The West Needs to Wake Up to China’s Duplicity

by Giulio Meotti{ } ~ The Chinese Communist Party is the “central threat of our times”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo astutely said in January. Back then… coronavirus was already spreading throughout China and over the world; the Communist Party’s attempt to hide the epidemic proved that Pompeo was more than right. “My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again”, Pompeo added this week. Had China responded to the outbreak three weeks earlier than it did, cases of coronavirus could have been reduced by 95%, according to a study by the University of Southampton. In those three weeks, China was busy hiding the truth. According to Steve Tsang, director of the University of London’s SOAS China Institute, “It is the cover-up of the Communist Party for the first two months or so which created conditions to generate a global pandemic”. Chinese leaders, however, seemed obsessed only with the sustainability of their totalitarian regime, and as eager to silence any criticism as they have been in the past. Since January, the evidence of China’s deliberate cover-up of the coronavirus in Wuhan has become a matter of public record. The Chinese government censored and detained brave doctors and whistleblowers who attempted to sound the alarm. One of China’s richest entrepreneurs, Jack Ma, recently  disclosed that China hid at least one-third of the coronavirus cases. China has been able to grow into a superpower because it adopted economic practices from the West. No other country ever achieved such rapid economic and social progress for such a sustained period of time. However, hopes placed by the West in the Chinese market also nourished a dangerous mirage. We in the West thought that a modernizing China with a rising GDP would also democratize and come to respect transparency, pluralism and human rights. Instead, the mirage turned into a disaster as we watched China become even more of a “totalitarian state”. The nature of the Chinese regime — its ban on the free press and all critical voices; the absolute domination of the Communist Party over social, spiritual and economic actors; imprisoning minorities and crushing freedom of conscience — is also contributing to the emergence of this public health disaster. The cost, in terms of human lives and world’s GDP, is immense. The Chinese government’s complicity in the pandemic is now an opportunity for the West to reevaluate its ties to Beijing. According to Guy Sorman, a French-American expert on China: “Like useful idiots, we have not only helped the Party prosper but, even worse, we have given up on our humanitarian, democratic, and spiritual values in doing so.”…   

Trump appoints Navarro to lead Defense Production Act efforts after forcing GM to make ventilators

By Alex Pappas { } ~ President Trump announced Friday he is appointing his trade adviser Peter Navarro to serve as his national  Defense Production Act policy coordinator… after using the act to force General Motors to begin making ventilators to treat coronavirus patients. “He’s a tremendous guy and he will do a fantastic job,” the president said during a press briefing with his coronavirus taskforce at the White House. He said Navarro will serve as the national Defense Production Act coordinator for the federal government. Also during the press conference, Trump pushed back against Democratic governors – like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — who have criticized the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. “I want them to be appreciative,” Trump said. And he defended his decision to travel to Norfolk, Va., on Saturday to send off a Navy hospital ship headed to the New York City harbor to help hospitals in the country’s largest city deal with the crush of patients impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A reporter pressed him on whether it was wise to travel as his administration encourages people to stay home to avoid spreading the virus. “I’m not going to be jumping around in a huddle,” Trump said, adding he’s going because he has “spirit for this country.” Earlier Friday, Trump said he had directed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to require General Motors to begin making ventilators under the Defense Production Act to combat the coronavirus pandemic after negotiations with the automaker stalled. “Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but out fight against the virus is too great to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course,” Trump said in a statement, adding: “GM was wasting time.” Experts say the U.S. is hundreds of thousands of breathing machines short of what it likely will need to treat a rapidly rising number of COVID-19 patients. New York, Michigan, Louisiana and the state of Washington have been singled out as virus hot spots in the U.S. .  


The worst time for congressional partisanship

by David Limbaugh{ } ~ House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempted partisan sabotage of the coronavirus relief bill might mark a new low for her. That the bill finally passed doesn’t excuse her reckless gamesmanship… Republican and Democratic Senate leaders were close to an agreement when liar-Pelosi parked her partisan broomstick and poured poison into the congressional punchbowl. “Talking to some Senate GOP sources,” Townhall political editor Guy Benson tweeted. “They seem stunned and angry. I’m told there was lots of bipartisan input into the legislative outline & emerging specifics — including an agreement in principle on broad strokes. Then liar-Pelosi showed up and threw a partisan grenade.” Sources said the Democratic leadership moved to exploit the crisis by attaching its socialist wish list to the bill. Manhattan Institute senior fellow Brian Riedl, a conservative known more for his scholarship than partisanship, had strong words. “The Senate Democrats just engaged in one of the most cynical displays of partisanship I have ever seen in the U.S. Senate,” said Riedl. “They let liar-Pelosi blow up a bipartisan agreement.” Keep in mind that Republicans and Democrats had already hammered out an imperfect deal before liar-Pelosi’s last-minute shenanigans. Republicans had already reluctantly agreed to certain repulsive provisions to ensure prompt relief for suffering people and the free-falling economy.  Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt also expressed uncharacteristic disgust. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “jammed his own caucus to pass @liar-SpeakerPelosi bill because he knows we are in a catastrophe and action needed,” Hewitt tweeted. “If businesses founder, they cannot be resurrected from ashes. Vote by @SenateDems most outrageous obstructionism I’ve ever seen and @senatemajldr anger is righteous.” Following liar-Pelosi’s and Sen. Chuck scumbag-Schumer’s lead, congressional Democrats degenerated to class warfare to justify their obstruction, calling the bill a corporate bailout and slush fund that would not protect workers. But that was just cover for loading the bill with partisan perks that wouldn’t alleviate problems caused by the virus…  

Fox Business Ditches Trish Regan After Coronavirus ‘Impeachment Scam’ Rant

by Matt Wilstein{ } ~ Fox Business Network announced on Friday that it has officially “parted ways” with anchor Trish Regan following her controversial rant against what she called… the “coronavirus impeachment scam” earlier this month. “We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” the network said in a statement. “We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the Coronavirus crisis.” “I have enjoyed my time at FOX and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times,” Regan said in her own statement. “I am grateful to my incredible team at FOX Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career.” Regan was previously placed on an indefinite hiatus after she delivered a surreal monologue on Monday, March 9th in which she accused Democrats and the media of perpetuating a coronavirus hoax. With the words “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam” on the screen next to her, Regan told viewers, “We’ve reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him and only him for a virus that originated halfway around the world. This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.” “Many in the liberal media using, and I mean using, coronavirus in an attempt to demonize and destroy the president,” she added. Following what amounted to a suspension, Regan tried to pass off her situation as part of larger safety measures at Fox, tweeting, “FBN has taken prudent steps to limit staffing levels and is prioritizing its coverage during market hours. I fully support this decision — we all must to do our part to keep our colleagues safe.” Since then she has mostly used her Twitter account to encourage private companies to help fight the pandemic and cheer on the stock market during its rare rallies.   

Federal Prisons Do Poor Job of Monitoring Terrorist Inmates’ Communications, Audit Finds

by Michael Tennant{ } ~ Federal prisons have “significant deficiencies” when it comes to identifying terrorist inmates and monitoring their communications with each other and the outside world… a recent audit reveals. According to the audit conducted by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), as of 2018, there were “approximately 512” inmates in federal prisons “with a known nexus to international or domestic terrorism.” The Bureau of Prisons (BOP), however, had failed to identify 28 of those inmates as terrorists, mostly because of poor communication between government agencies. BOP officials told OIG “they have often had to rely on media coverage or an internet search in an attempt to identify the individual’s ties to terrorism.” The BOP is supposed to monitor all social communications of high-risk inmates, but it often fails to do so. This has been a problem for years. In 2006, OIG found that “the BOP had not effectively monitored the postage mail or verbal communications … of terrorists,” and though the BOP promised to improve, it clearly didn’t. If anything, by expanding inmates’ communications options to include e-mail and video calls, it made matters worse. “Based on the sheer volume of emails and BOP staffing levels, several BOP staff members told us that meeting both requirements of mandatory monitoring of high-risk inmates and random monitoring of general population inmates is just not possible,” wrote OIG. As a result, BOP employees often multitask in an effort to meet their monitoring targets. At one facility, auditors “observed a staff member listening to inmates’ phone calls while a television was loudly playing the news and they were processing BOP staff through a security checkpoint.” It wouldn’t be difficult for inmates to slip something past these distracted employees. Indeed, OIG notes that inmates have discovered many ways to circumvent the BOP’s communications controls. The prison system’s e-mail system is, in theory, supposed to enable BOP employees to monitor all e-mail communications in which inmates engage, yet OIG found over 7,000 e-mails to or from high-risk inmates that had not been monitored, some of which contained content that should have caused them to be flagged for review. The problem is partially caused by the e-mail system, which automatically forwards e-mails that aren’t manually flagged, and by cost controls that prevent foreign-language e-mails from being translated so they can be reviewed…    

GainPeace’s Whitewashing of Jihad

By DARRELL PACK{ } ~ Muslim writers who are apologists for jihad seem to be motivated to accomplish two goals. The good and laudable goal is that of dissuading those Muslims who are inclined to use violence for the sake of Islam, Allah, and Muhammad, his Prophet… The second, less commendable goal, is to whitewash the image of Islam in a public relations ploy that tries to make it appear that violence done in the name of Islam has no justification from within the teachings of Islam. We applaud the first goal, but this second effort is disingenuous and deluding. Somewhat analogous to the Christian idea of Just War theory, the Islamic doctrine of jihad places rules, regulations and restrictions on the use of violence. And as was often the case in Christendom, those rules were ignored in the heat of battle. So often, in the context of battle, the restrictions against indiscriminate violence in jihad often fall apart, and the grossest barbarism breaks out. But let us evaluate whether Islamic doctrine as found in the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad, his closest companions, and followers are, in fact, the basis for the justification of violence done by some Muslims around the world today. In this short article, I examine some passages of the Qur’an that are viewed as sacred divine revelation by all traditional Muslims, and that are used as justification for violence by jihadi Muslims. Jihadis identify their acts of violence as being truly motivated by these passages, which include 109 verses of the Qur’an. Their use of these passages is meant to demonstrate their religious bona fides to other Muslims. Since there are many Quranic passages calling for Muslims to use violence for the sake of Islam, their god and Muhammad, Muslims who are trying to mitigate the negative impact of such passages, for either of the above two mentioned purposes, often stridently assert that jihadis who use the Qur’an to justify violence are taking those passages out of context. In most cases, this context argument is fallacious. First, literary context is not of primary importance in interpreting the Qur’an; instead, Muslim exegetes use what is called the reasons for revelations (asbab an -nazul). Those are ostensibly the historical circumstances in the life of Muhammad that caused Allah to send down the relevant passages of the Qur’an to the his prophet. In a strict sense, no Muslim community in any society faces exactly the circumstances that Muhammad and the first Muslims did. So in order to follow the example of Muhammad and the earliest Muslims, Muslims today extrapolate from something they see as analogous in the circumstances of the Prophet and his earliest followers, and then apply that example to present circumstances. This is an almost infinitely flexible process, and one that all violent jihadis use to justify their violent actions against others. In this sense, the propaganda of GainPeace, an Islamic non-profit organization based in the Chicago area that works on converting people to Islam, is duplicitous. We will look at two of its premises. GainPeace  states, “Muslims may not begin hostilities. They must strive for peace as much as possible.” It adds, “Hostilities should be ended as soon as the other party is inclined to peace.”…   

.Something Ain’t White in the Milk

Willie Richardson  

Have you ever been about to put something succulent in your mouth, but decided to look twice and realize you almost made a mistake? You were hungry and this was your favorite restaurant serving your preferred dish. However, there was something in your food that didn’t quite look right — maybe a strand of hair. Yuck! Immediately you would be suspicious and while your stomach was still growling, you would be hard pressed to put that fork of your favorite dish in your mouth.

Welcome to the politicized COVID-19 crisis.Something on the Left doesn’t smell right. The Democrats have just waved their hands in the faces of Americans vehemently. They have proclaimed that they couldn’t care less about the American people, preferring their Big Government agenda. What’s it going to take for Americans to realize the Left has left “We the People” out of the equation?Chuck scumbag-Schumer and liar-Nancy Pelosi pushed the following (and many more) demands after blocking the bipartisan stimulus bill amid “pandemic-fueled” economic collapse:1) Unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions

2) Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines

3) Expansion of wind and solar tax creditsThe Democrats strike again! What do these things have to do with the stimulus bill for Americans? House Majority Whip Rep. scumbag-James Clyburn (D-SC) reportedly told Democrats on a conference call last week that the party should exploit the coronavirus stimulus: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”What? “Our vision”? So, forget about the millions of Americans who are suffering financially through this frenzy. The one person that spoke to the outright tomfoolery of this blockage of $1.7 trillion dollar stimulus bill was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He spoke to the conditions of “We the People”:I am no stranger to robust political and policy disagreements. But we are in the midst of a global pandemic. People are dying. People are suffering. [Sunday] night when the Senate voted on whether to move forward with emergency relief legislation for the millions of people being devastated by the economic disaster we’re seeing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, every single Democrat in this body voted to block consideration of this bill. Now for those of you at home who are not pouring over a Senate procedural matter, what does it mean to vote to block consideration? It doesn’t mean they voted against the bill. It means they voted against even starting to take it up.The New York Times headline moments afterwards said, “Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill.” Of course that headline had the fault of being accurate and so within minutes the New York Times changed it to “Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill, citing worker concerns.” That was headline number two. But then apparently the partisan leanings in the New York Times were too strong for that, and so they revised it a third time to say, “Partisan division halts discussion of the bill.”No, it wasn’t a partisan division. It was one party — the Democratic Party — saying to this chamber and the American people, “Hell no. We won’t even take this up and discuss it.” At a time of crisis, at a time when people are dying, that’s wrong. That’s shameful.“Something ain’t white in the milk, and Senator Cruz spoke on behalf of “We the People!” Thank you Senator Cruz for your passionate speech to light a fire under the American people. We will remember in November! In the meantime, prepare for the worst and expect the best.  ~The Patriot Post



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