1. It’s a good thing I’m not a conspiracy theorist…because it would then be easy for me to conclude that the Wuhan virus lock-downs, travel restrictions and dictatorial measures enacted by various Democratic Party-run states as well as the would-be edicts of the CDC are part of a calculated plan to weaken the family, isolate and divide the citizenry, undermine religion, increase fear and desperation, and further weaken American traditions and institutions, all for the purpose of paving the way for a totalitarian, single-party takeover. Killing Thanksgiving, which has been on the anti-American hit-list for a long time, would be an obvious and effective step in such a plotan.
Fortunately I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I view these developments from the perspective of Hanlon’s Razor. However, Thanksgivingcide this year, though not premeditated, will still advance the cause of the fascists of the Left, who are real, powerful and with the election of Joe Biden, on the ascendance.
What is particularly galling is that it is nearly impossible to hold a Thanksgiving family dinner this year even if one wants to be defiant, as I do. The various quarantine rules make traveling futile. The fearmongering has worked: my sister, for example, is now a full Wuhanphobic. She wouldn’t come into my home, and wouldn’t allow us in hers. I will not patronize another restaurant that requires diners to wear masks between bites, like the one in Arlington, Virginia we used last month to try to celebrate my son’s birthday—I’d rather starve—or rush to put the damn things on whenever a waiter nears the table.
Next up, Christmas. That’s been on the Left’s hit list for a long time too.
2. Is it ethical to make “housewives” stars so they end up not being housewives? The New York Post notes that since TV’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years, the overall “Housewives” franchise divorce rate stands at 43.2%, and that’s counting only the divorces by women after joining the franchise and not those who were divorced before the reality shows made them celebrities.
The Posts “Page Six” quizzed experts about why this would happen.
“Reality TV raises awareness of an individual, but it also raises that person’s awareness of that awareness, which is to say that they suddenly become cognizant of the fact that their social circle, or tribe, has expanded, and they’ve entered into a dynamic within that group that’s very difficult to deal with,” said Dr. Tracy Thomas, a California psychologist and devout “RHONY” fan. With the rise of social media, TV stardom isn’t a one-way street anymore, either, so “your relationship stops being yours and your partner’s. Suddenly it’s yours and your partner’s and the millions of people watching you go through it, which exponentially complicates and enhances all the normal stressors of a relationship,” Thomas added.
Sex and relationship expert Ian Lavalley told the Post that many “Real Housewives” begin “as the ‘trophy wife’ supporting a financially successful husband” and “is dependent on him for financial security, and perhaps a level of identity.” But, “As the show progresses, they may begin to experience their own financial independence and identity separate from their husbands,” causing “the balance of power starts to shift.” That can “create enormous friction as roles and relationship agreements change,” he said.
The article doesn’t mention that any couple taking part in a reality show should be forewarned that these ethical and entertainment monstrosities are marriage-killers. The couple in the very first family reality show, “The Louds,” broke up during the show; so did Linda Kardashian and Bruce Jenner during “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” and Jon and Kate during “Jon and Kate Plus 8.”
These people have decided that money and celebrity are more important than a stable family and their marriage. [Pointer: Other Bill]
3. President Trump pardoned Michael Flynn. Good! Flynn was a victim of the “deep state” effort to sabotage the Trump administration, and even though the Justice Department saw ample reason to drop the case against him, a vindictive and rogue federal judge, Emmet Sullivan, has fought the dismissal.
Among the news stories buried by the mainstream media in its disinformation campaign to carry Biden to the White House was the incriminating memo by Susan Rice, detailing a White House meeting in which she, James Comey, President Obama and Biden discussed how to trap Flynn shortly after Trump was elected.
The newly disclosed paragraph underscores the intensity of the Obama administration’s focus on Flynn, as well as the dearth of a factual or legal basis for investigating him, either as a criminal suspect or a clandestine agent of the Kremlin.
The Jan. 5 meeting took place at a critical juncture in the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation. The FBI had opened its probe under the codename “Crossfire Hurricane” in late July 2016. It was deemed an “umbrella” investigation of the Trump campaign, and came to include sub-investigations of four campaign officials….
It was entirely appropriate for Flynn – as the incoming Trump national security adviser – to engage in such conversations with foreign counterparts. On the call, Flynn had discouraged Russia from escalating tensions with the U.S. – just as we would want any American official engaged in foreign relations to do.
Tellingly, just a day before the Oval Office meeting, the FBI had completed a memo closing its Crossfire Razor investigation of Flynn because no evidence had been found to support the absurd suspicion that he was a clandestine agent of Russia.
Nevertheless, even though Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak had been proper, Obama officials seemed determined to use it as a pretext for extending the investigation of Flynn….
The Rice memo alone justifies the President’s pardon of Flynn, who was collateral damage in the conspiracy to undermine Trump’s presidency. Wait–didn’t I just say I’m not a conspiracy theorist? Well, I’m not.
But that conspiracy was no theory.
You will see that the linked story by Politico doesn’t mention the Rice memo anywhere. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!
4. Seattle defunds the police , but plenty of cops are quitting, so it’s all good. I have a lot of friends in Seattle, but I have to say that the city deserves everything that is coming its way, like all the voters who elected a Democratic administration this time, but worse.
The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to cut the Seattle Police Department’s budget by 18%. More than 130 officers have left the force, according to the mayor’s office, with more to come. The deep cuts are, as the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, Mike Solan, called them “naive.” (The word he was searching for is “irresponsible and incompetent.”) He warned that the response to calls coming in to 911 would take longer and that the city was “going to see crime rise…we’re already seeing increased homicide rates that we haven’t seen in decades.”
Ethics Alarms doesn’t call this period “The Great Stupid” for nothing.