are right and the day of reckoning is coming but I have heard it so many times in the past I am still quite skeptical.

      And re: believing “experts” …. the number of times “experts” have been wrong over the last half century dwarf the number of times they have been right. So believing them would be like betting your mortgage on a .085 batter hitting a home run and I don’t think many people take that bet. Yet the complicit media finds them infallible and beyond reproach, especially when they support their agenda. Isn’t that right Bob Mueller?

      I think Fauci is enamored with himself and his opinions should get a lot of scrutiny. I also heard him say in a sound bite from the hearing that the recent alleged spread to children was not known or discovered in previous tests in China. Hmmmmmmm …. previous tests in China. Fauci knew about previous tests of this virus in China??? I think that was a slip of the tongue but of course no one challenged him on it. I sure would have.

    • Amazona May 12, 2020 / 8:42 pm

      I think in this case Fauci is showing desperation, as the evidence indicates that Birx is right. When people are going back and reclassifying deaths to slot them into the corona virus category that is pretty suspicious.

      I’ve kind of enjoyed Fauci getting caught between his old allies on the Left and his groveling for publicity by siding with Trump, and his loss of mental traction as the situation gets more dicey for him. He’s kind of alienated everyone by now and I think his latest comment just shows his desperation. The Left wants the economic damage to be as deep and long as possible, and it’s getting harder and harder for him to keep pushing that agenda. Good for Birx for standing up to him.

  9. Amazona May 12, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    I love Trey Gowdy. When you talk about him, Devin Nunes, Ted Cruz, and a couple of other Republicans in Congress you can understand why the Dems are starting to panic.

    This was a thing of beauty. His grilling of Comey on Hillary’s emails was also wonderful. Comey has to pee down his leg when he sees Trey coming, and so do the people whose names were brought up by Gowdy in this questioning.!

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