As Thinking Man mentioned in a ‘weekend quick take’, last week the Federal government announced that they had sent over a million stimulus checks (totaling roughly $1.4 B) to dead people by mistake. Yes, dead people. If that isn’t a good enough reason to realize that voting by mail is a bad idea, here is one more-a practical example where it was tried. Continue reading “Voting By Mail-Seriously?”
Monday’s news of note involves two important items of civil liberties involving race and religion. Continue reading “Monday Quick Takes”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Can’t Do Math
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week criticized several fellow governors for how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic. He specifically called out governors who he thought opened their economies too early such as in Florida.
• New York has roughly one-quarter of all the deaths in the country.
• New York has roughly one-fifth of all the confirmed cases in the country.
• New York has almost ten times the number of deaths as Florida, although Florida has a population about 10% higher
• New York has more than three times the total number of cases as Florida.
• New York’s case death rate is also three times higher than Florida
• Though Florida’s population is the oldest in the country, New York has had more nursing home deaths.
So tell me again why Gov. Cuomo’s opinion on how to handle a pandemic matters? He should probably look in the mirror if he is trying to find where the problems have been.
The US Government and Accurate Records
The US Treasury Dept. announced this week that well over a million stimulus checks, for $1.4 billion, where sent to people who were dead. THAT shows us why voting by mail is a really bad idea.
Facebook and Censorship
Mark Zuckerburg, founder and owner of Facebook has testified before Congress to account for several confirmed and alleged misdeeds. Facebook has had to pay fines more than once for sharing private data without authorization or contrary to their own guidelines. Among the other instances was a charge that it was disproportionately censoring conservative posts and comments. Zuckerburg denied the widespread charges and said there were strict guidelines used to monitor conversation on his platform.
In a recent undercover investigation, it seems that may not actually be the case. In the most blatant case, Facebook ‘content monitor’ Lara Kontakos is quoted on cell phone video saying that when she sees symbols backing certain political candidates she “deletes them for terrorism” She then turns to look at her co-workers and says “I think we are all doing that.”
‘Protesters’ in Madison, WI last night hit a new low. Low, because in this case, it’s not about protesting injustice, it’s about wanton destruction for no reason other than they want to destroy…. for the fun of it. And, worse, are using an important issue to ‘justify’ their lust for violence. They are just terrible people and blights on society in every possible way. Continue reading “Mental Midgets and Social Miscreants”
It’s hard to talk about issues in the context of very emotional times. And the death of George Floyd, caught on video, has certainly highlighted a long-standing issue and raised strong feelings in the country.
However, one underlying theme has become concerning. It is a difficult to talk about and deal with issues of tolerance of dissent, more so when it may involve topics and opinions that many may find repulsive. But an intelligent society can’t survive if it allows itself to be driven solely by passions of the moment, even if the roots of those passions are justified. Continue reading “On Censorship and Intolerance”
In the news today comes a story about NBC trying to silence its competition.
NBC was proud of itself yesterday, and reported that it had gotten Google to ban ads from the conservative media outlet The Federalist, and one other media outlet for what NBC claimed was ‘hate speech’. Continue reading “Killing Two Birds With One Stone-Censorship And Eliminating Competition”
(I have borrowed heavily from several news reports and pictures from Britain for this story of hope)
A story that has captured a hopeful, valiant, inspiring moment in a troubled Britain, and troubled world — reports and pictures of a Black Lives Matter protester hoisting an injured man, suspected of being a radical counter-demonstrator, onto his shoulder to extricate him from a violent melee near Waterloo Bridge. Continue reading “A Ray of Sunshine in Seemingly Dark World”
@zoom_us, the video-chat company just admitted to deactivating the accounts of Chinese pro-democracy activists — because China demanded it. What’s worse, the activists were based in the United States.
Communism is evil. China is still dangerous.
It is the height of hypocrisy when we vigorously oppose racism in one form but don’t oppose it in all forms. But in our world, seemingly dominated as it is by political partisanship and personal self-interest, there is one time when it’s acceptable, when making racial comments is overlooked. And that’s when you are attacking conservatives. Continue reading “When Racism Seems To Be Acceptable”
We should be concerned, very concerned.
We should be concerned that no one seems to speak up in outrage at certain things. But only certain things. When we see outrage and heinous acts, such as what happened to George Floyd, we somehow seem to assume we have to turn a blind eye to anything that is done (or claims to be done) in response to that. Why is that? Why do we have to check our brains? By doing so, we implicitly say that these things are OK. I offer that is wrong. Wrong and is just as outrageous and to not say so implies hypocrisy at its height. Here is the example that spun me up:
In Seattle, far-left radicals have declared an autonomous country and have taken up arms to enforce it (apparently, the gun free zone declarations there don’t really work anymore, but I digress)
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