The Next Big Error and the Next

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 brings forth a wealth of speakers. The sadness of the occasion is relieved by tales of heroism. Maybe it’s just me, but two of the speakers were of place. It wasn’t because of the positions they occupied. The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are fixtures at these events. It just struck me the two people presently occupying these posts didn’t belong where we honored courage. In their younger days, Sec. Llyod Austin and Chairman Mark Milley wore the uniform of our armed forces with distinction. But that was then. Their character hasn’t aged well.

With our possible involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt took the bold step of appointing a junior officer Chief of staff over many senior Generals. Roosevelt realized in peacetime; military men owe their rise to top positions more to political connections than to being warriors. With war on the horizon, we needed warriors, not soft politicians.

Marshall, in turn, cashiered 600 officers, clearing the way for the likes of the then colonels Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, and many others to lead us to victory. When asked why he dumped “the brains” of the Army, Marshall said, “I was eliminating considerable arteriosclerosis.” I fear Austin and Milley are no longer fighters. People shouldn’t stay past their expiration date. Not when they forget who and what they represent for political considerations.

How else can you explain their actions or lack thereof in the Afghan pullout? The lowest second lieutenant knows better than agree to a plan where the military leaves before the civilians. No trained military person with a clear mind could okay Biden’s plan. Did our top military people agree to this dishonorable and stupid plan? If so, they need to leave in shame. They’ve stained the services they represent.

If they opposed this despicable plan, why didn’t we know their objections? Leaks to some news organizations cover your butt. It does nothing to stop a program that results in a significant loss.

It’s not that they weren’t aware of how to act honorably. Facing similar circumstances, Trump’s Sec. of Defense Jim Mattis loudly opposed troop pullouts in the Middle East and Afghanistan as he resigned. As I’ve pointed out, the fact that we still have troops in Syria shows that doing the right thing can change minds.

Goodness knows, Biden’s disastrous Afghan plan needed changing. The two might not agree with their President, but they failed in their duty to speak up even if it cost them. They’ve stained the services they represent. They need to leave in shame.

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The Biden Effect Today

July 29 strongly confirms Biden is hell-bent on destroying the recovery. His tool of choice is ineptitude. As I’ve pointed out, on Inauguration Day, the new president was the beneficiary of rapidly increasing injections of amazingly effective Covid vaccines. An already growing economy could only go into overdrive with the spreading Immunity. Momentum was in place to carry us forward with zero input from the Biden team. All Biden had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride. Later in the year, when the memory of the Trump administration had faded, he could take credit for the good times. In any case, a good economy always helps the incumbent Administration.

Instead of preparing a carrot and stick program to overcome the vaccine reluctance the UK had experienced, the Administration has sent mixed messages from the J & J vaccine to the current mask advisories. This confusion is playing havoc with people’s ability to plan for the future. These puzzling missives are spilling into our economy.

The government reported the economy grew at 6.4% rather than the expected 8.4%—quite a miss. Further, unemployment claims rose by a surprising amount. A growing fear of the Delta variant has contributed to investment and hiring hesitancy.

The Administration’s almost $2 billion Covid stimuli extending generous unemployment insurance and adding childcare payments with no work requirement has kept many from returning to work. Lack of workers restricts supply. All that money is floating around, goosing demand while we aren’t producing goods. We already have supply dislocations coming out of the pandemic. All this has led to the classic scenario “too much money chasing too few goos,” for inflation.

Misreading or ignoring of data led to the present disappointments and threatened further damage. It is essential to get out ahead of the fear and confusion. When the trepidation comes from the top, it gets quickly out of hand. On ABC New York, they are looking at the possibility of 4,000 deaths a day in the fall. This prediction is wildly improbable. How can I say this? It’s because I look at what is happening. India, where the Delta Variant originated, had a big spike. The UK, which is a few weeks ahead of us in vaccinations, has significantly increased cases. However, both have topped out::

Instead of growing out of control, the virus appears to be running out of potential victims. Shots in the arm and natural Immunity have narrowed its opportunities. Is this going to happen here? Very likely.

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Don’t Tell Me-Sell Me

Here we go again. Across our media, the return of the pandemic is getting big play. The Delta variant has pushed our two-week average cases up an astounding 170%. Everyone put on a mask, especially that two yr-old super-spreader. Prepare for new lockdowns before we are overwhelmed. Without everyone getting vaccinated, Covid will get completely out of hand. Even the vaccinated are testing positive. The unvaccinated are terrible people, putting us all at risk. For our safety, we have to mandate everyone gets the shot.

I started writing about Covid 19 on 3/20/2020. The posts comprise my series on Covid 19. If you haven’t read them already, take a look. I think you’ll find I’m pretty right on. On this basis, let me try to put our present circumstances in perspective. 

The increase in cases sounds terrifying until you realize the prior low figures we achieved. In any case, infections don’t mean much unless they do significant damage. While we have rising Covid rates, deaths and hospitalizations have hardly risen. I include these charts again to illustrate the actual situation: 

99% of the recent Covid deaths were unvaccinated. That means if you have a shot, you’re rarely going to be hospitalized and die. We see the same decoupling between cases and deaths in the other high vaccination countries, U.K. and Israel. During the cold and flu season, we don’t stop living.

In my post “Can we afford Another 100 Days,” I expressed fear over our sharply declining vaccinations. To get to the reluctant after the first rush, Israel, the leading vaccinator, anticipated a decline and used a carrot and stick approach. They were ready with programs such as the Green Pass. Instead of using their experience, the Biden administration undertook actions that could only discourage people from getting shots.

The downturn in vaccinations was simultaneous with the pulling of the J & J vaccine. We repeated the E.U.’s gross error with the AstraGenica vaccine instead of learning from their experience. The administration further confused people with mixed messages. Telling prospective shot takers they’ll be able to return to everyday life while you are wearing one or, in some cases, two masks made no sense. Yet, the president, vice-president, Speaker of the House, and, of course, chief medical spokesman, Dr. Fauci, all were guilty of continuing to wear masks after vaccination, often outdoors. 

Making things worse, the Biden allied Mainstream Media plays up every adverse vaccine event. Even though severe breakthrough infections or bad reactions are statistically rare, the news makes it appear they’re far more prevalent. The administration should make it clear to the media that they’ll provide spokespeople to put things properly, hopefully before the stories appear. Otherwise, these stories amount to misinformation.

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Oppressor or Victim

Tony Timpa is someone you probably never heard of, but you should be aware of him. Don’t google him yet. Let me put his story in context first.  

After declining for decades, violent crime in our major cities turned up starting in 2014. That year, a white policeman shot dead a young black man in Ferguson, Mo. The story spread Michael Brown is killed in cold blood while pleading, “hands up, don’t shoot,” by officer Darren Wilson. The result was a full-blown riot resulting in damage to Ferguson that remains today. The group leading the protest was “Black Lives Matter” (BLM). The message across most media was a racist white cop gunned down an unarmed Black youth. 

The only problem the story was false. Officer Wilson was attacked by a 6′ 4″ 292 lb. petty criminal. He shot in self-defense. Please don’t take my word for it; three separate investigations confirmed Brown was the author of his death. These include a report by President Obama’s justice department. 

Darren Wilson, fearing for his life, resigned from the force and disappeared. As I predicted at the time, Police across the nation noted the lack of support for the people in blue and pulled back. “The Ferguson Effect” became a growing truth as police backing waned. Defund the racist Police became the cry. Aggressive policing declined, and cops retired or quit. Who wants to risk your life for people that don’t have your back. The safety of our citizens suffers.

Still, we find Michael Brown’s name included in the growing list in the media of innocent Blacks unfairly gunned down by white Police. A plague of blacks murdered by those in blue. However, some looked at the 50 million+ annual police-public encounters and wondered if some cherry-picking is involved. 

As I’ve pointed out in the past, there is friction between law enforcement and the public worldwide—the more lawless the area, the more adverse actions. Sometimes these are deadly. In most countries of the world, the Police and the public involved are of the same Race. Just this morning, Mariam Barghouti, a Palestinian, complained in the Washington Post of the over-the-top actions of the West Bank police. Why then are the authority-public problems always attributed to Race in the U.S.?

On May 25, 2020, those pushing the police “place little or no value on the Black lives” narrative got all the proof they needed. It appeared in a cellphone recording of a white police officer kneeling on the neck and back of a black man for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The man died. He had claimed that he couldn’t breathe, but the white cop kept the knee in place. The other cops present didn’t help the black man.

With this powerful visual in hand, the media exploded against race-based police brutality. Protests and riots spread across the nation. Racism is institutional in all phases of our lives was trumpeted. Law enforcement is the worst example and defunding on the table. Teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the complementary 1619 Project to all our children so white kids know they are oppressors, and black kids are always victims. The nation divided along racial lines.

What if George Floyd’s death while terrible police work wasn’t race-based? All over the world, there is always the problem of rogue or just bad cops. Corruption in law enforcement knows no borders. Free people have to be vigilant and make corrections. But a bad cop doesn’t equal a racist cop. Without Law & Order, there is no civilization.

The media told us a white cop would never treat a white with such indifference. As it turns out, there is an amazingly similar case. Tony Timpa, in August 2016 Dallas, Texas, had a policeman’s knee on his neck and back for over 14 minutes. During that time, he expired. He had called out for help before going cold. The similarities of the Floyd and Timpa cases are eerily close. Both were large men who had taken drugs but were handcuffed and were no threat to the officers. The only significant difference I can see in the cases, one was black and the other white. Take a look at the Timpa Case and see if you disagree. Ask yourself why you know everything about the Floyd case but nothing about Tony Timpa. Who received justice?

As I pointed out in my last post, making everything racial with only black victims benefits the Democrats. If Blacks start asking the Democrats they elected why they’re not doing better, they might vote differently. If they did, the Democrats might collapse. Hence, the Party and its media allies must heavily emphasize Black victimhood. Racial division is a matter of survival.

If you disagree, tell me who shot Ashli E. Babbitt on 1/6 at the Capitol. Why is it the press hasn’t demanded the officer’s name and the videotapes of the incident. Like George Floyd, she was a lawbreaker but was unarmed and posed no mortal threat. Yet, she is the only one to die there, and we know next to nothing. We knew right from the beginning the Race of the officers who killed Brown and Floyd but not the officer who shot Babbitt.

Our nation has many problems, but they’re not all about Race. The left is carrying this Racial injustice division to the point where teachers can tell my school-age grandchildren they’re “oppressors” solely because they’re white. The most prominent teacher’s union, the National Educational Association (NEA), says the CRT is “reasonable and appropriate” for our kids. It opposes any bans on the use of the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project.  Remember, these are the same people that couldn’t be bothered teaching our kids for a year during the pandemic.

No way can I support teaching my grandkids something as mindless as the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord, Mass. in 1775 fired the first shots of the Revolutionary War, “The Shot Heard Round the World,” did it to keep their non-existent slaves. Who other than the New York times thinks slavery was significant in New England.

Not only does it hurt my grandkids, but it also has to be devastating to Black kids to be told they will always be victims of Institutional Racism. That won’t inspire them to work for a better future. Instead of real solutions to problems, we get harmful nonsense from the left for political gain. For shame, for shame!

Covid Cases have declined to a point where the Dispatch no longer provides us charts. However, if you want Covid Data, Johns Hopkins still gives it. For most people, Covid is moving into the past. Cases now are mainly among the young. They were never at the same risk as older people with conditions. However, I fear those over 50 unvaccinated people who spend time with others who didn’t get the shot. You don’t want to be among the last ones to die from this pandemic. 

Summer Solstice

Spring is over, and Summer is here. Here in Phoenix, it’s already been north of 115 for a while. In January, I predicted the Pandemic would fade by the end of spring, and life would be back to near normal. Given the Warp Speed vaccines in the pipeline and the number of people already naturally immune, this wasn’t bold; simple math applied to what is widely known made it a solid bet. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration and some Democratic Governors were the only ones caught with their pants down. Aiming for a hundred million vaccine doses in arms at the end of their first hundred days when we were already on a much higher pace shows how out of touch they were. As I pointed out, this is an administration that can’t be bothered with homework.

President Biden kindly allowed, if we were good, on the 4th of July maybe we could have a backyard B.B.Q. with a few vaccinated family or friends. On Father’s Day, the Phoenix Suns played before a sold-out crowd of over 16,000 with no mask or distance mandates. Joe seems quaint. 

I also forecast the exposure of Dr. Fauci as a bureaucrat who rose past his capabilities. Instead of the dedicated public servant and the embodiment of “science,” the fawning media portrayed, we now see a man associated in a coverup of N.I.H. involvement with the lab in Wuhan, China. He or his friends rounded up many “scientists” to condemn the Lab Leak Theory when it always made more sense the “Wet Market” idea Fauci and friends adopted. These actions have now undermined our faith in Fauci and science in general.  

As the Pandemic fades, we’ll have the inevitable after-action reports. After all, we don’t want to repeat a tragedy costing millions of lives. So where did Covid come from, why wasn’t the outbreak known sooner, why were we so unprepared, and did we have the correct responses? These are questions demanding answers. 

Focus on the Pandemic will be maintained by its lingering effects. School children by the millions of lost at least a year of in-person schooling. The less well-off suffered the most. People lost their businesses and dreams. What will this mean in suicides and drug addiction? What policies resulted in the least bad results?

“Science” and media looked at in a far different light. The media almost uniformly supported the “wet market theory” and lengthy lockdowns. School closures are hardly questioned even in the face of data showing they should be open. As information becomes known, how will news outlets justify their dereliction? Everyone will know who in the press failed even to try to get the story right. Lining up with Fauci and friends has its costs. The summer rolls on.

The heat may be making the cancel culture front even wackier. “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play, now a movie in theaters, has been attacked for not prominently featuring more Blacks. Set in the Washington Heights area of New York City, known as the Little Dominican Republic, the story revolves around a storekeeper contemplating returning to his island Republic. 

If the story is about a Dominican community, it’s fair to ask how Dominicans see themselves. Do they identify as black? 70% of Dominicans identify as multi-racial. 15% claim to be white. Only about 1 in 10 say they are black. The Heights mirror this racial breakdown. Not much of an argument for a large part of the cast being black. The mixed-race super-majority sounds like a thriving melting pot.

Yet Miranda was attacked online for the lack of prominent blacks in the movie. They then pounced on 89 years old Oscar winner Rita Moreno when she came to his defense. These demands are akin to insisting on whites cast in leading roles in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Sadly both Miranda and Moreno asked for forgiveness. How crazy has this search for victims and oppressors become? Is it just easier to give in rather than stand up?

Abasement knows no bounds. My morning paper featured the headline “Kroger  drops brand over labor allegations.” Did Muslim Uighurs make the products in Chinese detention camps? It turns out the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is accusing Thai providers of Coconut Milk of using monkeys as forced labor. It’s hard to know the exact extent of monkey abuse as they cite no direct allegations from the monkeys. Are they not paid enough bananas? Somebody needs to interview the mistreated now.

Where will this end? Banning lamb chop sand wool over the long hours sheepdogs work? Next, prohibit those endless searches in the woods by truffle sniffing pigs. Of course, without the truffle gig, the pig’s future is probably pork chops. Have we thought this through?

Sounds silly until you realize Costco and Target joined Kroger in dropping the Chaokoh Products. Maybe this shows anti-Asian bias. Coconut milk is a vital ingredient in Thai cooking and Asian curries. Who is the victim here? Asians? We need to look into this. Where will the Monkeys find other employment? Will they ask the ultra pro-union Joe Biden for help in organizing?

I don’t expect any relief for my addled brain til fall. Maybe logic and common sense will return with the cooler weather, but I doubt it. At least stop picking on octogenarians such as Rita Moreno, you ageists. 

We have finally stabilized our Covid vaccination rates, after the Biden Administration missteps. In any case, with growing Herd Immunity the pandemic continues to fade away. Much as this is a surprise to the Biden administration and Fauci & friends, real scientists such as Dr. Marty Makary forecast it. He  predicted in the Wall Street Journal we would see Herd Immunity by the end of April. Roundly ridiculed, he has the last laugh. Thank goodness! I included these graphs so you could see the facts rather than absorbing media misinformation. You knew who was right and who was Fauci.