Reparations?

The subject bubbles up from time to time. The first time I recall hearing about it was maybe 1988 or 1989. When I first heard about it, I rejected it in anger: the whole concept was ridiculous. How could people living today be held in any way responsible for actions of those long dead? For a long while, that is where my opinion rested. But, things change.

In 1776 we adopted as part of our founding document the assertion that “all men are created equal”. If we were to write that today, we would say “all persons are created equal” but the meaning doesn’t change in the least. When Jefferson penned those words and when the representatives of the States in Congress assembled adopted them, they probably didn’t fully grasp what they had just did. It was an astounding thing to say but even more astounding to make it part of a government document.

It is good to keep in mind that the concept wasn’t tied to a Republic or to Democracy. In 1776, most of the world was under monarchy but there were Republics in Holland and Venice and other places – but none of them had any assertion of human equality as their foundation. And, indeed, these Republics were very restrictive on who could be a citizen and who was allowed to be in charge. Outside of a religious concept of a brotherhood of man, inequality between people was taken as a given – and those at the top of society expected – and almost invariably received – deference from the lower orders. This really was something new: we were asserting that all human beings are created equal and, as equals, are all endowed with certain rights (that is also crucial: “certain rights” is a very forthright statement that there is no doubt that the rights exist and all people are endowed with them). My main point here is that it didn’t have to be a Republic making the assertion: any system of government could assert it. The form of government is irrelevant to the statement – but the statement, once adopted, compels a certain manner of government.

Once you make that assertion then it is required that the system of government, as far as practical, act in a manner which treats all persons as equals. You could, in theory, still have a king; still have a hierarchy. But you must treat everyone as equals under the law. Meaning: that nobody is allowed to be under legal disability for reasons other than their personal actions. You can’t, that is, say “you can’t do this because you are that”. That is inadmissible; can’t happen. We’re all equals and we are all allowed to do every legal thing anyone else is permitted to do. And one of the very specific things which immediately became morally and legally impossible in a system founded on “all men are created equal” is slavery. No argument can be made – all men being equal – that one person shall be compelled to labor for the benefit of another.

As I said, I don’t think Jefferson or the Founders fully grasped this – they were thinking of their peers when they wrote it. Men of the 18th century, their world was a world of higher and lower orders and an expectation that those below would serve those above. Some men already saw that slavery was incompatible with any just system, but by far almost everyone simply accepted things as they were and never figured they would change or, indeed, that there would ever be a need to change them. Keep in mind that even free labor was expected to be subordinate and respectful. The franchise wasn’t universal even among white males. In 1776 in no place on Earth was there a system where anyone thought that everyone could rise as high as they wanted: certain avenues of advancement were permanently closed off to this or that group of people for this or that reason. But, still, the Founders went ahead and wrote it down and then adopted it. The Declaration isn’t a law like a part of the US Code is law, but it is the founding document – the legal justification for the existence of a thing called The United States of America. Without it, there is no legal basis for the existence of our nation. And we went ahead and declared all men are created equal. At the very instant we adopted it, slavery was legally and morally defunct in the United States. From that moment on, every person held to slavery in the United States was having his labor stolen under the color of law.

That we did not immediately abolish slavery doesn’t change the fact that we said “all men are created equal”. We still said it. We still asserted it. It was still a dogma we claimed was essential to the justification of our existence as a nation. You can try to slice and dice this any way you like, but you can’t get away from it – starting on July 4th, 1776, the labor of black Americans was unjustly stolen from them (it had been before, as well, but the United States, as an entity, only became responsible on 7/4/1776). And it went on like that for 90 years. And when we finally got around to abolishing the slavery which existed in unjust law, we then spent the next century placing legal disabilities on black Americans. Doesn’t matter why we did that – it was wrong; they were created equal and so had the right to do everything everyone else was allowed to do. But by law and custom black Americans were hamstrung a thousand different ways from exercising the rights we said were theirs – inherent to their humanity – on July 4th, 1776.

Good for us that in 1965 we finally put an end to the injustice under the color of law. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act, we finally said “in law, all people are created equal and we will ensure that”. For most people – including me until recently – that was the end of it. The Law was now, at long last, equal for all. But, there’s a problem: during the time when black Americans were having their labor stolen (1776-1865) and the time they were legally hampered in enjoying the fruits of their labor (1865-1965), a gigantic wealth gap opened up. In other words, by fake laws which were unjust the moment they were placed on the books, we had prevented black Americans – who were just as much American citizens as George Washington on July 4th, 1776 – from gaining what every other American was permitted to gain: wealth.

So, now what? I’m not entirely sure. Well, that’s not entirely correct: I am sure about two things

  1. In some manner, this injustice visited upon our fellow Americans has to be rectified.
  2. In no way can we allow the rectification to end up pouring money into leftwing race-hustlers.

Most of those who argue for reparations are merely con artists hoping for a gigantic, taxpayer-funded payday. If you look at the proposals, what you don’t find is money going to actual descendants of American slaves. It is all for “programs” and such…gigantic piles of money to be placed under the control of mountebanks who will then dole it out, mostly to themselves. I don’t want that – and I’ll fight against that.

But, still, something needs to be done. Some means of helping balance the books. And the books are unbalanced. Howard University’s endowment is about $700 million. Harvard’s is about $53 billion. The difference is how much wealth each community was able to generate and thus provide for higher education. Nobody who went to Harvard ever had their earning opportunities curtailed. The people who graduated Howard before 1965, regardless of how brilliant or hard working, had their earnings curtailed as a matter of course.

I admit that I don’t know how this is to be done. I’m descended from a 1776 American, but as far as I can tell no ancestor of mine ever owned a slave. And given they were from New England, there is a high probability they were Abolitionists early on. But the other strain of my ancestry arrived much later; very near the end of slavery. How is my liability to be calculated? And what of the guy who’s ancestors got here in 1910? And 1970? We know that most black Americans are descended from slaves, but a very large portion aren’t. At least, not American slaves. A black guy who’s great-grandfather emigrated from Jamaica in 1890 doesn’t really have any claim, does he? He was never an American slave and he volunteered to come to a society where legal and social disabilities had been placed on black people. But I do believe we need to square accounts.

As a Distributist, my preference is, of course, that individuals and families obtain property. Heck; it isn’t a preference: it is more of a demand. It is the only point of working: obtaining property. The national patrimony is, also, quite large. Uncle Sam owns about 640 million acres of land, after all. Land is property and if we transferred, say, ten thousand acres of land in Southern Nevada to a trust for verified descendants of American slaves and allowed them to develop or sell the property as they saw fit, where’s the skin off anyone’s nose?

It is just an idea: one of probably many people can think of where at least in some measure, we can make up for the fact that black Americans were prevented from building up wealth. The most fun idea I have is confiscating half the Ivy League endowments and transferring them to the endowments of HBCU. Kind of a two-fer there: helps right a wrong and drains money away from upper class far left nitwits. I think it is something we can and, in the end, must do. We must, that is, demonstrate by actions that we, the American majority, really want full participation by black Americans in the life of America. And, yes, I know that the race-hustlers will never stop. I don’t care about them. But I do care that my fellow Americans who are black know that I’m on their side. That I really do know my nation’s history. That I want all of us to go forward, together, and make a more perfect union.

49 thoughts on “Reparations?

  1. Cluster December 12, 2021 / 12:31 pm

    Naomi Wolfe and Andrew Sullivan are two well established, long time Leftists who GET IT, and are now speaking out against the bullshit heaped upon this country by Democrats. Linked below is an article from Andrew and it is without question the best article I have read in years that speaks directly to the categorization, condescension and bigotry of low expectations we are confronted with everyday by these childish, emotionally stunted progressives. Read the article, and here is an excerpt:

    Still: what does it tell you that a staggering and brilliant array of totally different ethnicities, races, religions, histories and cultures can now routinely be reduced to just two drab colors?

    I think it speaks to two things. The first is that today’s antiracism paradoxically requires the crudest of racist categories to justify and explain itself. A whole kaleidoscope of immigrant difference — from Kurds and Mexicans and Somalis to Dominicans, Chileans, Nigerians, and Pakistanis — has now been turned into one monochrome racial “brown” — just to fit into an oppressor/oppressed, white/black narrative.

    Equally, a diverse African diaspora — ranging from Nigerian immigrants to descendants of Southern slaves to biracial men and women with mainly European ancestry who go back to this country’s miscegenated origins — is now just “Black.” And this new racial unit has one politics: left-Democrat. Individuals disappear; diversity of opinion within groups evaporate; all that matters is a single skin color and oppression.

    https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/the-woke-on-the-wrong-side-of-history-e7f

    • Amazona December 12, 2021 / 1:46 pm

      If we could compensate people for being enslaved, I would be all for that. But to pay people for harm they never experienced or pain they never felt is simply ridiculous. And I think it very naive to believe that shifting money from a mostly white entity to a mostly black entity will somehow convince black people we are “on their side”

      You say In some manner, this injustice visited upon our fellow Americans has to be rectified. But it can’t, because the people who had the injustice of slavery visited upon them are long dead, and those who had the injustice of harsh racism visited upon them are also dead or very old. The last two or three generations of black people have experienced discrimination which they have, for the most part, brought upon themselves..

      We as a nation have fallen into the trap of white guilt pushing us to compensate for what we never did, to people who never had “it” done to them, and it has never worked.

      I don’t need to go into detail—we all know the story. We have all heard the impassioned tales of “racism” supported by accounts that turn out to show no color bias at all. We are constantly exposed to the racial corollary of “If you are a hammer then everything looks like a nail” only this is “If you are black everything looks like an insult”.

      We know that black people can and do succeed. The Reverend Wright’s church in Chicago was full of well-to-do upper middle class black people. We are aware of people like Thomas Sowell and Vernon Jordan. Black billionaire Robert F, Smith was born to two educated middle class black parents who had PhDs and were educators, showing that even in the generation before his black people could succeed.

      • Retired Spook December 12, 2021 / 3:03 pm

        The last two or three generations of black people have experienced discrimination which they have, for the most part, brought upon themselves.

        I disagree. The boot on the necks of blacks didn’t end in 1965; it just took on another form. As soon as it became illegal to discriminate against blacks, Democrats shifted to enacting policies that destroyed the black family, in effect putting the majority of blacks back on the plantation. Trump’s policy of permanently funding HBCUs and creating empowerment zones were steps that no other president had taken and something that could be built on by continuing to remove roadblocks to minority successes. Just don’t think that Democrats are ever going to go along with it (to their detriment, I hope).

      • Amazona December 12, 2021 / 8:15 pm

        I agree with you on this, but I also think the attitude that doing well in school, speaking correct English and so on are all in some ways a betrayal of “blackness”—-which is a construct from within the black community—–has done as much to keep black people in an underclass.

  2. Ryan Murphy December 13, 2021 / 7:27 am

    Redistribution is wrong, period. No ifs, ans or buts. People who are actually themselves actually directly p wronged deserve compensation for that direct wronging. But ‘reparations’ to people generations removed from the actual wrong should be a complete non starter.

  3. Cluster December 13, 2021 / 9:21 am

    The United States does not have a black population that was disadvantaged by slavery. We have a black population that has been disadvantaged largely by government and by the lack of two parent households and these are two dynamics that are completely within the control of the black community to change. No one else can do that for them and no amount of money will change it for them either. In fact, a large amount of reparations could do actually do quite a bit of harm. We are 160 years removed from the 13th amendment and nearly 60 years removed from Republicans protecting the rights of black families and individuals and the only dynamic that have held them back since then … is Democrats.

    If there are to be any reparations to be had, it would be to incentivize two parent households and to completely dismantle the Democrat party.

  4. Cluster December 13, 2021 / 9:45 am

    I had to laugh at this headline this morning from the NYT:

    The New York Times
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    “Many children today feel more comfortable around adults, and they are more willing to challenge them and speak up when they feel the impulse. Although this spiritedness sometimes looks like bad behavior, child psychologists say the shift is a good thing.”

    Well no shit. Why do you think the country is in such chaos? Not only are children speaking up, they were elected to Congress and the Vice Presidency, and dominate much of the liberal media. Time to get back to the old adage; children should be seen and not heard and then maybe we can restore some sanity.

    • Amazona December 13, 2021 / 5:14 pm

      “spiritedness”? It’s amazing how much the Left depends on simply redefining terms, or inventing new ones.

  5. Cluster December 13, 2021 / 10:14 am

    We have all been living through the Democrat manufactured hysteria of Russia collusion and Covid for the past 5 years but hold on … 2022 promises to bring more ramped up FEAR, courtesy of Democrats:

    John Heilemann — “There are 30 million people right now who are ready to take up arms to restore Donald Trump to office. That’s not hyperbolic at all. Those are all facts.”

    They must be terrified LMAO

    https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/john-heilemann-there-are-30-million-trump-supporters-ready-to-take-up-arms/

    • Retired Spook December 13, 2021 / 12:16 pm

      I wouldn’t take up arms to restore Donald Trump to office, but I’d bet there are MORE than 30 million of us who will take up arms to prevent the Left from imposing their disgusting worldview on the rest of us. And no, I’m not advocating violent revolution. That’s the Left that’s doing that. I’m advocating stopping them — WITH PREJUDICE!

    • Amazona December 13, 2021 / 5:09 pm

      I have no idea what the hell this guy is talking about but he is clearly delusional.

      “Take up arms” against whom? Against what? Where? How? Which “30 million”? What, exactly, would be the mechanism to “restore Donald Trump to office.”?

      I only know of one. It is called an election. Every single other option is simply not allowed by our Constitution, and true Trump supporters are not just blindly passionate Trump fanbois but support him because to us he represents a return to Constitutional governance. To say that one is a Trump supporter who would also “take up arms” to violate the Constitution is simply a contradiction in terms. But this is how poorly the Left understands what motivates the Right, because it is so opposite of what floats their boats.

      This guy is either a liar or a wannabe demagogue. Or both.

      • Cluster December 14, 2021 / 8:52 am

        But this is how poorly the Left understands what motivates the Right, because it is so opposite of what floats their boats.

        100% right, but then again, they don’t care to know. Like all authoritarians throughout history, Democrats don’t want a political rival and that fact has become crystal clear in the last 5 years. They no longer even pretend to understand their political opposition, instead only seeking to marginalize, criminalize, and eliminate. And we need to keep responding accordingly.

  6. Cluster December 14, 2021 / 9:24 am

    So Kamala is still working on this problem:

    Psaki insists Kamala Harris is STILL in charge of addressing the ‘root causes’ of migration after Guatemalan president said he hasn’t heard from the VP since her June trip

    She is tenacious so I am sure we can expect something soon. Here’s a thought though, knowing how much Democrats like to kill babies, why not put a bunch Planned Parenthoods in Central America and start killing those babies? Problem solved. You’re welcome.

  7. jdge1 December 14, 2021 / 10:37 am

    Update to the newest COVID variant.

    STORY AT-A-GLANCE

    According to media reports, the Omicron variant was discovered in Botswana, in four fully “vaccinated” individuals. Physicians in South Africa responded saying that while the variant has been detected, they are not seeing significant illness from it. All cases so far have been mild and none has required hospitalization.

    Omicron appears to be evading the COVID jab, resulting in breakthrough infections at a higher rate than previous variants. This is a sign that the mass vaccination campaign may be breeding “vaccine” resistance.

    There’s a curious feature of Omicron, however, that hints at it having been modified in a lab. The closest genetic sequences date back to mid-2020. It doesn’t seem to belong to any of the evolutionary branches that have emerged since.

    Omicron has 25 nonsynonymous and only one synonymous spike mutation compared to its most recent common ancestor, AV.1. Were it a natural occurrence, that ratio ought to be somewhere between 25 to 50 and 25 to 100.

    There’s no precedent for this oddity occurring in nature. There is, however, precedent for this in lab-leaked pandemics.

    I imagine most any sane minded person who sees behind the door of deception believes there are a number of criminal enterprises involved with a spectrum of major infractions in relation to COVID. Their continued efforts spurred by greed of money and power will likely be their downfall, though I doubt they see it. The question is, when will that happen and what form will it take. That people are getting beyond tired of the nonsense being pushed as; “For the good.” when it becomes more and more obvious these lies are destructive on many levels. I hope that in the next election there’s a significant enough change that we can apply some teeth to the laws of justice.

  8. jdge1 December 14, 2021 / 11:57 am

    Reparations have already been made. It’s called, Affirmative Action. While there are many who have used this in a way that generated a positive life change, it has also created a variety of negative consequences that largely, but not exclusively, impacts the black community. Affirmative action has unfortunately generated at least 2 detrimental mindsets. One, that blacks can’t succeed on their own without help from sources outside their own willful determination. Two, it creates a mindset of entitlement which breeds complacency and deters individuals from taking personal responsibility. Unfortunately, this mindset has spread beyond the black community and has destroyed both great opportunity and potential wealth.

    The reality is, almost all of our ancestors have been wronged in one form or another throughout history. How much they’ve been disadvantaged depends on who they are and how far back you go. Religious, cultural, sex discriminations are as old as man. Other than returning stolen personal goods so long as the rightful owner or heir can be determined, as in things stolen from the Jews by Nazi Germany, most any attempt to right a historic wrong will create negative consequences, be applied inappropriately and negatively impact those not guilty.

    If you really want to help the black communities, first stop treating them as a disadvantaged group. Stop treating them as victims to be forever spinning in mental sorrow and destitute. Stop engaging them in the destructive compliancy of welfare. Otherwise they will left with a dependency on others that doesn’t need to exist.

  9. Amazona December 15, 2021 / 12:00 am

    Toward the bottom of this web page is a really funny short video of a Canadian politician asking his Liberal colleagues “where is the money coming from”? It’s classic and worth saving.

    The Covid thing is funny, too, especially the Lib snarls about it. How DARE people stop freaking out about the virus?

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/12/14/the-atlantics-covid-article-that-drove-libs-insane-and-caused-many-to-cancel-their-subscriptions-n2600571?utm_campaign=rightrailsticky1

    • Cluster December 15, 2021 / 9:01 am

      COVID is invisible to me except when I am reading the news, in which case it strikes me with all the force of reports about distant coups in Myanmar.

      LMAO.

      While listening to Morning Joe this morning I realized that the Democrats are so immersed in so many lies, that it will inevitably crash all around them … and soon I think. There is just no way they can keep this dizzying array of manufactured bullshit going for too much longer. From the insurrection to white supremacy, to Covid mandates, to climate change – the lies just pile on top of each other until the collapse. Stay tuned.

      • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 11:43 am

        the lies just pile on top of each other until the collapse

        I have been thinking the same thing. Oh, there are books out about these lies, these witch hunts, etc. but we know the Libs don’t read books. They wait for Tater or Joey and the Bimbo to tell them what to think. I wish we had a way to line out all these lies in a way that would reach the masses.

        The only thing I can think of would be for the national GOP to subsidize state candidates’ campaigns by paying for printed material for the candidates to use in their campaigns—I’m thinking of mailers, either big glossy postcards or even just flyers.

        One of the many things our national GOP has failed to do has been to coordinate state and local campaigns so the same basic message is being sent to every voter in every state. I thought this after Obamacare was passed—-a coordinated national campaign against the people who voted for it. So if your Representative is Sally Smith, the national GOP would help pay for a campaign that said “Did Sally Smith actually vote for a bill SHE DIDN’T EVEN READ? Fire her!” and every other Republican running against every other Democrat would be sending the same message about his or her opponent.

        We could do that now. It doesn’t look like Build Back Better is going to pass, but it could still be used in a similar way. Or the infrastructure bill. “Do you know that Sally Smith failed to tell us that the figures given for the cost of the bill were only for ONE YEAR of those programs? FIRE HER!”

        The Left succeeds because it is organized in its messaging. We scramble because we are so pathetically disorganized in ours.

      • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 11:50 am

        Surely there are people out there with the time and expertise to go back into the archives and put together damning narratives about the failures of the American Left. I’m talking about just the failures of the last five years or so.

        One example: The Russia hoax. I’d love to see a table showing (1) when the DNC funded the “dossier”, (2) when the Dems in Congress learned it was a hoax; (3) how much money they spent AFTER this going after Trump, with full knowledge that it was a hoax.

        Another interesting example would be the death toll of Open Borders. Another would be the death toll of the politics-based attacks on therapeutics to treat Covid—attacks which are still going on, by the way.

      • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 3:20 pm

        The strategy when lies fall apart is to either distract with a newly invented “crisis” or just tell more lies—or both.

        My mental image is of an upside-down pyramid. The Russia Collusion Hoax is a good example At the bottom is the claim that Trump “colluded” with Russia to somehow “rig” the election. Then above that are the various lies told to fill in the blanks of the original claim—the “dossier”, praise for Steele, etc. Then above that is a longer list of lies told to support the ones already told, and so on, till there is a massive upside-down pyramid teetering on the single point of the original lie.

        Just looking at it, you can tell it is precariously balanced, and you expect it to collapse at any time.

        So that’s when another one is started, to distract from the inevitable spectacle of the first one falling apart.

  10. Cluster December 15, 2021 / 9:16 am

    Diversity
    Inclusion
    Equity

    DIE – is this a coincidence? Asking for a friend.

    • Retired Spook December 15, 2021 / 2:12 pm

      I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

  11. Cluster December 15, 2021 / 9:25 am

    Does anyone believe that eventually the January 6 melee will accurately be revealed as an FBI led riot?? How long can they keep this charade up? Again asking for a friend.

    • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 3:29 pm

      A lot of information has come out implicating the FBI in this, including the mysterious Ray Epps saga. It will take a strong Republican government to break this open.

      After the crap Trump has been through, I have a feeling that if he is reelected he will hit the ground running and heads will be rolling so far and so fast it will be an avalanche of dismemberment. He learned a lot from his first four years, and even more in the election debacle, and say what you will about him he does learn from his mistakes. I would bet on every Biden Executive Order being rescinded immediately, and the upper echelons of the FBI brutally pruned of every political hack now running it into the ground.

      I would expect the new Congressional leaders to be “take no prisoners” types, maybe Cruz as head of the Senate and one of several good people to replace McConnell. (I’d name Lauren Boebert, just because the resulting cerebral hemorrhaging on the Left would accomplish the purging of the party the elections might not have managed.)

      • Cluster December 15, 2021 / 7:01 pm

        And that’s why I want another 4 years of Trump, he understands who they are now and will take care of business. Then 8 years of DeSantis and boom … we have America back.

      • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 7:35 pm

        That’s certainly what my wish list looks like. De Santis for VP under Trump?

        Don’t do that to me—as soon as I sell my Denver house I’m buying in Florida, and would like some time with a great governor. I will say, though, that Herr Commandant Polis here in Colorado surprised me by not only saying no more mask mandates from the state or any government agencies, “the emergency is over”. I think he might be looking at a presidential run—if the Left is giddy about one gay guy running just think how exciting it would be for them to have TWO looking at the job!

      • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 7:37 pm

        I should be ashamed of myself for being such a bigot, but suddenly when I thought of a battle between Mayor Pete and Governor Jared all I could picture was a slap fight.

      • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 9:39 pm

        Well, I’ll be dipped! Dana Perino just brought up Jared Polis as a possible Dem presidential candidate.

        Of course he and the radical Dem statehouse who all took office in 2018 have destroyed much of the Colorado economy. He says he wants to get rid of the Colorado state income tax to make the state “more competitive”. He could start by stopping his destruction of the Colorado petroleum industry and trying to halt the death spiral of the state due to its lurch to the Left.

        As I said the other day, you can tell a city is dysfunctional if you can’t even call 911 to report a man lying on the Interstate.

  12. Cluster December 15, 2021 / 11:21 am

    So I’m listening to local news this morning and there have been 6 cases of Omicron discovered in AZ, all with mild conditions and 5 of whom are fully vaccinated. And that report was directly followed by a report of the CDCs insistence on getting vaccinated. YCMTSU. This is beyond Twilight Zone shit

  13. jdge1 December 15, 2021 / 11:22 am

    The “Let’s Go Brandon” slogan is making waves even internationally. Kinda funny is the first letters LGB just happen to be the same letters that make up the LGBQT group. Not that I’m trying to denigrate the LGBQT community.

    Saw a picture that read; “We’re a Special Kind of Stupid”. Underneath the caption showed a long line of people spaced 6 feet apart waiting at a line in the airport. 30 Minutes later these people are packed like sardines inside the airplane.

    • Amazona December 15, 2021 / 3:14 pm

      That airport story is really funny, and the caption says it all.

      • Amazona December 16, 2021 / 4:16 pm

        So the customers don’t want to wear masks, and the CEOs of the companies don’t want to force them to wear masks and the science says that masks are next to useless and the new variant is so mild it is barely noticeable—but Joe Biden and Anthony Fauce refuse to let go of the petty power they are hooked on and demand that we bend the knee to their assumption of authority that is not legally bestowed upon them.

  14. Amazona December 15, 2021 / 5:21 pm

    iHeart has a panic article: The Omicron variant is being viewed as “the most significant threat” to public health in the United Kingdom since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to health experts.

    They didn’t even put quotation marks around “experts”.

    So the “most significant threat” has, last I heard, a total of one fatality in the UK.

    My question is, does this variant, when experienced and, God willing, survived, convey the same natural immunity to Covid in general that the original virus does?

    Because it seems to me that if there is a mild version which barely makes people sick at all, and has a survival rate well in excess of 99.9999%, shouldn’t we all hope to get it, so we have natural immunity that doesn’t fade away in weeks and doesn’t call for endless exposure to dangerous “vaccines”?

    • Retired Spook December 15, 2021 / 7:27 pm

      shouldn’t we all hope to get it, so we have natural immunity that doesn’t fade away in weeks and doesn’t call for endless exposure to dangerous “vaccines”?

      That will simply NOT BE ALLOWED, comrade.

  15. Cluster December 15, 2021 / 5:43 pm

    Love this:

    President Biden arrived at the epicenter of Kentucky’s tornado damage on Wednesday to be greeted by jeers of ‘Let’s go Brandon,’ despite bringing a message of unity and saying there was no such thing as red or blue tornados.

    Don’t ever be friends with Democrats and when you have the chance, mock them and make them feel uncomfortable. Make sure they understand what complete pieces of shit they are.

  16. Amazona December 15, 2021 / 8:53 pm

    I do have an idea of how to deal with vaccine mandates: Simply make every entity that wants to force or coerce people into taking these drugs sign off on assuming liability for any damage caused by the shots.

    Introduce accountability, a few dollar signs and some legal liability into the mix and see how long it takes for these bullies to back off.

    • Cluster December 16, 2021 / 9:19 am

      Introduce accountability

      The lack of accountability in every sector of our society is the reason for the chaos.

  17. Cluster December 16, 2021 / 9:51 am

    Reminder folks – the US government wants to make sure you remain TERRIFIED

    CDC issues grim forecast warning that weekly COVID cases will jump by 55% to 1.3 MILLION by Christmas Day and that deaths will surge by 73% to 15,600 a week as Omicron becomes dominant strain

    One might think that these stats would prove beyond any doubt that the lockdowns, masks, and vaccines don’t work – but that would be too logical.

    • Amazona December 16, 2021 / 12:17 pm

      The proles are getting too hard to keep herding into virus-panicked hysteria and submission. It’s time to go to DefCon 6. The Atlantic piece said, as the new cliche goes, “the quiet part out loud”. We’re over it. Even hard-core Lefty Polis has realized it’s time to feint a move to the center and actually said “the emergency is over”. Those stupid people all over the world keep blabbing about how so many are catching the new variant but not getting very sick from it, making the CDC’s job so much harder, so they have to amp up the hysteria factor. Last night I heard an ad on the radio, promoting vaccination, and it was paid for by Pfizer—that’s the first time I’ve been aware of one of the drug companies coming out and pushing the clot shots. They usually have the government doing the dirty work for them, the government and some obedient celebrities and media people.

      Clearly the FBI is not the only agency that needs a good hosing down and disinfecting. The CDC has become such a pawn for the radical Left in its drive to control everyone everywhere in every way, it needs to be gutted and taken back to its original purpose. Ditto for the NIH.

  18. Cluster December 16, 2021 / 9:56 am

    I have no words … people are so f***king weird

    North Koreans are banned from LAUGHING or drinking for 11 days to mark tenth anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il’s death

    • Amazona December 16, 2021 / 12:18 pm

      Well THAT’S going to put the kibosh on all those rowdy Christmas parties in NoKo.

  19. Amazona December 16, 2021 / 12:25 pm

    I’m not sure which category this falls under—-“It’s About Damned Time” or “What Took You So Long”. Or maybe “Time To Try To Cover Our Ass”:

    A panel of experts who advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccines is meeting Thursday to discuss updates to a severe condition linked to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

    The panel will listen to presentations by CDC officials on thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), which U.S. drug regulators say has a “causal relationship” with the jab, according to a draft agenda for the meeting.

    That “panel of experts” has got to be wetting its collective pants by now, as young healthy people keep dropping dead while the CDC keeps ramping up its “jab everyone, many times” campaign.

    • Retired Spook December 16, 2021 / 2:54 pm

      For most of the last year any information critical of the vaccines was labeled “conspiracy theory,” and “misinformation.” Now even prominent medical journals are joining in.

      Findings

      At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days. The lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases is further exemplified, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal. Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated. (emphasis – mine)

  20. Amazona December 16, 2021 / 2:44 pm

    Hard on the heels of articles about the “vaccines” causing heart problems I just read that a recent article on studies showing plastics to contribute to heard disease had a list of ways to reduce this risk. One of the suggestions was: Do not microwave food in plastic containers or covered in plastic wrap.

    A few years ago I read that heat helps release harmful plastic compounds, and I stopped letting plastics contact my food in the oven or microwave. Then one day when my Keurig coffee maker quit working I opened a couple of the cups to get coffee to put in my old coffee maker and discovered that there is a thin plastic film inside each cup, evidently a permeable film that acts as a filter. When I thought of nearly-boiling water passing over this thin film and probably releasing the same toxic chemicals I had been trying to avoid in other ways, I tried using the reusable cups you fill yourself but they were a pain, so I changed my coffee brewing routine.

    (Then, a few years later, Covid took care of that by making coffee taste awful, but that’s another story.)

    I’m not freakish about food contamination, but I do think that when it is not a big deal to avoid it it makes sense to try. I once listened to a great book called “Real Food, Fake Food” and realized if I paid attention to everything in it I would never be able to eat anything, but it did make me think more about food and where it comes from. I had long ago stopped using that Kraft “Parmesan Cheese” in the green cylinder cans but was interested to learn it isn’t really “Parmesan” (which did not surprise me) but isn’t really even cheese, being cheese-flavored cellulose.

    I think the recent discussions of the hidden chemicals in the “vaccines” prompted this side trip into hidden dangers in food. Sorry about the ramble

  21. Amazona December 16, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    A spokesperson for Denver Public Schools said that Centennial Elementary school leaders met with “some of the Black families whose children attend” Denver Public Schools (DPS) and they requested a separate, segregated space to meet one another.

    “Some of these families shared with us that, since the only time many of them see one another is at drop-off and pick-up times, we host some events where Black families can meet one another, connect with one another and share their experiences about the school with one another,” DPS Media Manager Scott Pribble told the Daily Caller.

    Hmmm So black parents are incapable of setting up their own social interactions with other black parents, and need the school to step in and organize this for them? And provide a space for them? Why not have the school host events for all parents, and then the black parents can snub the others and huddle in a corner, if they need to feel a sense of separation from the rest of the parents.

    Why do I have a feeling their need to “share their experiences about the school with one another” is centered on being victims and not something they want to talk about in front of White people because they know, deep down, it is BS.

    I wonder if these black people (and no, I refuse to capitalize the B) realize how profoundly insulting this is to black people in general? They can’t chat with each other at drop-offs and pick-ups and agree to get together at a home, or at Appleby’s or somewhere? You know, like White people do? Certainly if they “see each other” they can then talk to each other, even if only to say “how about coming over to my house this Tuesday to get together with us and some other parents”?

    The dependency of the Dependent Class is really kind of creepy.

  22. Amazona December 16, 2021 / 6:58 pm

    Uncle Joe Biden: The struggle is no longer just who gets to vote or making it easier for eligible people to vote. It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all.

    Uncle Joe Stalin: ‘I regard it as completely unimportant who in the party will vote and how, but it is extremely important who will count the votes and how.’

  23. Amazona December 18, 2021 / 12:01 am

    This is from an interesting conversation about Covid and our reaction to it: emphasis mine

    Dr. Templeton:………….. I think people are very interested in banding together and fighting. They use this war analogy. I think that people who are very much in favor of mitigation and shutdowns and things like that, we all need to band together like we’re fighting a common enemy.

    And I don’t really like that analogy as well as thinking more about a pandemic as of a natural disaster. You don’t hear politicians say, when there’s a hurricane, if we all work together, we can stop this hurricane. You have to prepare for it. Yes. You have to make sure that the damage isn’t as bad as it could be, but it’s just something that has to be survived and endured. And I believe that was the case here and it was not how people looked at it. They looked at it more of a war type footing and that’s what they wanted it to be.

    Mr. Jekielek: So there’s an interesting element to me here, as we finish up. It’s almost like there’s this lack of an appetite for telling people, this is something you’re going to have to endure.

    Dr. Templeton: Yes. I mean, if you were an elected official or an appointed public health official, there’s a certain amount of, what does the community expect of me? And I think that’s where the safety culture comes in. I think many of these individuals think rightly so that the public expects them to give them solid steps of everything they can do to completely avoid becoming infected, and their ability to actually do that was obviously limited. But they were willing to sell an illusion that people wanted, because that was the way to placate them really, the public.

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