Eric Florack on June 18th, 2021

Were you aware that one of the consequences of that signing the fraudulent “Juneteenth” holiday legislation is that federal workers now get an average of nine weeks vacation time per year, all fully paid for?

Eric Florack on June 17th, 2021

The Victory Girls have this one right;

Cuomo, of course, denied the claim that his directives turned nursing homes into COVID-19 death chambers but a new report from task force for the New York State Bar Association refutes Cuomo’s claims and blasts his directives.

The NYSBA’s Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care breaks it down:

The Governor and the State Department of Health were focused on readying the State’s hospitals. The same focus was not placed on preparing the State’s nursing homes for the onslaught of the virus. It is also not clear to the Task Force that the State’s nursing homes took sufficient meaningful steps to prepare for the arrival of the virus. The Task Force saw no evidence that the State’s nursing homes prepared for the virus by increasing staffing, or providing staff training that had any meaningful impact, or stocking up on PPE.”-Report and Recommendations of the Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care
June 2021

But wait, there’s more:

There is one other event to mention. In March of 2020, the Governor, via Executive Order, granted immunity against ordinary negligence to health care professionals, and certain health care entities, including nursing homes. That immunity was codified a short time later.

The grant of immunity was controversial from the start. Immunity stripped the protections provisions under the New York State Public Health Law that protected nursing home residents from abuse and neglect.”-Report and Recommendations of the Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care
June 2021

Cuomo issued the nursing home directive on March 25th. Regulations were overridden. Nursing homes were understaffed. PPE ran scarce. And while hospitalizations in New York peaked on April 14th, the makeshift hospital at the Javits Center in Midtown and the USNS Comfort were empty. 6,326 people died in 300 New York nursing homes. How many beds were aboard the USNS Comfort? Let’s say 1,000. Only twenty of them were used.

In other words, thousands of people died because Andrew Cuomo and those pulling his strings didn’t want Donald Trump … ( Or, for that matter anyone that is to the right of Fidel Castro) …getting the credit for correctly handling the covid 19 situation.

I have been saying on this site for 20 years now …and longer… that when government runs health care every health care decision becomes political. There goes your proof.

Add to that the petty vindictiveness of the Democrats and their lack of actual care for the American people and what they’re going through, and you’ve merely scratched the surface of the situation. Obviously they will do absolutely anything to attain and maintain governmental power.

The deaths caused? Collateral damage… and actually a plus, given that they’d only vote Republican anyway.

Andrew Cuomo needs to be frog-marched off to jail immediately for those deaths. He is directly responsible for them.

Eric Florack on June 16th, 2021

From Michael Beck:

I saw a meme talking about a line to the back of a Walmart yammering about “This is Walmart trying to force people to use self checkout.”

It’s a complete lie. I’ve been in Walmart’s all over the country at all hours since this has begun and I’ve never seen a line like this at self checkout.

Self checkout is THE most efficient means of checkout for customers. Conversely, it’s a huge shoplifting risk for the store.

I have yet to find anyone who can intelligently explain the horror of self checkout. But having spent several years in big box retail management, I can explain its necessity in the current day realities of retail.

Go ahead, ask. I DARE YOU!

Like, wow, man. Reality… what a concept.

Look, the principles here are precisely the same as the ordering kiosks at McDonald’s and Burger King, etc.

It seems to me that the majority of people complaining about self checkout don’t understand the amount of costs involved with hiring people that can’t count your change, will stack cans of vegetables on top of the bread that you just bought, and so on.

That’s fascinating, because they will generally be the first ones to complain about blue streak when prices go up to cover the cost of bringing people in… And that’s even absent the personal issues brought about by covid-19 and the governmentally imposed reactions to it… Which according to estimates I’m seeing now closed down 40% of small businesses in this country, permanently. Since that’s a lot more of the way of jobs than a few cashiers at Walmart, you would think that they would be saying something about that. But, no.

It’s telling, what some people will complain about and what they won’t complain about, isn’t it?

Remember, businesses are not there to provide jobs, they are there to make money for the investors. What jobs get created are a happy by-product, nothing more.

So says the story running today in The Guardian.

Scientists are concerned that measures to combat Covid-19 have weakened the immune systems of young children who have not been able to build up resistance to common bugs, leaving them vulnerable when mask-wearing and social distancing eventually end.

There were people who were saying this 6 to 8 months ago but who were summarily silenced at the time, as it turns out, by people who had a good deal to gain by that silence.

Well at least it managed to get rid of the guy making mean tweets from the White House.

As we’re finding more and more that’s precisely what all these lockdowns were all about.

Eric Florack on June 14th, 2021

The story you need to follow up on today involves the Mexican triathlon team which is no more thanks to Uncle Creepy in the White House.

The Mexicans are unable to train triathlon contestants, because anyone who can run, jump, or swim is already in the ‘States.

You’re welcome.

Over at PJ media, Victoria Taft does a good job of explaining how covid lockdowns killed off about 40% of small business in this country. And the thing is there wasn’t a good reason for it. Or at least, the reason given wasn’t the real reason…

While bureaucrats gave Walmart, Costco, Lowe’s, and other big-box stores “essential” status, allowing them to stay open during the COVID pandemic, 38.9% of America’s small businesses, the providers of most of the country’s jobs, were forced to close based on fear, hackneyed social-distancing rules, early ignorance about transmission, and an insatiable desire by governors to micromanage the affairs of men.

I should take a moment and point out that small businesses are easier to contain and damage. And yet, they are the backbone of this country.

Of course, small business wasn’t the only thing to suffer. At some point in the near future we’re going to talk about Grandma being locked up in that nursing home with nobody being able to visit her because of lockdowns that were imposed for no damn good reason.

We are learning more and more about these events… None of it good.

Eric Florack on June 4th, 2021

Is anybody really surprised by this?

Hiring disappointed again in May as companies across the country struggle to find enough help to satisfy booming demand, even as they raise wages and offer sign-on bonuses.

That’s the main takeaway of the May employment report released Friday morning by the Labor Department. Nonfarm payrolls grew by 559,000—not an insignificant gain, but short of the 650,000 increase economists surveyed by FactSet predicted.

The lame stream media can claim all they want the economy’s on its way back, but the fact of the matter is it fell short of expectations once again and only opened up as far as it did because the government is finally taking its covid-19 boot off of our throats… And consider the idea that what progress has been made on jobs is being made despite the government paying people to stay home.

Eric Florack on May 31st, 2021

That’s the question being posed by the New York Times this morning. And indeed, this isn’t the first time that question’s been raised by the little paragraph factory in Queens… Which has forever been the Democrat party propaganda engine. That the Times is even allowing the question to be raised in its offices, even in a whisper is amazing. That it’s allowing these questions to be printed is astounding.  It is a measure of just how bad things have gotten for the Democrats.

Jim Carvile was asking questions like this a month ago and sounding the alarm, but the Democrats haven’t been paying any attention. Bill Maher, too. And amazingly, the New York Daily News,hardly a bastion of right-wing thought, is following suit.

How bad is it? When you see several Oregon counties voting themselves out of the state of Oregon so as to join Idaho, because they’re fed up with leftist politics, you know it’s bad.

Essentially what’s going on here is the Democrat rank and file is slowly figuring out that nobody can save the Democrat party from itself.

People have long since begun to recognize that the Democratic party is out to destroy America. And you know,, what’s interesting, Hillary Clinton was once quoted as saying that you couldn’t be civil with the party that’s trying to destroy America. She was talking about the GOP of course but apparently even rank and file Democrats who are abandoning the party in droves, have figured out that she got that part wrong. Most of these are lifelong Democrats who have finally reached the international “enough” line. But they’re starting to see younger people joining them.

Democrats have been capitalizing on governmental control of schools for decades, to produce aggressively woke kids… Mini Greta Thunbergs, who once they’re out on the street, (and exposed to reality) begin to abandon those cockeyed principles taught them in the government schools and start thinking for the themselves. It’s been happening more and more lately.

The train wreck that the Democrat party is headed for is absolutely monumental. The problem is that through fraud, they have the power of government in their hands and will likely take us down with them, in an effort to save their own skins.

I’ve got your “collusion” right here.

Eric Florack on May 28th, 2021

It’s always been a special day for me, because honoring our vets has always held special meaning for me; it’s a lesson my parents instilled very well, indeed. It was brought home to me, as I was recently looking at pictures from a trip we made through the Gettysburg PA area some years ago.

It’s a particularly meaningful thing, when you’re standing on that field…. Something that goes well beyond the cold facts and figures about who died from what company, how old they were, or even where they were from. It’s more a feeling you get…. You can sense it… not unlike being at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, or visiting Arlington National Cemetery. I’m told Omaha Beach, and Pearl Harbor and many other sites are the same way. I’ve been at the funerals of firemen and policemen who died in their line of duty, and that was also remarkably similar.

In each case, we’re dealing with places and concepts of death. But death alone doesn’t do it; doesn’t create that solemn atmosphere that is so unique to those places. After all; there are lots of mass casualty accidents have happened over the centuries and their sites are well marked, and revered, or at least held apart, and yet, their impact doesn’t approach that of an Iwo Jima or a Pearl.

Even under the shelter of the time that has passed since those events, as you stand in each place, you can still feel it; Lives were lost there that were willingly (And in the case of the civilian deaths at the towers, unwillingly) sacrificed toward a higher ideal.

Our feelings and conclusions can be far different from what those lost experienced. Yet, their lives and their sacrifices still count for something. And the thing is, it doesn’t take much for us to out ourselves in their mindset.

Think of it this way; Every single man who died at Gettysburg, at Normandy, at Pearl and all the rest, has meaning for us because each of them, had their own lives, just as we have our own lives. These people loved, they laughed, they cried. They had a favorite food, a favorite color, a particular bit of music, or of poetry stirred their souls, like none other, just like we, ourselves. Every bit as much as you and I love our lives, they loved theirs. Their lives were as precious to them, as yours is to you. Their loss was as keenly felt by their loved ones as yours would yours.

And yet, they put their lives at risk and ultimately gave their lives up, for something bigger… something they considered to be larger than themselves.

I have a neighbor, whose father just a few years ago needed a liver transplant. This neighbor willingly gave up part of his liver to be transplanted into his father. A noble action, certainly, commendable, and impressive. But with all respect to my neighbor, the choice to do that is comparatively easy to make. He knows and loves his father, and the risks and sacrifices were fairly light by comparison.

How much more noble is a sacrifice of one’s life for people that one will never meet? Well, the people we honor today, those in uniform particularly, but some who were not, gave of themselves for the benefit of people they would never know…. you and I, and countless others from many nations. If not for their sacrifices, you’d not be reading this, because I’d not have written it…. we’d be living in a very different world, and most likely, one not nearly as good to us as this one has been.

That gift, that sacrifice, is what we memorialize today.

Look upon those actions, those sacrifices, and know what you’re seeing is strength, courage, and nobility in measures that should not… can not, be ignored. They must be honored by us all; They were made, after all, for our benefit.

Think about that as we deal with the solemn proceedings for their day.

Eric Florack on May 26th, 2021

The Free Beacon has an interesting article this morning on the happenings in the New York City School district… Interesting because it reveals a larger trend that I’d like you to notice:

Last October, a group of New York City parents gathered outside City Hall to defend accelerated academic programs. The city’s Department of Education had been chipping away at those programs for over two years—part of its “equity”-oriented agenda—and the predominantly Asian crowd was fed up. “Keep SHSAT,” many signs read, a reference to the Specialized High School Admissions Test that by law determines admission to the city’s top public schools.

The rally was proceeding without a hitch—until a group of student activists shoved their way into the middle of it, blocking speakers and unfurling a large banner that read “Unscreen Our Schools.” The 16- to 17-year-old activists belonged to a group called Teens Take Charge, which argues selective public schools are a form of modern-day “segregation.” Amid the ensuing tumult, one parent pushed the banner aside, while others threatened to call the police.

The skirmish was an especially bitter episode in the ongoing debate over New York City’s elite public schools, where standardized tests are an important factor in admissions. Those tests, the city’s education department has argued, are systemically racist, since very few black and Latino students do well enough on them to be admitted to top schools like Stuyvesant or Bronx Science.

On the other side of the debate are parents—particularly low-income Asian parents—who see the tests as engines of upward mobility and oppose efforts to eliminate them. Public opinion is on their side; an April poll found that a majority of New Yorkers support keeping gifted and talented programs for younger students, while a plurality oppose eliminating the admissions test for specialized high schools.

But the education department has a potent cudgel against that opposition: the high school students of Teens Take Charge, who have been weaponized as child soldiers in the culture war. The fracas at the rally was part of a pattern, nearly a dozen parents said, in which adult activists sic students on anyone who challenges the department’s anti-test agenda.

What we have here is nothing short of a war on excellence. Those who excel, must be crushed. Obviously, this is part of the quest of equal outcomes instead of equal opportunity… And this is the standard banner of the left.

But there’s a trend here that I want you to notice… From the above clip:

But the education department has a potent cudgel against that opposition: the high school students of Teens Take Charge, who have been weaponized as child soldiers in the culture war.

Greta Thunberg was unavailable for comment.

From NotTheBee:

Here’s what has happened in a few cities that voted to slash police budgets:

  • Homicide grew by 44% in New York, which had 1,531 shootings and 462 murders in 2020.
  • Homicides also increased 36% in L.A. to 350, leading the police chief to say “a decade of progress” has been erased.
  • Minneapolis, the center of the “Defund the Police” movement, saw a 46% increase in murders.
  • Oakland, California has seen a staggering 314% increase in homicides.
  • Portland, Oregon has seen murders triple.
  • Austin, Texas has had a 26% increase in aggravated assault reports.
  • Chicago saw a 65% increase in homicides from June 2020 to February 2021, despite arrests dropping 53%.
  • Philadelphia hit a 30-year-high with homicides in 2020, with 499 people murdered.
  • Even smaller cities like Louisville, Kentucky had a record high of 173 murders and is on track to surpass that this year.

The article doesn’t say it, apparently for fear of being considered diving into the cliche, but here’s a little fact.

Minorities, and the poor were the most affected by the defunding of police.

It’s interesting, who we haven’t heard these facts from… That’s right, the supposed “mainstream press’.

And just as certainly we haven’t seen anything from the people they represent (and invariably defend…)… Members of the Democrat party.

Eric Florack on May 24th, 2021

When you’ve lost Sean Lennon, you’ve lost.

Just go and read it

Eric Florack on May 19th, 2021

Got this in my feed this morning from Facebook from one of the moderators of a group that I follow which shall remain nameless.

Keep in mind this report of his is hardly unique.

So I was informed just a few minutes ago by our Facebook folks that a meme titled ‘suicide watch’ (a Hillary supporter with a noose around their neck standing on a chair while a MAGA hat wearing guy sat on another chair with a box of popcorn) I shared immediately after the 2016 presidential election “had to be removed” because “there are certain kinds of posts about suicide or self-injury that we don’t allow on Facebook”

And then added “If you’re going through a difficult time, we want to share ways you can find support.” Hate to think there may be people posting about committing suicide and they are reaching out over four years after the actual post.

That last part is certainly a reasonable objection, if you take Facebook at its claims about wanting to prevent suicide as being the real motivation here.

But given what we’ve seen out of the fact checkers etc, it’s not hard to see through the ruse.

This goes well beyond the Hitlerite book burning that we’ve been seeing out of Facebook for the last few years.

They are now down to going back through their databases and on any possible pretext, believable or not, bent on removing any evidence that there was ever any objection to the left.

This is tantamount to rewriting history. And guess who that rewrite benefits?