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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Epoch Times - 'The Spector of Communism'
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2020 11:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Communism has been apologized for from the left and tolerated from the right for far longer than is moralistically possible. When John Dryden's dictum, "Beware the wrath of a patient man." plays out, what happens to the world's remaining communists will make Khmer Rouge Cambodia look like a petting zoo.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||

#2  And no apologist nor accomodator from either side of the spectrum will be spared.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#3  I sure hope you're wrong MM - have you read on French Revolution?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Sure. Haven't you been saying for a while the Chinavirus mess has to burn itself out?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Cycles. Pendulums. You believe in them or you don't.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 I mean, once you start killing people over differences of ideology - where do you stop?

#5 I'm definitely not a Toynbeean.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 14:11 Comments || Top||

#7  "We'll just keep this black widow in the far corner of the child's crib. No possible harm..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

#8  #7 Most people are not evil by nature - they just run with the herd. Change the conditions, and your average leftist is totally harmless.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#9  So let Pol Pot run on past so Bill Ayers doesn't get hurt. Sorry. No.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, I don't like it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 14:58 Comments || Top||

#11  I suppose one might ask, did Ted Bundy belong in the electric chair? No? Really?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Some people will be stuck saying "Not all communists are bad people. Some of my friends and family are communists. You can't just lump them all together with Stalin." Well. That's something some people can say and think...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 15:43 Comments || Top||

#13  Asked how he felt about killing people, Rafał Gan-Ganowicz responded "I wouldn't know. I only killed communists."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 15:48 Comments || Top||

#14  I mean, once you start killing people over differences of ideology - where do you stop?

Who will decide how many cannibals, child murdering pedophiles and Ed Gein types we keep?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 16:07 Comments || Top||

#15  Straw men - I said difference in ideology, not actions
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#16  Ideology. Ideation. Rationalizations. Excuses. Etc.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 16:14 Comments || Top||

#17  As an abstraction any idea is harmless. It's in the realm of action where some ideas become toxic. Straw men bur hot and sometimes burn down the whole damn wheat crop.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 16:15 Comments || Top||

#18  I think you been looking at the abyss too long, MM.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 16:16 Comments || Top||

#19  You think, therefore you feel you have a valid diagnosis. Be satisfied if not correct or happy, G.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 16:19 Comments || Top||

#20  "This world is full of
Endless abstractions.
I won't be held responsible
For my actions."

Albert Heads West - Nick Cave
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 16:33 Comments || Top||

#21  The only good Communist is a dead Communist.
Posted by: Albemarle Bourbon4037 || 03/29/2020 20:21 Comments || Top||

#22  ^ Hear, hear!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 20:22 Comments || Top||

#23  Hey guys, Methanol does not work to cure the virus, but it does have it's effects :-)
Posted by: Beau || 03/29/2020 21:27 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New front: Worry over COVID-19 spreading in African refugee camps
[Aljazeera] Scary, distressing, catastrophic: A bleak assessment by experts, humanitarians and epidemiologists on what a severe coronavirus outbreak would look like in countries across Africa sheltering millions of refugees and other vulnerable people.

The virus that swept across the globe has infected more than 660,000 people and killed some 30,000 since it was detected in China late last year. In Africa, the confirmed figures are still fairly low - but on the rise. As of Saturday, 3,924 infections and 117 deaths had been reported across 46 of the continent's 54 countries.
"Bad luck"
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2020 04:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Things are beginning to look pretty good back in Peoria, compared to what these poor souls must be facing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2020 5:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Not enough beach volleyball gatherings
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/29/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  We can send a few hundred of them to David Geffen's yacht. Other than that, I've got no clue.
Posted by: Matt || 03/29/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Peoria or Pretoria?
Or both?
Posted by: Lex || 03/29/2020 11:19 Comments || Top||


It's Time We Had a Talk About China (and the Chamber of Commerce)
[The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller] Watch this before the ChiCom operatives in Google (obviously the Foreign Agent Registration Act that placed Maria Butina in federal prison doesn’t apply to U.S. media and social media platforms) take it down:

The Chinese Lung Clap is not the first pandemic inflicted on the rest of the world, SERS, MARS, H1N1 and about 90% of the seasonal flus are other examples that we’re not allowed to talk about, but it IS the first that has completely paralyzed the already minuscule minds of politicians all over the world and is threatening to throw the entire globe into a self-inflicted economic depression. Self-inflicted in the sense that the hysterical overreaction we’re currently seeing is on US, not China.

But that’s the ONLY part of it that’s self-inflicted.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2020 02:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 4:23 Comments || Top||

#2  The Chinese American Chamber of Commerce you mean? A lot of Sock Puppetry (we won't mention fisting) going on these days.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/29/2020 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I hope they do not outlaw sweet and sour chicken!
Posted by: Glolulet Ometch9747 || 03/29/2020 12:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Nothing will happen this time.

It will take several more iterations of these pandemic cycles before Karen and the Normies finally realize that elections and relying on our "public servants" to do something about China is delusional.

And by then, so much damage will have been done that it will either be too late, or the remedy will have to be far more extreme than they are currently willing to contemplate.

The world is going to look very different five to ten years from now, and the hand wringing, pearl-clutching NPCs squalling "Who could have imagined?..." and "No one ever warned us..." will have no one but themselves to blame.
Posted by: charger || 03/29/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Contagion and the Right to Travel
h/t Instapundit
[Harvard Law Review] - Not since 1918 has the United States faced the kind of wide-scale public health crisis that Americans face today. The novel coronavirus pandemic of 2020 jeopardizes multiple millions of Americans’ lives, especially the elderly and immunocompromised. It also stands to cripple the American economy with the real prospect of the nation plunging into a depression. The virus itself is more easily transmitted than other seasonal diseases like the flu. Each non-isolated case of novel coronavirus will infect 2 to 2.5 additional people compared to the flu, where each additional case will infect 1.3 other people on average. Moreover, it is more deadly than the flu. As I write, nearly 85,000 Americans have been infected, and over 1,000 lives have been lost to the pandemic. These numbers will surely grow as the challenges to respond to the crisis mounts. Public health resources are strained, and the testing capacity of the United States lags behind other nations.

Public health experts and government officials face a stark choice: swift crackdowns on private movement or the possibility of mass mortality. To "flatten the curve," i.e., slow the exponential growth of new infections and avoid overwhelming the healthcare system, governors and mayors have mandated social distancing and instituted stay-at-home orders. And while the pandemic has touched every state in the nation, certain states like New York, New Jersey, and Washington have acute outbreaks. In response, some governors have instituted de facto travel bans for short-term visitors. The governors in Alaska and Hawaii issued mandatory self-quarantine periods for all persons entering either state for 14 days. Travelers whose final destinations are Florida or Texas coming from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut must quarantine for 14 days, as must persons traveling from New Orleans to Texas. Rhode Island has instituted a similar policy directed at New Yorkers, including police stops of non-commercial vehicles entering the state with New York license plates, that has come under fire from the state American Civil Liberties Union chapter.

These gubernatorial actions raise essential questions about states’ power to restrict the constitutional right to interstate travel that is grounded in dormant commerce clause doctrine. Observers are likely to initially turn to the foundational 1941 Supreme Court decision on the freedom of movement, Edwards v. California, for guidance because it captures restrictions on the movement of persons in a way no other case does.

...Rather, case law resolving the tension between public health and the movement of goods under the Commerce Clause long predated Edwards. Two livestock quarantine cases that date back to the late nineteenth century enforce states’ prerogative to establish rules to protect the public welfare against contagion, notwithstanding incidental burdens on interstate commerce.

...The quarantined goods cases are about the shuffling of commercial products across state lines, but the Supreme Court took the same approach to state officials’ purported work to curb the transmission of communicable disease.

...The nation finds itself in a historic moment that will change how Americans live for the foreseeable future and will leave an indelible mark on American society. Governors and state public health officers will use every arrow in their quiver to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. That much is clear. Some of these actions will inevitably raise honest concerns about civil liberties, and Americans should endeavor to debate the wisdom of government policy even amid a crisis to hold government actors accountable and protect constitutional values. However, the simple reality is this: federal courts will not enjoin temporary measures that are facially calculated to save lives.
Pikuah Nefesh doche Shabat (saving life come before even the Shabbat)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 07:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I always remember the cattle burning scene in Hud.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

#2  I was visiting in Georgia when this started in February. I have been in lockdown for 21 days because a friend came down with the Virus. I now want to go to my home in Colorado but that requires a hotel stop in Missouri. Can I be prevented from crossing state lines on my drive?
Posted by: Boss Dingle7996 || 03/29/2020 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Daffy the Well-mannered6917 || 03/29/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Boss, yes you can be. Governors can do whatever they want right now unless a state court stops them. States are only sort of required to comply with constitutional provisions of the federal bill of rights. Except for 14th amendment penumbras the federal bill of rights only apples to the federal government.

However, practically, no state is going to deny passage through their state to your home.

If they stop you, then you are nearby to potentially cause problems; if instead they let you go, you are out of there in a few hours.

Just be polite, show your id with out of state address and you should be on your way.
Posted by: rammer || 03/29/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#5  And to minimize the number of state boarders you cross, plan to take the Mississippi bridge between Tennessee and Missouri using interstate 55. It cuts out Kentucky and Illinois. Travel safely.
Posted by: rammer || 03/29/2020 14:43 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
The political surprise that no one imagined - only in Israel
[Arutz 7]-Only in Israel can politics beat Corona for center stage and for surprise value.

Until Wednesday afternoon the Left/Arab bloc was riding high and mighty in the camel's saddle. The Supreme Court and the loyal, cheerleading media were gleefully pushing the throttle forward of the steamroller, burying underfoot any chance of Netanyahu escaping the political juggernaut partnership of Arabs and post-Jewish Jews.

They were certain that the nasty Jewish part of the Jewish state would be put in its place this time.

Well, as happens so often in Jewish history and compounded in Israel's short, miraculous history, "der mentch tracht un der Gott lacht"(Man proposes and G-d disposes).

Benny Gantz, who was convinced that he could be prime minister leading an alliance of the angry minority groups in Israel (Arabs and post-Jewish Jews), realized that his eager minions were not enough for the final punch. Within his ranks of those promised power for their allegiance were a few individuals who in the critical test just could not sell their soul. Apparently the "Pintile Yid" (the intrinsic spark of a Jewish soul ) in them gave them no rest.

Perhaps the images of loving grandparents who longed for Zion blocked their way to actually walking hand in hand with Jew-haters.

Gantz did the math and realized that without them he lacked the sixty-one seat majority to form the anti - Bibi government.Thus, in a last-minute move, without informing his erstwhile allies, he struck a deal with Netanyahu.

Gantz will share power in the government together with what is left of his alliance, now that Lapid and Ya'alon have broken off from Blue & White. However, his political career will in all probability end there.

It will be interesting to see how Gantz, the most unpopular politician in Israel up to today will function in the "Unity Government."

He made two strategic promises that catapulted him into political power; One: never Bibi and two never Arabs. He broke both promises.

Jewish Israel will not vote for him unless he works miracles in the second half of the coalition agreement - not yet signed - when he is acting prime minister. Netanyahu is a hard act to follow and the Likud will certainly not nominate him.

Who is to be his constituency?

He seems to have no political future and it would seem that neither does the Left which ran circles around themselves in a whirlwind of backstabbing.

Yes, one can die of many things in Israel; even G-d forbid of Corona, but never of boredom.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 06:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like good news all around to me. Mysterious ways, indeed.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/29/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  grom, I'm from Louisiana ("Home of Louisiana Politics"), so forgive me for asking: Is any money changing hands in the process?
Posted by: Matt || 03/29/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 I'm not privy to such secrets, but - if you mean Blue & White people who objected to Arab supported government being bought off? Doubt it, there are some things in Israeli politics that you just don't do - unless you're leftard on EU payroll.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ ...unless you're leftard on EU payroll. Did it start becoming obvious to even the dullest that the EU is going to find it hard enough to deal with the Coronavirus Epidemic...?
Posted by: magpie || 03/29/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Wonder how long the post-Jewish Jews think they'd survive in an Arab dominated Israel.
Posted by: ruprecht || 03/29/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

#6  ^They don't think on certain subjects.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2020 12:11 Comments || Top||

#7  As Quaid said in Total Recall, I give it "Twwwoooo Weeeeks!"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2020 13:52 Comments || Top||

#8  Can't wait to drop the phrase "Pentile Yid" into a conversation.
Posted by: York Harding || 03/29/2020 18:48 Comments || Top||

#9  #6 ^They don't think on certain subjects.--g(r)omgoru
I was told by an ex-acquaintance that he was a "...Socialist Atheist Jew". At that point I was gobsmacked by the combination.
Posted by: magpie || 03/29/2020 19:12 Comments || Top||



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Sun 2020-03-29
  Khamenei family fears he might have Coronavirus
Sat 2020-03-28
  LNA scores big advance around Tripoli
Turkish-backed forces suffer tremendous losses
Fri 2020-03-27
  Riots in China
Thu 2020-03-26
  Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi confirms Saudi coalition ceasefire
Wed 2020-03-25
  LNA forces eliminate GNA/al-Qaeda leader Ayoub Bu Ras in Tripoli
Tue 2020-03-24
  Gutierrez calls for an immediate global ceasefire
Mon 2020-03-23
  27 Taliban militants killed, 19 others wounded in Kunduz
Sun 2020-03-22
  Greeks Find Tunnel Full of Weapons Under Athens,
Arrest Turkish Terrorists
Sat 2020-03-21
  TSA halts all NY airport departures do to infected people showing up at each one.
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  Militant attack kills about 30 Malian soldiers -army
Thu 2020-03-19
  Migrants at Refugee Camp in Germany Riot,
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Wed 2020-03-18
  Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders
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  China expels ALL American reporters!
Mon 2020-03-16
  Saudi Arabia detains 298 officials in new corruption cases
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  Hezbollah commander prosecuted in Austria for terror finance

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