Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Brit Hume on Omicron variant: Politicians' 'cures' for COVID have been worse than the virus

By Fox News Staff | Fox News

In the wake of the new omicron variant, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume told "The Brian Kilmeade Show" on Monday that since the inception of the coronavirus pandemic, the cures from politicians have been worse than the virus.

BRIT HUME: It looks to me like we're freaking out again and making the same kinds of mistakes that we made the first and second and third time around.

There are ripple effects of that. And this has been the issue from the very beginning of the pandemic. And that is that in our efforts to stamp it out, to stop it in its tracks, which was probably never going to be possible, we undertook all sorts of efforts without ever seriously considering the side effects of our efforts. You know, Trump may have made a lot of mistakes on this, but he was right when he said, you don't want a situation where the cure is worse than the disease. 

When you think of the school days missed by kids, really how much that contributes to continued inequality and educational outcomes that these poor kids who you know, who many of whose parents don't even have a computer in the house or who are struggling to try to be educated in this setting where, you know, they're really not in school, they're really not getting instruction and so on. It's very serious.

You have health outcomes affected by the fact that people missed appointments for screenings and treatment and so on for cancer and other diseases. The supply chain problems we’re having as a consequence of COVID and the restrictions that were placed on travel and with people out of work and so on. So we're going to be feeling the pain from those for a long time.





By Paul Mirengoff | POWERLINE 

President Biden speaks about the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Joe Biden has ordered a ban on travel from eight African countries due to the emergence of the latest coronavirus variant. The countries from which Biden is cutting off travel are South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

When Donald Trump banned travel from China in the early days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Biden called the move xenophobic. I suppose that makes Biden’s travel ban racist by similar reckoning.

Speaking of Trump, Biden, and covid, the Wall Street Journal points out that deaths in the U.S. from that virus since Biden was inaugurated exceed the number of deaths that had occurred when, during a 2020 campaign debate, Biden proclaimed: “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.” At the time Biden proposed this disqualifier from holding the presidency, the U.S. had recorded 220,000 covid deaths, according to the Journal. Since inauguration day, it has recorded 350,000. And counting.

The comparison isn’t “apples to apples.” When Biden made his statement during the debate, the pandemic had been raging in the U.S. for about six and a half months. It’s been about ten months since the sad day Biden became president.

On the other hand, we had no vaccine during almost the entirety of Trump’s presidency. We’ve had one — developed and distributed during Trump’s presidency — throughout the time Biden has occupied the Oval Office.

Furthermore, as the Journal reminds us, Biden promised to “shut down the virus, not the country,” and he claimed to have a plan to accomplish this. This was BS.

So was his statement that “if [Trump] had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the [220,000] people would still be alive.” Has any presidential candidate ever defamed his opponent so flagrantly on a matter of policy? If so, I don’t recall it.

Here’s another comparison between Trump and Biden on the pandemic — one that’s closer to “apples to apples.” During the debates, Biden slammed Trump’s performance by claiming that Europe had done much better in limiting covid deaths than the U.S. At the time, however, the number of deaths per capita in the U.S. was in line with four major European countries it made sense to compare us with — the UK, Spain, France, and Italy. Like the U.S., these nations had reliable data, large populations, and lots of foreign visitors before travel was restricted.

As Trump’s presidency drew to a close, per capita deaths from the virus in the U.S. were about at about the midpoint of per capita deaths in these countries — nearly identical to the UK, a little lower than Italy and Spain, somewhat higher than France.

What about now? Today, per capita deaths attributed to the virus are higher in the U.S. than in all four of the comparator nations. Currently, the U.S. has recorded 2,393 deaths per capita from the virus. France, Spain, the UK, and Italy come in at 1,814, 1,880, 2,113, and 2,213 respectively.

The U.S., therefore, has lost ground to these four countries in terms of covid deaths under Joe Biden. This, despite the fact that the U.S. (under Trump’s leadership) was considerably faster off the mark than France, Spain, and Italy in getting the vaccine approved and into arms. (The UK, free from EU constraints, was a little faster than the U.S.)

Personally, I don’t think presidents should be judged based, without more, on how many Americans die during a pandemic. But Joe Biden based much of his case for the presidency on precisely this criteria. In both debates with Donald Trump, he led with that case. His pitch was as effective as it was crude.

By Joe Biden’s crude metrics, he has failed abjectly in dealing with the Wuhan coronavirus, both in absolute terms and in comparison to Europe. By his rhetoric, Biden “should not remain as President of the United States of America.”

I’m glad the Wall Street Journal has called Biden out on this. Don’t expect to read about it elsewhere in traditional media.



Media hit for 'sophomoric and ridiculous' take on Biden's travel ban after calling Trump's restrictions racist

By Cortney O'Brien | Fox News 

The area for TSA screening of travelers at JFK airport's Terminal 1 is relatively empty, Friday, March 13, 2020, in New York (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

President Biden imposed a travel ban on several African countries in the wake of the new strain of the coronavirus, the omicron variant, despite calling his predecessor "racist" and  "xenophobic" for imposing his own travel restrictions - a flashback the media has largely ignored. 

In 2017, then-President Trump imposed travel restrictions on six predominantly Muslim countries over concerns of improper vetting. Liberal media often referred to it as the "Muslim ban." When Covid began spreading throughout the world at the beginning of 2020, Trump would then block travel from China and six other countries, including Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Biden, a presidential candidate at the time, suggested Trump's actions were "xenophobic."

"We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus," Biden tweeted the day after Trump imposed travel restrictions from China into the U.S. "We need to lead the way with science - not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency."

Biden also referred to Trump's temporary ban on African countries as a "disgrace."

But now as president, Biden now appears to be taking a similar course. The first cases of the omicron variant are expected to have originated in southern Africa. Biden announced on Friday that the U.S. would be restricting travel from South Africa, and seven other countries, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The ban began on Monday. 

At the time of Trump's travel ban announcement, the media had a meltdown of sorts and suggested it was a racist move. But the tone of this week's headlines suggest they're more understanding of Biden's travel bans.

Juxtaposed CNN pieces on the dueling travel bans showed that the network was much kinder to Biden's more recent restrictions.

The New York Times Opinion page ran a piece titled, "The Racism at the Heart of Trump's ‘Travel Ban'" in February 2020. But this week, the newspaper ran a tamer title, "United States will bar travelers from 8 countries."

Fox News contributor Joe Concha tried to put his finger on why the press is okay with Biden's ban.

"Because Joe Biden’s ban comes from good, decent place in an effort to save lives, while Trump just did it as an excuse to ban people from coming here," Concha told Fox News Digital. "As utterly sophomoric and ridiculous as those arguments are in applying motive, there are actually enough viewers and readers out there willing to believe it."

Biden is "replicating what he himself called racist," "Unfiltered" host Dan Bongino said on Saturday while sounding off on media hypocrisy. Georgia gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones also wondered where the outraged headlines were.

"The legacy media never disappoint," the Media Research Center's Dan Gainor told Fox News Digital. "They continue to embrace their role as public relations staff for the Biden administration. The omicron variant has been identified in at least a dozen countries so far. Nearly all of those weren't included in Biden's list of nations where he blocked travel. The key reason South Africa was blocked is it actually identified the virus. Yet, the press refused to call out Biden in any similar way to what they did to President Donald Trump."

"Leftist journalists continue to obey my rule of media coverage: Everything left is right and everything right is wrong," he concluded.

At her Monday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed Biden was critical of Trump’s "xenophobic tweet" and not critical of the travel restrictions themselves. Media observers pushed back on that explanation.

Fox News' Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.


Monday, November 29, 2021

Giving Tuesday: A Day To Help Charities

Dear Friends,

Help make this animated series possible!

Save the date, #GivingTuesday, the Global Day of Giving, is coming up on November 30! #GivingTuesday is the day when charities, families, businesses, and communities around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Your support on November 30 can make a big impact on future generations. You will help us develop the series of animated videos featuring Harriet and Roxanne to teach black history for the elementary school age. Our website lesson plans and our book, “Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African-American History,” inspire this animation series.

Every dollar donated to the Yocum African American History Association will be matched up to $12,000.  Every gift matters and your support is critical. Please donate at:  https://www.yocumblackhistory.org/educational-fund

Sunday, November 28, 2021


 By Judd Garrett

I was watching, SpongeBob SquarePants, on Nickelodeon with my 3-year-old son yesterday, and during one of the commercial breaks, they ran a public service announcement featuring an African-America adolescent describing his life living in America. He said:

"As a young child in America, I lost a lot of innocence earlier than I wanted to. I have experienced mostly micro-aggressions in my life. It feels like there’s always different people watching me whether it be police officers, or it feels like regular people looking at me in a different way because of the color of my skin. I can feel they are assuming I’m doing something wrong, or I’m up to no good. I would love to see a country where we have unity, where people can be themselves and embrace who they are, without being put down in society. My vision is fairness. What’s yours?”

This is the racist poison that is being fed to our children in the name of anti-racism. My son simply wanted to watch SpongeBob; he didn’t want to be indoctrinated in far-left racist lies. Everything that the young man in the commercial said which he believes proves that America is racist comes, by his own admission, from his assumptions of other people, based on the way they look, or what job they have. He didn’t give examples of racist acts or words that were targeted at him. He accused people he doesn’t know, who he never spoke to of thought crimes he assumed they committed. He said cops, and “regular people”, which we were to infer are white people, looked at him a certain way, and he then felt they were prejudging him by how he looked.

The racism he is feeling is coming from inside himself, his prejudices and biases towards people who are different from him. He sees a white person or a police officer look at him, and he assumes he knows that they are thinking racist thoughts. This is not an interpretation of his feelings based on his looks, but based on what he said, and admitted to. He sees a white person look at him, and he assumes that person must be racist, and prejudging him. There is no way for him to know what the person was actually thinking, if the person didn’t say or do anything to him other than look at him.

He is doing exactly what he is accusing these people of doing. He is assuming that white people and cops are prejudging him based on how he looks because he is prejudging them based on how they look. If a white woman accused a black man of wanting to rape her because he looked at her, we would rightfully conclude she was racist, prejudging the man by his skin color, but this black person is making accusations about the thoughts of white people and cops based solely because they looked at him. It’s as equally racist. But his racism is being promoted by networks like Nickelodeon to our children.

This young man harbors many internal biases and prejudices towards white people and police officers because our society is inundated by false narratives pushed by the media and the left that black people are targets by whites and cops. NBA superstar, LeBron James once tweeted, “We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” News organizations like CNN accuse police officers of unfairly targeting blacks. These types of false accusations are promoted and accepted in our society which poisons the minds of our youth, even though statistically speaking whites and cops are not the predominant threat to black people. A black person is 10.5 times more likely to be killed by another black person, then by a white person. And an unarmed black person is 184 times more likely to be killed by a black person than by a police officer.

At the end of the commercial, the young man claims that he wants to promote unity, but everything he said promotes more division. He makes false accusations against people of different colors, and different professions based on no tangible evidence, based solely on his own internal feelings that he projects on people who look different than he does. The sad and dangerous part in all this is that people like this young man cannot see their own inherent biases while they are calling out the inherent biases of other people who do not look like they do.

If he wants to know why the country is still so divided by race, he should look at himself in the mirror, and address his own prejudices, and his own biases toward other races. Because that is what jumps out from the commercial. I don’t want to be too harsh on this young man, because he is being used as a prop by people on the far left to push their agenda. Most likely he did not write the words he said. He just read words that someone else wrote for him, exploiting his age and race to push their destructive agenda. These types of tactics are dangerous, and driving a wedge through our country, preventing the racial harmony they intended to achieve. We can only live in a post-racial society when we decide to look beyond race, and into the hearts and souls of our fellow human beings which we can never do when we are so laser-focused on race.


Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.


Saturday, November 27, 2021


By Scott Johnson | Powerline

Glenn Loury is a voice of reason in the madhouse of higher education. He speaks with a powerful voice that is all the more powerful for its modulation. Peter Robinson sat down with him at FOX News in New York City to record an installment of his Uncommon Knowledge series last month, although it was just posted online this week. Here are the show notes:

Professor Glenn Loury is in social sciences and economics at Brown University and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Prior to that, he became a tenured professor of economics at Harvard at the age of 33. How he got from there to here is an inspiring and fascinating story of hard work and accomplishment that is explored in great detail in this interview. Professor Loury also explains the crucial role his parents and his extended family played in his education and his opinions. Now, in his 70’s Loury has become a leading spokesman on the right, often speaking out against woke culture prevalent on many campuses and other institutions. He also explains his radical (for an academic institution, at least) reading list and syllabus for the courses he teaches at Brown and how an undergraduate student/teaching assistant inspired Professor Loury to create a course intended to liberate his students from the “groupthink” that is far too prevalent at most universities.

There is much more that could be said to supplement or qualify or endorse Professor Loury’s views, but I can’t think of a better use of time over the long holiday weekend than taking in this much needed dose of common sense and civilized sensibility (and passing it on). In the course of the conversation Peter quotes from Thomas Sowell’s recent column “High stakes in Virginia.” You may also want to take that in if you haven’t already.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO: Glen Loury’s Journey from Chicago’s Southside To The Ivy League And Beyond.


'I'm Not Trashing Biden, It's Facts': GOP Rep. Clashes With Committee Chair

In a discussion with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in the House Small Business Committee last week, Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL) clashed with Committee Chair Nydia Velázquez, after she warned him that he was violating the quorum.

Congressman Donalds exposed how Joe Biden’s policies are destroying small businesses.


The Woke Mob Strikes Again!


The "woke" news in the below article "Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years" is ironic since Jefferson's statue was banished because he owned slaves, while the New York Democrats who demanded the banishment are perfectly happy to remain in the party that fought to preserve slavery.

As Michael Scheuer wrote, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

For details, see the article "The Party of Civil Rights" by Kevin D. Williamson that was published May 28, 2012 in NR.

U. S. Congressman Vern Buchanan in a letter to his Florida constituents wrote:

“A nearly 200-year-old statue of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, the third President of the United States and one of America’s Founding Fathers, has been removed from City Hall in New York City.

“The man who infamously wrote “all men are created equal” and the founder of the party that evolved into today’s Democratic Party is now being removed from the public sphere – by Democrats.

“If the “woke mob” can topple Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who’s next?

“Even in our own back yard, the infamous “Unconditional Surrender” statue in Sarasota nearly fell victim to the radical left’s calls for removal. I advocated to keep the statue right where it is, as it honors the Greatest Generation and the end of World War II. Much like the statue of Jefferson – it should be celebrated, not hidden.”


Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years

By Julia Marsh | The New York Post

The statue of Thomas Jefferson was taken out of City Hall today. – Photo by Gregory P. Mango

Thomas Jefferson is no longer in the room where it happens.

Art handlers packed up an 884-pound statue of Jefferson in a wooden crate Monday after a mayoral commission voted to banish the likeness of the nation’s third president from City Hall, where it’s resided for nearly two centuries — because he owned slaves.

About a dozen workers with Marshall Fine Arts spent several hours carefully removing the painted plaster monument from its pedestal inside the City Council chambers and surrounding it with sections of foam and wooden boards.

They then lowered the massive structure down the stairs leading to the building’s first-floor rotunda with a pulley system and ushered the Founding Father out the back door.

The 1833 statue will be on a long-term loan to the New York Historical Society, which plans to have Jefferson’s model survive in its lobby and reading room.

Keri Butler, executive director of the Public Design Commission that voted to banish the statue, at first tried to block the press from witnessing its removal. Butler relented after members of the mayor’s office and City Council intervened.

The commission also attempted to vote on the statue’s removal without a public hearing on the controversial move until The Post revealed the plan.

“Removing a monument without a public conversation about why it’s happening is useless. New Yorkers all need to talk about who we want to honor and why,” said Erin Thompson, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who authored the forthcoming book “Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments.”

Thompson said the removal could spark a broader understanding of history. “Moving this statue doesn’t mean New Yorkers will forget who Thomas Jefferson was — but some of them might learn from the controversy that the man who wrote ‘all men are created equal’ owned over 600 of his fellow humans,” Thompson said.

Members of the City Council were split on the statue’s removal from its chambers.

Minority leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) called the move an attempt to “sideline history” while Black, Latino and Asian Caucus co-chair I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) said he wanted the statue gone because it doesn’t represent contemporary values.

The original bronze statue, by sculptor Pierre-Jean David, is still on display in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC. The plaster replica was gifted to City Hall by naval officer and Jefferson admirer Uriah Phillips Levy in 1834.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Ahmaud Arbery’s Father Throws a Wrench into the Race-Hate Industry, Says ‘All Lives Matter’


(Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The killers of Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder, demonstrating once again that Leftists’ narrative of “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” is false, hollow and divisive. After the Rittenhouse acquittal, numerous prominent people made paranoid, hysterical claims that white people can commit murder without penalty while black people are brutalized and framed for crimes, ignoring the fact that a black man, Andrew Coffee IV, was acquitted of murder on the same day Rittenhouse was also acquitted, and on the same grounds of self-defense. The conviction of Arbery’s killers was another torpedo in the establishment narrative, and then on Tuesday, Ahmaud Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, made matters even worse by taking up what Leftists insist is that notorious slogan of racists everywhere, “All Lives Matter.” Is Marcus Arbery a white supremacist? The mind reels.

Arbery said: “For real, all lives matter. Not just black children, we don’t want to see nobody go through this. I don’t want to see no daddy watch his kid get shot down like that. It’s all our problem. It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing it and making this place a better place for all human beings. All human beings. Everybody! Love everybody! All human beings need to be treated equally….Today is a good day.”

The best part of Arbery’s statement, however, wasn’t even so much what Arbery said, as great as it was, but the fact that he said these things while standing in front of the notorious race-hate entrepreneur Al Sharpton. Sharpton’s wordless response to Arbery’s words is fascinating: he first watches Arbery warily, and then begins to nod and mutter “That’s right,” all the while looking slightly pained. At one point, Sharpton begins to look directly at the camera, as if hoping against hope that maybe the moment wasn’t being captured on video. But it was.

Sharpton struck back at those who affirmed that “All Lives Matter” in June 2020 on English broadcaster Piers Morgan’s show. Morgan asked him, “You see people, as they have been doing in America and here, ‘Well, white lives matter, too. All lives matter.’ What is the correct response to that?” It’s noteworthy that Morgan didn’t ask Sharpton for his response to that, but for the “correct” one, taking for granted that Sharpton was an impartial oracle dispensing the correct and acceptable opinions that the masses were allowed to hold. Morgan also gave the question a racist spin by focusing on the phrase “White Lives Matter,” which is actually just as misleading as “Black Lives Matter” in singling out one group at the expense of others.

Not surprisingly, Sharpton focused on the “White Lives Matter” phrase, saying: “The correct response to that is that there has never been any argument that White Lives Matter. There has never been any debate and when a white life was taken, it is mitigated, prosecuted and, if convicted, incarcerated. The problem has been that it has not been equal on the other side. So, there has been no equal need to say ‘white lives matter.’ That has been a given and the system has worked that way. It has not worked that way around white lives. So, we’re not saying ‘Black Lives Matter more’. We are saying Black Lives Matter as much, equally and should be treated the same.”

Sharpton’s claim that “the system” has favored whites over blacks was belied again by the Arbery verdict. Then Arbery’s words delivered an even more crushing rebuke, refuting the Left’s claim that to say “All lives matter” somehow undercuts concerns for the civil rights of blacks.

The career race-baiter has had a tough few months. In September, he visited the border after false reports circulated of Border Patrol officers using whips on migrants. But his race-hate message fell on deaf ears: hecklers shouted Sharpton down, saying: “You’re a racist. Nobody wants you in Texas. Nobody wants you in Texas. Why are you here? Why are you stoking racism where it doesn’t exist? Nobody wants to hear your racist nonsense in Del Rio!”

And now Sharpton has even lost the father of a black man who was murdered by whites. Michael Shellenberger, author of San Fran-sicko: Why Progressives Ruin Citiescommented: “Marcus Arbery, father of Ahmaud, who was senselessly murdered, had every reason to give an angry & vindictive speech, & he would have been applauded for doing so Instead he affirmed his faith in the Kingian vision of racial equality, and in so doing restores our faith in America.”

That is true. And no one is farther from Martin Luther King’s vision of racial equality and harmony than the veteran divider Sharpton. On Wednesday, Marcus Arbery gave him a well-deserved rebuke, implicit but unmistakable. Marcus Arbery is a man of clarity and vision who deserves to be listened to and heeded far more than Al Sharpton does.



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