I have to give Harry a callout: his Christmas classic is the only recording on the Sirius-XM Christmas Traditions channel sung by a still-living singer. Harry’s 93 now and the clock is ticking. His voice is shot, and he has become progressively more radical, angry and bitter over the years. But ah, what a great and transformative talent he was!
I also note that just this week, YouTube has slapped ads on all its songs and movie clips. Of course it has.
Why am I panicked? Oh, the tree’s not up, its a pine and too soft to hold about 40% of our cherished ornaments,we’re behind on other decorations, no shopping has been done, and “there’s plenty of time” suddenly mutated into “Holy crap! There’s only a week left!” At least Christmas decorations around the neighborhood are at an all-time high. I’ve been walking Spuds around to see them: boy, those huge inflatable lawn things are horrible. What does an Imperial Walker have to do with Christmas? Spuds tried to kill a giant inflatable Nutcracker Prince. I was proud of him…
1. This is, in short, a lie. “COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the U.S.” says an editorial published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This false and intentionally fear-mongering conclusion is in part based on the U.S. practice of calling every death of someone who was diagnosed with the illness a death caused by the illness. That’s ridiculous. Three researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, cite current daily mortality rates to show that COVID-19 has now surpassed heart disease and cancer as the leading daily cause of death in the U.S. “It’s been a long time since an infectious disease was the leading cause of death for the whole country,” said lead author Steven Woolf, M.D., director emeritus of VCU’s Center on Society and Health. “And it’s a tragic milestone we could’ve prevented.” As for that last statement, prove it, without a time machine. Meanwhile, it appears that Wuhan virus-“caused” deaths also include deaths from other causes that killed people because they put off getting medical treatment.
2. Babylon Bee Ethics:
- Is this fair? I think it’s fair. After a story from the set of his latest “Mission Impossible” movie was reported about Tom Cruise having tantrum when he saw two crew members standing too close together, the conservative satire site headlined a story, “‘We Must Follow The Science!’ Screams Actor Who Believes Xenu Dumped Frozen Aliens Into Volcanoes And Exploded Them With Bombs 75,000,000 Years Ago.” I got some hate mail the last time I criticized Scientology. A former member of the church/cult told me I was lucky that’s all I got…
- Once again, a ‘factcheck” feature actually checked a story on the satire site and guess what? It decided that it was satire! I have to ask: “What’s going on here?” Do the publications that do that want us to think they are morons? ARE they morons? Do they think we are morons? This time, the Mad Factchecker worked for USA today, and was checking the Babylon Bee spoof headlined “United Airlines Kicks 2-Year-Old Off Flight For Refusing To Say ‘Black Lives Matter.'” The story, says the factcheck, “claims the airline refused to let a young girl fly after she couldn’t pronounce the racial justice expression. The airline supposedly scolded the family of the child in a statement, too, citing its “strict ideological purity requirement” for all flights….”We can’t let people fly on planes with the fear that a racist baby might be on board,” the airline supposedly said. “The family was quickly removed after which we lectured them for 2 hours in the airport terminal.” No, the Bee did not “claim” anything. It’s a joke. It’s obviously a joke. Is a comedian who begins a story saying, “A rabbi, a moose and a Martian walk into a bar” claiming that a rabbi, a moose and a Martian walked into a bar?
3. You really don’t think that the pandemic over-reach by governors and mayors, and the news media’s successful censorship of news that didn’t advance The Cause, and the use of social media and cancel movements to intimidate and squelch dissenting opinions are all giving the Democratic Party a taste for totalitarian mandated thought, speech and expression? Why not? Here’s the latest: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week to ban the the sale of Confederate flags and other symbols of “intolerance and hate” on public property, as well as to limit the display of such symbols. Says Professor Turley: “In my view, the Cuomo legislation is a violation of the First Amendment.”
No professor, the legislation IS a violation of the First Amendment, and Cuomo knows it is. How else can one interpret this other than as an official form of civil disobedience aimed at the Supreme Court and the Constitution? For the law will get struck down as soon as it’s challenged, whereupon Nancy, Chuck, AOC, Kamala and the rest will wail, “See? This racist system protects symbols of slavery and hate! We have to change the Constitution and SCOTUS to prevent this outrage!”
4. More proof, as if any more were needed, that Donald Trump just doesn’t understand the Presidency. The Daily Beast reports that the President has asked some associates if it would be a good idea to reboot “The Apprentice” after he leaves the White House.
5. Back to Item #1: I just saw this while I was preparing to wrap up. Brenda Bock, a Colorado coroner, spoke to the press after discovering that that among Grand County’s five reported Wuhan virus deaths were two gunshot wound victims. “It’s absurd that they would even put that on there,” she said. “Would you want to go to a county that has really high death numbers? Would you want to go visit that county because they’re contagious? You know, I might get it, and I could die if all of a sudden one county has a high death count. We don’t have it, and we don’t need those numbers inflated.”
Colorado’s health department defended itself by stating that it was only following the protocol set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose guidelines require state health department officials to report “people who’ve died with COVID-19 in their systems because it’s crucial for public health surveillance….This information is required by the CDC and is crucial for public health surveillance, as it provides more information about disease transmission and can help identify risk factors among all deaths across populations.”
According to Sky-Hi News in Grand County, the two gunshot victims were the result of a murder-suicide.