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  • Where Did the Coronavirus Come From? What We Already Know Is Troubling.

    06/25/2021 2:37:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2021 | Zeynep Tufekci
    There were curious characteristics about the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 1977-78, which emerged from northeastern Asia and killed an estimated 700,000 people around the world. For one, it almost exclusively affected people in their mid-20s or younger. Scientists discovered another oddity that could explain the first: It was virtually identical to a strain that circulated in the 1950s. People born before that had immunity that protected them, and younger people didn’t.But how on earth had it remained so steady genetically, since viruses continually mutate? Scientists guessed that it had been frozen in a lab. It was often found to be...
  • CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘I Don’t Do Opinion’

    06/22/2021 12:20:09 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | 06/22/2021 | Jeff Poor
    During this week’s broadcast of PBS’s “Firing Line,” CNN’s Don Lemon insisted his takes during his CNN program were not opinion. When asked by “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover to differentiate between what he does and what anchors on Fox News do, Lemon said he was different because he was offering “point of view.”
  • Jumping Jehoshaphat! Have You Seen How Many Israelis Just Visited the U.A.E.?[Abraham Accords]

    03/02/2021 6:38:01 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 March 2021 | Thomas L. Friedman
    We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East. I was Googling around the other day for a factoid: how many Israelis had visited the United Arab Emirates since the signing of their normalization agreement, known as the Abraham Accords. Answer: more than 130,000.Jumping Jehoshaphat, Batman! In the middle of a global pandemic, at least 130,000 Israeli tourists and investors have flown to Dubai and Abu Dhabi since commercial air travel was established in mid-October!I believed from the start that the openings between Israel and the U.A.E., Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan — forged by Jared Kushner and Donald...
  • Biden is set to repeat Obama’s Mideast failures — and wipe out US influence

    02/22/2021 1:24:43 PM PST · by SJackson · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 21, 2021 | Dominic Green
    Every now and then, America mislays one of its Mideast allies. “Who lost Iran?” they asked in 1979, as the shah’s regime went sideways, the answer being Jimmy Carter and the State Department. “Who lost Egypt?” they asked in 2012, as the Muslim Brotherhood took power, the answer being Barack Obama and the State Department. “Who lost Israel?” will soon be added to this perplexed ­refrain. The answer will be President Biden and the State Department. But this time, America will be losing the region as a whole — to its historic rival, Russia. Iranian mischief will wax again, and...
  • The second Trump trial and its intended victim

    02/04/2021 5:31:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 4, 2021 | Hugo Gordon
    What is the second impeachment trial for? The simple but untrue answer is that it will determine former President Donald Trump's culpability for the Jan. 6 ransacking of Congress, punish him, and cleanse our Augean politics at least a little by banning him from future public office. But everyone knows this won't happen. It takes two-thirds of senators to convict, which means 17 Republicans would have to join all 50 Democrats. Fat chance. Of the 50 Republican senators, 45 already declared the trial unconstitutional. It's their view — they may be right — that impeachment exists to remove an incumbent...
  • Newsmax Schoozmax

    01/20/2021 5:14:14 AM PST · by Quentin Quarantino · 43 replies
    Personal Opinion | January 20, 2021 | Quentin Quarantino
    I'm watching Newsmax this morning, wanting to feel a bit more connected to the events of the day, though I'll not be watching the ceremony. Newsmax has a panel on to discuss the day and one of them is the usual Democrat apologist who lies about President Trump with every statement ... the usual, rote, venal and invective lies about Reality. I'm not in the mood for it. If Newsmax follows the FOX template with at least one Juan Williams on every panel, I'm gone. Don't want it. Don't need it, so I move on to something else.
  • Letter: Capitol mob's hatred fueled by KMOX's Rush Limbaugh

    01/15/2021 7:51:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    St. Louis Post DIspatch ^ | January 14, 2021 | Joe Hanrahan
    Like Fox News and other right-wing media, KMOX must be identified as one of the fomenters of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The criminal actions undertaken by the mob were fueled daily by the hatred and lies of Rush Limbaugh and those listeners who follow him. The station is now a shameful part of our local legacy.
  • Let's get real Pence could not give the Presidency to Trump

    01/12/2021 7:30:24 PM PST · by springwater13 · 165 replies
    A couple things would have happened if Pence unilaterally ignored the election results in the Senate. 1) The Democrats would immediately sue and it would go before the Supreme Court within 24 hours and overturned. Even a Republican Majority could not allow it as it would create the Precedent of any future Democrat Vice President being given the authority to unilaterally void an electoral college and Congressional certification vote. It was always a ludicrous argument. 2) Pence would be promptly impeached by Pelosi and likely would have to resign or face a Senate trial. The only thing it may have...
  • Amy Coney Barrett hit a home run

    10/19/2020 10:09:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner - Opinion Editorial ^ | October 17, 2020 | Eidtorial Board
    In three days before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett did more than just prove that she belongs on the Supreme Court. She delivered one of the most effective performances ever for a nominee seeking the job. As judicial nominations have become more contentious, all recent nominees to the Supreme Court have demonstrated a depth of knowledge about constitutional law and a lawyer’s ability to field questions from senators. Barrett certainly did all of that. In days of testimony, she effortlessly recounted the issues at stake in various legal disputes, juggled questions from senators, and explained the reasoning...
  • Disdain for the Less Educated Is the Last Acceptable Prejudice

    09/07/2020 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Sept 2020 | Michael J. Sandel
    It’s having a corrosive effect on American life — and hurting the Democratic Party. Joe Biden has a secret weapon in his bid for the presidency: He is the first Democratic nominee in 36 years without a degree from an Ivy League university. This is a potential strength. One of the sources of Donald Trump’s political appeal has been his ability to tap into resentment against meritocratic elites. By the time of Mr. Trump’s election, the Democratic Party had become a party of technocratic liberalism more congenial to the professional classes than to the blue-collar and middle-class voters who once...
  • Can anything change Americans’ minds about Donald Trump? [barf alert]

    09/05/2020 11:38:07 AM PDT · by thecodont · 54 replies
    Vox ^ | Sep 2, 2020, 7:30am EDT | By Ezra Klein@ezraklein
    On August 27, 2019, President Donald Trump held a 41.3 percent approval rating and a 54.2 percent disapproval rating, according to FiveThirtyEight’s poll tracker. During the 365 days that followed, Trump became the third president impeached by the House of Representatives; America assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani; more than 200,000 Americans died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus; the unemployment rate rose from 3.7 percent to 10.2 percent; the US banned incoming travel from Europe, China, and Brazil; an estimated 12 million people lost health insurance coverage; Trump pardoned Roger Stone, who was facing jail time for dirty...
  • Why the Chinese Don't Have Opinions

    09/03/2020 6:39:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/03/2020 | Spengler (David Goldman)
    An old Cold War joke reports an international poll that asks the same question in every country: “Excuse me, what’s your opinion of the meat shortage?” The Poles say, “What’s meat?” The Chinese say, “What’s opinion?” The Americans say, “What’s shortage?” The Israelis say, “What’s excuse me?” No Chinese has ever run a community school board, a Little League association, or a volunteer fire brigade. For the past 2,500 years, and probably the past 5,000, orders in China have flowed downward from the top, through a vertical hierarchy. Everyone in the U.S. has an opinion about politics–we have to choose...
  • The Conservative Case for COBRA Subsidies

    The economy is starting to bounce back from the coronavirus, but a full recovery will take years. About 30 million Americans remain unemployed. And the Federal Reserve expects the jobless rate — which currently exceeds 13 percent — to remain above 9 percent through the end of the year, far above the historic low of 3.5 percent we recorded in February. Simply put, Americans are struggling. Through no fault of their own, millions have lost their jobs — and with it, their health insurance. Many are signing up for Medicaid or Obamacare. Conservatives like me cringe to see so many...
  • With VoteSafe Initiative, Both Parties Push PA Mail-In Ballots

    07/24/2020 8:51:25 AM PDT · by oldbill · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 23, 2020 | Salena Zito
    But these are no longer traditional times, so elected officials on both sides of the aisle have joined together in a statewide campaign called VoteSafe Pennsylvania to advocate for mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election.
  • Wall Street Journal vows not to 'wilt under cancel culture pressure' or yield to 'conformity and intolerance' after 280 staffers signed a letter protesting 'misinformation' in the paper's conservative opinion pieces

    07/24/2020 12:29:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 24 2020 | FRANCES MULRANEY and MEGAN SHEETS
    The Wall Street Journal's opinion section had a scathing response Thursday to the 280 staffers who had signed a letter this week claiming it pushed 'misinformation'. In a note published by the section's editorial board late Thursday night, the fiery rebuttal vowed that the opinion section wouldn't 'wilt under cancel-culture pressure' following the protest letter sent to publisher Almar Latour. The board said that it would not be responding directly to staffers who signed the letter but hoped to reassure readers that it will continue to fight back against 'a culture of growing progressive conformity and intolerance'.
  • California Takes Revenge on Trump

    02/14/2020 10:29:37 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Feb 2020 | Timothy Egan
    People leaving the Golden State are changing the political makeup of the states they move to. President Trump clearly hates the most populous state in the country he governs. While trashing California with his gutter mouth, the president has used his office to physically trash the home to nearly one in eight Americans — seeking to make its air more polluted, its water less clean, its forests more vulnerable to catastrophic fires.But now the Golden State is poised to strike back. By moving its presidential primary from June to March 3, California will finally exert a political influence commensurate to...
  • L.A. Times Opinion: Day 1 of the Trump impeachment hearing was a lost day for Democrats

    11/13/2019 5:19:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/13/2019 | Scott Jennings
    Day 1 of the public House impeachment hearings on President Trump is in the books, and nothing that happened will move public opinion in a meaningful way. The folks who have wanted to impeach Trump since he won the presidency still do, and the folks who don’t still don’t. In other words, it’s a lost day for Democrats. The burden of proof is on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) to do more than secure impeachment, which is all but certain. Their job is to conduct these hearings in a way that...
  • What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That’s the Problem

    10/09/2019 8:13:36 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Oct 2019 | Peter Schweizer
    We need a Washington Corrupt Practices Act to stop political families from self-dealing. In 2016, JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $264 million as part of a settlement with the federal government. The reason? An Asian subsidiary of the company had hired the children of Chinese government officials in the hopes of currying favor with their powerful parents — a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Had the same thing happened with a foreign company and an American politician’s family, however, no violation would have occurred — because no equivalent American law prevents a foreign company or government from hiring...
  • Gutfeld on Trump's tweets

    07/15/2019 4:32:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 15, 2019 | Greg Gutfeld
    President Trump tweeted. The tweets are being called racist because Trump told critics of the United States to go back to their country. Now those critics are holding a press conference to respond. Trump’s comment sounds bad, if you leave the rest of it out. He actually said, “Go back to your countries, fix the problems there — and then come back, and show us how you did it!” How many racists say “leave,” and then say, “please come back and help us?” Probably zero. But Trump messes with the media's reading comprehension, so they only digest half. See, Trump’s...
  • Message For Trump: You Can't Trust North Korean Leader KIm Jong Un

    07/05/2019 5:49:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies ^ | July 5, 2019 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - President Trump met again this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his continuing attempts to work out a denuclearization deal, scoring an historic first and possibly higher job approval ratings here at home. They shook hands at the demilitarized zone between the divided Korean nations, where Trump briefly walked into North Korea, becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in the isolated nation. What followed was a nearly one hour meeting where they agreed to have their teams work out the basis for future negotiations. Only this time, Trump was pursuing a far more...