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Coffee & Covid. Climate. Zelenko.

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

🔥 The Supreme Court issued another 6-3 ruling yesterday, this time finding that the Biden’s new EPA rules about “climate change” are an unconstitutional power grab. The EPA cannot legislate, that’s Congress’ job.

In its opinion, the Court aptly described the goals of the new rules as being to “compel the transfer of power generating capacity from existing sources to wind and solar.” With emphasis on the word, “compel.” But the Court said if they want to shut down coal and force the country to somehow run on wind and solar, they need to vote for it, not casually slip it into the agency’s rulebook.

Reactions were mixed. Leftists thought the decision was the worst possible thing that ever could have happened, ever. Worse than dropping the airplane mask mandate! Racial-advantage grifter and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren hysterically tweeted that the world was on fire:

Apparently it didn’t occur to SENATOR Warren that the Supreme Court just said it’s up to HER — the legislature — to fix climate change, if that’s what they want to do so badly. Congress already gets the last word, dummy. But maybe Congress is facing a legitimacy crisis too.

Pugnacious Paul Krugman saw Warren’s “world on fire” tweet and upped the ante all the way to total civilizational collapse:

Yawn.

📈 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that, unlike most other states, Florida’s literacy rates have been steadily increasing since he became governor — despite the pandemic. I wonder what the difference could be? Do you think open schools might have had something to do with it? Just spitballing.

Statewide, about 75% of students scored at or above Level 3 in Civics in 2022, an increase of +5% over 2021. African American students had the largest increases in both social studies and science, and increased +8% in Civics and +4% in U.S. History. Nice.

 Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, the man who discovered and implemented the early treatment for covid that literally saved millions of lives worldwide, passed away yesterday after a four-year battle with a rare cancer. Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1973, he was 48 when he passed.

Zelenko had an unshakeable faith, and often described his cancer as a divine gift. Once he described it like this:

“My cancer is what prepared me for the COVID-19 pandemic. Without it, I would not have developed my passion for searching for answers that others said couldn’t be found, and without it I could not have held to the persecution and ridicule I received for daring to treat patients. I have looked death in the eye and I have been made ready to meet God. I fear nothing on this earth.”

I know just how he felt. And you’d be surprised how many of the heroes of the pandemic who I’ve met told me something similar.

Zelenko believed until the end that God had created a special mission for him on this earth, and that the prayers of millions had kept him alive long enough to fulfill that mission.

Godspeed, Dr. Zev.

 In a hearing yesterday, Judge Cooper in Tallahassee — who has struck down several of the Governor’s orders and favored laws, only to see them reinstated by the First District Court of Appeal — ruled in court yesterday that he will enjoin Florida’s 15-week abortion limit. Media complained that because it will take the judge a few days to write the opinion, he won’t get it out before the law takes effect today (Friday), and abortions will be limited for a few days.

DeSantis told reporters the state would appeal, of course.

I fully expected this to happen; I became a narrow subject-matter expert on Florida’s constitutional right of privacy back when I was litigating the mask mandate. In fact, most of the recent decisions under the right to privacy were about abortion restrictions. For example, in the “Gainesville Woman Care” case, which I relied on heavily in my briefing, the Supreme Court struck down a 24-hour waiting period to get an abortion.

In my briefs, I argued if the right to privacy stops government from making you wait one single day for an abortion — “an inconvenience” — then it should also stop the government from imposing the “inconvenience” of mandatory masking. That language came from the County’s briefs, where they had always characterized masking as a “mere inconvenience.”

The First District Court of Appeal agreed with me, sort of. The written opinion betrays an undercurrent of criticism of Florida’s Supreme Court for “correcting” the First on its ruling in Gainesville Woman Care. The First DCA had allowed the 24-hour waiting period, finding it was legally justified, but the Supreme Court reversed them, saying they’d applied the wrong standard, and sent the decision back down for a new ruling.

In other words, the First DCA struck the mask mandate essentially explaining, “look, you made us do this. We tried to tell you that the right to privacy wasn’t absolute but you guys said we couldn’t even save a 24-hour waiting period, so the mask mandate has to go. Nothing we could do, sorry!”

But my mask decision also includes a strong concurrence by Judge Long complaining about the right to privacy and laying out the bones of a solution. I’m paraphrasing badly, but he said the right to privacy needs some balance. Taken to an extreme, nearly ANY law could be struck by a court because it interferes with citizens’ “right to be let alone” somehow.

So the exciting thing is, my mask decision is likely to be featured in the new briefs about the 15-week law, by both sides. The pro-choice team will use it to show a recent example of how strong the right to privacy is and how it’s recently been applied; the pro-life team will use Judge Long’s concurrence to argue the Supreme Court should create some guardrails for courts applying the right to privacy.

Maybe I should submit an amicus brief.

Currently, Florida’s supreme court is described as the MOST CONSERVATIVE state supreme court in the country. Every single justice has been appointed by a Republican governor. This should be interesting!

 The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill banning gender identity and sexual orientation instruction in pre-K through fifth grade — similar to the Florida law. Progress.

 Six months later, that Abbott baby formula lab in Sturgis, Michigan is still closed. First it closed due to a murky FDA order that was later rescinded after public outcry. Then the plant was restarted for about ten minutes but before the FDA could sign off, it got flooded during a thunderstorm or something, so it closed “for cleaning.” That was three weeks ago.

They must be cleaning it REALLY well. And whenever it opens, it still has to be re-certified by the FDA.

 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 

 Joe Biden slowly read a teleprompter at a NATO summit in Madrid Wednesday, announcing that the U.S. is ramping up its forces and equipment all across Europe, and will build a new permanent military base in Poland due to ‘potential’ Russian threats.

Poland has been Europe’s punching bag for a long time, and not surprisingly, welcomed the news. They’ve been looking to host an American military base for a long time. In 2018 they offered to name the base after President Trump if he’d agree to build one.

 As if our semi-hot war with Russia just isn’t good enough, the Biden Administration is now gunning for China, too. An article in The Washington Post yesterday was headlined, “Companies in China Are Aiding Russia’s Military, U.S. Alleges.” The sub-headline should have been the real headline. It explains, “Commerce Department adds [Chinese] firms to a trade blacklist, saying their contracts to supply Russia violate export controls.”

In other words, we’re starting to sanction China now, too.

Why not just sanction everybody? Oh, wait: “Today’s action sends a powerful message to entities and individuals across the globe that if they seek to support Russia, the United States will cut them off as well,” undersecretary of commerce Alan Estevez said in a statement.

It’s a good thing we don’t get much of our stuff from China, right? And it’s not like they hold a boatload of US treasury bonds or anything.

 It’s not just itty-bitty sanctions, either. At the NATO summit in Madrid Wednesday, for the first time in history, NATO declared China to be a “strategic threat” to the West. Fox News reported the story in an article headlined, “NATO Cites China as Top Threat, Beijing Cries ‘Ideological Prejudices’.”

President Trump’s laughter could be heard up to 300 miles north of Palm Beach on I95. I guess corporate media will finally start running anti-China stories now that the narrative has pivoted. I wonder if Disney will have to stop editing the LGBTQ++ scenes out of its Chinese kids programming? And I wonder, what kind of social media banners we should be putting on our profiles now?

Anyway, in a contemporaneous report, NATO’s Atlantic Council said “the likelihood of imposing secondary sanctions against China is now at an all-time high.” Uh huh. Told you.

 President Joe Biden was super busy at the Madrid summit. He personally thanked Turkish president Erdogan on Wednesday for dropping Turkey’s veto to the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, by agreeing with Turkey’s request to buy F-16 warplanes.

I told you Turkey would be in a strong bargaining position with this NATO vote thing. Have you ever tried to haggle over a Turkish rug? Joe is completely out of his depth, which is kiddie-pool depth anyway.

Oh, I almost forgot. The US State Department says the agreement to supply the F16s has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Turkey’s NATO vote, it’s merely coincidental.

Erdogan said he feels satisfied with how things worked out for everybody at the Madrid summit. “Thanks to our efforts, we believe that we will be able to go back to our countries with our hands full and with full satisfaction,” he said.

Russia is not going to be happy about Finland and Sweden joining NATO, not one little bit, and which is going to happen any minute now.

 I’ve been doing some math, which is dangerous, because I’m a lawyer, not a mathematician, but it seems to be that we’re a little on the outnumbered side.

First of all, there are currently 2.3 million soldiers in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and another 800,000 in its Armed Police Force, so the total number of active personnel in China is 4.1 million. That seems poor odds for us, if numbers mean anything.

And, there are like 3.2 BILLION people in the BRICS countries. So, if there’s 3.2 billion people in BRICS, out of a total world population of 7.9 billion, then the five BRICS countries alone account for about 40% of the world’s total population. Meanwhile, the G7 countries total population is only about 777 million. So there’s THAT.

And, don’t take this the wrong way, but the G7 group is led by feckless sub-par politicians like Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, and Justin Trudeau. The BRICS leaders seem somewhat, well, more manly or lively or something. At least they seem to be able to talk without detailed instructions. Just saying.

Now again, I’m only a lawyer, not an international expert, but it seems a little, well, RISKY to go to war with BRICS, even it’s just cold war or economic sanctions war. If the Simulation wasn’t on the fritz, I would expect Congress to be up in arms about this. Who is Joe Biden to get us into this mess? Nobody voted for NATO to label China a stinky persona non-grata, right in the middle of a worldwide conflict with Russia.

I mean, what am I missing here? Plus, at this point, it seems inevitable that India will shortly find itself on the naughty list, too. Who’ve we got? Canada? Germany?

Maybe — try to follow me here — maybe if we’re so keen on beating Russia in this Ukraine deal, MAYBE we shouldn’t be alienating everybody else right now. I mean, shouldn’t we TALK about this or something? I realize I’m not an expert or anything but it seems like common sense, which is in super short supply these days.

Senators? Congressmen? What say you? Remember, you are ONE THIRD of the government. Do you guys actually DO anything, or just hold UFO hearings now? People, PLEASE.

Have a fabulous Friday! I’ll be back tomorrow morning for the final pretrial roundup.

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COffee & Covid. Pharms buying countries? J6 not kidding. biolabs. paxlovid.

THE C&C ARMY POST

I need to start preparing you guys for next week. After a two-year hiatus for a virus, the courts are finally back to holding jury trials. They were sidelined because jury trials can’t be effectively conducted over Zoom. Now my turn has come up, and one of my cases is going to trial next week, Tuesday through Friday.

Conducting a jury trial well is one of the most physically and mentally demanding parts of a litigator’s job. I’ve never done a jury trial while blogging before. I have no idea what kind of blogging time I’m going to have. I’m thinking it will be pretty thin, at best. But don’t worry! I’ll make it up to you guys on the back side, I promise.

WARNING: There are some relevant but unavoidable links in today’s post including some adult language (F-bombs) and some mildly offensive images (dancing bikini-clad females). Parental supervision is suggested for younger readers.

*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY*

Yesterday, Florida Voice ran a story headlined, “Supreme Court Grants DeSantis Request for Grand Jury to Investigate Human Smuggling from Southern Border.”

The article reported that DeSantis ask the Supreme Court to impanel a special statewide grand jury to investigate and prosecute people who are helping relocate illegal aliens into Florida. The order also authorizes investigation of a host of related offenses, including crimes involving narcotics, bribery, computer-related crimes, fraud, and money laundering.

Get ready.

It’s a brilliant strategy, and once again, Florida is leading, showing other states how to push back against the federal government’s scheme to drop aliens off all over the country.

“People coming illegally, a lot of them are trying to get here in the state of Florida,” DeSantis told reporters when he filed the petition. “This is something that absolutely affects us. The drugs that are coming in affect us.”AG Ashley Moody @AGAshleyMoodyEvery @JoeBiden administration decision and policy emboldens and monetarily incentivizes drug and trafficking cartels, but here in FL, @GovRonDeSantis took the bold step of requesting a grand jury to investigate and thwart these dangerous crimes. 📺: @FoxFriendsFirst June 24th 202218 Retweets75 Likes

Corporate media is going to lose its collective mind when arrests begin.

🔥 Columbian media outlet Cambio broke a story this week shedding a lot of light on vaccine “science.” On October 9, 2021, Pfizer splurged on a gala event on a yacht in Miami harbor attended by Colombian politicians, lobbyists, and Pfizer executives, billed as a lobbying event, since Pfizer “seeks to expand” its business in that country. I’ll let you decide for yourselves, but the “lobbying event” seems to me to be more of a sordid debauch than a “get to know you” reception.

The images broadcast by the media show practically naked young ladies cavorting and drinking alcohol along with Columbian presidential candidate Hernández, other politicians, lobbyists, and Pfizer executives. In the video, Hernández dances playfully with one young woman and, at another point can be seen whispering sweet nothings in another woman’s ear.

Hernández, the older gentleman in the video, is one of Colombia’s presidential candidates. According to Cambio’s intel, the young women and the yacht set Pfizer back ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS. In other words, Pfizer paid $11M for ONE PARTY just for a CANDIDATE. That’s literally unimaginable. Try it. Try to imagine a lifestyle where you attend $11M yacht parties.

How much have they spent entertaining politicians overall, on ALL the parties?

Cambio also reported that its investigation showed Columbia overpaid a little for the Pfizer vaccine. A little meaning $375 MILLION DOLLARS. Plus, it agreed to give Pfizer blanket liability, meaning injured Columbians, whose tax dollars paid for the vaccines, now have no recourse against the pharmaceutical giant. Sorry!

My question is, how many of these “events” has Pfizer offered to other politicians in the name of “lobbying?” Isn’t this more of a sex bribe? How many politicians can really be bought off this cheaply?

There should be a formal investigation of all lobbying efforts related to the vaccines and to figure out how these international contracts were negotiated, at minimum. What has Pfizer “provided” to U.S. politicians? If we only had a government that wasn’t captured by pharmaceutical interests, we might find out the answers to these questions someday.

Maybe the Russians will do it.

🔥 Okay, this next story is absolutely bonkers. I PROMISE I am not making this up. Yesterday I told you about the J6 Committee’s newest star surprise witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified among other things that President Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the Presidential limousine to go fight at the Capitol.

Even though it was a facially laughable claim, and even though Hutchinson was testifying about hearsay — she wasn’t there herself — the Committee and corporate media credulously lapped it all up, for about ten seconds anyway, until people who WERE there, like Secret Service agents, started popping up with lawyers, ready to testify that it never happened. Whoops.

The story exploded on social media, and in one dramatic development, MSNBC was interviewing oily House Representative and Committee member Jamie Raskin when it appears somebody tells him something in his earpiece, and then he promptly hangs up on the interview. Bloop. Never seen THAT before.LoneStarHerd🇺🇸 @lonestarherdRep. Raskin appears to lose signal on MSNBC when asked about inconsistencies in Hutchinson’s testimony at the J6 Show Trial MSNBC: You’ve talked to the Secret Service agents in this story, Mr Ornato and Mr. Engel. Did that incident happen in the car? Jamie Raskin: *disappears* June 29th 202212 Retweets19 Likes

With me so far? It gets better. Next, remember how I told you a couple days ago about this anonymous online person or group named “Q” who had the corporate media in a tizzy this week because he’d reappeared after a long hiatus? And how the media’s over-reaction was making me think there might be something to this Q person after all?

Yesterday, the Cassidy Hutchinson story connected to the Q story in a giant shower of sparks. Bzzzzt!

So, early in the morning yesterday, before Cassidy’s testimony, the Q account posted a cryptic message mentioning her:

This is how badly Cassidy Hutchinson’s awful over-the-top testimony hurt the Committee: people began speculating that the former aide was actually a false-flag torpedo — a plant — designed to sink the Committee’s credibility battleship. That’s how awful the testimony’s fallout was.

And then the story got even crazier! It’s not just online Q fans speculating about Q knowing or predicting that Hutchinson was a plant. The House Committee emailed the guy who runs the online site where Q posts, Ron Watkins, asking him if he’d accept service of a subpoena:

So even the House Committee now suspects Q — whoever they are — might have known something, and more hilariously, even the House is wondering if Cassidy was a plant! Hahahahahaha!

Look: this is litigation 101. To avoid embarrassment, before you call a hearsay witness, do some basic due diligence to confirm their story.

I don’t know what is really going on, or who or what Q is, or how incompetent the J6 Committee could possibly be, although I could guess, but this is one of those stories that makes me wonder whether we’re actually living in a simulation and the bored night shift staff just got creative.

Correction Corner: This week, I unfairly discounted Q’s early predictions of arrests and prosecutions of an alleged elite international pedophile network. In fact there HAVE been arrests and prosecutions meeting that description: Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and most recently, R Kelly. Plus, Epstein’s arrest does actually seem near-miraculous; after decades of bulletproof political protection, he was suddenly unprotected. How?

🔥 Anyway, if Cassidy’s story is actually true, if it DID really happen, it probably looked like this:NautPoso 🇮🇪☘️ @NautPoso@DonaldJTrumpJr It really happened June 30th 20222,515 Retweets7,310 Likes

🔥 MAILBAG: After I reported on the US-linked Armenian biolabs, and Russia’s related complaints, a commenter criticized me for credulously falling for former KGB-leader Vladimir Putin’s psyop, since Putin was just using the Armenian biolabs story as prop to attack America, or something. I’d like to set the record straight.

Bioweapons research is illegal, both internationally and within the U.S. It seems unlikely to me that there’s any good excuse for the U.S. to be building expensive, high-tech biolabs in all these unsecure third-world countries where laws aren’t well enforced and local officials are easily bribed. But maybe there IS a good excuse? IF SO LET’S HEAR IT.

What’s the excuse?

If Russia’s biolab complaints are in fact just a psyop, tell us WHY. If the labs are just innocent but misunderstood good-faith research outposts diligently toiling away in the third world to keep us safe in America, by studying bugs in remote places like Ukraine, Nicaragua, and Armenia, then just OPEN THE LABS.

Frankly, I would go, myself, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t even let me in the parking lot, much less the building. For safety or something.

If we really are acting in good faith, END THE MEDIA EMBARGO on the story. Sure, I get it, why repeat Russian propaganda? But the Russian propaganda is WORKING. It’s making us look terrible. Therefore ignoring the propaganda seems like a reckless strategy.

You know what would defuse the Russian propaganda? TRANSPARENCY.

Let’s see the contracts, the staffing, the inventories, the shipments. If the labs aren’t military, there’s no need for secrecy. If they ARE military, it looks a whole lot like either laws are being outright broken, or the government is exporting operations that would be illegal IN the United States to third world countries and remote areas where local folks are ill-equipped to resist.

Remote places like, say, Wuhan, China. And we all know what Book of Revelations-style fruit flowered from that innocent little research outpost. After Wuhan, the National Institutes of Health does NOT get the benefit of the doubt. They need to start showing their work. Like, now.

Maybe Russia has manifestly earned a lot of fair criticism. But sadly, we are in no place to criticize them, not until our own house is squeaky-clean. Russia is taking advantage of our real or apparent hypocrisy.

My vote is: dump the dissembling and start the scrubbing.

💉 Oh no! Poor Dr. Fauci. The nation’s Top Covid Doc recently came down with a symptomatic case of the virus, as you know. The old beagle torturer must have thought he was at risk, because he started taking Paxlovid. Now THIS happens. He just can’t catch a break.

The Hill ran a story yesterday headlined, “What Is COVID-19 ‘Rebound’? CDC Explains Phenomenon Affecting Fauci, Some Paxlovid Users.” Uh oh.

That’s right. Fauci fell victim to Paxlovid rebound, where people taking the miracle drug catch an even worse case of covid after seeming to improve for a few days. On the fourth day of his treatment using the safe and effective drug, Fauci tested positive AGAIN. He also began to experience worsening symptoms. “It was sort of what people are referring to as a ‘Paxlovid rebound,’” Fauci told reporters.

“Sort of.” And, it’s not a drug failure, dummies. It’s a “rebound.”

So what’s a covid expert like Fauci to do? There’s only one possible option, and he bravely accepted it. Fauci confirmed he is currently taking ANOTHER course of Paxlovid! Hahaha! Of course! If it doesn’t work the first time, do it MORE!

Fauci said Tuesday that he’s feeling “reasonably good,” but “not completely without symptoms.” For now, the 82-year-old bureaucrat has to stay home from work. The Hill reported Fauci will return to his job at the NIH once he tests negative for the virus.

So!

🔥 MonkeyPox Update! The latest figures show two countries with so many proportional Monkeypox cases they are clear outliers: Portugal, in second place, and Vatican City, in first.

Now, in fairness, Vatican City has a tiny population, so only a few cases would tilt it toward the high end of the proportional scale. But still. The Vatican. Don’t make me say it.

🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀

🚀 Ukrainian brothers and sisters, we tried to warn you. In a deeply-buried story earlier this month, Planet-Today ran an article headlined, “High-Ranking Ukrainian Officials Caught Splurging On Luxury Real Estate In Switzerland.”

Whoopsies!The Chronicler @TheChronicler13#ukraine #corruption 🇨🇭💰Zelensky’s Team is buying up expensive real estate in Switzerland with #Ukraine-aid While sponsoring countries go bankrupt In Switzerland the local land registry is public domain 3 properties bought by Zelenskyy Ukraine leadership total $ 27 million June 8th 20226 Retweets5 Likes

So at least we know where some of that $60 billion we’ve sent to Ukraine so far is going. I bet the Swiss properties are nice, too. One of them sold for $9 million dollars.

I wonder if we could borrow it some weekend.

🚀 The Ukrainians have finally blown the Russians off tiny Snake Island, which media now reports is a “key” strategic location, a fact they completely failed to mention during the last two months of Russian occupation.

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense laughably said it voluntarily retreated in an act of “goodwill.”

🚀 The latest debate about whether Ukraine or Russia is worse involves a blown-up urban shopping mall in Kyiv that Ukraine says Russia deliberately targeted, and Russia says was right next to an ammo storage warehouse, which was the actual target, and the shopping mall just got caught in the explosion’s fallout.

Either way, at least SOME Ukrainians are starting to ask the right questions (warning- adult language):Brad Ruiters @braddo_ct◾A resident of Kremenchug asks an uncomfortable question to the mayor Vitaly Maletsky about the destroyed shopping mall allegedly hit by a Russian strike. June 29th 202277 Retweets138 Likes

Clean version: whoever is to blame, why the heck would the moronic government of Ukraine store high-value ammo right next to a downtown shopping mall? Why not put it out in the country somewhere where explosions can’t hurt anybody? Dummies. They’re using their own citizens as human shields to protect their assets.

We feel you, Ukraine. Just look at Joe Biden.

Have a terrific Thursday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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Coffee & Covid: Ukraine, re-define, Woke, Prayer, Conceal Carry.

*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY*

In a 6-3 decision released yesterday, the Supreme Court expanded religious rights for government employees, ruling in favor of a part-time Christian public high school football coach in Washington state who was fired for refusing to stop leading prayers with players on the field after games.

Writing for the majority, Justice Gorsuch rejected the local school district’s arguments that prayers and Christian values in a public school could be seen as coercive to students, or as the government’s endorsement of a particular religion, in violation of First Amendment religious liberty rights. The Court held that Kennedy’s conduct was protected by his own personal rights under the First Amendment.

In other words, religion isn’t just something you do in private.

Gorsuch explained, “Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse republic – whether those expressions take place in a sanctuary or on a field, and whether they manifest through the spoken word or a bowed head.”

The opinion also did some critical cleanup work on prior religious liberty doctrines, effectively killing off a nasty one called the Lemon test. The 1971 Lemon test requires all government activity to have a secular purpose. Overriding Lemon, the Court now says there is a better approach, and there’s no such thing as a “modified heckler’s veto,” where a speech by a government employee that includes religious references can be banned just because one person or even some people might be offended.

The Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court, putting the freeze back on Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal workers. Now the case will return to the lower court to re-hear the arguments with the full panel of all judges, not just the original three-judge panel that set aside the injunction.

At this point, there’re a LOT of good reasons to ashcan the mandates. Here’s hoping the full panel does the right thing.

You know, conservatives have somehow lived with the Supreme Court stampeding the culture to the left — for decades. But when the Court pushes the culture back toward the right for two weeks, woke progressives scream for protests, riots, Court-packing, radical restructuring, jurisdiction-stripping, assassinating justices, and suicide-bombing the Supreme Court. I am not making that up.

Chill, people.

Fox News reported on another blockbuster Supreme Court decision late last week in a story headlined, “Supreme Court Gun Decision Shoots Down NY Rule That Set High Bar for Concealed Carry Licenses.”

In the lengthy opinion, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that New York’s regulations made it too hard to get a concealed-carry license, are unconstitutionally restrictive, and it should be easier to obtain the license.

“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need… we agree… ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a {} right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense… and now hold… that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority.

Thomas continued, “Put simply, there is no historical basis for New York to effectively declare the island of Manhattan a ‘sensitive place’ simply because it is crowded and protected generally by the New York City Police Department.”

Justice Thomas appears to be finally having his time.

In gun-free Nigeria, the government is pivoting. ZeroHedge ran a story yesterday headlined, “Nigerian Governor Orders Mass Issuance Of Gun Permits To Counter Murderous Hordes.” Historically, it was almost impossible for Nigerian citizens to get a carry license. But now, in the face of rampant violence by huge gangs of heavily armed bandits, one state governor has ordered the mass issuance of gun permits to citizens desperate for a chance to protect themselves.

The Associated Press was skeptical. What are these gun things of which you speak? It pondered, “It was not yet clear how arming citizens would help prevent the attacks; authorities have admitted that even the Nigerian police are sometimes overwhelmed during violent attacks.”

Arming citizens? How can THAT help against bandits with guns? But arming Ukrainians, that’s a different story. Arming Ukrainians makes perfect sense. But Nigerians? C’mon, man.

Haha, bad political news is now an excuse for time off from work, apparently. LibsOfTikTok posted an “open letter” written to Amazon management by pouty employees who demanded that the company immediately stop shipping its products to any states banning abortion. Oh, and also Amazon should give them some time off to “grieve” for Roe v. Wade.

Corporations! Wake up! You’ve let the inmates try running the asylum, and things aren’t going too good.

📈 The AP ran a story yesterday headlined, “More Than 1 Million Voters Switch to GOP in Warning for Dems.” Haha! And hopefully they’re not sleepers! The AP doesn’t seem to think so, since the switch occurred over the last year, as 1M voters in 43 states switched their party affiliations, in both Democratic and Republican states, and in both big cities and small towns.

The AP said, “nowhere is the shift more pronounced — and dangerous for Democrats — than in the suburbs, where well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump’s Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back.”

Welcome back! Now you’ve seen what it’s like under democrat rule. Don’t make that mistake again. A few mean tweets are not our biggest problem.

 *THE MINORITY REPORT*

🚀 Escalation! Yesterday, NATO spokesman Jens Stoltenberg said, “A broad dialogue between NATO and Russia is no longer possible.” Wait, you meant there HASN’T been a broad dialogue so far? Weird.

NATO also announced it is increasing the number of rapid reaction forces — in other words, troops — from 40,000 to 300,000 soldiers. That’s a big jump. It also said it plans to increase operations in Russia’s neighbor, Georgia, because nothing in recent history that I can think of would suggest that would irritate Russia or anything.

NATO’s escalation appears to be a direct response to a HUGE story you can’t easily find in Western Media. Yesterday, Business Insider ran a quiet story headlined, “Russia and China Are Brewing Up a Challenge to Dollar Dominance by Creating a New Reserve Currency.”

China and Russia announced late last week they are creating a competing “Eurasian IMF” plus a new commodities-backed reserve currency. One implication is that countries who join could have no incentive to pay back international debts in Dollars and Euros.

“We are ready to openly work with all fair partners,” Putin announced at the BRICS Business Forum last week. ING’s global head of markets Chris Turner explained to investors that the move “will allow BRICS to build their own sphere of influence and unit of currency within that sphere.”

The new currency is not really a ‘new’ reserve currency. The “SDR” is based on a basket of currencies made up of the Dollar, the Euro, the British Pound, the Japanese Yen, and China’s Yuan. In other words, it would replace the Dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

It’s smart. Nobody has to bet on an all-new currency. And right now, the other currencies in the basket are looking a lot stronger than the Dollar.

Thanks Joe Biden! Gosh, that was fast.

Biden’s bellicose confidence looks to be wilting like a warmed-up lettuce garnish that sat too long under the heater before being served. In the wee hours at 2AM this morning, CNN released a story — read by a handful of bleary-eyed insomniacs before it was buried under the regular morning news — headlined “Biden Officials Privately Doubt That Ukraine Can Win Back All of Its Territory.” It’s the most fact-filled and truthful story CNN has run in three years.

You might need to sit down first, if you’ve been believing the official corporate media narrative about how Russia has been badly losing, confounded by the brave and diverse freedom-fighting Ukrainians, who’ve been heroically assisted by chiseled CIA commandos and NATO’s glorious unified support, all while relentless economic sanctions have shrunk the Russian bear into a miniature Pomeranian. Or something.

Anyway, it turns out all that wasn’t exactly true. But they had good intentions.

Anonymous U.S. officials told CNN that the White House is losing confidence that Ukraine will EVER be able to take back all of the land it has lost to Russia, even when it gets the heavier and more sophisticated weaponry the US and its allies are planning to send. The second sentence of the article drops this MOAB:

“Advisors to President Joe Biden have begun debating internally how and whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should shift his definition of a Ukrainian ‘victory’ — adjusting for the possibility that his country has shrunk irreversibly… Internally, there is a sense among some in the Biden administration that Zelensky will need to start moderating expectations for what Ukrainian forces can realistically achieve.”

Okay, this is all a horrible tragedy and a living nightmare for Ukraine’s people, and I don’t want to zip by that grim fact too quickly. But come on. You have to admit the sentence I quoted above is comedic GOLD. (“That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!”)

They’re not figuring out how to win the ACTUAL war. Biden wants to lend Zelenskyy his best POLITICAL weapon: redefining stuff. Like “covid deaths,” “cases,” or even “woman,” for that matter. Things not going your way? Just change the definition and voilá! You’re back in business.

So Biden is telling Zelenskyy, c’mon man, all you need to do is change the definition of ‘victory’ to something you can handle, and it’s all good. But Zelenskyy is thinking, I won’t last ten seconds after I sign a peace deal that gives away half the country, and who is this old guy and why does he keep sniffing my daughter’s hair?

Following the traditional recipe, CNN then consulted its handpicked experts. A “US military official” and a “source familiar with Western intelligence” (another reporter!) agreed “it was unlikely that Ukraine would be able to mass the force necessary to reclaim all of the territory lost to Russia during the fighting — especially this year.”

The article reports that according to Ukrainian officials, Russian forces now control more than half of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Ukraine was forced to retreat from the key eastern city of Severodonetsk on Friday after weeks of bloody battles. Russian forces also captured ground around Lysychansk, the last city in the eastern Luhansk region still controlled by Ukraine. Ukrainian military commanders are now grappling with the reality that they may have to withdraw from that area and try to defend territory to the west.

Worse, Ukraine appears to lack any ability to mount an effective counterassault. CNN said “Ukraine has struggled to repel Russia’s advances in the Donbas and has suffered staggering troop losses, reaching as many as 100 soldiers per day. Ukrainian forces are also burning through their equipment and ammunition faster than the West can provide.”

As if that weren’t bad enough, the ENTIRE WORLD is burning through ammo. At least, for the kinds of weapons the Ukrainians use. The article reported that the U.S. and its allies “have been scrounging the world for the kind of Soviet-era ammunition that fits the equipment Ukraine already has, including 152 mm artillery ammunition. NATO-standard weapons fire larger, 155mm rounds. But … that effort is effectively reaching its end, with almost everything available that countries are willing to provide having already gone in.”

That can’t be good for business.

Not to mention, “Russian oil revenues have only been going up as oil prices have skyrocketed, even amid the harsh sanctions imposed by the West.” What? Sanctions failed? This can’t be true, let’s ask the experts! … oh, never mind. They’re over there in the corner, counting their toes, baffled again.

But don’t worry! The Administration can get even more moronic. According to CNN, they’re considering … price controls! “US officials said on Monday that the US and its allies are going to try capping the price of oil so Russia does not profit from it anymore, but how and when that cap will take effect remains to be seen.”

Uh-huh. Ask people who were drivers in the 1970’s about how well price controls work. Those drooling idiots are going to sanction us back to the stone age.

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/28/politics/white-house-ukraine-projection/index.html.

PS: Whatever it looks like, I am NOT mocking the Ukrainian people or their suffering. I mock lying corporate media and the government psyops teams, which once again are being forced to “pivot” now that reality is becoming literally undeniable. And I wonder, I really wonder, about all the people whose brains are so plastic they can credulously keep up with the ever-changing narrative without missing a stitch.

🚀 Oh boy. More bad news for Biden. At the G7 Summit yesterday, Plucky French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron bent Biden’s ear about U.S. policy driving oil shortages — in front of the cameras. That couldn’t possibly have been an accident. In my mind’s eye, I see all the other G7 leaders, except Putin, of course, he skipped the get-together, all of them leaning in during one of Biden’s frequent bathroom breaks, and drawing straws. Macron got the short one. “Now YOU have to tell him!”

Reuters reported the story headlined “Macron Tells Biden That UAE, Saudi Can Barely Raise Oil Output.” Reuters transcribed the short conversation, where Macron was obviously grabbing Joe’s arm to stop him walking toward a building, and saying “I had a call with MbZ,” (MbZ = UAE leader Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan). “He told me two things. I’m at a maximum, maximum (production capacity). This is what he claims.”

Macron continued, right in front of tons of reporters and G7 watchers, “And then he said (the) Saudis can [only] increase by a little bit, maybe 150 [thousands barrels per day)]. Maybe a little bit more, but they don’t have huge capacities before six months’ time,” Macron said. Macron appeared to be talking more to Joe’s top aide Jake Sullivan rather than to Joe.

Then Joe started mumbling and trying to pull away. Macron hung onto his arm and began a third point. Reuters and the other corporate media didn’t report it, but you can make some of it out on the videos. Anyway, he starts telling Joe, with a little more urgency, “the last one, the last one” — Joe mumbles again, pulling away — “the very last one is about what you do on the Russian oil; he told me that you should…”

That’s when Biden’s handlers fell upon the pair, loudly saying “thank you thank you excuse us we have to go,” and the confab was interrupted.

From a different video, it looks like Macron tried to stop Joe again, and Jake Sullivan immediately interrupted. “Careful, careful. Maybe we SHOULD just go inside.” Then they walked into the building.

As a result of the public airing, most major media networks carried the conversation, at least up till when Macron began talking about Russia. The conversation seems to torpedo the Biden Administration’s current narrative on oil, which is they are going to pressure OPEC to pump some more. Macron just told Biden — in public — your plan won’t work.

Many commenters thought Macron was really saying: the U.S. needs to produce more oil.

If you watch the video, you’ll also notice that Joe Biden is totally disconnected. He just stands and waits while Macron speaks. He doesn’t engage in conversation at all. He has nothing to say. Is it because he didn’t want to say anything? Or because he really has nothing to say?

I report, you decide.

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.

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Coffee & Covid. Friday, June 24, 2022: Unvacc’d, Alt electors.

By Jeff Childers, 6/24/2022

I’m back in Facebook jail, again, with a 30-day sentence this time. It was on account of an early post that discussed the post-jab low-sperm study. I’ve appealed; we’ll see what happens.

🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞

White House Resident and creepy whisperer Joe Biden had a brainstorm about how to get gas prices down. And it only hurt a little.

During a presser yesterday on skyrocketing gas prices, Biden got an idea! He ordered gas stations to lower their prices. He said, “My message is simple. To the companies running gas stations… bring down the price you are charging at the pump … Do it now. Do it today.”

For emphasis, he did the whole whispering thing when he instructed them to “do it now, do it today.” And he said we are “in a time of war,” which isn’t EXACTLY the same thing as saying we are “at war” but it’s pretty dang close.

How come we never thought of this before! Just order the gas stations to lower prices. He’s a genius! It’s so simple. Crisis: solved.

Biden expanded the war against nicotine yesterday. Just yesterday I told you about Joe’s first scheme, to order cigarette makers to remove 95% of the natural drug from its products. Using agency action and NOT a democratic process, I might add. Then the story got even more interesting yesterday, with a story in Bloomberg headlined, “Juul’s Vaping Products Are Ordered Off the Market in the US.”

Yesterday, the FDA denied Juul Labs Inc.’s authorization to sell any of its current products, and announced that all Juul products now on the market must be recalled, warning darkly that if they don’t, there will be “enforcement action.”

The federal agency explained its decision was because Juul’s application lacked “sufficient evidence” showing that its products were “appropriate for the protection of public health,” and some of Juul’s application’s study findings “raised concerns due to insufficient and conflicting data.”

Insufficient and conflicting data. Huh. If only the FDA would have used the same strict reviewing criteria when it evaluated the Pfizer and Moderna applications.

Anyway, the FDA’s rationale can obviously be applied to every vaping product, so my guess is they’ll all be illegal soon. That stuff’s no good for you anyways, and who cares what you think? The good news is you have a beneficent FDA parent to create guardrails and set limits for you, since you’re too dumb to make your own decisions. But you can’t move in with them.

Thanks, FDA experts!

Another weird, baffling outbreak struck the gay community this week. Fox News ran an alarming article yesterday headlined, “Florida meningococcal outbreak among gay and bisexual men is one of worst in US history: CDC.”

The CDC is now recommending gay people get vaccinated for meningitis — in addition to monkeypox — after discovering 24 cases and 6 deaths among gay and bisexual men in Florida. The agency didn’t say where in the state the cases came from, or what the time period was. This upcoming week will be the fourth week of Pride Month.

The outbreak is historic in a couple ways. Meningitis has not previously been seen to transmit by “sexual networking.” And at 6 deaths out of 24 cases, the outbreak is the deadliest meningococcal outbreak ever recorded. That’s 25% mortality, so far.

Obviously, the useless experts are baffled, again.

Coincidentally, a study published December 27th in the Journal of Immunology is titled, “New-Onset Autoimmune Phenomena Post-COVID-19 Vaccination.”

It’s not just meningitis. The UK Mirror ran a story this week headlined, “Polio Spreading in Britain for First Time in Decades as National Incident Declared.”

The Mirror says the UK’s Health Security Agency, Britain’s version of the CDC, has recently detected polio virus in the London sewage works, is calling on families to ensure children are fully vaccinated.

The variant that they are finding is genetically linked to an oral polio vaccine that uses a partially live virus. The samples suggest the virus has been spreading since February and has continued to mutate from the symptomless vaccine-derived form.

Dr. Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist at UKHSA, said: “Vaccine-derived poliovirus is rare and the risk to the public overall is extremely low. Vaccine-derived poliovirus has the potential to spread, particularly in communities where vaccine uptake is lower. On rare occasions it can cause paralysis in people who are not fully vaccinated.”

Okay, let me see if I’ve got this right. Brits now need a vaccine to keep them from getting polio … that came from another vaccine. This is going great! Thanks, experts!

Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian, 58, died tragically and unexpectedly on Wednesday after a “short illness” caused him to miss a couple meetings. The other commissioners were shocked to learn that he died.

Samuelian was also a US Chess rated master. His partner Laura Dominguez only said he died of an “unexpected illness” without any further details. No cause of death has been released.

Irish rugby star Damian Casey, 28, died “suddenly” last Friday at a hotel in Spain, where he was a groomsman in a friend’s wedding. His post-mortem stated that the cause of death was a heart issue, which Mr. Casey suffered very suddenly, and which caused him to to fall over into a nearby pool.

Dallas Good, singer, guitarist and co-founder of Canadian alternative rock/country band The Sadies, died unexpectedly on Thursday. He was 48. USA Today reported Good died “of natural causes while under doctor’s care for a coronary illness discovered earlier this week.”

A sudden and unexpected coronary illness. What could have caused this?

The London Evening Standard reported yesterday that Valentin Buliga, 41, from northwest London, suffered a massive cardiac arrest near Stebbings Green at around the 49-mile mark of the 2022 RideLondon-Essex 100km charity event. Buliga never regained consciousness, and he died in the hospital on Wednesday.

A study reported by MSN but then promptly memory-holed was conducted by the Control Group Cooperative. CGC was formed in July 2021 because the founders recognized that traditional research universities and organizations refused to do studies comparing the health of vaccinated versus non-vaccinated populations.

CGC’s study includes over 305,000 non-vaccinated study participants from 175 countries. All subject were given special ID cards identifying them as clinical subjects, and stating in bold letters that they “must not be vaccinated.” The participants completed monthly health surveys, and on June 8, CGC uploaded its initial findings on the first 20,000 subjects to ResearchGate as a preprint.

It found that its unvaccinated subjects were hospitalized at a rate of only 0.4% after getting Covid, which is 33% lower than what the CDC reports (0.6%), so the study authors concluded that unvaccinated folks appear less likely to be hospitalized after getting the virus — the exact opposite of the narrative.

Uh oh!

On June 14th, MSN republished an article on the study from Medical Daily, headlined “Severe COVID-19 ‘Rare’ In Unvaccinated People, Survey Reveals.” I blogged about the story on C&C back on June 16th, opining that corporate media would just ignore the story because it was linked to “non-traditional” medicine. I was wrong, sort of.

Instead, pro-jabby social media ghouls got to work, scolding MSN for spreading disinformation. Here’s one example by a twitterer with almost 1M followers:

So of course MSN yanked the story. Within 24 hours, searches for the headline turned up nothing, and links to the story now go to MSN’s home page.

Here’s the original MSN page saved in the Wayback archive: https://tinyurl.com/bdcrwt83.

NBC affiliate KALB ran a story yesterday headlined, “Natural Immunity Offers Greater Covid Protection Than Vaccines, Study Finds.” They reported on ANOTHER study, this one from the New England Journal of Medicine, finding that natural immunity provides better protection against covid than multiple jabs.

The June 9th NEJM study is titled, “Protection and Waning of Natural and Hybrid Immunity to SARS-CoV-2.” The scientists evaluated how fast antibodies wane after infection, and found they dropped more slowly in the unvaccinated. The direction the authors went next was to argue that jabs still remain safer, because they are more predictable than infection, since you never know. This is assuming a 0% risk of jab injury of course.

I noticed something else about the study. The authors also found that jabbed people’s antibodies fall faster than unvaccinated even after EXPOSURE. Meaning, if you take two people who get covid, one jabbed, one not jabbed, something about the shots causes the jabbed person’s antibodies to wane faster. I wish the authors would have speculated about that a little.

Of course, then they’d probably never have gotten published.

And so it begins, just as I predicted, and right on schedule. Yesterday the Post Millenial ran a breaking story headlined, “Biden FBI Raids Trump DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark, GOP Officials, Staffers in Multiple States in ‘Alternate Electors’ Investigation.”

According to the DOJ, based on information it obtained from alertly watching the January 6th Show, it has ALREADY empaneled a grand jury and is ALREADY mass-producing criminal subpoenas to former Trump allies and other state conservative officials as part of its criminal investigation of anyone involved in considering “alternate electors” during the 2020 presidential election.

Some state Republican parties had assembled alternate presidential electors to be ready act in case legal challenges to contested election results or recounts tipped results in Trump’s favor. The January 6th Commission has described this effort as the “fake electors scheme,” and that phrase has been found in DOJ documents related to the new investigations.

A suspicious blogger might think that this is the intended endpoint for the entire J6 Commission, to disrupt the 2022 Congressional elections by charging or arresting a whole bunch of the officials and candidates in the party about to win those elections. A suspicious blogger might think this effort started right after the qualifying periods ended last week, so that it would be too late to find replacements for disqualified candidates and wreak maximum havoc.

Good thing I’m just a credulous consumer of corporate media pabulum, so I don’t have to busy my mind with that kind of nonsense. Still, the GOP might want to start getting a bunch of lawyers on retainer. Just saying.

Don’t panic! Remember: everything they do usually backfires badly.

Remember how a couple months ago I reported that liberal San Francisco recalled three members of its seven-member, hyper-woke school board, and the mayor replaced them with new, sane liberal members? Yesterday, the National Review ran a story with the headline, “San Francisco School Board Votes to Return Elite High School to Merit-Based Admissions.”

It appears the new board is already restoring sanity. On a 4-3 vote Wednesday night, they reversed the previous board’s insane idea to eliminate merit admissions by banning the use of grades and test scores in favor of a “lottery system” that randomly admits students to the special high-performing high school, regardless of grades or test scores. Because diversity.

In the 4-3 vote, the new board ignored Superintendent Vince Matthews’ gloomy warning that he needed to keep the lottery system in place for another school year, because there would be “significant challenges” to returning to a merit-based system before the fall enrollment season. They did it anyway. Boom.

In a separate vote the same night, the new board also overrode another decision by the previous board to cover up a mural of George Washington at GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL. The First President is back!

Have a fabulous Friday! I’ll return tomorrow morning with more C&C for you. It’s a big news week.

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