From The Intercept:

Newly released documents provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than nine hundred pages of documents detailing the work of the EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to the EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.

Yeah.

So, after all this, after over a year of being told that we were all conspiracy theorists, it turns out we were spot on.

And they’re still denying it. Alternately, they’re still saying it came from nature which is a demonstrable lie.

Always remember, Anthony Fauci telling us two days after the election of Donald Trump that Trump was going to face a pandemic. Now how would he know that?

Eric Florack on September 4th, 2021

Every time I see one of those go- karts with delusions of car hood, I imagine the owner running out of electricity halfway through his trip for the last time, and walking to the nearest gas station buying a gas can full of gas, and pouring it into the interior of his vehicle and dropping a match.

Of course, given the way those things tend to torch themselves, such as this Tesla, maybe actually using gasoline to put them out of our misery isn’t necessary.

The questions that the enviro whack job left still is unwilling to answer is how many nuclear power plants they are willing to suborn to support a switch to battery powered go karts. How much in the way of infrastructure will they support? In other words transmission lines.

California, you see, is a model for how this is all supposed to work in the mindlessness of the left, and is in fact probably the way they want the entire country to go.

In short, they would much rather have us dependent on somebody else for our energy needs. Romania for example the Saudis. Iran. I don’t know about you but I’m old enough to remember Biden halting Federal oil and gas sales. Here’s a refresher on that point

The Democrats will tell you that it’s two level the playing field to allow electric transportation to flourish but like everything else that the Democrats do look to the money. They gain personally either through graft or simple opportunism every time they get their way on matters of energy. Every single time.

And the fact is, we simply don’t have the capacity to deal with electric go karts. Take California as an example.

California has very little in the way of generating capacity. Way under what’s required to support themselves. They also have just barely enough in the way of electric infrastructure to get by with under normal conditions at the moment.

This leads to shortages of electricity. It’s why the California state government recently was telling everybody not to charge their electric vehicles.

Go back and read that paragraph again. That’s right my friends, the warning signs are there, we’re just supposed to ignore them because we have to save the polar bears, or something

California ships all of their electricity in from out of state, and so are totally dependent on transmission lines. If I remember correctly the last generating station to be built in California was in 1974. So with all that in mind, you have a fairly decent idea of why the term brownout has become common parlance.

My friends , it’s a sure bet that the existing infrastructure in California will simply not put up with the additional strain of however many electric go karts they’re trying to charge. There just isn’t enough unicorn farts to go around.

You do know, don’t you, that a lack of support for modern infrastructure is precisely why the Camp, California fire occurred, don’t you? PG&E had been trying for years to get the government to allow them to upgrade the system. But the Democrat run State wouldn’t have a thing to do with it, and poof! An entire town is gone. Of course, not eliminating the brush in those areas which fueled the fire, had something to do with it too but it both comes down to a leftist run government being stupid.

Then we come to the power storage device used in these monstrosities, the lithium battery. Let’s leave aside for the moment that nobody’s ever been able to figure out how to recycle these bloody things. Let’s ignore the expense involved of replacing them which causes scenes like this graphic taken in France of large numbers of electric vehicles that nobody wants to spend the money to replace the worn out lithium ion batteries that nobody can recycle. The life expectancy of an electric vehicle ends up being something in the neighborhood of 2 years. Maybe.

Then, let’s consider where the lithium comes from.

It really doesn’t take much to understand the why of the push toward electric vehicles. It’s all about the money and Chinese dominating the economic world. Follow the money. Afghanistan, you see, is considered to be the Saudi Arabia of lithium. Which in turn also explains the push of the Chinese to get the us out of Afghanistan.

Control the lithium, as the Chinese will very shortly, and you know who’s going to be making money because of the Democrats narrow-mindedness about energy and it’s use.

Addendum:

(Gee, do you suppose with the demonstrated links between the Chinese Communist party and the Democrat party here in the states there’s a link here someplace??)

So do you suppose we have a chance of getting the federal government to stop spending money on promoting these monstrosities?

Alas, that most Americans can’t even begin to comprehend the level of incompetence here:

Roger Pardo-Maurer, the former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2001-2006), joined Jorge Ramos on Univision Noticias on Monday to discuss the unfolding disastrous withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan.

During their conversation, Pardo-Maurer told Ramos the Department of Defense had foreknowledge of the Kabul Airport suicide bomber but denied permission to fire a Predator Drone missile once they had a lock on him.

Now, hopefully, you’re beginning to understand why I took the position I did with regards to Colonel Scheller.

And look, it’s not like the pattern isn’t there. Consider the words of Colonel West, just 7 years ago now:

Am I the only one who finds it perplexing that President Obama and family can attend the wedding of his personal chef and some MSNBC personality — but they couldn’t attend the funeral of Major General Harold J Greene, the most senior member of our military to be killed in war since Vietnam? Or how about sending Eric Holder and three White House officials to Ferguson, Missouri but not a one sent to attend to the plight of Marine SGT Andrew Tahmooressi being held in a Mexican jail since March? Oh well, maybe this is the new normal under progressive socialist rule — but it certainly demonstrates how much regard Obama has for our military.

Biden was part of that administration too. The only way Democrats are worried about our military is when they can make money off of them.

But notice where the the first place is that you see votes going missing every single election… That’s right, the military.

Do you begin to understand, yet?

From Endpoints:

Two of the FDA’s most senior vaccine leaders are exiting from their positions, raising fresh questions about the Biden administration and the way that it’s sidelined the FDA.

Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research & Review and 32-year veteran of the agency, will leave at the end of October, and OVRR deputy director Phil Krause, who’s been at FDA for more than a decade, will leave in November. The news, first reported by BioCentury, is a massive blow to confidence in the agency’s ability to regulate vaccines.

The bombshell announcement comes at a particularly crucial moment, as boosters and children’s shots are being weighed by the regulator. The departures also come as the administration has recently jumped ahead of the FDA’s reviews of booster shots, announcing that they might be available by the week of Sept. 20.

So, where is the mainstream media on this story?

I ask, for the obvious reason that 8 months ago, the media would have gone walled a wall with this, we’d have heard nothing but this story for weeks on end.

Tell me again, about how the media hasn’t been shielding the Democrats from the blowback from the American people over Democrat malfeasance.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Eric Florack on September 1st, 2021

From Jim Lowitzer:

I see a lot of posts and press releases declaring that “the war is over.” Pardon my skepticism, but the war isn’t over. We are in retreat, but it isn’t over. I believe that it began with the Feb. 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

That, of course, was repeated with vastly greater destruction on Sept. 11, 2001. Along the way, there was the June 1996 bombing of the Kobar Towers, the embassy bombings (two) in August 1978, the 2015 San Bernadino attacks, and others as well.

We may have pulled our military presence out of Afghanistan, but our enemies have not left the field. They will be back and, once again, they will get to pick the field of battle. This war is a long way from being over.

Jim is absolutely correct here.

Myself and a host of others up to and including George W Bush told you…that this was going to be a multi-generational conflict, that one could not expect to build a Western style democracy in 20 years out of a bunch of dirt scratchers who insist on living in the 14th century. Cultures, you see, take a long time to change.

Long time readers of this website will recall that I worried immediately following the election of Barack Hussein Obama that we were going to abandon that plan. I expressed similar fears with the supposed election of Uncle Creepy, and for the same reason.

Frankly I don’t recall ever being quite so annoyed about being correct.

The case of Biden in these matters is even more problematic than that of Obama’s, because this time they left the Taliban with sophisticated weaponry to fight with, this guaranteeing a continuation of the war and an expansion of it.

Further leaving weaponry in Afghanistan means the Chinese will have their hands on it shortly to tear down and analyze and copy.

No, thanks to our brain dead leadership, this war has just begun.

Eric Florack on September 1st, 2021

First of all…

The standard argument, apparently, is that this is against the law, the UCMJ etc. I’ve heard all these arguments and dismiss them utterly.

Scheller recognizes that the law is not the final arbiter of right and wrong. That the morality of following immoral leaders is a larger question than the law can address. And I give him serious credit for it.

At this stage of the game, we have a pentagon full of people handpicked by Obama, Biden, and company.. people who are far more worried about advancing their military careers than they are about upholding the Constitution, and representing the United States of America.

The colonel here is having nothing of it and apparently recognizes that in his oath he swore to protect the Constitution and the United States against enemies both foreign and domestic. Whereas the Obama appointees seem to have no ability whatsoever to identify domestic enemies, the colonel doesn’t seem afflicted by that illness.

You see, to my mind the morality of the thing is the larger issue. Is following this arguably treasonous leadership, a moral act? The colonel came to his conclusion and I respect him for it.

The response I get from some is that he could have simply resigned. But if he had done that, the revelation of the misdeeds would have been buried by a press and a government that has proven itself untrustworthy.

The colonel is no dummy. He understood what the consequences were and took the position anyway. That’s called courage.

The kind of courage that Obama, Biden, and company weeded out of the Pentagon. People like these.

Retired Maj. Gen. Joe Arbuckle organized one public expression of this discontent. He told the Washington Examiner in a phone interview he wanted“accountability” because it is “one of the bedrock foundations of our military.” That’s why he believes Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley should resign.

“It’s to express our dissatisfaction with the way this has been handled and the catastrophic results that are coming from it,” he added, before noting the United States’s top priority should be making sure the Americans who were left behind can evacuate the country safely.

Arbuckle helped organize 88 retired generals and admirals to sign an open letter published by Flag Officers 4 America on Monday, coinciding with the U.S. final withdrawal from Afghanistan after the U.S. spent 20 years, billions of dollars, and thousands of lives.

Funny thing, Arbuckle here is saying precisely what I’ve been saying all along.

With our current situation there’s a hard question before those in uniform:

Is your loyalty to the country and to the people or to the leadership which brought this all about?

Respect for the uniform you see, is a two-way street. If you want those in uniform to respect it and keep a non-political position, maybe we ought to have politicians that respect the uniform.

Demonstrably, that’s something we lack at the moment, and I tell you that we will reap the rewards of it for decades to come.

And it isn’t like we weren’t warned about it.

As a parting shot, I wonder about the possibility of a court-martial. I doubt it. The leadership doesn’t want that kind of negative exposure. Facts would come out that they just as soon not have in the public eye. Which was always the point of this action in the first place.

(A tip of Bit’s ball cap to Glenn, from which I got the graphics). He has his own commentary, which is worth a read.)

Eric Florack on August 31st, 2021
davidl on August 30th, 2021
In one corner we have capital police officer Lt. Michael Byrd and in the other the scattered ashes of his victim the late Ashli Babbitt. A quick review, Babbitt is dead and Byrd is black. Had the reverse been true and known, our nation’s capital would look like downtown Minneapolis.

The Babbitt homicide[*] has bothered me. I offer the opinions of a noted law professor and California police officer.
Professor Johnathan Turley:

At the time, some of us familiar with the rules governing police use of force raised concerns over the shooting. Those concerns were heightened by the DOJ’s bizarre review and report, which stated the governing standards but then seemed to brush them aside to clear Byrd.

The DOJ report did not read like any post-shooting review I have read as a criminal defense attorney or law professor. The DOJ statement notably does not say that the shooting was clearly justified. Instead, it stressed that “prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so ‘willfully.’” It seemed simply to shrug and say that the DOJ did not believe it could prove “a bad purpose to disregard the law” and that “evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent.”

I note the Department of Justice has adopted James Comey’s old Hillary Clinton standard, if you first cite the applicable law you then free to ignore it.
So the Byrd case flunks the academic tower view. Howabout the cop of the street. err patrol car view:

We now know what has long been an open secret, that it was Lt. Michael Byrd of the U.S. Capitol Police who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6. In his interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Byrd was inconsistent in his grasp of the facts, self-contradictory, and ill-informed on the law governing police use of force. If this is how he performed under Holt’s gentle questioning, it’s easy to speculate on how he would hold up under cross-examination by a competent and even mildly aggressive attorney, and I am more confident than ever that the government will settle with Babbitt’s family rather than risk a trial featuring Byrd as the key witness.

Reminds me of an old news story the the DC police of had problem with officers with impaired literacy.  Does seem to fit the case of Lt. Michael Byrd.  How many others?

* Homicide: the intentional killing of a human being by another. Self-evident

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davidl on August 28th, 2021
A dog is said to be man’s best friend, often thought of as furry children.  Just as child’s conduct reflects on their parents, a dog’s conduct reflects on their humans.  No responsible parent would allow their children to go around biting staff and quests for a week.

Yet some trash don’t care about how their dogs behave.  As is the case of some trash imported into Washington, Judicial Watch

Now the Demented Dimwit from Delaware seems to not care how his dogs behavior.  On the other paw, the Secret Service treats Major like a predator.  His staff buried Major’s reign of terror.

Now think about is, if Joey Biden will go to such extremes to hide the behavior of his dogs, just how far will Slow Joe go to hide the behavior of his son Hunter?

Eric Florack on August 27th, 2021
Harvard’s “chaplain” is in atheist.

I will say it again…

The biggest mistake we ever made as a country, a culture, a people, was to turn the education of our young over to the government.

I will admit this openly, up front. I am fearful for the nation and its future. I am equally disturbed about the future of Liberty in the world. The world’s last best hope, isn’t shining so brightly today.

Brian Kennedy at The American Mind this morning:

It would be easy to attribute the disaster of leaving Afghanistan, both human and strategic, to the incompetence of President Biden and his administration. After all, human incompetence normally explains a lot. But the affairs of a great nation like ours and its military are not the work of one man. There are generals, well-credentialed foreign policy experts, and senior intelligence officials who have devised how best to leave Afghanistan in order to achieve certain strategic and political objectives. The notion that there was a single incompetent decision made to abandon Afghanistan defies both logic and common sense. It was a matter of high government policy that the United States depart Afghanistan, abandon military equipment, and leave both Americans and our allies to the tender mercies of the radical Islamic Taliban.

The exit from Afghanistan, then, appears designed to accomplish two things: first, to demoralize the American military and the American people. Over 22,000 American service personnel have been killed or injured in Afghanistan. Every American knows someone who served there. Knowing full well that the Afghan military would not defend the country, there could be little doubt that the United States was turning the country over to the Taliban. Moreover, the US did so with the appearance of being run out of the country in shame and defeat. One can only assume this was meant to demonstrate to American servicemen that their sacrifice had been in vain, and to the American people that our cause of defending America from the scourge of radical Islam was not just.

How else are sensible people to view the footage of killings, chaos, desperation, harassment, and contempt for the US and our citizens in Kabul? Taken together these images are far more effective tools of propaganda than nearly anything Al-Qaeda and ISIS has employed over the past two decades. Their message is clear: America is weak and resistance to Islam is futile. That is the lesson the Biden Administration has made possible. It is one for which radicals such as Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have signaled their approval throughout their tenure in Congress.

The second purpose of the Afghan debacle was to signal to the world that the United States has no interest in defending a liberal world order and that from here on out we will not defend either human freedom or our own self-interest, however bizarre that may sound. Even the most serious isolationist would not have left Afghanistan the way we have. A minimum requirement would be to preserve the prestige and credibility of the United States with our allies and to ensure that our enemies would not be emboldened by our fecklessness.

First of all, and mark me on this, Taiwan is next.

You see, the question to be asking about the passage I quoted from Brian is, whose purpose was served by the way Afghanistan was handled?

I will remind you of the image of protesters in Taiwan against the Chinese takeover there carrying American flags.

That’s a scene that’s been repeated all over the world in my lifetime and it seems to be happening more frequently of late. America has been viewed the world over as the last best hope for freedom.

But with the events in Afghanistan, (which by the way Shares a border with China)… .events perpetrated by Democrat party policy, that flame on the end of Liberty’s torch is diminished rather significantly.

As Brian suggests, the mood has been adjusted nationally, the die has been cast, and there will be no further defending of Taiwan, or anyone else desiring freedom for that matter, at least while Democrats hold sway in Washington… Democrats, whom it is clear have completely forgotten about the call from the last Democrat who actually loved America, John f Kennedy, who said:

“…we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.”

And they killed him for that.

Long time readers of this blog will remember I suggested almost 20 years ago…

The original purpose of government, therefore, is to protect, nurture and defend, and if possible expand the influence of, the culture that gave it life.

My friends, I cannot think of any other Democrat in my lifetime who has expressed that purpose more clearly than Kennedy did that day in 1961. Alas, we have forgotten who we are and where we’re supposed to be going.

As to the future, even assuming at some point in the future, we have the stones to follow JFKs call, who is going to take American foreign policy seriously any longer? What’s going on in Afghanistan right now is going to remain on the world’s mind in perpetuity. The message is clear;Whatever good we do can be, and will be, overridden at the next election.

And all it took was Democrats in positions of governmental power… Which, when you design the voting machines and own a goodly chunk of the media, is fairly easy to arrange regardless of the will of the people.

You see, I’d like to say that there will be serious blowback at the next election…. that all of this will be the extinction level event for the Democrat party and America will get back on track.

My fear, however is that with the demonstrated fraudulency in this most recent election, and no indication of it being eliminated, the will of the people in these matters will never be heard from again.

Which is directly according to plan.

Eric Florack on August 25th, 2021
Whoever replaces Joe Biden is going to have a bigger mess to clean up then Noah did at the bottom of the ark after about 15 days.

It’s to the point now where you have to wonder if what they’re doing is an intentionally making the situation unrepairable.

Eric Florack on August 25th, 2021
From a few years ago…

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I said a few months ago…..

Let me take you back in time just a little bit.

Following Judicial Watch’s 2015 report on the 2013 meeting, Senator McCain issued a statement decrying “false reports claiming that his office was somehow involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups.”

So, now comes this:

“Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to ‘audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.’ Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.”

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So. As Billy Beck noted elsewhere, Lerner was running on McCain’s leash.

I’ve said this before and I will say it again. The one thing that the establishment GOP (and in this I include John McCain) fear more than anything else on the planet… More than losing elections to Democrats, more than Donald Trump, more than anything is actually being conservative. They will fight conservatives tooth and nail. Just like the Democrats. Until such time as you reckon with that fact, none of the rest of this is going to make any sense at all.

And they wonder how somebody like Trump got elected.

That’s in the GOP establishment.

I consider the GOP establishment more dangerous to America’s future because at least the Democrats aren’t pretending to be conservative.

Eric Florack on August 25th, 2021
This stuff is going downhill so quickly I can’t keep up with it so I’ll just pass along thoughts that I’ve written down as they occur:

# Where are the followers of Islam who are aghast at what has happened to what we were told was a peaceful religion? We must assume that they are either cowering in fear, or they agree with what’s going on in Afghanistan right now and want to see it inflicted on the rest of the world in the name of their peaceful religion.

I know I’ve said this already but it bears repeating....These events should be the extinction level event for the Democrat party. TheBay of pigs, the failure of the peanut farmer in Iran, even the withdrawal from Iraq by Barack Hussein Obama fails in comparison to the failure of Biden in this case. (Notice all of those failures are perpetrated by Democrats?) That rumbling you here is Joe Biden’s voters collectively rolling over in their graves, a phenomenon best measured on the Richter scale.

# I’d like to suggest that there’s going to be repercussions at the voting booth on these events, but given the demonstrated ability of the Democrats to falsify elections, with the help of their friends the CCP one wonders what the final outcome will be.

The look and feel of press conferences at the White House lately

# Press conferences at the White House have been taking on somewhat of a surreal glow lately. They’re obviously still trying to figure out how to sell this failure as a success.

# The administration and the politicians and military uniforms serving under them are still claiming to be surprised by the events in Afghanistan, events caused by their policies. I’m not buying it. I think what really surprised them was the amount of blowback they got from the disaster that they caused. Which, by the way, is precisely the response you would expect out of an left wingidiologe. They wanted it, so they figured everybody else did too.

Eric Florack on August 24th, 2021
From Victory Girls this morning, comes a confirmation of something I’ve already told you:

There are lots of people who could take the fall for Joe Biden regarding Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Both Blinken and Sullivan have had to face the press lately, and neither sounded confident or in command of any facts.

But

President Biden isn’t inclined to fire any senior national security officials over the chaos in Kabul unless the situation drastically deteriorates or there’s significant loss of American life, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Dismissing national security advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin or CIA Director William Burns would be tantamount to admitting a mistake, and the president stands by his decision.

Unless the situation “drastically deteriorates” ?

Good lord, I know one should never challenge “worse”, but how in the world can the situation deteriorate any more than it already has?

In any event, I am still convinced, particularly given the actions the Obama Biden administration took in Iraq, which are precisely the actions they took in Afghanistan, simply changing the names in the dates, that this was precisely the desired outcome.

Obama and Biden purged all of the military who had both balls and brains… who weren’t willing to suborn their whack job leftist policies. Policies, which gave us the results we had both in Iraq and Afghanistan. They promoted the people that agreed with their policies. To now admit that those policies were wrong-headed and deadly, by firing they view as politically counterproductive… And I said as much a couple of days back.

In a just world, those responsible for this outrage, from Obama and Biden on down, would be suffering the same as the Afghan people are.

But since the world has never been fair, at least this should be an extinction level event for the Democrat party… And it might be precisely that, if we can keep the establishment GOP (the Bill Kristols Mitt Romneys and George Wills of the world, who have been desperately trying to promote Biden and company), out of the way.