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Ceasefire, Violence Down 80 Percent
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
The FBI documents that put Barack Obama in the ‘Obamagate' narrative
[Just the News] Just 17 days before President Trump took office in January 2017, then-FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok texted bureau lawyer Lisa Page, his mistress, to express concern about sharing sensitive Russia probe evidence with the departing Obama White House.

Strzok had just engaged in a conversation with his boss, then-FBI Assistant Director William Priestap, about evidence from the investigation of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, codenamed Crossfire Razor, or "CR" for short.

The evidence in question were so-called "tech cuts" from intercepted conversations between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to the texts and interviews with officials familiar with the conversations.

Strzok related Priestap’s concerns about the potential the evidence would be politically weaponized if outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper shared the intercept cuts with the White House and President Obama, a well-known Flynn critic.

"He, like us, is concerned with over sharing," Strzok texted Page on Jan. 3, 2017, relating his conversation with Priestap. "Doesn’t want Clapper giving CR cuts to WH. All political, just shows our hand and potentially makes enemies."

Page seemed less concerned, knowing that the FBI was set in three days to release its initial assessment of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

"Yeah, but keep in mind we were going to put that in the doc on Friday, with potentially larger distribution than just the DNI," Page texted back.

Strzok responded, "The question is should we, particularly to the entirety of the lame duck usic [U.S Intelligence Community] with partisan axes to grind."

That same day Strzok and Page also discussed in text messages a drama involving one of the Presidential Daily Briefings for Obama.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 03:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Soetoro simply signed the checks. Brennan, Clapper, and Comey were the architects.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 3:09 Comments || Top||

#2  " just shows our hand"
"entirety of the lame duck usic"

So the USIC are the opposition party? Some very revealing turns of phrase there to say the least.

No wonder the globalists are desperate to get back in power, they were utterly immoral and corrupt.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 5:15 Comments || Top||

#3  #1. "I'm innocent I tell you, I was just the piano player in the whore house."
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/28/2020 17:48 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
COVID-19 'surcharges' take customers by surprise
[Washington Examiner] Some companies are adding coronavirus surcharges to bills, infuriating customers enough to take their business elsewhere.

"Many customers are angry about the changes," wrote Ted Rossman, an industry analyst at CreditCards.com. Rossman noted that roughly 86% of respondents from an American Express survey said they would stop patronizing a business if it applied surcharges to receipts.

A dentist in Florida charged patients $10 to help pay for the personal protective equipment worn by staff, which the mother of one patient felt she was not obligated to pay.

"I don’t feel that I’m required to pay that," she told a local news station in Jacksonville, Florida.

In Texas, a hair salon added a $3 "sanitation" fee to customers’ receipts. The owner of the salon said the extra charge was to cover new expenses that are now required to run a business.

"The cost of reopening includes all the extra supplies that we need and all the cleaning supplies that we need. It's worth it! It's absolutely worth it," Rachel Gower, owner of the Upper Hand Salon, told the local ABC news station.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some prices go up, some go down. Gasoline is, or was down. Auto and truck prices are down. Air travel costs are down.

I paid nearly $9.00 per gallon for exterior cleaning bleach last week at a small hardware store. Suppliers to small hardware stores are forced to raise prices. The supplier's money is found in large volume, box store sales contracts. Just another marketing strategy the box stores use to push Mom & Pop operations out of business.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't know Besoeker. From what I've observed - CV19 was a real blessing for the small stores around here.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:09 Comments || Top||

#3  @#1- Agree, B. Impose burdensome rules on small businesses that don't have the legal & financial muscle to fight. And, so often, those fees get passed on to the angry consumer.

But I have heard about the PPE surcharge in other places as well. What can one say?

This country is "fee'd" to death.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 8:35 Comments || Top||

#4  I had a friend who went to work in a lawn mower factory after college. The front office was delighted when they landed their first Walmart production contract. The annual Walmart sales increased year after year until Walmart became their largest customer. I suspect you can imagine what happened next.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't see a compelling reason to put a separate freakin' Covid-19 'surcharge' on a sales receipt; just raise the price like a normal business would and be done with it.
Posted by: Raj || 05/28/2020 8:41 Comments || Top||

#6  "I don’t feel that I’m required to pay that," she told a local news station in Jacksonville, Florida.

I feel your pain.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Perhaps they are itemizing receipts as sales taxes are.

Or, they are making a point (doubtful, but...) about the whole COVID-19 response by gum'ment.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#8  She should of course get the money from the state as they imposed the extra costs.

I think regulators should pay the first 5 years of any regulatory costs.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#9  And people think the economy will roar back...sheer folly.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 9:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Among other tragedies, the financial tragedy; American taxpayers are still paying the wages of intelligence organizations and members charged with monitoring (years in the making) events such as those in Wuhan. Yes, 9/11 redux and epic fail.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#11  I don't see a compelling reason to put a separate freakin' Covid-19 'surcharge' on a sales receipt

The point-of-sale (POS) system will have made that charge available. Until 'the tax' is ruled eligible or not, it ups the AR book for the business. Coded separately for extraction later.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||

#12  Skid is right.
Most states allow a business to add a surcharge for accepting credit card payments. Also known as 'pay with cash discount'.

Also, you know when you are on one of those price comparison sites, and the price listing all are similar except the one at the top is $20 less.

What a deal!

Well, except for those who dig a bit deeper and see +$30 S&H.

Me personally, I like to see how much of the cost of my tank of gas goes where.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 12:04 Comments || Top||

#13  I'm so desperate for a haircut that I wouldn't mind paying.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/28/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||

#14  86% of respondents from an American Express

That's rich. Would the Discover users like to weigh in as well?

My state doesn't allow such things; I ask if and where these charges must be displayed - 1st chance to learn about the surcharge is with the receipt is a bit shady.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 13:53 Comments || Top||

#15  Wait until people see the government surcharges. Think that state, local and federal governments will gracefully accept reduced budgets? Already seeing more cops out writing more tickets ... for safety of course.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/28/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#16  Of course, Cali is attempting to repeal Prop 13, with Chinavirus adding to the repeal's "urgency".

Meanwhile, Colorado is talking about repealing the Gallagher Amendment, which is its equivalent of Prop 13 (but as a state constitution amendment of course).

Never let a crisis go to waste.

Posted by: charger || 05/28/2020 16:02 Comments || Top||

#17  I’d be surprised if my dentist doesn’t add one. He upgraded his filtration system and all staff now have N-95 masks and heavier covering.

That stuff isn’t cheap.
Posted by: Klem Kadiddlehopper || 05/28/2020 16:16 Comments || Top||

#18  I had a friend who went to work in a lawn mower factory after college. The front office was delighted when they landed their first Walmart production contract. The annual Walmart sales increased year after year until Walmart became their largest customer. I suspect you can imagine what happened next.

If they turned away any customers or did capital improvements because of increased business from Walmart, they screwed up. Because Walmart likely asked for price reductions that brought revenues below their operating costs, thereby driving them out of business.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/28/2020 20:48 Comments || Top||

#19  Me personally, I like to see how much of the cost of my tank of gas goes where.

That information is readily available. Just turn to your favorite search engine and search for it.
Posted by: Graviter Gurly-Brown5390 || 05/28/2020 21:01 Comments || Top||

#20  What can I say, I'm a bean counter.
On my receipt, I want to see Federal, State, County, Municipal, and Commerce Region charges, as well as Compliance Charges and Special Build Charges.

If I'm in a rural area and see a x% tax for schools, ok then. If I'm in an urban area and see a x% charge for a new water fountain, well then...

It may make a difference whether I return to a service industry, a safety surcharge (in this case, it is government mandated or else they get their license pulled - an excellent lesson in regulations being passed onto the consumer). With a major purchase like appliance or vehicle, that lower priced urban ticket may end up being more than a higher priced rural ticket without the additional charges.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 21:40 Comments || Top||

#21  Could also mean, f'it a couple more dollars there and I know where they spend their money compared to Big Box misers.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 21:43 Comments || Top||


A Plague of Monsters
[American Thinker] Criminal terrorists attacked us on 9/11, and nations of the world united to treat us all like criminals and turn the fun and exciting world of air travel into an experience redolent of herding livestock to market.

Nineteen years later, a virus outbreak happens, and governments of the world — upon advice of the experts — treat us like infected patients, demanding we quarantine ourselves and cease all economic and social activities. Is this the first time democratic governments have quarantined people who were not sick?

COVID-19 is serious, highly transmissible, and lethal to a minuscule number of people, and we are past the point of being able to contain and eliminate it. Cowering in our homes, eschewing human contact, and wearing masks is not about saving lives; it is delaying deaths — or, if you prefer the sterile words of the experts, flattening the curve.

We're seeing how the shadow of totalitarianism can darken even the sunniest landscape: paternalistic governors issue decrees and edicts to their benighted subjects, unelected bureaucrats handle enforcement, and millions of miserable human beings discover the giddy frisson of snitching on neighbors.

Autocrats don't rely on bootheels and rifle butts alone. They absolutely cannot survive without press propagandists, spying rat finks, and leagues of toadies throughout society parroting the propaganda and cajoling fellow subjects into compliance.

The Infotainment Media Complex abets the tyranny by censoring dissent and force-feeding us morality tales about some dumb bubba who scoffed at the experts but ended up killing his family with COVID-19. Is anyone else tired of the crowds of liberal arts majors and J School grads shouting "SCIENCE!" like a twisted Thomas Dolby tribute choir?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 02:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The propaganda and hype surrounding COVID-19 is worse than the virus (as intended).
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/28/2020 17:04 Comments || Top||


Government
Coronavirus Propaganda Mimics War Propaganda
[Mises.org] In the period leading up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration and its media accomplices waged a relentless propaganda campaign to win political support for what turned out to be one of the most disastrous foreign policy mistakes in American history.
Oh lord. This is what happens when you let economists think about things other than money.
Nearly two decades later, with perhaps a million dead Iraqis and thousands of dead American soldiers, we are still paying for that mistake.
I s’pose it could be argued that we should have dropped a few Daisy Cutters or neutron bombs, then warned them not to catch our attention again, but Dave D. laid out why that should not be our first choice that first time. I have the link somewhere — if I find it I’ll add it in the comments, or perhaps he will if he happens to wander in today...
Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, were key players behind the propaganda‐which we can define as purposeful use of information and misinformation to manipulate public opinion in favor of state action. Iraq and its president Saddam Hussein were the ostensible focus, but their greater goal was to make the case for a broader and open-ended "War on Terror." ​
That’s one name for the current phase of the 1300+ year Muslim conquest of the world in the name of Islam. The Prophet Mohammed (bees piss on his knees) started it in the 7th century AD, and it won’t end until they either conquer or are destroyed.
So they created a narrative using a mélange of half-truths, faintly plausible fabrications, and outright lies:
Bull. Shit. They should be ashamed to even think such things.
  • Iraq and the nefarious Saddam Hussein were "behind," i.e., backing, the Saudi terrorists responsible for 9-11 attacks on the US;
    ...not backing, but certainly training them at Salman Pak. The reports are in our archives.
  • Hussein and his government were stockpiling yellowcake uranium in an effort to develop nuclear capability;
    Yep. Killed some entrepreneurial locals who discovered it and thought it was pretty. The reports are in our archives. Some of our Rantburgers can talk about it more directly, if they’re willing.
  • Hussein was connected with al-Qaeda
    ...Al Qaeda and all the other Sunni and secular Arab terror groups, not to mention most of the others that wanted to learn how to hijack airplanes and make explosives. Again, Salman Pak stories are scattered throughout the Rantburg archives...
  • Iran was lurking in the background as a state sponsor of terrorism, coordinating and facilitating attacks against the US in coordination with Hamas;
    ...also in our archives, including in recent days...
  • Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and other terror groups were working against the US across the Middle East in some kind of murky but coordinated effort;
    Duh!
  • We have to "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here";
    That is a matter of taste, of course — some think it’s unsportsmanlike to not let them get at our civilians at home, just like we let a nice variety of narco-gangs fight over territory in our city ghettos...
  • The Iraqis would welcome our troops as liberators.
    And so they did. Once again we have articles, photos, and video in the Rantburg archives.
And so forth.
So forth, indeed.
But the propaganda "worked" in the most meaningful sense: Congress voted nearly 3–1 in favor of military action against Iraq, and Gallup showed 72 percent of Americans supporting the invasion as it commenced in 2003. Media outlets across the spectrum such as the Washington Post cheered the war. National Review dutifully did its part, labeling Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, Justin Raimondo, Lew Rockwell, and other outspoken opponents of the invasion as "unpatriotic conservatives."
Et cetera at length, turned to the WuHu Flu issue. After that introduction I can’t be bothered to read further. So if you do, dear Reader, feel free to comment on it for us.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:


#2  A look at wordometer indicates (to me) the following.
Texas is going to be OK.
Florida is f*cked.
California is f*cked despite continuous lockdown.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 1:40 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
This Election Is Republicans v. China – Oops, I Mean Democrats
It's Kurt VPN via Instapundit
It’s pretty clear who the commie bastards known for their shoddy lab practices and their weird fetish for gnawing on pangolins badly want to win in November, and is not Trump and the Republicans. The Chinese communists want their money’s worth, and they will go all-in for the Democrats who find the chance to hurt Trump at the same time they hurt America too delicious to pass up. Plus, the Dems heartily approve of what Mao’s Pals are doing to freedom-loving Hong Kongers, seeing it as a template for what they would love to do to freedom-loving us.

We need to understand and accept that a vote for anyone with a "D" is a vote for Xi.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 14:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under:


Democrat Governors Will Drop Neutron Bombs on Their States to Take Out T...
[Rush Limbaugh] RUSH: We talk about the blue states and the blue state governors and their maintaining the lockdowns in their states. One of the things that we have to be concerned about in terms of getting the economy ramped up -- because Trump has a new phrase, "Transition to Greatness." Trump are is promising economic growth next year, 2021.

He promised Americans that they're gonna see some great numbers in the fourth quarter of this year. Trump is promoting a future economic recovery. It's a Transition to Greatness. "You're gonna see some great numbers in the fourth quarter, and you're gonna end up doing a great year next year," Trump was quoted by the AP. He said, "We built the greatest economy in the world. I'll do it a second time."

Now, some of the people in the Drive-By Media are saying, "Trump's new Slogan Is a Confession of Failure -- 'Transition to Greatness' is a corporate-style euphemism that tries to spin a collapse as a success." This is happening at the Atlantic, which just got through laying off a hundred people -- which Trump, by the way, touted.

So here's this bunch laying off a hundred people trying to tell us that Trump doesn't know what he's talking about, that his new slogan, Transition to Greatness, is actually a concession of failure -- that any reference to making America great again is an admission of failure. Trump's not responsible for this, any more than anybody else on that task force or any other position of authority who demanded the lockdowns.

They had to lie to him about all these computer models to get him to go along with it. All it took was one number, folks, if you remember. They told him, "If we don't anything, 2.2 million people will die." That phony model from the U.K. said 2.2 million would die. That model was done without factoring any kinds of social distancing or mitigation, and once that modeler plugged in social distancing, that 2.2 million became 500,000.

That was still out of whack. He said 500,000 people would die in the U.K. He revised that to 20,000. These models have been worthless. They have yet to be right about anything. Yet they remain quoted, and they remain consulted. Here's the thing about the blue state governors and the shutdowns, because there is one thing about this that I am worried about, and I'll admit it to you.

Our country cannot fully recover without the California and New York state economies participating, and we know it and they know it. Gavin Newsom knows it, and so does Fredo Jr. know it. Andrew Cuomo knows it. The longer they... Why do you think California and New York are not even talking about opening? California and New York say, "We're shutting down for the rest of the summer."

These birdbrains in California -- these public health officials and the city council, town council, board of supervisors, whatever -- say, "Yes. We're gonna maintain shelter-in-place through the summer, through the end of July, maybe into August." They know what they're doing. Gavin Newsom's doing the same thing, and the longer New York and California stay stagnant, the more it's going to impede the nationwide economic recovery and boost.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 03:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [428 views] Top|| File under:

#1  GavinNewsom's doing the same thing, and the longer New York and California stay stagnant, the more it's going to impede the nationwide economic recovery and boost.

Destroying the Trump economy is obviously the goal. They have no viable candidate, no plan or platform. The dems are simply focused on the destruction of the Orange Man and the regaining of power.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 3:34 Comments || Top||

#2  These birdbrains in California -- these public health officials and the city council, town council, board of supervisors, whatever -- say, "Yes. We're gonna maintain shelter-in-place through the summer..."

The process is even worse than that: at least a city council would involve elected representatives.

Instead the lifer/don't-lift decisions are being made at the county level -- quick Q: who's your county supervisor? Do you have any idea? And not even the supervisor or sheriff. The decision as to whether each county in California goes over the brink is given over to one obscure bureaucrat with zero expertise or skill in anything outside of medicine: the county health commissioner.

That individual's decision trumps the governor's decision if it's more restrictive than his. Any power-hungry little bureaucrat in sic a position has a built-in incentive to be more rather than less restrictive.

And there is nothing the public or its representatives can do about it: the process entails zero public input and no role for the people's representatives. And so we have different rules for different California counties - no haircuts allowed in some, haircuts in others; some surgeries allowed in some but next to none or few in other counties. Banana republic time.
Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  The public won't play that game any longer
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 7:53 Comments || Top||

#4  ^The public already is not playing the game - what's why California CV19 caseload is not going down, Frank.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Bullshit, G. People who get the CV were always gonna get the CV. All the damage is economical, as planned
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#6  CV is not magic. It doesn't go through walls.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:04 Comments || Top||

#7  p.s. So, in your opinion, Cuomo did right?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

#8  No - knowingly pushing infected old people into vulnerable populations was murder
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Empty bunks cost money. Nursing home owners and consortiums make substantial financial contributions.

2+2 = ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Here's the "Cironovirus Tracker" for counties and cities in the SF Bay Area. Key points:

1) it's now been admitted, finally, that there were at least 10,000 people infected in this area as early as February 6 -- i.e. six weeks before the lockdown even started. And yet there were no more than a total of 30 deaths attributed to these infected cases.

2) if you look at the curves for infected cases and deaths for each county, they all have more or less the same shape over some 10-12 weeks: a slow build followed by a spike, a plateau and then a decline. This is almost exactly the pattern that is seen during flu season. Also, this pattern occurs regardless of when the initial spike happened in that particular county, be it prior to the March 19 "shelter in place" lockdown or many weeks after the lockdown.

It is obvious that the authorities do not have the faintest idea as to how dangerous or fatal this strain actually is -- and what if any correlation exists between the fatality rate and any one of their grasping-at-straws measures.

They're just making this up willy-nilly as they go. All the evidence and every day's data indicate what we suspected from the beginning: this year's bug is not significantly more fatal -- and did not/doesn't merit more extreme public health measures i.e. beyond sensible precautions including washing hands, staying away from others if you have symptoms and above all, protecting the elderly-- than the other Asian flu strains that every year kill thousands of Californians.
Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#11  #8 People who get the CV were always gonna get the CV. & No - knowingly pushing infected old people into vulnerable populations was murder

IMO, you can't have it both ways.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:41 Comments || Top||

#12  Lex, just for a change of pace - how about you look at the world outside Californian Bay area?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#13  #11 - sharks are gonna bite some people every summer. Tossing people into the shark tank, however...
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#14  Link to the "Cironovirus Tracker" data set and notes, with breakouts for for counties and cities in the SF Bay Area.

Note this incoherent BS:

Is shelter in place working?

YES!!The numbers indicate it has, particularly in the Bay Area, where aggressive restrictions were first put in place.

BUT, ER, NO--Not really: However, after several weeks of flat or declining numbers, the Bay Area has seen a growth in new cases during the past week. From May 19 to May 23, the Bay Area reported 200 or more cases each day and averaged more than 210 cases per day last week. In the span of April 16 to May 17, the Bay Area averaged fewer than 160 cases per day and hit 200 only once.

AND NOW, THE INCOMPETENCE... The spike coincides with the gradual reopening of California even though most of the Bay Area has maintained its shelter-in-place orders.

No you ninnies, the "spike" occurred in the East Bay counties and is almost certainly due to the lag time needed for infections to move from the heavily-Chinese epicenter -- in SF, San Mateo and Santa Clara -- over to the East Bay, i.e. Oakland and the counties where most of the area's African-American population resides.

Zero attempt to do any intelligent time series analysis at all.
No comparison with time series data for prior year flu seasons.
No effort to separate signal from noise, to isolate causes and effects.

And based upon this third-world bullshit performance they have thrown over 5 million Californians out of work, cratered many thousands of small businesses, and are ruining the educations hence life producers of 5 million school kids who were already suffering the effects of their shitty third-world caliber educational system.



Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#15  #13 I've read your "People who get the CV were always gonna get the CV" as Inshallah, sorry.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:57 Comments || Top||

#16  #12 - how about you look at the world outside Californian Bay area?

Been there done that - and realized that cross-country comparisons are totally useless. Again, the methods of attributing cause of death have varied so widely that the data are completely inconsistent. And incomplete. And shifting. And of course inaccurate and even corrupted in many cases by officials seeking to game the numbers one way or another.

The reasons that California data is worth diving into, in isolation, are that

1) it's a large and at least consistent dataset i.e. the method of attributing death has not varied from place to place or time to time;

2) California has vast experience with the spread of virulent Chinese flu strains-- unlike countries in Europe or the Middle East, California is on the front lines and has vast amounts of data for doing yearly comparisons of Chinese-sourced strains

3) Again unlike Europe, California reports data broken out by ethnic sub-groups, which shows clearly what others noticed at the very beginning: fatalities are linked to certain ethnicities' mainly Africans', much higher susceptibility to this disease.

4) we have good data in California about the number of people who were and are still arriving at CA airports every day on direct flights from Wuhan and other Chinese cities, hence we know that the virus was spreading and had already infected tens of thousands of Californians by the end of January
Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 9:05 Comments || Top||

#17  Been there done that - and realized that cross-country comparisons are totally useless.

Well, bye.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 9:12 Comments || Top||

#18  Have a nice life, grom.

"We'll always have Stockholm."
Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#19  #3 The public won't play that game any longer.


Hope you are right Frank.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/28/2020 18:01 Comments || Top||

#20  Trump should announce that states that stay locked down will receive whatever federal help there may be in the order they open up.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 18:20 Comments || Top||

#21  gromguru still is the voice of reason in this matter.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 18:26 Comments || Top||

#22  g(r)omgoru of course
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 18:26 Comments || Top||

#23  I'm having lunch with a buddy in a restaurant/bar on Monday
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 18:34 Comments || Top||

#24  Make sure you wear your mask Frank.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 05/28/2020 21:02 Comments || Top||

#25  German restaurants are open for business. But then again, we only have about 10,000 active cases now.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 21:16 Comments || Top||

#26  Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Texas are going to harvest businesses from NY and CA.

Just leave the employees (liberals) in CA and NY.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/28/2020 21:55 Comments || Top||


President Trump is trying to revive the economy while Illinois and other blue states are actively seeking to keep it in depression
[American Thinker] In Illinois, our Legislature just had a grueling four days in Springfield, where they passed whatever they wanted. When Democrats have huge majorities in the House and Senate and control the governor's mansion, it is not tough to pass what the speaker of over thirty years wants.

Illinois has a constitution that requires a balanced budget, so the budget they passed borrowed $5 billion from the federal government and left a $6-billion deficit. We have hundreds of billions in actual debt and unfunded liabilities; how is this in adherence to the constitution?

Since the work was so tough, the legislators gave themselves an almost 3% raise. Everyone should remember that while the Democrats intentionally keep millions unemployed in Illinois and tens of thousands of businesses closed or in limited capacity, almost every state employee, whether essential or non-essential, gets paid and gets raises and generous benefits. The private sector is clearly expendable to Democrats.

The Legislature was able to come up with detailed language on a constitutional amendment to change the income tax system from a flat tax to a graduated tax. Here is how specific it is.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 02:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They already had a $6 billion deficit.

Where is the $5 billion going?
Posted by: Klem Kadiddlehopper || 05/28/2020 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  "Be honest - how much are you exercising?"
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 4:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Not going to affect the presidential election - Illinois already has the mail in dead voters ballots printed and filled out and standing by to be counted.

Once Texas, Florida, Ohio and Georgia rebound under Republican govs, the difference will be quite stark and obvious, even to the most stubborn people in Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/28/2020 21:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Nothing like a fat slob billionaire governor trying to keep his very own state in a state of depression.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 21:59 Comments || Top||


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Amazon Blocks customer's negative comment on China toilet tissue
[PJMedia] I decided to order some safety stock of toilet paper from Amazon. I ordered a 20 pack of toilet paper.

Wait time was going to be long, but no big deal since I already had a bunch of toilet paper here. No doubt, the stuff was coming from China.

Well, it finally arrived on Saturday.
[picture of micro rolls]


from Amazon Customer on May 24, 2020 Are you kidding me with this? As you kidding me? So I paid for, and waited 2 months for what turned out to be 1/4 scale rolls of toilet paper. Yay… More Chinese scams. Time to remove this product, Amazon.

amazon response below:
Thank you for submitting a customer review.

Thank you for submitting a customer review on Amazon. After carefully reviewing your submission, your review could not be posted to the website. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
Posted by: lord garth || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  One word...no, two words: f*****g pathetic.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  A shitty thing to do.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 0:53 Comments || Top||

#3  ^But consistent
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/28/2020 1:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Youtube blocks comments about china.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 9:27 Comments || Top||

#5  ..yet has failed to register as a agent of a foreign government.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/28/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#6  So after it all, he still went ahead with China Paper full knowledge? Buyer beware.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Just went to my local Smart & Final - TP aisle was fully stocked
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Costco had Charmin the last time I went there, a 30 roll package of extra wide rolls. Good stuff. We got some Mexican toilet paper at our local grocery store, SUAVEL, Hecho en Mexico por: Kimberly Clark. Haven't tried it yet.

Again, one of my biggest complaints about Amazon and all other online shopping sites is that they never tell you where the products are made.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/28/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||

#9  "This is great toilet paper"

- Cheryl Crow
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 13:47 Comments || Top||

#10  M, that's funny.

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you think the reviews are for the consumers' benefit, its time to clean the BS filter.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 21:50 Comments || Top||



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