Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 8, 2020

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“The truth is that the want of common education with us is not from our poverty, but from the want of an orderly system.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)

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The BIG Lie About Getting Back to School

Douglas Andrews

We return to normal when our children return to school.

That societal marker, perhaps more than any other, will tell us when we’ve finally gained the upper hand on COVID-19. It’s understandable, then, that the reopening of our schools has become a hot-button issue. And President Donald Trump is on the side of concerned parents across the political spectrum.

“Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons, not for health reasons!” the president tweeted on Monday. “They think it will help them in November. Wrong, the people get it!” Earlier today, he upped the ante: “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”

The battle over our schools seems to fit a pattern — a pattern in which the Democrats and their mainstream-media enablers sow uncertainty and chaos in an effort to derail the Trump presidency between now and November 3. Coronavirus lockdowns, civil unrest, the toppling of statues, the suspension of our professional sports leagues — all of these restrictive measures and more have the support of a particular political party. And only on November 4, when Joe Biden has been elected president and his fellow Democrats have rightfully returned to power, will order be restored to our lives.

“School districts across the U.S. are working to implement social distancing measures in schools so that kids can return in the fall,” reports Naomi Lim in the Washington Examiner. “Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest educators’ union, has argued that the Trump administration does not have a plan in place to ensure student safety come fall. She responded to Trump’s tweet calling for schools to reopen, saying, ‘You forgot to add the word "SAFELY.”’“

Ah, "SAFELY.” This is the ground on which our nation’s rotten teachers’ unions will do battle. “Think of the children,” they’ll tell us, when in fact our children aren’t at risk at all. The coronavirus mortality data indicates that it’s less lethal for children than the standard flu. Indeed, a normal child’s chance of dying from the coronavirus is just barely above zero.

We have much more data available to us today, and it’s telling us that the coronavirus isn’t nearly as deadly as we’ve been led to believe. But you won’t hear this from the pro-chaos, Trump-deranged media. According to Stanford professor of medicine and epidemiology Dr. John Ioannidis, the COVID-19 fatality rate is “between 0.02%-0.4%, far lower than the 1%-and-way-up numbers that were once bandied about — and much closer to the 0.1% death rate of the flu.” That’s one person in a thousand for ages across the board, and it’s far, far lower still when we factor out the elderly.

Dr. Ioannidis, as the Washington Examiner reports, puts the fatality rate for folks under 45 at “almost zero.”

As for the schools and the Democrats who run them, Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, a mother herself, shed plenty of light on their no-school scheme last night. Her segment is well worth watching.

So when you hear the Democrats, the union reps, and even your local principals and superintendents say that they’re eager to open up the classrooms just as soon as it’s safe for the children, don’t believe them. Because they’re either willfully lying or grossly misinformed.

If our kids aren’t back in school this fall, remember who’s to blame. And be sure to take it out on them on November 3.

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Omar Calls for Marxist Revolution

Thomas Gallatin

America, as it was founded, is the problem. That was essentially the message of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her press conference yesterday. “We can’t stop at criminal-justice reform or policing reform,” Omar stated. “We are not merely fighting to tear down systems of oppression in the criminal-justice system. We are fighting to tear down the systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in healthcare, in employment, [and] in the air we breathe.”

Omar has been a loud proponent for defunding the police. In her call for ending America’s supposed oppression, Omar pressed her Marxist ideology, arguing, “As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. So we cannot stop at [the] criminal-justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”

For someone who as a child escaped Somalia, an East African country steeped in genuine systemic oppression and corruption, one would think she’d know better. Sadly, it appears that the only system Omar believes in is one that grants her and her comrades greater power to rule over the American people in whatever way they choose. A leftist tyranny is their aim.

Clearly, Omar has no love for her adopted homeland, nor any commitment to upholding the Declaration of Independence upon which America was founded, nor the Constitution upon which it was built. Put simply, Omar’s message is none other than a call for a Marxist revolution, for the ending of American exceptionalism and individual liberty. If it isn’t downright treasonous, it’s deeply treacherous.

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) certainly saw it this way, because she called for Omar’s resignation. “Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign.”

If only more Republicans (and Democrats, for that matter) had the fortitude to step up and demand Omar’s resignation as well. Unless they’re held firmly to account, Marxist radicals like Omar will only become more emboldened. Weakness, after all, invites aggression.

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Fauci’s Outsized Influence

Douglas Andrews

Time was when we all knew who the most powerful man in the world was — the man whose mere presence commanded both attention and respect, and whose easiest utterance caused tyrants to tremble and nations to quake.

Through no fault of his own, however, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell lost that title a few months back — to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Think about it: A few upbeat or downcast words from the media darling of the Trump administration’s Coronavirus Task Force can move the markets. And if his words can work their will on Wall Street, they can certainly affect presidential politics. Indeed, they have, whether intentionally or not. The American people are sick of this coronavirus, and they’re not blaming Tony Fauci for it; they’re blaming Donald Trump.

The president thus answers to no man — except the 5-foot 7-inch pharmacist’s kid from Brooklyn.

Fauci, 79, seems oddly cast as the Big Man of the Beltway. He’s been an advisor to every president since Ronald Reagan, and he’s been the director of the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Disease since 1984. If anyone had ever seemed settled in a role and on a glide path to retirement, it was Fauci.

Then the Chinese coronavirus hit, and Fauci’s status and experience made him a natural choice — an undeniable choice — for the president’s Coronavirus Task Force. And he’s been a pain in the president’s butt ever since.

Fauci, for all his scientific strengths, doesn’t seem to understand the real-life consequences of his public pronouncements. When he says, for example, that a too-quick return to normalcy will result in “needless suffering and death,” he sends a shockwave through governor’s mansions and city halls across the nation. And then state and local leaders tighten their grip on the rest of us, and then we dutifully return to our odd and risk-free existence — all for our own good, we’re told.

When Fauci talks of needless suffering and death, he sounds like President Truman trying to decide whether to drop the bomb or invade the mainland. But he’s not, and he isn’t. Fauci has a lucrative government job and a retirement plan to kill for, and the same can probably be said for his entire social circle. But there’s a private sector, also, to which the vast majority of us belong. And needless suffering and death come in many forms and from many causes — including depression, drug addiction, child abuse, spousal battery, suicide, and murder. Fauci, sadly, seems incapable of striking a balance here. He seems intent — benignly but ruinously intent — on saving every last one of us.

More recently — Tuesday, in fact — Fauci said this: “It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death. There’s so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus. Don’t get yourself into a false complacency.”

Since when is taking comfort in a significantly lower death rate a “false narrative”?

Perhaps the president’s Coronavirus Task Force was doomed from the start — doomed by a simple statement with a glaring omission: “The Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus,” went the initial press release, “while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.”

It’s hindsight, of course, but “to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus and its economic impact” has a much better ring to it. Instead, the statement lists the talented task-force members, not a single one of whom belongs to the private sector, and not a single one of whom is serving the president in an economic advisory role.

To be fair, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and economist Larry Kudlow were added to the task force a little more than a month later, but that was an important month. And it appears that the president was given some bad advice by Senate Republicans shortly thereafter. As The Hill reported, “Senators told Trump that Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has done a great job so far and that they would like to see him become the face of the federal government’s response.”

So there you have it. And he’s been untouchable ever since — kind of like MacArthur was, right up until the moment Truman fired him.

Anthony Fauci isn’t perfect, nor does he claim to be. But he’s made some pretty glaring mistakes along the way — mistakes that might well have gotten a regular guy canned. He also lied about the effectiveness of masks, and this naturally makes one wonder: Are there any other issues about which he’s being less than candid?

The point in all this wasn’t to deride or demonize Dr. Fauci. It’s simply to state that no one person — especially an unelected person — should have so much influence over such far-reaching and monumental public-policy decisions. Not now, and not ever again.

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Leftists Want Police Out of Schools

Thomas Gallatin

When a false narrative replaces the truth, the results are downright devastating. “Police are the problem” is the dubious rhetoric widely disseminated by the likes of “social justice” groups like Black Lives Matter. And Americans fell for this lie after seeing the unjust death of George Floyd at the hands of four officers from the Minneapolis Police Department. The video footage was so shocking and emotionally disconcerting that it instantly evoked a cry for justice deep in the heart of everyone who witnessed it. This reality was borne out by the near-universal public condemnation of the police officers’ actions. In short, nobody has argued that what happened to Floyd was OK.

And yet, due to the media coverage, the various social-media virtue-signaling campaigns, and the widespread response of businesses across the nation, one could be led to believe there was widespread defense for these police officers’ actions.

But the truth is, all four officers were fired and subsequently arrested for murder. And yet, the calls for defunding the police continues — even as a father, grandfather, and mother tearfully question why, if black lives matter, those organizing these protests and loudly condemning the police and “systemic racism” don’t seem to care that their loved ones have died precisely because of a lack of policing. But this truth doesn’t fit the BLM narrative, so it is simply ignored or decried as a distraction from the “problem” of police reform.

It’s enough to make one wonder if BLM isn’t a shrewdly designed criminal conspiracy aimed at getting rid of law enforcement.

The leftist narrative on police has become so toxic that even schools are seeking to remove police presence from campuses supposedly for the students’ “safety.” As Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau explained, “While the focus on the School Emphasis Officer has been to build relationships and provide assistance to youth in crisis, the unintended consequence of their presence in our buildings could bring more distress to our young people.”

In St. Paul, Minnesota, public school-board member Steve Marchese dubiously asserted, “Many [students] see [police officers] as a hostile presence, as a traumatic presence, as a reminder of what they don’t want to engage with in schools, even if there are other students and staff who see them as someone who could keep them safe.” There’s no mention of a plan to challenge this absurd notion and, in turn, educate the students on the truth — that the police are there to serve and protect them.

Even black community leaders can see this reality. The president of the African-American Leadership Council in St. Paul, Tyrone Terrell, pointedly noted, “Nine times out of ten, it’s going to be a black child who is murdered in that school. We have guns in the schools, we have guns in the parking lot and we have guns one call away… The [School Resource Officers] are crucial to the schools.”

But in the stupid, simplistic mind of the “woke social justice” mob, unequal disparities between the different racial groups that make up the U.S. prison population mean that policing, not the high crime rates in these Democrat-run urban poverty plantations, is the cause of the problem.

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Biden’s Housing Plan Would Destroy Suburban Communities

Louis DeBroux

At a time when a growing number of Americans are fleeing crowded cities, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is quietly working to force them back in. He’s working to push suburbanites back into the city as well.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, countless Americans in places like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago have come to the realization that cramming millions of people into a small geographical area, living on top of one another, and traveling to and from work packed in long metal tubes may not be the glamorous existence they once believed.

In fact, many are moving to the suburbs, which they mocked up until only recently. This exodus has only accelerated as Americans have watched in shock and horror as violent mobs literally take over sections of cities, shut down traffic, set businesses ablaze, drag people from their cars and beat them, march through neighborhoods threatening to harm people, and, in a growing number of cases, kill innocent people whose only offense was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Even worse, they’ve seen Democrat elected officials respond with either apathy or praise for the criminals.

But Joe Biden not only wants to block the exodus to the suburbs, he wants to annex the suburbs back into the cities using taxes and regulations. The mechanism for doing that is full enforcement and expansion of Barack Obama’s radical Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, which would effectively end single-family-home neighborhoods.

This is part of what Biden was referring to when he recently tweeted, “We’re going to beat Donald Trump. And when we do, we won’t just rebuild this nation — we’ll transform it.”

As National Review’s Stanley Kurtz explains, “This de facto annexation strategy had three parts: (1) use a kind of quota system to force ‘economic integration’ on the suburbs, pushing urban residents outside of the city; (2) close down suburban growth by regulating development, restricting automobile use, and limiting highway growth and repair, thus forcing would-be suburbanites back to the city; (3) use state and federal laws to force suburbs to redistribute tax revenue to poorer cities in their greater metropolitan region. If you force urbanites into suburbs, force suburbanites back into cities, and redistribute suburban tax revenue, then presto! You have effectively abolished the suburbs.”

Kurtz further warns, “it will be as if America’s suburbs had been swallowed up by the cities they surround. They will lose control of their own zoning and development, they will be pressured into a kind of de facto regional-revenue redistribution, and they will even be forced to start building high-density low-income housing. The latter, of course, will require the elimination of single-family zoning.”

Under pressure from the vast federal bureaucracy and a mountain of regulations, this “transformation” will be nearly impossible to resist. Cities qualify for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block (CDB) Grants funding by agreeing to the strings attached to the grants.

But even if cities are able to resist the allure of the millions in CDB grants, declining the funds in exchange for more local control of zoning and development, it will be impossible for them to survive without federal highway funds used by states to build and maintain roads and highways.

Under a proposal by Democrat Senator Cory Booker, which has received Biden’s endorsement, cities would be held hostage and denied federal highway funds unless they “eliminate their single-family zoning and turn over their planning to the feds.”

Gone would be local control of zoning and development. Gone would be the variety that makes so many cities and towns unique and wonderful places to live, crafted to the history, culture, and vision of local residents. They would be swallowed up in a vast federal planning machine that turns quaint towns and vibrant suburban cities into federal satellite zones.

Housing discrimination is already illegal, but Biden’s plan would deprive Americans of a choice in the type of community they live in. And we thought Democrats were all about “choice.”

Biden and his Democrat cohorts are pursuing this goal under the radar. They realize that, like ObamaCare, the majority of Americans would reject it if they knew what was in it. Publicizing their efforts would be detrimental to winning at the ballot box in November.

President Trump seems to realize the danger not just to his reelection chances but, more important, to the cultural fabric of American society. On June 30, he tweeted “At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!”

The last few months have given Americans a front-row view of what it would be like to live in a nation fully run by Democrats and their destructive socialist policies — rampant violent crime, incompetent crisis response, passive law enforcement, widespread poverty, and dismal city dwelling.

Unless Americans want to embrace this kind of dystopian nightmare, we must reject the Democrats’ efforts to abolish the suburbs, which would turn the nation into one giant Chicago.

No thank you.

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The BlaKKK Militia Fighting the Wrong Fight

Willie Richardson

Grown white males dressed in white, cone-headed ghost uniforms and calling themselves the Ku Klux Klan were the strong arm of the Democrat Party. They were used to terrorize black people who had gained some political power as Republicans. They terrorized white Republicans too. The KKK initiated intimidation, vandalized property, and assaulted and lynched both white and black Republicans. All this terrorization was to negatively impact the influence of political power of upcoming elections.

Fast-forward.

The 2020 BlaKKK militia has a new form of intimidation. It’s a knockoff between the Black Panther Party and the KKK. The BlaKKK militiamen are tired of protesting with signs about “No Justice, No Peace.” They said, “F%$# those signs!”

In one video, a black militiaman is seen approaching a white man in his vehicle and demanding reparations while holding his rifle menacingly. As one white motorist smirked, the BlaKKK militiaman turned around and asked, “What the %[email protected]! are you laughing about?”

White motorist (not intimidated): “Who are you?”

BlaKKK militiaman: “I’m your worst nightmare, bruh. We ain’t Black Lives Matter; we ain’t none of that bull$#@.”

BlaKKK militiaman: “You steal a people’s culture then dare to have an attitude about it. Where’s our reparations?”

White motorist: “What did I ever do to you?”

BlaKKK militiaman: “It’s not what you did; it’s what your ancestors did!”

The driver tried to make a point, but dismissed the black militiaman with a wave and said, “I ain’t getting into this with y'all.” The militiaman then walked away while saying, “Go ahead with that white denial $#@! before you lose your life out here! Black power! Black power!”

The BlaKKK militiamen were clearly ready to instigate confrontations with “white militias,” but they appeared disappointed when they didn’t find such groups around the park.

“We here! Where the $#[email protected] you at? We in your house!” a militiaman shouted through a bullhorn.

Such a demonstration was clearly meant to further divide the American people by melanin, as the establishment wants, but luckily the other militia and Second Amendment groups didn’t take the obvious bait.

Why are they in Georgia at Stone Mountain? Why aren’t they in Chicago or down the street in Atlanta? These are the places where innocent black children are being hunted down like rabid dogs. These are the cities that have taken the lives of eight-year-old Secoriea Turner, and seven-year-old Natalia Wallace, and three-year-old Mekhi James. Say their names!

It’s recorded evidence that innocent lives of babies have been taken while sitting in their living rooms with bullets flying by like flies at a barbeque. Where’s the BlaKKK militia on the Fourth of July in Chicago? Everybody knows every year the South Side streets are blazing with firearms and firecrackers. Why not post up there? There are single mothers and senior citizens who would love to see this BlaKKK militia canvas their neighborhoods in Chicago.

The leader of the Not F%$#@ing Around Coalition (NFAC) made a statement when solicited by a reporter:

The United States has a choice: Either carve us a piece of land out here and let us do our own thing or don’t stop us when we exodus out of here and go somewhere where [they] will give us our own land to build our own nation. We’re all ex-military. We’re all very disciplined. We’re all expert shooters. We don’t want to talk no more. We don’t want to negotiate. We don’t want to sing songs! We don’t bring signs to a gunfight. We’re an eye-for-an-eye organization!

America, if these same men had pale skin and were wearing white cone heads with the eyes poked out, every major news media outlet would bank on the ratings. Nonetheless, the color of the militia doesn’t get the same reaction. I guess that’s still some form of “white supremacy,” right? God bless America.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • “The Trump administration on Tuesday began the process of officially withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization — which would take effect in July 2021 — after [President Donald Trump] repeatedly slammed the agency throughout the coronavirus pandemic for alleged [read: certifiable] misinformation about the virus,” Forbes reports. In April, Trump noted that the “very China centric” agency “really blew it.” And as Forbes adds, “The administration has also slammed the organization for allegedly criticizing his travel ban, with a White House fact sheet claiming it ‘made the disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other countries — despite applauding travel restrictions within China itself — leading to further spread of the virus internationally.’” The UN better be shaking in its boots.

  • “FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned Americans that the Chinese government’s theft of American information is taking place on so large a scale, suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau’s counterintelligence cases,” according to Fox News. Director Wray revealed, “Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China. And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.” He added, “If you’re an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.”

Government & Politics

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Little Sisters of the Poor — and freedom of religion — in ObamaCare contraception case (Fox News)

  • Trump, in push to reopen schools amid coronavirus outbreak, vows “pressure” on governors (Fox News)

  • Betsy DeVos looking “very seriously” at withholding federal funding from schools that refuse to open (The Daily Caller)

  • Justice Department unearths more notes from Peter Strzok and others in Flynn case (Washington Examiner)

  • Congressional Democrat privilege: Ilhan Omar paid $878,000 to new husband’s consulting firm (Fox News)

National Security

  • “They can’t compete”: U.S. flexes bombers that can strike mainland China (Washington Examiner)

  • U.S. “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media, Mike Pompeo says (National Review)

  • Commander of U.S. Central Command sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq (AP)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • WHO acknowledges “evidence emerging” of airborne spread (Reuters)

  • Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage (Reuters)

  • Texas doctors rank activities posing greatest risks for contracting the virus (Fox News)

Business & Economy

  • Economic numbers suggest a recession on its way out the door (Washington Examiner)

  • Washington Redskins merchandise pulled by Walmart, Target, and Dick’s Sporting Goods (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Christopher Columbus statue removed from California’s “woke” capitol rotunda (AP)

  • George Soros-backed DA charges couple with “hate crime” for painting over “Black Lives Matter” (Breitbart)

  • Selective outrage: Still no consequences from Philadelphia Eagles for DeSean Jackson’s anti-Jew posts (The Federalist)

  • J.K. Rowling, Bari Weiss, and Noam Chomsky among dozens to sign open letter calling for end to cancel culture (Mediaite)

  • Tennessee church donates $1,000 to each member of local police department amid defund calls (WCYB)

World

  • In devastating blow, Israel sets back Iran’s nuke program two years (PJ Media)

  • Angela Merkel looks east to the communist Chinese as ties fray between Germany and U.S. (Politico)

  • Hong Kong’s tough top cop overshadows embattled leader as the ChiComs crack down (Reuters)

Other Notables

  • No, Gov. Cuomo, New York’s nursing home carnage is your fault (New York Post)

  • These 18 corporations gave money to radical Black Lives Matter group (The Daily Signal)

  • Colin Kaepernick knows social justice pays better than the NFL (Victory Girls Blog)

  • For the record: No, the French Revolution was not a good thing (The Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: America’s money supply has ballooned. What should we expect next? (E21)

  • Policy: Partial decoupling from China: A brief guide (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Humor: Disney launches new Colin Kaepernick ride consisting of 60 minutes of sitting on the bench (Genesius Times)

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VIDEOS

Protesters Shoot and Kill Eight-Year-Old Black Girl — And Black Lives Matter is nowhere to be found. Shocker.

Cancelled in the WOKEplace — Angry mobs have threatened people throughout history. But now there’s a new kind: online mobs.

Reagan Warns America Not to Forget Our History — "Are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents?“

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SHORT CUTS

Upright: "We have got to stand up as a people and remind this generation and the next generation of the greatness of this country, unapologetically, unflinchingly.” —Rep. Chip Roy

For the record: “When you have the leaders of the black lives movement who are now talking about, ‘If we don’t get our demands, we’re going to burn it down,’ other black people who are talking about working with other whites and other races being viewed as sellouts or called ‘Uncle Toms,’ you start to understand that you are now being controlled.” —actor Terry Crews

Perpetually moving the goal posts: “Even if we start to fix climate change, the proof may not show up for 30 years.” —The Washington Post (“What an incredible racket the climate brigade has created. Not only have their models been wildly wrong for DECADES, but now they say they won’t even be able to prove their ideas work for 3 more decades! No accountability and no dissent allowed.” —Dinesh D'Souza)

Non compos mentis, Part I: “The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality. If you want an ‘All Black Lives Matter’ movement that talks about gun violence in communities including black communities, then start that movement with that name. But that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about. … So the Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that matter. Not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

Non compos mentis, Part II: “If they are going to put someone on Mount Rushmore, considering the history of the country, the first black president should be front and center.” —Don Lemon

Dezinformatsiya: “President Donald Trump is wielding America’s racial tensions as a reelection weapon, fiercely denouncing the racial justice movement on a near-daily basis with language stoking white resentment and aiming to drive his supporters to the polls. The incendiary discourse is alarming many in his own party and running contrary to the advice of some in his inner circle, who believe it risks alienating independent and suburban voters.” —Associated Press

Braying jenny: “As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. So we cannot stop at [the] criminal-justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.” —Rep. Ilhan Omar

And last… “Chicago is now the largest outdoor shooting range in America. And other cities are following. It’s not caused by the coronavirus. It’s not caused by racism. It’s caused by nihilism. To kill a child, you have to be a nihilist goon with no values whatsoever. But that is what happens when we defund our police, when we refuse to fix our schools, and we undermine the family unit.” —Senator John Kennedy

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