• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Is Anthony Fauci A Racketeer?

 MAY 12, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:


Yesterday I wrote about the fact that NIH officials including Anthony Fauci have been paid hundreds of millions of dollars in patent royalties by pharmaceutical companies and others, raising obvious conflict of interest issues which the NIH has covered up rather than trying to address.

But it gets worse: remember how Fauci constantly undermined President Trump during the early stages of the covid epidemic? It turns out that he was paid to do the exact opposite of his job–to subvert his boss, the president. OpenTheBooks.com has the story:

To this day, Fauci continues to receive NIH-approved perks without a lot of accountability. For example, in February 2021, Fauci received a $1 million prize from the Dan David Foundation in Israel for “speaking truth to power” during the Trump administration.

Speaking truth to power? More like representing the Beltway establishment in opposition to his own superior, while defending Communist China in opposition to the interests of the American people. All for a cool million dollars.

It’s About Time!!!

Steve Bannon predicts Biden will be impeached over border crisis, Hunter laptop

By  Callie Patteson at the New York Post:

Former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon believes President Biden will face impeachment over the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern border as well as the infamous laptop belonging to his son, Hunter Biden

“I strongly believe Biden will be impeached by the House after thorough investigation,” Bannon said in a recent interview on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast set to air Thursday. 

“Not like they tried to do with President Trump,” he explained. “I think the first article will be his initiation and exacerbation of the invasion on the Southern border. I think the Hunter Biden laptop will be another, all the aspects of that. And I think Fauci and what they knew about Fauci, CDC, FDA with health from the American people will be the third. 

“And I do believe that Joe Biden will be impeached,” Bannon said. 

The former Trump adviser did note that he doesn’t believe Biden would be removed from office following a House impeachment vote, due to there not being enough votes in the Senate. 

“But I do believe that Biden will be impeached after a thorough and complete investigation, not this political operation that the Democrats did,” he said, referring to the impeachment trials of his former boss. 

In February 2020, Trump was acquitted by the Senate for the first time of charges that he obstructed Congress and abused his power after pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter. At the time, only one Republican — Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah — voted to find him guilty. 

Approximately one year later, the Senate acquitted Trump of an article of impeachment again, this time on a charge that he incited the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

Seven Republicans — Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania as well as Romney — voted to convict. 

Hunter and Joe Biden
Bannon believes that the findings on Hunter Biden’s laptop will be cause for impeachment.

During the interview Bannon pointed to the increasing amount of crossings along the southern border, calling it a “full on invasion.” 

This is a full ­on invasion now. Now it’s destroying the country, we should stop immediately all legal immigration,” he said.

“The only way to make sure that we protect working ­class Hispanics, African American, the people under 35, of making sure they get access to the high technology jobs is we must eliminate, for at least now, but go into hiatus, of any legal immigration into the country for at least a couple of years to make sure that we get full employment into tech jobs by American citizens.”

The Biden administration has been criticized repeatedly over the past few weeks by members of both parties over the increasing number of migrant encounters along the border — particularly because a massive surge is expected later this month if Title 42 is successfully lifted. 

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned this week that as many as 18,000 migrants could cross the border daily if the health regulation ends. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Title 42 has allowed border officials to quickly expel migrants without hearing asylum claims. 

“The people that pay for this, remember every state’s a border state, every town’s a border town,” Bannon said. “Some of the worst problems with fentanyl and these drugs is in places like Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Michigan. So every town’s become a border town. Every state’s a border state.”

Bannon, 68, is set to stand trial later this summer over contempt of Congress charges after he ignored a subpoena for documents and testimony related to the Jan 6. Riot, from the House Select Committee investigating the attack. 

“I’m not gonna back down, I’ll never back down an inch,” Bannon told Boothe. “I’m certainly not gonna back down an inch from a little Jamie Raskina and shifty shift on this bogus committee. It’s a total bogus committee, and I’m never gonna back down in front of Merrick Garland.” 

He accused the committee of “gunning” for him as well as other Trump allies and the former president. 

“No, we will defeat them, we’ll defeat them in the ballot box, and then we’re gonna start throwing these bums out.”

“Consumers don’t care about the personal opinions of CEOs and resent it when those opinions are pushed on!”

Major companies remain silent on abortion after SCOTUS leak

KAREN TOWNSEND May 12, 2022 at HotAir:

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It’s a good thing, but isn’t it a little odd that corporate America is suddenly silent on such a hot-button issue as abortion? Since the leaked opinion from the Supreme Court was exposed, there has been a deafening silence from the woke CEOs so eager to weigh in on controversial issues.

It would be nice if corporate America finally realized that consumers don’t care about the personal opinions of CEOs and resent it when those opinions are pushed on the general public. For example, was it really such a good idea for Disney to come out on the opposite side of parental rights in public schools when its original business model was built around providing wholesome family entertainment? The first inclination from Disney was not to jump into the fray with the battle over the Florida Parental Rights in Education bill. However, pressured by lefty progressive employees, the CEO flipped and dived right in.

Frankly, I don’t think that corporate America has learned its lesson yet. When it comes to abortion, though, I think they have simply taken a silent approach because abortion is the ultimate hot-button issue in America. Instead, companies have made the decision to ensure abortion expenses will be covered under corporate benefits plans. Some companies have announced that they will reimburse employees for travel expenses if Roe v Wade is overturned and the issue of legal abortion goes back to the states. There has not been any grandiose statements made with the appropriate level of angry indignation on social media or in interviews. Disney, Walmart, American Airlines, Microsoft, and J.P. Morgan, to name a few, have not made public comments. The Business Roundtable said it “does not have a position on this issue.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hasn’t made a public comment.

Are they just taking a wait and see approach? The leaked opinion isn’t the final ruling and it may not end up being what Alito presented in that draft. We just won’t know until the court releases its official ruling, which will likely be toward the end of June.

“There is no upside in speaking out alone on this. So that is why they need to work collectively,” said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, professor and senior associate dean of the Yale School of Management. “Nobody wants to have 40% of the country mad at them.”

Sonnenfeld said trade groups, which historically have been the most powerful and safe way for companies to step out, have become “overly cautious” and “neutered” by professional staffs who pingpong between lobbying jobs and don’t want to make waves.

“They would rather write mealy-mouthed, inconsequential, tedious working papers that don’t lead to any clear directives, so that the more you read, the less you know,” Sonnenfeld said.

Sonnenfeld, by the way, has garnered publicity since Putin’s invasion into Ukraine for keeping a list of companies who continue to do business in Russia though most have decided to at least take a pause in business operations as a show of support for Ukraine.

Some companies like Home Depot admit they are taking a wait and see approach.

Home Depot, for example, declined to comment through a spokesperson, saying “since this is a draft, it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to speculate on the court’s final ruling.” CVS Health, which owns thousands of drugstores and health insurer Aetna, said in a statement that it is “monitoring the situation closely and evaluating how we can best support the coverage needs of our colleagues, clients and consumers.”

By staying quiet, companies may be courting a harsh response from customers and employees. About 58% of Americans said they would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn its Roe v. Wade decision, versus 32% who would like to see it go, according to the most recent Gallup poll available, which was conducted in May 2021. An NBC News poll from September shows that 54% of Americans believe it should be legal to get an abortion in all or most instances.

Some tech companies couldn’t resist and went ahead and weighed in. Facebook’s parent company Meta didn’t but it’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, did on her personal Facebook page.

“This is a scary day for women all across our country,” said Sandberg, who has been a longtime advocate for addressing disparities facing women in the workplace. “If the leaked draft opinion becomes the law of the land, one of our most fundamental rights will be taken away. Every woman, no matter where she lives, must be free to choose whether and when she becomes a mother. Few things are more important to women’s health and equality.”

The 19th, a self-professed “independent, nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy” leans left and employs mostly women in leadership and writing staff. It only received responses from two companies out of 30 it reached out to, including those led by women.

And yet only a handful of companies have publicly addressed the seemingly imminent fall of Roe. The 19th reached out to 30 of the largest employers in the country, including some of the Fortune 500 companies led by women — this year at a historic high — including CVS, Walgreens and General Motors, and companies that are major contributors to anti-abortion political action committees, such as Walmart, Coca-Cola and Google.

Only two in that group — Amazon and Citigroup — have said they will cover costs for employees who live in a state banning abortion to get the procedure in another state, though Amazon’s announcement, which came just hours before the draft ruling was leaked, is limited to employees on employer-sponsored health insurance and excludes many of the lowest paid employees, such as drivers.

T-Mobile, which has donated more than $340,000 since 2016 to groups heavily involved in electing anti-abortion senators, state legislators and governors, said in a statement Friday that its “political donations have always been bipartisan and solely focused on supporting issues and topics relevant to our business and industry.”

The rest of the companies declined to comment or did not respond at all.

It is not logical for businesses to get out in front of controversial political issues. It hurts their bottom line. American voters can’t be painted with such wide strokes. A majority of American voters may support the right to an abortion up to 16 weeks but after that, support falls off. The majority of Americans still want some restrictions on abortions. The bill in the Senate yesterday was an extreme example of progressives gone wild. There were no restrictions on abortion and Joe Machin crossed over and voted with Republicans against it. Pro-choice Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said the bill was too extreme to support.

We’ll see if this newly-found restraint coming from corporate America continues when the final ruling is released by the Supreme Court.

“They Are Done!”

May 12, 2022

The Triumphant Trifecta: Tucker, Trump, DeSantis

By Andrew W. Coy at American Thinker:

Tucker, President Trump, and Governor Ron DeSantis are the three — the troika of leadership for the MAGA and America First movement.

You can tell that this is true by the way the enemies of MAGA and America First — the Progressives, the globalists, the Deep State — have already begun to fire on these three warriors.  The Patriot movement loves Tucker, Trump, and DeSantis because of the enemies they have made.

Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney — these people will be in no way the future leaders of the Republican Party.  The base and grassroots of the party will not accept their leadership or adhere to their motivations.  They are done.  Over.

MAGA and America First need warriors and leaders who are not afraid and who do not get cowed by the BLM and Antifa mobs.  In this battle for the soul of America’s future, in these foxholes of our culture wars, most Republicans want to be fighting with a real fighter, a true believer of the cause, who does not flinch.  And that is Tucker, Trump, and DeSantis.  That is why Tucker, Trump, and DeSantis are the leaders in 2022 and 2024.

Tucker.  Tucker Carlson’s monologue is must-watch TV for conservative voters.  Many conservatives stopped watching FOX News after election night because it appeared that the network was in on the steal.  Many conservatives today look at FOX news as the “controlled opposition.”  But not Tucker!

Tucker says what Patriots are thinking and feeling.  Tucker wonders about what conservatives are wondering about.  Tucker appears to embody some of the best characteristics of Reagan, Jefferson, and C.S. Lewis.  In some ways, Tucker is the linguist for Trump’s tweets.

Of all the media, Tucker and Tucker alone appears to be willing to take on all the sacred cows of the Deep State, the media left, and Big Tech.  From the Russia-Ukraine war to COVID to transgenderism and CRT in public schools to the 2020 election…Tucker takes on all of them and more.

Many wonder how Tucker is still alive.  How has he not committed suicide with three bullets to the back of the head?  How has pornography not mysteriously shown up on his laptop?  Without question, Tucker is in the sights of the surveillance Deep State communities, yet he does not flinch.

Tucker’s  fight is the conservative fight.  Tucker’s battles are MAGA battles.  And MAGA nation and America First movement will follow him.  We know we can trust Tucker to be uncompromising in the fight for America’s future.  He will not be canceled.

Trump.  President Trump won the election in 2016.  And most Republicans truly believe he won the election of 2020.  A great deal of Democrats believe that also.  More and more evidence appears to be coming out to support this fact.  That is why Progressives  are trying to make it illegal for Trump to run again in 2024.

Much like when Andrew Jackson was cheated out of the presidency in the 1800s, Trump, like Jackson, is coming back with a vengeance.  And his supporters, like Jackson’s, marvel at it.  MAGA nation and the America First movement want Trump back as the presidential nominee in 2024 and will fight to get him back in the White House.

Just recently, Trump’s endorsements won in all of the 22 Republican primaries he endorsed.  Obviously, President Trump is the leader of the Republican party, and his nomination is assured if he wants it.

As more and more evidence is coming out about the Election of 2020, Trump becomes more and more popular among Republican voters.  From Mollie Hemingway’s Rigged to True the Vote to Dinesh D’Souza’s recently released 2000 Mules, Americans are beginning to feel that election fraud in 2020 was not just a theory, but a fact.  And they’re mad as hell about their votes not counting.  Trump is the tip of the spear of this anger.

Trump hits all the right notes in leading MAGA and America First in the 2022 midterms as well as the 2024 presidential election.  Trump is the author and originator of MAGA and America First.  And it appears that Trump’s Supreme Court nominations will overturn Roe v. Wade.  He gets all the credit for this remarkable achievement.

Trump and his fellow believers know that you can’t focus on 2022 or 2024 until you fix what happened in 2020.  Once 2020 is fixed, 2022 and 2024 become much more likely.

DeSantis.  Should Donald Trump decide not to run for the GOP nomination in 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis would be next up.  DeSantis is the heir apparent for the Patriots — the nation’s leading governor in America, who represents all things MAGA and all things America First.

Conservatives love DeSantis because he is a warrior.  He not only fights, but wins.  DeSantis is almost always victorious in the State of Florida’s issues as well as fighting  against Biden’s regime.

No other governor in America has fought so well and won so often as DeSantis against the Deep State’s CDC.  DeSantis does not allow himself to be intimated or canceled against the BLM and Antifa woke mobs.  Conservatives love his bravery.  He put on a civics lesson in his battle against what was at one time thought to be the untouchable Disney.  And he just recently signed into law a 1.2-billion-dollar tax cut for all Floridians. 

DeSantis has turned the “purple” state of Florida into a bright red state, and his re-election is all but in the bag.  DeSantis is hitting on all the right notes in fighting for Florida, fighting for MAGA and America First, and making sure in the 2024 election that Florida stays red.  Patriots trust DeSantis; their fight is his fight.

With the midterm elections of 2022 in just a few months, Tucker, Trump, and DeSantis will be crucial for the Patriots and GOP winning back the House and the Senate.  As long as the midterms are not stolen, as long as there is election integrity in the key “purple” congressional districts and “purple” states, it could be a landslide for MAGA and America First.

One must remember, Progressives go by Stalin’s old adage,  “I don’t care who votes; I care only who counts the votes.”  Look for the enemies of MAGA and America First to do everything they can to destroy this troika of leadership.  You know that Tucker, Trump, and DeSantis are “over the target” the way their enemies ruthlessly attack them.

Come to think of it, a Trump-DeSantis GOP ticket sure sounds strong and victorious.  Add Tucker in the position of chief of staff or press secretary, and it sounds even better.  Then put Ted Cruz in as attorney general, or put him on the Supreme Court.  Next, add Rand Paul as either CDC director or secretary of defense, and then those Deep State elitists will lose their minds.  Yeah…let’s do that. 

Is Joe Too Senile To Understand What He Does Or Says?

May 10, 2022

Slouching towards war with Russia: Biden’s drift is getting dangerous

By Monica Showalter at American Thinker:

Joe Biden, the man who has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” as former defense secretary Bob Gates wrote, has nebulously put the U.S. on a path to war with Russia.  Not because he wants to.  But because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

That’s the consensus of foreign policy experts as diverse as Thomas Friedman, golf buddy to President Obama, and Mark Wauck, the decorated former FBI official from its pre-wokedom era.

According to Friedman, writing on May 6:

If you just followed news reports on Ukraine, you might think that the war has settled into a long, grinding and somewhat boring slog. You would be wrong.

Things are actually getting more dangerous by the day.

For starters, the longer this war goes on, the more opportunity for catastrophic miscalculations — and the raw material for that is piling up fast and furious. Take the two high-profile leaks from American officials this past week about U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war[.]

Friedman cited the leaks from supposed U.S. officials declaring that the U.S. had given Ukraine intelligence to enable it to target and kill Russian generals and that the U.S. had given targeting information to Ukraine to help it sink the Moskva, Russia’s Black Sea flagship naval ship.

As a journalist, I love a good leak story, and the reporters who broke those stories did powerful digging. At the same time, from everything I have been able to glean from senior U.S. officials, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity, the leaks were not part of any thought-out strategy, and President Biden was livid about them. I’m told that he called the director of national intelligence, the director of the C.I.A. and the secretary of defense to make clear in the strongest and most colorful language that this kind of loose talk is reckless and has got to stop immediately — before we end up in an unintended war with Russia.

The staggering takeaway from these leaks is that they suggest we are no longer in an indirect war with Russia but rather are edging toward a direct war — and no one has prepared the American people or Congress for that.

 Wauck, too, commenting on the leaks, had this to say:

These braggadocious claims seemed to many, including myself, to be remarkably reckless and provocative. That, in turn, has led some to speculate that the Zhou administration is actually seeking to provoke open war with Russia for domestic political reasons — the Midterm Elections, imposition of authoritarian control over dissent, etc.

Now, however, identifiable Pentagon officials — people with names, like, “John Kirby” — are walking back the claims of the anonymous “senior American officials” and “US officials”. This leads to speculation that is little less disturbing than the idea that elements within the US government — carefully concealed behind deliberately vague sourcing statements — are, in fact, attempting to walk the US up to the brink of war, but that other elements, prominently in the Pentagon, are resisting rushin’ to war. We have repeatedly pointed to this dynamic throughout the course of Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine.

That the US government is so divided on the core issue of war or peace with a nuclear power is disturbing in and of itself. That one faction in the government is attempting to go over the heads of the Pentagon on the issue of a war of choice adds to the concern. The fact that the sources are identified so vaguely is further cause for concern, since it suggests a lack of military expertise. That this semi-public debate is taking place with essentially no significant input from the one constitutional institution of the American republic which has the authority to declare a war — the legislative branch — or meaningful public debate should raise our concerns to the level of alarm.

Both have pointed out that Biden doesn’t really know what he’s doing. 

Friedman: “Boasting about killing his generals and sinking his ships, or falling in love with Ukraine in ways that will get us enmeshed there forever, is the height of folly.”

Wauck: “This leads to speculation that is little less disturbing than the idea that elements within the US government—carefully concealed behind deliberately vague sourcing statements—are, in fact, attempting to walk the US up to the brink of war, but that other elements, prominently in the Pentagon, are resisting rushin’ to war.”

Now we see the next card come down: Biden signing a new bill to enable arms sales to Ukraine on easier, streamlined terms.  According to the Washington Post:

“The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 revives this pivotal program, waiving time-consuming requirements on the president’s authority to send critical defensive resources to Ukraine,” she said. “It’s important to note that it’s about time. Time is very important when lives are at stake.”

This takes us yet another step closer to direct war with Russia.

There may be “wag the dog” reasons for these decisions.  But just as likely, the Bidenites are allowing themselves to be jerked around by various sources from defense contractors eager for big contracts, to Trump-haters of the Rep. Adam Schiff variety eager to “prove” that President Trump was the bad guy on Ukraine, to the understandably compassionate Ukrainian-American émigré lobby, to lazy, cheapskate Europeans happy to get the U.S. to do Europe’s fighting and secure its energy supply.  He’s being jerked from all directions and doesn’t know what he’s doing.

But each day seems to be showing U.S. involvement in the Ukraine conflict getting closer and closer, while there is no public debate about it.  We may find ourselves suctioned into a war with Russia, with Ukraine the proxy element, and end up footing the entire bill for the problem.  What’s worse, we may well be exposing ourselves to Russian cyber-attacks and Russian oil cutoffs, not just of the Russian supply, but the supplies of its proxies and allies.  Venezuela, for example, made it very clear to the Bidenites that its loyalty to patron Russia is paramount, so don’t expect Venezuela to be supplying the U.S. with oil it won’t produce itself.  Russia itself has warned of “consequences” to the U.S. for doling out Ukraine military aid.

Biden has signed off on this measure, which comes on top of all the aid packages he’s approved, plus the leaks about killing generals and sinking battleships, and all one can wonder is what’s next.  Will this be the end of it, or will there be more and more to come?  Biden is facing a shellacking come November, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he leans toward getting us into a war in order to see the voters rally around the flag and president.  But on the other hand, this isn’t some little third-world hellhole dictatorship; this is nuclear-armed Russia, which is a bit more than a farm with nukes.  He may well be biting off more than he can chew, making himself the equivalent of Kaiser Wilhelm II in rank stupidity — and the consequences will be on us.

America The Corrupt From DEM Obama Years!



Two stories about the National Institutes of Health hit the news today. The first arose from testimony by acting NIH director Lawrence Tabak before a House Appropriations subcommittee. Tabak admitted that NIH hid genetic information about the covid-19 virus that could have shed light on its origin, at the behest of the Chinese Communists:

National Institutes of Health acting director Lawrence Tabak confirmed to lawmakers Wednesday that US health officials concealed early genomic sequences of COVID-19 at the request of Chinese scientists — but insisted the data remains on file.

Tabak told a House Appropriations subcommittee that the NIH “eliminated from public view” the data from the pandemic epicenter in Wuhan, China, before adding that researchers can still access it via an archaic “tape drive.”

I do not understand why a federal agency would be more loyal to the Chinese government than to the American people. But that is what we have come to in today’s administrative state.

Vanity Fair recently reported that the information was hidden in response to a request from Chinese scientists, despite potentially resolving whether the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology or passed naturally from animals to humans.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) asked Tabek to explain why US officials would comply with such a request.

“There’s no question that the communication that we had about the sequence archive — Sequence Read Archive — could have been improved. I freely admit that,” Tabek said. “If I may, the archive never deleted the sequence, it just did not make it available for interrogation.”

So the information exists, you just can’t see it. There is more at the link about bureaucrats’ hostility toward data that suggested the virus came from a Wuhan laboratory leak.

The second scandal is financial. The Epoch Times reports:

The Epoch Times received no responses from multiple requests to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) for comment on a report by a non-profit government watchdog estimating that Fauci, former NIH director Francis Collins, and hundreds of NIH scientists got as much as $350 million in undisclosed royalty payments from pharmaceutical and other private firms between 2010 and 2020.

Why are they undisclosed?

The revelations from Open the Books, which were first reported on May 9 by The Epoch Times, are based on thousands of pages of documents the group obtained from NIH in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court. The suit was filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of Open the Books.
A spokesman for NIH also did not respond to multiple requests from The Epoch Times for comment.

It seems rather obvious that millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies represent a conflict of interest.

Because NIH hands out $32 billion in research grants to medical institutions and researchers annually the undisclosed royalty payments, which are usually for work on a new drug, may indicate the presence of massive and widespread conflicts of interest or the appearance of such conflicts, both of which violate federal ethics laws and regulations.

Based on what we have seen over the last few years, I will hazard a wild guess that Anthony Fauci was at the front of the line with his hand out. And then he went on to demand that all of us get vaccinated–repeatedly!–to the great benefit of the drug companies. Coincidence.

I have always opposed the administrative state on philosophical grounds, while assuming that it was more or less honest. That assumption has turned out to be false. We are crazy to repose so much power in institutions–people–who so little have our interests at heart. Taxpayers are the ultimate chumps.

Typical Senile Biden Blames!

Ultra MAGA Republican Scott hits “President Constanza” after attack with political ad

KAREN TOWNSEND May 11, 2022 at HotAir:  

AP Photo/John Raoux

Joe Biden tried to lay the blame on his never-ending list of failures on Republicans when he delivered that really weird speech about inflation on Tuesday. He blamed everyone but himself and his inept policies, as is his habit. The Wall Street Journal labeled him “President Constanza”. The speech was that bad. One person singled out as the boogeyman standing in the way of Democrats was Senator Rick Scott from Florida. Scott has been reaping the rewards of Biden’s attack ever since that speech.

Scott was interviewed on several shows on Fox News Channel yesterday. Each interview was a chance to rebut Biden’s speech and he took advantage of that. Today it is reported that the senator cut a political ad on his “Restore America” plan that Biden railed against. Scott asks, “How do you destroy America’s economy? Look around.” He goes on to slam Biden, Harris and woke Democrats. Scott says Washington, D.C. hates his plan and “that is how you know it’s good.” Then he puts the website on the screen. The ad is paid for by Rick Scott for Florida.

Biden was handed an economy that was well on the way to a strong recovery from the financial destruction of the pandemic. From his first day in office, he and his administration have been hellbent to destroy it. There is no other explanation for their policy decisions and a president who refuses to acknowledge that his insistence of trillions of dollars flying out the door as the solution to all of the nation’s woes has lit a match to the inflation dumpster fire. All Biden offered was a promise to pursue tax increases on private industry and claiming he wanted to put more money in the pockets of regular Americans. He spoke of a Biden-Harris plan on inflation yet didn’t offer any explanation of it during his speech. That is typical of Biden. He announces sweeping programs and plans and doesn’t bother to speak about specifics.

Let’s face it. Joe Biden has no plan on anything. His moves are defensive ones, not the moves of a leader on the offense on any issue. He waits until a crisis festers up and then he waits a little longer before he reacts. Biden actually said, “I think our policies help, not hurt.”


And there was this gem from his speech on inflation.


Half of Biden’s speech was used to blame Republicans and Republican voters. He is quite proud of his new label, Ultra MAGA Republicans, and uses it to generalize that all Republican voters are far right-wing nuts. It is impossible not to notice that Biden’s tone has changed over the last two weeks. Clearly he is distressed about his low polling numbers and the real likelihood that there will be a very strong red wave election in November. All he has been able to successfully pass in the legitimate legislative process is his barely bipartisan infrastructure bill. He is still trying to convince Americans around the country – mostly swing states- about the importance of that legislative victory. He is a president who governs by executive order because he can’t get his legislative pet projects passed though Democrats are in charge of the House and the Senate. His own party fights him.

Desperate Joe took off after Rick Scott and his Rescue America plan. Biden lumped Republicans in with Scott’s eleven point plan. The problem with that is no Republican in the Senate has signed on to his plan. Mitch McConnell made a point of disavowing the plan on the Senate floor when it came out. The plan has some ideas in it that don’t sit well with Americans, including Republicans, and he’s on his own with it. Scott is currently the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He says he is running for reelection in 2024 but many observers say his plan is a pre-cursor to testing the waters for a presidential run if Trump doesn’t run. If Ron DeSantis runs in 2024, as he should, there is no way Rick Scott gains any traction in his own alleged presidential ambitions.

Over the past two weeks, every time Biden speaks, he trashes “MAGA Republicans” and now “Ultra MAGA Republicans” while referring to them as more dangerous than any other group in his lifetime. Biden’s old so that’s a good chunk of time. Republicans who vote for the Make America Great Again agenda aren’t a group, they are millions of American voters. It’s not the KKK or other nefarious groups (formed by Democrats) that organized but voters who were supportive of Trump’s America First message. Biden can’t let go of this Trump derangement, though, and is unable to make remarks without referencing the previous administration or Trump. He has nothing to boast about, if he runs in 2024, so he continues to try to keep Trump’s name out there to rev up his base.

Esquire has a snarky piece against Scott (progressive rags gotta do their thing) and shows a quote from Scott where he calls for Biden’s resignation as a way to solve inflation. He says what many of us have written since Biden took office, including me. Biden is confused and on a mental decline. He is not up for the job.

It’s simple. The most effective thing Joe Biden can do to solve the inflation crisis he created is resign. He’s the problem. Getting him out of office is a quick and easy solution. Let’s be honest here. Joe Biden is unwell. He’s unfit for office. He’s incoherent, incapacitated and confused. He doesn’t know where he is half the time. He’s incapable of leading and he’s incapable of carrying out his duties. Period. Everyone knows it. No one is willing to say it. But we have to, for the sake of the country. Joe Biden can’t do the job.

A reporter asked Joe about those remarks and Biden said, “I think the man has a problem.” Old Joe isn’t exactly quick on his feet when answering questions from the press, which is rare. You’d think a man who has been in politics for almost 50 years would be better at it.