WE’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE Remember 8 years ago, right before the election, when Harry Reid claimed reliable sources told him Romney didn’t pay taxes?
It later proved wholly untrue, but Reid wouldn’t apologize even when proved a liar. The lie served its purpose, it made big news. He was proud of it.
Now we have NY Times accusing Trump of tax AVOIDANCE… which is, read this closely, LEGAL. Heck, it’s standard operating procedure for every corporation. It’s why they hire CPA’s. It’s tax EVASION that is illegal.
And all they have to do to prove their case is publish illegally obtained tax returns. That, by the way IS illegal. It is in fact a FEDERAL FELONY.
But they’ve accomplished their goal. The claim made the news. I don’t recall a lot of airtime being devoted to the fact Harry Reid clearly lied for political gain.
Harry’s explanation when asked if he was sorry he lied?
There are 29.9 million people in Texas. Reports say approximately 1000 are dead of Covid-19. That’s 1 in 29,900.
Odds I’ll be hit by LIGHTNING in my lifetime?
1 in 3000. Roughly 10 times higher. So when IS government going to do something to mitigate this Lightning Pandemic?
No, I’m NOT belittling the value of the lives lost. I’m putting it in perspective, because, let’s face it, people die of something every day. Does getting in your car mean you don’t care about the 3000+ people who die on Texas highways every year?
What? You still drive? You selfish bastard. It isn’t just about YOUR safety. By driving you could kill my grandmother. Or is that your plan? Hmmm?
No matter how hard the news spins this thing, we are not seeing people with oxcarts collecting bodies from house to house. Instead, we are seeing the equivalent of a bad flu season.
Even then most of it is centered in the Northeast states, so expecting Texans to hide out because the death roll in far away high-rises is bad is statistically heretical.
Take what precautions you think necessary, but no matter what you do, the only people safe from death are those who already died.
Remember this winter when Jackson Kernion, a UC Berkeley instructor, said in a Twitter rant that those who live in rural America are “bad people who made bad decisions” and they deserve to be uncomfortable?
As Covid-19 ravages the population of some major metropolitan centers while comparatively ignoring us “bad decision” hicks in the sticks… Wonder how his self-important classist worldview is holding up?
It’s almost like God said… “Whoah, not so fast, boyo.”
Don’t worry, junior. I don’t REALLY think God personally visited a plague on the world just to make you look like a dick.
After all, you seem to have accomplished that rather neatly without any need of divine assistance. :-)
Anyone who thinks government regulation IMPROVES things hasn’t bought a gas can lately.
I mean, heck, I grew up in a world where the nastiest statement about someone’s capability for a task was “He couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel.”
And yet, through the magic of government regulation, in order to pour a liquid out of a plastic jug they’ve come up with a gas can configuration that actually requires detailed instructions with five illustrations.
Pretty sure the new “safety” spouts are a fitting metaphor for government regulation in general. Even IF their intentions are good, they’re at best ineffective if not counterproductive.
They say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Safety spouts are the same. In the process of saving you from yourself, they only make you less safe while simultaneously decreasing effective use.
On the bright side, when you get pissed and decide to burn it, it’s already full of gas.
Unless you can point to the line where the Constitution says “unless we get really really scared”… ALL edicts which violate the Bill of Rights, even “for our own safety”, are ILLEGAL.
I understand you may think it best for me, and more pointedly, best for YOU.
Watch my lips: I DON’T CARE what you think.
I especially do not care for you thinking your opinion should be enforced by city, county, state or federal authorities. They might have the ability to enforce it, but they lack the authority.
That’s a very important distinction. There’s a word for enforcing unconstitutional edicts simply on the basis that you have control of the police or military.
If you have a compromised system, or even just a preternatural fear of contracting an illness… self-quarantine as long as you want. No one will stop you, but you don’t get to imprison OTHERS because of YOUR fear.
The idea that the Bill of Rights can be ignored “for our own good” is being field tested.
So far a lot of folks seem to be fine with what amounts to house arrest of the nation in order to “protect us” from a largely survivable strain of flu virus.
It’s embarrassing the public is so easily manipulated while officials who get paid with our tax dollars regardless of performance direct “emergency” funds to entities like National Endowment for Humanities ($75 mil) and The Kennedy Center ($25 mil).
Seriously. The Kennedy Center isn’t making surgical masks. Let’s pay attention.
QUICK Q&A ON THE TOPIC
NOTE: Sadly, I am not making these questions up. They’re taken from real conversations.
“OMG! This is NOT ‘a largely survivable strain of flu virus!'”
Actually, yes. That’s EXACTLY what this is… just the next in a long line of influenza. We see a new one every few years. We lost between 60-80 THOUSAND about two flu seasons ago and nobody batted an eye, much less shut down the country.
“But people are DYING! Are you that selfish? Do you WANT people to die?!”
Well, yes… but only the ones stupid enough to post ridiculous statements like that. People are going to die by the tens of thousands from one virus strain or another EVERY YEAR.
“But it isn’t SAFE yet. If we just wait a little longer….”
The only time you are totally safe from dying is after you actually die. In the meantime, we KNOW thousands die in traffic accidents every month, but we still drive to work. Buckle your seatbelt and quit acting like a child.
“But Huffington Post says we have had more Covid-19 deaths than Italy!”
They’re right. We also have 5½ times the population of Italy. It helps to remember to watch for statistics that are true but totally misleading. It’s called “critical thinking.”
“Well that’s SO FAR… But the government projections say…”
Ummm, yeah. Government projections. At the end of March they projected 2.2 MILLION US deaths. Suddenly they went to 100-220 THOUSAND US deaths… then days later they went to “about 60 THOUSAND US deaths.
Sixty thousand goes into 2.2 million almost 36 times. That’s not “flattening the curve”… that’s the government slowly dropping the numbers toward reality after they pissed on your boot and assured you it was just raining.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s important we engage in critical thinking. Politicians are using this “crisis” for totally unrelated reasons. Their deep concern for your health is at best a long way below achieving their own political agendas. Frankly I’d say it’s entirely mythical.
The Facebook censors have finally convinced me it’s time to act.
Background: Since it was easier to get dialogue going on a Facebook post than a blog, I’ve largely neglected this venue for a while.
Unfortunately, with increasing frequency the brownshirts monitoring FB are deleting my input and giving me timeouts for violating their laughable “community guidelines.” In effect, their guidelines boil down to…
“Thou shalt not embarrass the left, or tell truths we find uncomfortable.”
I’ll still post there, but I will link to here so you (and I) may converse outside the control of the speech police. Those responding here are welcome to disagree with me.
About the only firm rule HERE is the one I’ve enforced for a decade on my Facebook page… ie: If you start screaming “RACIST!” at people because you lack the mental capacity to form an actual argument addressing what they’ve said… You WILL be gone.
Aside from that, you’re more than welcome here, even if you hold opposing views. This is not intended to be an echo chamber.
Face it… If we all agreed on everything, some of us would be unnecessary. I hope you will visit often.
“And the weirdest thing about the Electoral College is the fact that if it wasn’t specifically in the Constitution for the presidency, it would be unconstitutional.” ~ Chris Hayes, Deep Thinker
Ignoring the hilarious circular nature of his statement, the point he made in context was that the popular vote, one man – one vote, is the bedrock on which the Constitution rests. Apparently the founders almost inexplicably just did the one weird exception… for the presidency.
Now some might argue the founders implemented the weighted-by-state scheme to avoid letting a few populous states dictate policy to what had been heretofore 13 autonomous colonies with their own home-rule legislative bodies.
Fast forward to today. California alone has more people than the 22 least populous states combined.
But let’s entertain his idea that the presidential vote was an aberation from Constitutional principles and look at correcting it. That means amending the Constitution… Which involves a joint resolution approved by 2/3 of both houses, and ratification by 3/4ths of the states.
WAIT A MINUTE?! Ratification by 3/4ths of the states? Not a straight popular vote? You mean they did that again? Those same 22 states get as much say as California?
MSNBC NEWSFLASH: If the method of amending the Constitution was not in the Constitution, it would be unconstitutional.
Dang founders. What did they have against Chris Hayes?