Person Or Principle?

It’s a classic thing that organizations of all kinds deal with. When you have a visible and dynamic leader: do people follow the leader, or do they follow the organization, what it’s built around and the purpose that originally brought people together?

Such is the dilemma of the Republican Party, or more specifically Republican voters.

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Lesson To Be Learned

Earlier this week, the United Kingdom (UK) shared information that a new strain of the covid virus had been found in a patient there.  As a precautionary measure, several countries banned flights from the UK until they could understand what that might mean for controlling an outbreak (as an aside, it appears that the new strain should not affect new vaccines and, hopefully, all of the concern is from an abundance of caution).

Contrast that behavior with China, where the Communist Party-led government covered up the initial outbreak early on, and actually arrested and imprisoned a doctor who talked about it publicly last December. We now know that China denied the problem, long after the outbreak in their country, and when word did leak out, they denied that the virus could be transmitted to humans. As a result, the world was months behind in preparing to meet the threat that China hid from the world. Tens of millions of infected people, over a million deaths and tens of trillions in economic devastation worldwide later, and we are still battling.

What would have happened if China had acted like the United Kingdom, and shared all the information they had as soon as they knew it, even if it meant they might suffer economically as a result. We probably won’t ever know but we do know that the UK is a responsible member of the world community and China is willing to risk everyone and everything else to save face.

At the end of the day, the world must make China pay. Not only for its cover-up, but for its negligence. Covid-19 is not the first time, or the second time that a deadly virus has been unleashed on the world from within its borders. Remember the bird flu, swine flu and SARs?  All from China. Even if we don’t think there was any deliberate intention, at a very minimum it is gross negligence on its health and food safety rules. What if that negligence came from a company instead of China? The federal government would go after them in an unrelenting fashion for gross negligence. Why should China be any different? We should start negotiating on a settlement between China and the rest of the world, including the US. If they don’t agree after a reasonable time, we should seize assets in this country as compensation. Such deadly and repeated negligence and cover-up cannot be allowed to happen.

(Communism is evil and China is still dangerous)

Weekend Quick Takes

After what was hopefully a good (covid) Christmas for everyone, here is the holiday weekend edition of quick takes. A wide range of items in the news, some of which are particularly unusual and interesting. A question worth asking on the pandemic relief bill, money in politics and the Chinese military in Canada?!

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Events Of The Week Reveal Trump

If there is anyone that thinks they don’t know President Trump (is that possible these days?), then this week revealed his personality and priorities with crystal clarity. Three things stood out to anyone who was paying attention.

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Biden Nominates Abortion Enthusiast As HHS Secretary

‘Abortion Enthusiast’ is a term you don’t often hear, but in the article below, Issac Schorr of National Review tells us why it applies to Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/of-course-theres-such-a-thing-as-an-abortion-enthusiast/

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A Menorah in the United Arab Emirates?

A few months ago, who would even have imagined?! After a recent peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israeli tourists have made the UAE a favorite destination and, in return, a menorah is displayed in the capital’s shopping area to welcome their new Jewish friends.

What a wonderful holiday gift to the world, and especially those in the Middle East.

New York Times Pulls Podcast-Story Was Made Up

Once one of the nation’s most respected media outlets, the New York Times has become somewhat of a laughing stock. Over the last several years, it has had to retract articles that weren’t true, fire reporters who just made up stories and has had to fend off charges that it’s reporting has become dominated by ‘politically correct’ opinion more than being a reflection of journalistic standards.

This week, the Times has had another embarrassing incident that again shows the laziness of its journalists and editors to corroborate information. The paper had been running a podcast series, call Caliphate, about a Canadian who had joined ISIS, had fought with the terrorist group in Syria and had become one of its executioners, and then had returned to Canada.

As it turns out, the Times has had to withdraw the podcast because the subject of the series had never joined ISIS and had made up all of the things it had told the paper.  Oops

Andrew Cuomo Reminds Us Again of His Incompetence

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded us again twice this week why he may be the most incompetent governor in the country, oddly in spite of the fact that he seems to be a media darling.

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Trump’s Final Election Lawsuit

In a decision on Saturday, the US District Court serving Wisconsin rejected a lawsuit brought by the Trump campaign. The judge was a Trump appointee.

A number of Trump supporters have echoed his claims of election fraud. But when you read the details of Trump’s legal briefs, you wonder how many of those people have actually read any part of the court filings.

Below is a link to an article from the conservative magazine National Review (which was founded by William F. Buckley), that gives some background and detail around the lawsuit and the ruling in that final case before the Electoral College met today. It’s worth the read.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/a-stunning-passage-from-the-latest-court-rejection-of-team-trump/

Weekend Quick Takes

A busy week in the news, as the Supreme Court declines to review a lawsuit on the election results, another historic peace deal in the Middle East and news on law and order. Summaries of these, in this edition of Quick Takes

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